Weekend Predictions (sound check): Dogs in trouble?

I am so ready for this (and get your hands off my chips).

Because this is the final blog of the day, and I wanted something to hold you through the weekend, and I’m pretty sure my feeling that FOOTBALL CAN’T GET HERE SOON ENOUGH gives me at least one thing in common with even those of you who often throw your half-eaten sandwich at my face on your computer screen, I’ve got football stuff for you.

Actually, consider this a low-level tease (that sounded kinda dirty) for next week’s re-unveiling of Weekend Predictions. Since we’re more electric and less acoustic now here at the AJC (that’s the newspaper) and AJC.com, it follows that you’ll be able to read Weekend Predictions online on Thursday afternoons now, as well as in print the following morning. This will allow the online reader access to special web-only Thursday night game BONUS PICKS, which will be so special that I felt the need to hit the CAPS LOCKED key, which normally is reserved for those commenting on Michael Vick blogs.

Darn. I wasn’t supposed to mention him today. Oh well.

Anyway, we plan another long and profitable season at W.P. Inc. As always, W.P. Inc. accepts no responsibility if you bet on the wrong selections that were meant only to humor you.

So I went looking for the official Glantz-Culver point spreads for next week’s college games and came to realize that they’re not out yet. Instead, I’m relying on BetUS.com, which has even posted odds on the Lingerie Football League. Why, I don’t know. And I’m sure all of the WNBA fans who hate me for my previous blog now are even more thrilled that I dared to mention the Lingerie Football League.

Following are point spreads for opening week games involving Georgia, Georgia Tech and the Falcons (in two weeks), as well as some various prop bets. The official Glantz-Culver lines next week might vary from these numbers. But it will give you some clue as to what to expect.

As always, it won’t give you any idea what direction I’m going.

(Note: I converted numbers from a money line to standard odds. For example, plus-500 becomes 5-1.)

GEORGIA ODDS

♦ Game 1: The Bulldogs are 6-point underdogs at Oklahoma State. What’s interesting about this is the home team generally gets three points, which means they still consider the Cowboys a field goal better on a neutral site and the line would be even in Athens. Conclusion: Somebody doesn’t believe in the Joe Cox offense or the Willie Martinez defense. Or both.

♦ Big picture: Florida is an overwhelming favorite to win the SEC (1 to 2.5), followed by LSU (4.5 to 1). The Dogs are 9 to 1, which is tied for fifth.

GEORGIA TECH ODDS:

♦ Game 1: There are no odds because the opponent, Jacksonville State, is a 1-AA team.

♦ Big picture: It’s close odds for the ACC championship between Florida State (2.3 to 1) and Virginia Tech (2.5 to 1). The Yellow Jackets are 6 to 1, which is tied for fifth.

HEISMAN TROPHY

♦ Favorites: Tim Tebow 2 to 1, Sam Bradford 2.5 to 1, Colt McCoy 2.75 to 1. Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer is 15 to 1, which is sixth.

BCS CHAMPIONS

1.) Florida: 1.8 to 1

2.) Oklahoma: 5 to 1

3t.) Texas and USC: 6.5 to 1

5.) Ohio State: 10 to 1

6.) Alabama: 12 to 1

7.) Virginia Tech: 16.5 to 1

8.) LSU: 18 to 1

9.) Notre Dame: 20 to 1

10.) Florida State: 22 to 1

11.) Penn State: 25 to 1

12.) Miami: 26 to 1

13t.) Mississippi and Oregon: 30 to 1

15.) North Carolina: 33 to 1

16.) Nebraska: 40 to 1

17t.) Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, California and South Florida: 50 to 1

FALCONS ODDS

♦ Game 1: 4-point favorites over Miami. Sounds right for two teams coming off surprising seasons.

♦ Big picture (NFC champions): N.Y. Giants 5 to 1, Philadelphia 5.5 to 1, Minnesota 6.5 to 1, New Orleans and Chicago 10 to 1. The Falcons are 12-1, tied for sixth).

♦ Really big picture (Super Bowl champions): New England 4.5 to 1, Pittsburgh 9 to 1, San Diego 10 to 1, N.Y. Giants and Philadelphia 12 to 1. The Falcons are 25 to 1, which is tied for 12th.

Here’s a link if you’re interested in more prop wagers (sporting, of course). For what it’s worth, they also have odds on whether an NFL team will go undefeated. You can get 2000 to 1 on the Detroit Lions.

So do these odds look about right to you, or are you surprised by the Georgia line?

222 comments Add your comment

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 28th, 2009
3:21 pm

Trade School Junkie

August 28th, 2009
3:24 pm

LOL

“The Bulldogs are 6-point underdogs at Oklahoma State” ???????

Is that another “typo” ?? What it supposed to say a (66)pt underdog ??

dawgs are gonna BLASTED !!!!

Trade School Junkie

August 28th, 2009
3:27 pm

Richt’s scrimmage “trick” had dawgs starting off with a 21-0 deficit.

It will be merciful if its not OKST 21-0 to end the 1st Quarter !!!!

Paul H

August 28th, 2009
3:37 pm

The 6 point line doesn’t surprise me seeing how UGA is away at a top 10 opponent and is coming off losing Staff and Moreno. What everyone forgets is how well UGA plays in the season opener against good teams, and how well UGA plays on the road in hostile environments.

Ed-Covington

August 28th, 2009
3:39 pm

It’s 3:30 on Friday afternoon and all the cheap bars from Atlanta to Athens are full of dawg fans, so we won’t be bothered with too many of their stupid anti-Tech blogs today. THWG!

Fiddycent

August 28th, 2009
3:42 pm

Yo, yo, Tech fans. U need to shut da f up. No whut iz sayin. When LSU laid yo team out 38-3 u cant be barkin. Know what iz sayin dawg? Just bein real.

Dat option shyt dont play in da SEC. U get slapped around lik da lyttle beatches u is.

Paul H

August 28th, 2009
3:42 pm

Opening Day:
2003: UGA 30, Clemson 0
2005: UGA 45, Boise 21
2007: UGA 35, OSU 14

See a pattern people?

Jared Jones

August 28th, 2009
3:43 pm

nice job on the “8)”

LSU Fan

August 28th, 2009
3:43 pm

(((((38-3))))) hahahahaha

Kane337

August 28th, 2009
3:44 pm

The Cowboys are gonna kick the puppies

Fiddycent

August 28th, 2009
3:55 pm

I sez da dawgs gunna souprise all da naysayuzs. Das rite, u herd it here furst. Dawgs 24, cowboys 21. Da cowboys is 19 and 40 against da SEC, 15 of da wins be against da Hogs, but dey quit playin fo sho in1980.

Las year Ole Miss kic Texas Tech ass and TT laid a bad ass whippin on da cowboys dat year. Dey cant hang wid my boys, u feelin me cuz?

Tom

August 28th, 2009
3:56 pm

So I see at least one of the resident mutts finally realized how sad it looked to post the CFA Bowl score with a dawg handle. LOL!!!!

Trade School Junkie

August 28th, 2009
4:02 pm

Jackets winning the ACC this year is a STONE-COLD LOCK !!

The ONLY thing is question is whether they’ll maike it 12-0.

If GT beats UNC on Sept 26th, we’re gonna ABSOLUTELY CRUSH…EVERYONE …left on the schedule. And I do mean EVERYONE !!

JDH GT

August 28th, 2009
4:05 pm

Paul H,
Yes, I see a pattern. UGA’s margin of victory in the first game keeps decreasing.

VooDoo Child

August 28th, 2009
4:12 pm

Paul, aren’t those scores all from games played in Athens?

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 28th, 2009
4:12 pm

I still like men. My buddy JDH GT loves men. We are packers.

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
4:14 pm

Trade School Junkie – if you spot me 66 points, I’ll bet you my 401k.

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
4:16 pm

BTW – it was old T. Boone that predicted a 363 OSU victory. When you’re that rich though, you get to be called eccentric instead of crazy.

Paddy

August 28th, 2009
4:23 pm

dawgs win by 10.

DillonWarEagle

August 28th, 2009
4:24 pm

Trade School Junkie is retarded

DillonWarEagle

August 28th, 2009
4:26 pm

It’s also funny that Tech fans have never bothered to chime in to the smack talk until this year

I'll take that

August 28th, 2009
4:29 pm

Considering your 401k from McD’s is probably my daily salary, I’d take that bet dumb doggie.

A Quarter, Two Dimes and a Nickel

August 28th, 2009
4:30 pm

The defense can redeem themselves in StillWater. ONLY if the players tune out WM!

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
4:30 pm

Good one. Fresh and original come back. Let me respond with don’t forget your spock ears at the star trek convention.

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
4:32 pm

Good grief…is it just me or are these comebacks getting progressively lamer? Some originality on this blog would be a nice start to the weekend.

Tom

August 28th, 2009
4:33 pm

“When you’re that rich though, you get to be called eccentric instead of crazy.”

Ain’t it the truth, Geoff? Good one.

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
4:34 pm

Well said Tom – how’s your day going?

Jsonic

August 28th, 2009
4:34 pm

Doesn’t matter when the truth rings home! LOL. Star trek will finish as one of the top 10 movies of the year! Sad the Bulldogs won’t be in the top 10 college football teams of the year! ROFL

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
4:36 pm

Darn. And me without my big book of middle school zingers.

Chucktown

August 28th, 2009
4:37 pm

VooDoo Child,

The 30 – 0 UGA victory over Clemson was at Clemson, not in Athens.

Cuz

August 28th, 2009
4:40 pm

Free Tech ticket with police report stating you were mugged on campus.

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
4:42 pm

That one’s committed to memory. It’s not my fault you walked right into it.

Cuz

August 28th, 2009
4:43 pm

I think it is time to stop the incessant posting of Tech chicks are ugly. How can you tell when they are all wearing burkhas.

Cuz

August 28th, 2009
4:44 pm

Look out ACC, here comes the Thundering Nerd Herd!!!!!

Jeff Schultz

August 28th, 2009
4:46 pm

Guys — raise the level of attacks just a tad. I’ve had to delete 5 posts. I’m sure you can figure out the words/connotations that weren’t going to fly.

Cuz

August 28th, 2009
4:47 pm

If only Dragon Con wasn’t next weekend they might be able to sell out the stadium for their opening game. Tough luck.

Nativebird

August 28th, 2009
4:47 pm

OK State line is about right. but 9 to 1 for the SEC? That’s a little low, I’d suggest they win their STATE championship first.

Cuz

August 28th, 2009
4:47 pm

I am doing my almost best Jeff.

Dan A.

August 28th, 2009
4:52 pm

The -6 line for Okie State is a trap. Dawgs will win by 10+. Stay away.

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
4:53 pm

Sorry – I think you need an adults only blog called “Schultz after dark”. The level of discourse here has been decidely mediocre thus far.

eddie

August 28th, 2009
4:54 pm

I am a die hard UGA fan-but this will be a tough game. I think the score will be within a td. All of those who are saying it will be a blow out, I hope you are on here after the game to eat your words. By the way look at who GT is playing-Jacksonville St.!!!!

Jeff Schultz

August 28th, 2009
4:56 pm

GeoffDawg: Hah! Schultz After Dark. I like that. But I”m guessing that would have to be a non-AJC sanctioned blog. If you’re willing to pay my mortgage, I can probably get this project off the ground.

The Price is Right

August 28th, 2009
4:56 pm

It must be an SEC fan making the odds – if you look at the odds for Florida, it is harder to win the SEC championship than it is the win the BCS version.

Big Bob

August 28th, 2009
4:57 pm

Remember, you read it here first. Georgia will beat Oklahoma State by a score of 41-21. The Cowboys will look more like Cowgirls as the get their butts whupped.

45ACP

August 28th, 2009
4:58 pm

So I can’t bet on Jacksonville State to win.
Inside info has it as a “bet the kids college fund”
never work again.

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
5:01 pm

Come on – I heard you on 790. You’ve got radio money rolling in these days.

Joe Cox

August 28th, 2009
5:02 pm

Joe Cox will throw three touchdowns, two to the Cowboys in a 28-27 loss

Trade School Junkie

August 28th, 2009
5:11 pm

“Dawgs in Trouble?” is a rhetorical question.

45ACP

August 28th, 2009
5:22 pm

What if the Tech students dressed up like Chewbacca or cute little Yoda?
C-3PO or R2-D2?
DARTH VADER or Luke with his Light Saber?
I mean who would accost them?
Problem solved. Elementary my dear Watson.

comicman

August 28th, 2009
5:25 pm

I’m thinking more along the lines of “Schultz Lately.”