Georgia wins; Mizzou, Michigan State, Utah lose

The Fearless Friday Forecast:

1. Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville): Yes, I’ve seen and written the numbers about Urban Meyer and what he has done with more than a week to prepare a team. But as many of you pointed out, those numbers tend to be pretty good when you’ve got better players than the team you’re facing after the open date. Georgia has better players at quarterback (Aaron Murray), wide receiver (A.J. Green), running back (Washaun Ealey) and the offensive line is way better. Great quarterbacks are defined by this game and Murray, the redshirt freshman  from Tampa, puts his stamp on his first Georgia-Florida game by leading the Bulldogs to a victory. Georgia 24, Florida 20.

2. Auburn at Ole Miss: Yes, it’s okay for Auburn to be a little nervous about this road trip because in each of the past three weeks No. 1 has gotten beat away from home. This won’t be a dominating performance by Auburn because the last two weeks against Arkansas and LSU have been pretty draining. In fact, I think it will be close because Houston Nutt, the Ole Miss coach, has a way of winning these kinds of games. I just don’t think the Rebels defense is playing well enough to slow down this Auburn offense. Auburn 31, Ole Miss 24.

3. Tennessee at South Carolina: Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore is returning to the lineup after sitting out the past six quarters with an injury. That is all you need to know because when Lattimore plays South Carolina is a pretty good team. South Carolina 35, Tennessee 10.

4. Kentucky at Mississippi State: We haven’t even gotten to Halloween but already Mississippi State is bowl eligible (6-2). The Bulldogs have figured out exactly who they are. They run the football with quarterback Chris Relf and running back Vick Ballard. They are so much better on defense with new coordinator Manny Diaz running the show. Kentucky just can’t stop anybody on defense. Mississippi State 31, Kentucky 20.

5. Miami at Virginia:  Okay, Hurricanes. It’s time to show us something. You got taken to the woodshed by Florida State on Oct. 9 at Miami. You took care of business last week at home against North Carolina. You are still very much in the ACC Coastal race as you  go to Georgia Tech on Nov. 13 and host Virginia Tech on Nov. 20. Saturday’s game against the Cavaliers is the kind where you usually slop it around on the road. Step up, U. Show us that you’re for real. Miami 35, Virginia 7.

6. Michgian State at Iowa: The Spartans, ranked No. 5 in the BCS, have visions of getting into the national championship mix at best and a strip to the Rose Bowl at worst. But Iowa is in a must-win situation after falling to Wisconsin last week. Sparty hasn’t won at Kinnick Stadium since 1989. Michigan State’s run comes to an end. Iowa 24, Michigan State 21.

7. Missouri at Nebraska: Missouri (7-0) knocked off No. 1 Oklahoma last week and is off to its best start in 50 years. But Nebraska has to win at home if the Cornhuskers want to get to the Big 12 championship game. Another undefeated team goes down. Nebraska 21, Missouri 17.

8. Utah at Air Force: Everybody in the country is talking about next week’s game when the No. 8 Utes (7-0) host No. 4 TCU (8-0). It says here that Utah is going to get caught looking ahead. Air Force, despite a 38-7 loss to TCU last week, still leads the nation in rushing (326.5 ypg). Air Force 24, Utah 23.

9. Oregon at Southern California: The Ducks looked absolutely unstoppable last week when they simply destroyed UCLA. This is USC’s bowl game because the Trojans are on probation. But this is not a vintage Southern California defense as it is No. 87 nationally, giving up over 400 yards a game. Monte Kiffin is one of the best defensive coordinators of this generation.  But he doesn’t have an answer for Oregon. Oregon 35, USC 20.

10.  Clemson at Boston College: What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday Clemson running back Andre Ellington shredded the Georgia Tech defense for two long touchdowns runs, part of 236 total rushing yards against the Yellow Jackets. On Saturday the Tigers face a Boston College defense that is giving up only 83 yards rushing per game and 2.6 per carry. The Eagles are ranked fourth nationally. Thanks to N.C. State’s win over Florida State last night, Clemson is back in the chase for the ACC Atlantic championship. Clemson has to take care of business on the road. Clemson 21, Boston College 17.

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350 comments Add your comment

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

October 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

Eric C.

Ok rube, if all Tony is going to do is pick the favorites then that isn’t exactly a display of critical analysis now is it?

ARdawg

October 29th, 2010
4:38 pm

The team with the most point will win

BAMA dude

October 29th, 2010
4:38 pm

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

October 29th, 2010
4:36 pm
Eric C.

Ok rube, if all Tony is going to do is pick the favorites then that isn’t exactly a display of critical analysis now is it?

Ain’t exactly a display of homerism either.

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

October 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

Eaassy

My tigers are undefeated and ranked #1 so i’m not exactly sure how Tech is looking. All i know is that we are going to beat UGA like a drum. You clowns will not win another SEC game.

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

October 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

BAMA dude

If you listened to TB’s radio show, then you’d hear first hand how much a homer tony is. I guarantee you he picks UGA to beat AU too.

BAMA dude

October 29th, 2010
4:41 pm

All i know is that we are going to beat UGA like a drum.

Somehow, this little nugget of info being all you know is believable to me. And it may not even be correct.

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

October 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

BAMA dude

Don’t worry about what we’re going to do to uga…we’ll have plenty in the tank left for bama too

Delbert D.

October 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

BAMA dude – Good post on the “correction.” Boise St. sent some guys to the NFL, so they have had some talent there. Montana sent 2 guys to the Atlanta Falcons over the same period (Biermann and Schillinger.)

BAMA dude

October 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

Uh huh. Bama will be favored by at least seven at home and will tcb. No doubt in my mind on that one.

BAMA dude

October 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

No doubt Boise has had some talent, especially offensive tackles in Otah and Clady. It seems that eight draft picks over six years would equate to a 50-60th ranked class I’d guess.

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

October 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

BAMA dude

Just like they did against Garcia? You keep dreaming.

BAMA dude

October 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Derp. Otah was a Pitt panther. Their other first rounder was Kyle Wilson, Jets CB. Point remains the same though.

BAMA dude

October 29th, 2010
4:53 pm

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

October 29th, 2010
4:49 pm
BAMA dude

Just like they did against Garcia? You keep dreaming.

No dreaming here. Simple roster or statistical analysis shows Bama to be the better team. They had an awful quarter in Columbia that changed the entire game. Hard to dig out of a 3 TD hole on the road against a good team. Like I said yeaterday, Cam and friends are gonna get theirs on November 26th. Deep down every one of you Aubies know it too. It’s Bama-Florida 2008 all over again with Bama playing the other role.

BAMA dude

October 29th, 2010
4:54 pm

And on that note, I am checking out folks. Have a good weekend and enjoy some football, chocolate, and trick or treating.

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

October 29th, 2010
4:58 pm

Just be here to eat your crow when Cam “Heisman” Newton beats you in Denny

crazy

October 29th, 2010
5:00 pm

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

OK, your not a techie, but you sure do carry on like one. Most Auburn friends I have act as if they have been there before. You don’t. Just saying

Dawgs Roll Big

October 29th, 2010
5:02 pm

Murray and Newton–2 best QBs in the SEC. Ga lights up the scoreboard with a huge, easy win in jax: 38-10. Party away in St. simons—the Dawgs are back! SEC east this year, SEC title next year—mark it down!!!!

Homerism = Tony Barnhart

October 29th, 2010
5:07 pm

crazy

Calling TB on his homerism is hardly “not acting like you’ve been there before”. When he conjures up a reason to pick your likely 5-5 dogs to beat my tigers then it will be very clear.

JW

October 29th, 2010
5:15 pm

it’s funny how uga fans feel the need to bring up GT even when we aren’t playing uga (ga fan with the handle CRAZY *cough*)

I actually think you guys have a shot at the Gators tomorrow….but you all don’t seem to be able to pull it off year after year

DawgDad

October 29th, 2010
5:18 pm

Missouri has a better team than Nebraska.

crazy

October 29th, 2010
5:18 pm

Case and point on your post. Nothing more to say

KimZ'sPackage

October 29th, 2010
5:22 pm

Homerism
Auburn is 49-50-6 against UGA. Auburn is 11-14 at home, 22-15 in Athens, and 16-21 at netual sites. Records and the better team doesn’t always win this game. Auburn is better in Athens and UGA is better in Auburn.

JW

October 29th, 2010
5:24 pm

crazy

Here are my assumptions:

Florida looks terrible, but until UGA proves they can beat them, then how can you fault anyone for picking UF to win when you’re only a 2pt fav.

You will beat Idaho State.

UGA beat us last year and we will be amped to get you guys in our house this year. Up until last year, then road team had the most success in recent years. That was not the case last year, and I don’t think that will be the case this year.

how are any of those assumptions “not acting like we’ve been here before”

crazy

October 29th, 2010
5:27 pm

JW

That post was directed at your other Auburn poster. I never said anything about what will happen with the Auburn game. It’s UF this week. I’ll worry about Auburn when it comes around. There is no doubt that Auburn will beat UGA this year unless Auburn chooses not to show up.

crazy

October 29th, 2010
5:28 pm

JW – sorry “was not” directed at you

WalkerMuhDawg

October 29th, 2010
5:39 pm

Do your homework, Tony. AF was crushed by TCU last week, plus they lost their best RB. Utah will continue to steamroll!! Utes, 35-13.

T'ville Dawg

October 29th, 2010
5:52 pm

Went out on a limb and said Dawgs by 15 over KY, just by the way the Dawgs have been playing of late. Going out on a smaller limb and predicting DAWGS by 18 over UF. None of this take it to the bank crap. Just got a feeling the stars will align for us this year. Also predict we will win out except for AU.

Tide Rising- witness to 4IML

October 29th, 2010
5:56 pm

Homerism=,

Got news for you. Danny Sheridan who picks the opening betting lines for USA Today and several large Vegas casinos stated a couple of days ago that if the Iron Bowl was played today that Bama would be a 5 1/2 pt favorite. Seems the smart money is on Bama considering all the narrow escapes AU has had. Sooner or later the luck runs out and your one man team gets exposed. I’m hoping you guys can stay undefeated until the beatdown on Nov. 26th but somehow I just don’t think that will happen. Hope I’m wrong though.

KimZ'sPackage

October 29th, 2010
6:01 pm

T’ville Dawg
Don’t go too far out a limb with those picks. UGA should worry about 1-6 Idaho St and an average Tech team.

Tide Rising- witness to 4IML

October 29th, 2010
6:02 pm

Mizzou and Sparty both go down this weekend. Guess that opens up a direct path to the bcs title game for you know who! RTR

KimZ'sPackage

October 29th, 2010
6:04 pm

Tide Rising
Ole Miss, Chattanooga, and Georgia. Who the hell in that group has a shot to beat Auburn

Tide Rising- witness to 4IML

October 29th, 2010
6:09 pm

KimZ’Package,

Ole Miss has a very outside chance of pulling the upset. Call me crazy but I really think UGA has a legit shot at beating them. You have to realize that AU hasn’t really dominated anyone. They beat 2 teams by 3, beat LSU by 7, beat USC by 8 after Garcia fumbled the game away, had to rally to beat a Clemson team that also fumbled the game away, and was losing to Ark in the 4th qtr before Ark fumbled the game away on 3 straight turnovers. They’re just not that good and have been sliding by a lot of teams.

Tide Rising- witness to 4IML

October 29th, 2010
6:14 pm

KimZ,

To add to that just how good can an Auburn team be that only beat Miss state by 3 and beat the kentucky mildcats on a field goal on the last play of the game. Not to mention all those other narrow wins. Their just living on borrowed time and sooner or later it will catch up to them. It always does.

Barkin'Dog

October 29th, 2010
6:17 pm

KimZ – Georgia, that’s who. Hope you’re around when the Dawgs make it 5 out of 5 against AU, and 9 out of 10 against Tech. Probably not, though, ’cause you only show up when you have something sour to say about UGA. Stick a sock in it! Go Dawgs!

KimZ'sPackage

October 29th, 2010
6:21 pm

If Kentucky can do to your D what they did, then what the Hell do you think Cam and Auburn will do the dawgs Defense?

SEC Fact Finder

October 29th, 2010
6:26 pm

UGA and UF….The week off will be the difference in this one. UF 30 UGA 24

Clemson 40 BC 30

Nebraska 45 Missouri 32

Auburn 48 Ole Miss 41

Mississippi St. 30 Kentucky 28

USC 45 Oregon 43

South Carolina 40 Tennessee 24

Air Force( an oxymoron- they do not put the ball in the air) 32 Utah 21

Iowa 27 Michigan St. 24

Down to 3 undefeated teams after this weekend

Good Luck to all of your teams.

KimZ'sPackage

October 29th, 2010
6:26 pm

Sorry I just don’t see the dawgs knocking off a #1 team if Auburn is still unbeaten at that time.

Tide Rising- witness to 4IML

October 29th, 2010
6:42 pm

KimZ,

We’ll just agree to respectfully disagree but I think UGA can definitely beat AU. I will find myself pulling for AU though in that game because I want them to be unbeaten when they come to T-town.

T'ville Dawg

October 29th, 2010
6:52 pm

KimZ,

I don’t have a clue about Idaho State, but I definitely think Tech will go in the W column. Dawgs defense is much improved and has enough speed to overcome the weird offnse that Tech runs. Most of the better programs have caught up with Johnson’s spread, and Tech is thin on skill players.

bamaguy

October 29th, 2010
7:05 pm

USC (the real one in South Carolina) over UT
USC (the fake one in California) over Oregon
Mississippi State over Kentucky
And Auburn wins the Laptop Bowl

Paul in RDU

October 29th, 2010
7:08 pm

There have been some interesting posts about the betting line and what does that mean for who is most likely to win.
In the Sack Schultz competition, anyone who took the favorite (most popular among the people in the competition) would have gone 87-33. That’s the favorite winning 72% of the time. Latest line has UGA at -2.5, for what that’s worth.

KimZ'sPackage

October 29th, 2010
7:09 pm

T’ville
Idaho St is 2-16 since last year. I can’t even believe UGA is charging fans for this game. I guess we will just have to see if UGA has figured out GT or not.

KimZ'sPackage

October 29th, 2010
7:11 pm

The Spread is an attemp to get even money on both teams.

wins-by-a-link

October 29th, 2010
7:16 pm

Dogs win by 14, Richt has to beat Fla to stay in Athens.

Dave2

October 29th, 2010
7:55 pm

Dawgturds go down hard, 45-17.

Delbert D.

October 29th, 2010
8:17 pm

@SEC Fact Finder – “Air Force( an oxymoron- they do not put the ball in the air) 32 Utah 21″

Just over 1/4 of Air Force’s yardage is via passing (113.8 per game, 7 TDs.) They run some different wrinkles than Fisher DeBerry’s Flexbone. HC Troy Calhoun was the Houston Texan’s OC in 2007.

Let's Talk About UGA!

October 29th, 2010
8:27 pm

I smell another National Championship coming this year!

Let's Talk About UGA!

October 29th, 2010
8:28 pm

Nope. I farted.

Let's Talk About UGA!

October 29th, 2010
8:35 pm

Go Dawgs! Go Dawgs! Go Dawgs. The rest of the SEC combined don’t have as many NCs as us dAwgs!

Go Dawgs! Sic em!

Let's Talk About UGA!

October 29th, 2010
8:37 pm

Gotta go. Mama’s making me get off her computer and go buy beer and smokes. Go Dawgs!