Weekend watch: Florida needs Demps to have a shot at the Tide

Five things to look for this weekend in college football:

1. Jeff Demps, Florida: Demps is the best offensive weapon Florida has. He averages 6.9 yards per carry and is averaging 32.5 yards per kick return. He has also caught 11 passes for 61 yards.  Any team that hopes to beat Alabama is going to have to do it with big plays. You are not going to grind it out against that defense. Demps bruised his left foot at Tennessee on Sept. 18 and wore a protective boot until Wednesday. He had limited practice yesterday and is expected to practice today. Florida needs Demps to stretch the defense if the Gators hope to have a shot at the nation’s No. 1 team on the road.

2. Patrick Peterson vs. Gerald Jones: Jones, the Tennessee wide receiver, says he’s 100 percent and ready to go after missing three games with a broken bone in his left hand. Jones picked a good time to get well because the Volunteers will play their first road game of the season at LSU after four straight home games. In a conversation with the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Jones made it clear that he is looking forward to battling with LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. “I’m so ready for No. 7,” Jones told the News-Sentinel. At that point young Mr. Jones probably should have ended his quote but then he added: “He’s not Superman, and I’m going to give it my all and it’s going to be a battle come Saturday.”

Well, you can bet that quote is on the LSU bulletin board this morning. Expect at least one Peterson punt return for a touchdown against the Vols.

And Gerald, Peterson IS Superman. Peterson and Alabama’s Mark Ingram are the two best football players I’ve seen this season.

3. Jacory Harris  vs. the Clemson defense: Miami quarterback Jacory Harris has thrown six interceptions this season, all in road games at Ohio State and Pittsburgh. Miami coach Randy Shannon emphasizes that most of those interceptions were not Harris’s fault because the receivers involved didn’t do their jobs. Shannon is absolutely right on a couple of those interceptions against Ohio State. In one case the ball bounced off the receivers hands. In another case the receiver just got beat to the ball by the Ohio State defender. But you can believe that Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is going to be dialing up all kinds of pressure on Harris when the Hurricanes come to Death Valley to play Clemson on Saturday. Clemson won at Miami in overtime last season in part because safety DeAndre McDaniel picked off two Harris passes and ran one back for a touchdown. “I’m from the state of Florida, so it felt real good,” the Tallahassee native told The Miami Herald. “Especially against Miami.”

4. Russell Wilson vs. the Virginia Tech defense:  A very young Virginia Tech defense has gotten a little bit better since getting torched for 33 points in the opener with Boise State. Last week the Hokies gave up over 200 yards in the first half and Boston College running back Montel Harris finished with 111 yards rushing. But the final score was Virginia Tech 19, Boston College 0. Virginia Tech has played a very good dropback passer in Boise’s Kellen Moore, but the Hokies ain’t seen nothing like N.C. State’s Russell Wilson. Wilson lit up Georgia Tech last week for a career high 368 yards and three touchdowns last week. Through four games Wilson is second in the nation with 11 touchdown passes. And N.C. State is getting ready to reveal a promotional campaign calling the minor league baseball player a “Man for All Seasons.”

5.  Texas feels a sense of urgency in Dallas: This is an unfamiliar spot for Texas (3-1). The Longhorns have controlled their rivalry with Oklahoma in recent years and have used it as a springboard towards competing for the national championship. But  now Texas is in a position where it must win Saturday in Dallas. A loss not only puts them behind the eight ball in the Big 12 South, but it also means that Texas is completely out of the national championship discussion on the first Saturday in October. That’s how big that  34-12 home loss to UCLA was. And Texas needs to win so that the much-hyped trip to Nebraska on Oct. 16 will be relevant. Given what happened in last year’s Big 12 championship game, the Longhorns can certainly expect Nebraska’s best effort. Texas is feeling some of the things that Georgia is feeling right now. Mack Brown and company are coming to the conclusion that they may have an overrated football team that is not ready to play at the top level of its conference.

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David

September 30th, 2010
8:01 am

FIRST thing I do...

September 30th, 2010
8:02 am

…if I am Mike Bobo is throw the ball to AJ the first 5 plays of the game…

UGA will win b/c they have to

September 30th, 2010
8:02 am

reebok

September 30th, 2010
8:07 am

Ya know, I just have a feeling GT and Georgia will both win this weekend. Because they HAVE to. And the otehr teams don’t. For some reason.

reebok

September 30th, 2010
8:07 am

‘Other’ teams. I can’t type.

Alphare

September 30th, 2010
8:15 am

BAMA hasn’t allowed 100 yards of running for 38 games, Brantley is no Mallet and definitely no Tebow. How will FL win at BAMA? Good question, but I don’t have the answer either.

Beast from the East

September 30th, 2010
8:19 am

Not to diminish Demps accomplishments but most of those gaudy numbers came on about 4 long runs. Take those out and he’s probably only averaging about 3 1/2 yards a carry. He is a threat to take it the distance every play since he truly is the fastest player in college.
That being said, Gillislee and Moody have stepped up the last couple of weeks and are both better at running in between the tackles. UF still has a chance without Demps. Even though they might be young, we have playmakers at every position. We’re not UGA without AJ.

I agree that Peterson might be the best player in the land right now. Too bad guys on D don’t get the Heisman hype.

5IML

September 30th, 2010
8:19 am

1. UF students say Demps was in still wearing a boot around campus yesterday. He may play but won’t be effective. He will be a decoy.

2. LSU will win (in an ugly game) regardless of the outcome of this matchup. With that said, Peterson shuts down Jones.

3. Harris throws for 250+ yds, 2 TD, 2 INT but I don’t know who wins the game.

4. Russell goes for 300+ and 4TD in a blowout

5. OU blows out Tex. Somehow, the media thought Gilbert would be a worldbeater this year after throwing 2TD and 4 INT v. BAMA. Go figure!

WEAGLE!!

September 30th, 2010
8:26 am

I’m picking FL. TN. Clem. Who cares? OK. Mostly just wishful thinking.
UGA, don’t say “Tony sux”. Didn’t your mother teach you any manners? If you must say things like that, don’t be such a coward, post your real name and address.
War Cam Eagle!

Tony how much do you get paid for stating the obvious

September 30th, 2010
8:28 am

Bigger question: how many remaining games this year will you favor the dawgs?

kaptu

September 30th, 2010
8:34 am

Florida will better with a mix between Gillislee and Burton. Playing Demps puts Florida in a lot of second and long – Demps and Burton will keep those to a minimum.

T-Bone

September 30th, 2010
8:35 am

Dawgs will lose at least 2 more this season . . . but they may lose 5 more!

From Where I Sit

September 30th, 2010
8:37 am

Demps is not the whole team + Burton is now a diamond in the rough, as he has speed, and good football knowledge.

Gators win big as they will be up for this one!

MIke

September 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Tony,
What is Gerald Jones supposed to say? “He is the best player ever and we are all scared of him”? “Tim Tebow wishes he was Patrick Peterson”?

If LSU needs that has bulletin board material, then they serious issues.

Much to do about nothing….

SadDawg

September 30th, 2010
8:39 am

Tony, please don’t pick UGA this Saturday like the past 3 weeks.

Greg McGarity: ” “I think winning and running your program the right way is what promotes your brand.”

I’ll bet that quote made Mark Richt’s stomach flutter . . .

lanier

September 30th, 2010
8:41 am

TU-OU weekend is the biggest college deal i’ve ever been too and i’ve attended 2 national champonship games.
Has to be attended to believe. Fri night in Dallas is wild.
Don’t bother to comment unless you have witnessed it firsthand

SadDawg

September 30th, 2010
8:42 am

Alphare, if anybody can beat Bama, it would be an Urban Myer-coached team. I wish Myer lived in Athens.

Stewart-the real mr college football..not this redneck joke

September 30th, 2010
8:47 am

In all my travels, I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a fan base whose self-perception is so far from reality. Georgia fashions itself a national power in the vein of Ohio State, USC, et. al., based primarily off one glorious three-year run 30 years ago with Herschel Walker (and some kick-butt years in the 1940s

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/stewart_mandel/09/29/mailbag/index.html#ixzz11157WuTa

Charlie Weis

September 30th, 2010
8:48 am

When is Notre Dame’s great coach Brian Kelly going to get his
‘SIGNATURE WIN’ ?

Not this year.

MURPHY

September 30th, 2010
8:49 am

UT pulls the upset in Baton Rouge! Bama beat Fla in a close one.Bama looses next week to Carolina.

Classic!!

September 30th, 2010
8:52 am

I’m with you, Dave. If Georgia runs off Richt this year, it will be textbook Clemson/Ole Miss Syndrome. (Note the example cited in that link: Minnesota. How’s that working out?) Historically, Georgia is more prestigious than either of those teams — but not as much as Dawgs fans like to think. In all my travels, I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a fan base whose self-perception is so far from reality. Georgia fashions itself a national power in the vein of Ohio State, USC, et. al., based primarily off one glorious three-year run 30 years ago with Herschel Walker (and some kick-butt years in the 1940s). Prior to this season, the Dawgs under Richt had vastly outperformed their historical “equilibrium,” and in fact Richt’s career winning percentage (.752) is the highest in school history (not counting Bobby Winston’s lone 5-1 season in 1894).

But in today’s SEC, the goal is national championships, and three other league coaches hired by their schools more recently than Richt — Florida’s Urban Meyer, LSU’s Miles and Alabama’s Nick Saban — have ‘em. Richt doesn’t. And at 0-3 in the SEC, winning one anytime soon probably seems like a very remote possibility. But realistically, the chances of hiring another Ray Goff are higher than the school landing its own Meyer or Saban. Texas head-coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp (a UGA alum) is a realistic and enticing possibility, but beyond that, there is not a single coach out there I’d consider an upgrade from Richt (and even Muschamp is no guarantee). Let’s see how the season plays out. With a light upcoming schedule, a freshman quarterback who should theoretically progress and the return of A.J. Green, my guess is the Dawgs will go on a run. If they can salvage things and win eight games, and still fire him … well, just take a look at Tennessee for a glimpse into their immediate future.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/stewart_mandel/09/29/mailbag/index.html#ixzz1116a1Kub

Beast from the East

September 30th, 2010
8:56 am

Classic!!,
You started your rant with “I’m with you, Dave”. Where is there a Dave that has commented today? Talking to yourself again? Could Mr. Sulley have changed up his tactics? No one knows for sure…LOL!

Mutt Nonsense

September 30th, 2010
8:59 am

Beast,

Thats Mandel. This quote is from a mailbag where Mandel was responding to ‘Dave’

tim

September 30th, 2010
8:59 am

hey Barnhart…in re Florida needs Demps to beat Bama……are you daffy, or do you just not know what you’re talking about…UF needs defense to beat Bama…defense wins big games, and UF is about ready to unleash a few more playmakers this week…Demps is merely one small part of the offensive equation albiet he has been the featured weapon the first few games there is way more that Urban has kept under wraps…you’ll see it this week,,,can’t wait for Jax

BAMA dude

September 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Well, you can bet that quote is on the LSU bulletin board this morning. Expect at least one Peterson punt return for a touchdown against the Vols.

I’m glad Tony isn’t into sensationalism. “bulletin Board” is a tired, overused, and certainly overemphasized concept. And how in the world could someone predict a punt return TD- or should we say “at least” one? What percentage of games have more than one return TD by the same player? Although I believe Peterson might be the best football player in the country, this is just silly talk.

Tide4u2c

September 30th, 2010
9:07 am

If Alabama beats Florida saturday how can you say they lose to South Carolina the following week?I’m looking at it as if Alabama beats Florida then they have a good chance to be undefeated again.

Dave

September 30th, 2010
9:07 am

As a rabid Bulldog fan, but also a realist, we will have a 5-6 season. We get trampled by TN, KY and Vandy is a toss up. Florida beats our eyes out, ISU is a win, Auburn overpowers us and Tech is a toss up. We simply haven’t shown anything…I mean NOTHING on the offensive side of the ball. I attribute it to Bobo’s completely unimaginative playcalling, getting beat on the line on both sides of the ball and blown pass coverages. It’s not necessarily the coaches fault, either. They can coach and teach all they want, but if the players don’t produce, what can you do. I’m in college football hell right now.

Urinate on a GA Dawg

September 30th, 2010
9:08 am

“Texas is feeling some of the things that Georgia is feeling right now”

I don’t think Texas is feeling anything like Georgia right now with there 3 conference losses, Texas still has a chance to win their conference. They probably won’t but still they are sitting a whole lot better than Georgia is right now, hell Tennessee is sitting a whole lot better than Georgia right now, UT only has 1 conference loss (possibly a 2nd on Saturday in Death Valley).

steve w

September 30th, 2010
9:09 am

have you heard anything about crowell lately?????

Lane Kiffin

September 30th, 2010
9:10 am

I see today is barnhardt’s weekly homage and altar worship at the feet of the immaculate bama and Saban gods. No one in college football is worthy to touch the same field as the almighty ones in tusks are loosers.

Palladin

September 30th, 2010
9:12 am

1. Florida needs Demps. Alabama needs Dareus. And yet, football is a contact sport. Players get injured. Depth is, and has always been, a factor in building a championship program. You play the game with the players that you have — not the players that you “want”.

2. Let’s just pretend that the past two years never happened and that this is a “typical” LSU vs. Tennessee game. On second thought, let’s just admit that if Tennessee wins this game it will be among the top five upsets of the season.

3. Jacory Harris can’t compete against a serviceable defense. If such a defense exists in the ACC, then it probably belongs to Clemson.

4. Who cares? Boise State?

5. After last week’s performance by both Texas and Oklahoma, I’d say that the Big 12 should be “completely out of the national championship discussion”. Well… maybe not Nebraska — they’re still in the Big 12, aren’t they?

NoGaGator

September 30th, 2010
9:20 am

Tony, where’s your daily comment warning Meyer not to reinstate Rainey?

I don’t think the Gators get it done this weekend – away game, Demps and youth – but I think they’re growing up fast and will be a BCS player by season’s end.

Oh yeah, I bet that “bulletin board comment” will really have an effect, LMAO!

BAMA dude

September 30th, 2010
9:22 am

Tide4u2c

September 30th, 2010
9:07 am
If Alabama beats Florida saturday how can you say they lose to South Carolina the following week?I’m looking at it as if Alabama beats Florida then they have a good chance to be undefeated again.

It’s called emotional letdown after a big game. There are examples of it every year. Fortunately, Saban is pretty anal about the “one game at a time” mindset.

joe

September 30th, 2010
9:23 am

Hey Tony, will you be picking UGA again this weekend? And how bout the big news of the day, them adding Directional Southern to their future schedules…very impressive…indeed!

Paul in RDU

September 30th, 2010
9:31 am

Wow – Because of one innocuous quote from a UT receiver, Patrick Peterson is going to run back at least one punt for a TD. I didn’t realize it was so easy to do that. What if Peterson says he’s going to run back a punt – does that guarantee that UT’s special teams will shut him down?
It’s like UGA and GT being guaranteed to win “because they have to”.

McDawg

September 30th, 2010
9:33 am

AJ catches 10 passes 2TDs and 150 yds plus t

jj

September 30th, 2010
9:36 am

Unless Les Miles either allows the offense to open up or at least gives Jarrett Lee a shot expect this game to be close. It is a shame that LSU has one of the best defenses & special teams in the nation but the coach has put the governor on an offense that has all the talent in the world.
This team has all the elements to compete for the title if it wasn’t for the stubborn coach.
Let’s see, I’ll predict 3 Josh Jasper field goals & one Patrick Peterson return. LSU 16 Tenn 10.

dawggirl

September 30th, 2010
9:40 am

“Tony, please don’t pick UGA this Saturday like the past 3 weeks.”

This. And again, this. Don’t even think about picking UGA, Tony.

Looking forward to watching the Bama/Florida game, Oregon/Stanford, and some of the Big 10 matchups. Don’t count out some of these Big 10 teams. They could sneak up and surprise you. Full disclosure: my boyfriend went to Northwestern, so he’s been talking to me all about the Big 10. Still, their early season non-conference record was impressive. Excited to see what happens in conference.

bamaguy

September 30th, 2010
9:47 am

One interesting thing about the Florida/Bama game is that we will likely play each other twice this year. We will play on Saturday and then are favorites to play again in Atlanta. When teams play twice, it is usually the one who loses the first match that prevail in the rematch. Should be fun.

BAMA tard

September 30th, 2010
9:49 am

Florida upsets Bama. Bama fans cry and burn their trailers down.

sunny purdue

September 30th, 2010
9:49 am

Dear Mrs. College Football,
“Texas is feeling some of the things that Georgia is feeling right now”…….bwahahahaha. I’m guessing Texas is going to win because they Gotta. What a putz.

BAMA tard

September 30th, 2010
9:50 am

“One interesting thing about the Florida/Bama game is that we will likely play each other twice this year. ”

Georgia fans also predicted themselves winning the SEC East this year. Funny how predictions can fall apart.

dawggirl

September 30th, 2010
9:55 am

Since Georgia is obviously not winning the East (or anything else for that matter), I wouldn’t mind seeing some different teams in Atlanta for a change. Arkansas and S Carolina screwed that up. I guess it’s up to Auburn now.

Jack This

September 30th, 2010
10:00 am

UGA playing CHARLESTON SOUTHERN IS a DISGRACE just like FL playing them. WHAT A JOKE. UGA is better off having Damon Evans back. What a gutless decision. The only reason Charleston Southern’s football program is Div I AA is because NCAA rules state the football and basketball program have to be in the same class otherwise the football team would have stayed in DIv III. Has anyone at all seen their football stadium? It is similar to junior high school. Yes that is right, junior high school. The power house high schools would not be seen at the place. What in the name of God are you recruiting 5 stars to play these schools? Are you so down on yourselves this is the best you can do? MAN UP fans and tell the clown(AD) that is ludicrous. WHAT A BUNCH OF COWARDS, but I guess that is the SEC way. Bama playing Ga State. GOD help all of you.

Mike

September 30th, 2010
10:00 am

Tony,

Saw your show on the CBS channel the other day. The piece of the “tiers of champions” or whatever should be something that’s made up by Finebaum and released in June when nothing is going on. Notre Dame is in the 1st group despite winning one bowl game vs. Hawaii since 1994?

Come on man. That was low rent at best. You’re better then Finebaum. The season is going on. Do we really need puff pieces like that?

just saying

September 30th, 2010
10:01 am

clemson will beat miami and vt will beat NC state

BAMA tard

September 30th, 2010
10:03 am

Bama fans cry – check.

Bama fans are rednecks – check.

Bama fans have no teeth – check.

Bama fans live in trailers – check.

Bama fans still fantasize about The Bear – check.

Bama fans celebrate fake National Championships – check.

Bama fans fear Cam Newton – check.

Bama fans are “girlie men” – check.

I am the most brilliant sockpuppet to ever grace the pages of Tony Barnhart’s blog!

Waw Weagle!!!!

SadDawg

September 30th, 2010
10:04 am

Kinda like Gardner-Webb, Jack Off?

GeneralNeyland96

September 30th, 2010
10:06 am

Tony, It helps if you include the full quote….editing can create BB material where none should be:

“I’m full-go, all-out, 100 percent, I’m ready, I feel great,” Jones said. “I’m like a kid at a candy store. I watched film on them for about two hours (Monday) because I was so eager, and I’m so ready for No. 7, Peterson. I’m ready for him, I probably watched film on him for about two hours yesterday.

“To be honest with you, I think a lot of people fear him because he is so big (at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds). He’s a pretty good athlete, but he has his weakness, too.

“He’s not Superman, and I’m going to give it my all and it’s going to be a battle come Saturday.”

GT Dude

September 30th, 2010
10:11 am

Tony,
I am sure you were kidding that TEXAS at 3 – 1 is feeling like UGA at 1 – 3. Texas has only lost once which was to an out of conference opponent while UGA has 3 losses all to in conference foes.
The only logical reason that I can comprehend that you would compare UGA to Texas, it must be your way of making your UGA fans feel better about their dismal outlook for the remainder of the season