The Fearless Friday Forecast

 I don’t know about you, but I could sure use a break from the Cameron Newton story. So back by popular demand (okay, two guys asked about it) is the Fearless Friday Forecast:

1. Duke at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech (5-5) needs this one to become bowl eligible with a trip to Georgia coming up next week. The Tech defense had better get some pressure on Duke QB Sean Renfree or this one could be a problem for the Jackets. Georgia Tech 31, Duke 24.

2. Troy at South Carolina: The Gamecocks have already clinched a spot in the SEC championship game and may look a little sloppy in this one. South Carolina 28, Troy 14.

3. Appalachian State at Florida: It will be senior day at Florida but I wonder how excited the Gators (6-4) will be against the Mountaineers (9-1)? Jerry Moore’s team was ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA until they lost their only game to Georgia Southern. Florida 24, Appalachian State 17.

4. Virginia Tech at Miami: Miami is on a little run behind freshman quarterback Stephen Morris. That comes to an end against the Hokies, who clinch the ACC Coastal. Virginia Tech 28, Miami 10.

5. Florida State at Maryland: The Terps have Florida State at home this week and N.C. State at home next week. Win them both and they clinch the ACC Atlantic. I’m picking the Fridge. Maryland 17, Florida State 16.

6. Ole Miss at LSU: Last year was the low water mark for Les Miles as clock mismanagement was all anybody remembered about a 25-23 loss to the Rebels in Oxford. There will be no such issues this time. LSU 35, Ole Miss 10.

7. Arkansas at Mississippi State; Arkansas could be caught looking ahead to a big game with LSU next week. But Ryan Mallett and the Razorback offense is just too good. Arkansas 31 Miss. State 21.

8. Tennessee at Vanderbilt: Tennessee (4-6) can go to a bowl by beating Vandy this week and Kentucky next week. The Vols have beaten the Commodores 26 out of the last 27 meetings. Tennessee 31, Vanderbilt 14.

9. Ohio State at Iowa: Iowa is supposed to go in the tank after losing to Northwestern last week. I just get the feeling that the Hawkeyes have a big game left in them. This week’s Upset Special: Iowa 17, Ohio State 14.

10. Nebraska at Texas A&M: The Aggies (7-3) have won four straight. Three of those have come with a new quarterback in Ryan Tannehill. Another Upset Special: Texas A&M 21, Nebraska 20.

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November 21st, 2010
6:41 am

MikeP! Thank you sir!! But if you look again you will see I never said a word about Auburn.4:30hr ride back together home and none of this was ever mentioned? Keep dreaming!

Herschel Talker

November 21st, 2010
7:48 am


These predictions are terrible. You stink. You seem to know as much about predicting football games as you do about Mark Richt. You are a hack.



November 21st, 2010
8:58 am

Time to take off the SEC blinders
Let’s face it, this has not been a glorious year for the oft-hyped defenses of the SEC, and Saturday’s Ole Miss-LSU game may have been the most telling exhibit yet. The 4-7 Rebels — a week removed from losing 52-14 at Tennessee — gave the nation’s purported fifth-best team everything it could handle before the Tigers ultimately prevailed, 43-36 (RECAP | BOX).

The Rebels, mind you, came in averaging 22.5 points in conference play, the Tigers 24.3, but apparently they just needed to play each other to get things rolling. The teams combined for five fourth-quarter touchdowns in another epic Les Miles-Houston Nutt duel, reminiscent of Arkansas’ 50-48, triple-overtime upset of eventual national champ LSU in 2007 when Nutt was coaching the Hogs.

LSU has been the most baffling one-loss team in the country this season, winning at Florida and Alabama but barely surviving sub-.500 Tennessee and Ole Miss at home. The Tigers deserve ample credit for surviving an inarguably tough schedule, but one thing’s for certain: They have no business sitting ahead of more dominant one-loss teams like Stanford and Wisconsin in the polls. It’s time for voters to take off their SEC blinders and reevaluate their ballots.

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November 21st, 2010
11:10 am


Let’s not mention the BCS #1 team’s stellar offensive performance last week against the lowly Cal Golden Bears, m’kay? Let’s just pretend that never happened.


November 21st, 2010
2:30 pm


I don’t agree that Wisconsin and Stanford are “more dominant”than LSU.

Wisconsin got beat by 10 points by Sparty, who got drilled by an average Iowa team. Stanford was soundly beaten by Oregon.

LSU lost by a TD to Auburn and had the ball with a chance to tie it with 5+ minutes left.

Before Saturday, Stanford’s strength of schedule was 74, Wisconsin’s 91 and LSU’s 21. LSU has beaten 4 ranked teams and plays another one on Saturday while the other 2 have played 2 ranked teams.


November 21st, 2010
2:33 pm

My bad BG. I just realized you were quoting Stewart Mandel.

He’s been wrong numerous times as well as the other media “experts”.

That’s why they play them.


November 21st, 2010
2:45 pm

Herschel Talker is a moron. Tony Barnhart is one of the best sports writers around.


November 21st, 2010
7:37 pm

Maryland? Dang, Tony. You have gone soft on us.



November 24th, 2010
4:26 pm