Predictions: I see dead people (also Dogs and Falcons)

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Halloween’s roots can be traced back 2,000 years ago, when the Celts commemorated the end of their harvest, and it was cold and dark and the skies were filled with evil spirits and the tattered remains of a Willie Martinez game plan following another Georgia-Florida game.

Later, of course, came the pumpkins, the parties, the costumes — especially Naughty Nurses, Naughty Teachers and Naughty ESPN Intern — the debate over which candy rules (Snickers or Reese’s), dentists, sugar rushes, psychotic teenage pranks, scotch, especially scotch, and the Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Greed, Wrath, Ray Goff and the Deluded Bulldogs Fan who believe they actually have a shot Saturday.

Willie Martinez goes met with the media this week to discuss the Florida game.

Willie Martinez goes over the Florida game plan.

The Dogs are in Jacksonville. Fortunately, none of the players drove. There was another arrest this week, this time an offensive linemen, Vince Vance, who ran a red light, was driving without a license and of course missed a block.

Georgia believes it has a chance. Why? Because it’s coming off a win over Vanderbilt? Even Army didn’t get cocky after beating Vandy, and in fact lost its next two games to Temple and Rutgers.

Florida hasn’t been great. But it has won 17 straight since last season. Also, there’s that No. 1 thing. Great’s kinda relative, don’t you think? The line is 15 1/2. Big number. I’m not spooked. Gators cover.

Is This Going To Be On The Test?

Tech at Vandy: The Jackets’ next three games come against Vanderbilt (2-6), Wake Forest (4-4) and Duke (4-3). This would be a good time for everybody to go make a sandwich and come back when they’re 10-1 Georgia week. The Commodores went through a respectable period. It passed. Jackets cover 12.

South Carolina at Tennessee: Steve Spurrier used to save his best jabs for the Tennessee game (”You can’t spell Citrus [Bowl] without the U-T.”) But when the media tried to get him to bite (again) about Lane Kiffin, he responded, “That’s for all you media people to comment on.”  Sad. I feel like the Chief when he found Randall P. McMurphy after the lobotomy. Take the Roosters and 5 1/2. And in an upset.

Steve Spurrier was more fun when he wore orange.

Steve Spurrier was more fun when he wore orange.

States of Confusion: Tom O’Brien is  7-12 in ACC games at N.C. State. He left  Boston College why again? Oh that’s right. Matt Ryan was running out of eligibility. Florida State wins but take the Wolfpack and 9.

Mississippi at Auburn: The Tigers got off to a 5-0 start and suddenly everybody ran out Gene Chizik jokes. Three losses later and 96 opponent points later, Bobby Lowder is plotting another overthrow. Rebs cover 3 1/2.

Pros And Ex-Cons

Falcons at Saints: The problem isn’t just that Matt Ryan has looked ordinary the last two weeks, or that Michael Turner has looked ordinary all season. The problem is that what the Saints do best (pass) exposes what the Falcons can’t do at all (stop the pass). The Birds will be fine — until Drew Brees gets out of his car. Saints cover 10.

Favre Meets the Exes: The Green Bay mayor solicited some fine ideas  for Brett Favre’s return, including declaring “Flip-Flip Friday” and hosting a pep rally where fans will be served waffle fries. If Favre’s performance last week in Pittsburgh is the start of a trend, the city also can schedule Meltdown Monday. The Steelers turned two Favre turnovers into TDs. Cheese covers 3.

Raiders at Chargers: The most popular costumes this Halloween are both corpses: Al Davis and JaMarcus Russell. Chargers win but take Oakland and 16 1/2.

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in warm embrace (wink, wink).

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in phony warm embrace.

Seahawks at Cowboys: Big meeting between Wade Phillips, the son of a coach, and Jim Mora, the son of a coach (you thought I wasn’t going to write, “coach,” didn’t you?). Bum Phillips vs. Jim Mora Sr. would’ve been better theater. And better football. Still not convinced Dallas is great. But not even sure Seattle is among the living. ‘Boys win but don’t cover 9 1/2.

Giants at Eagles: In the last two weeks, the Giants’ defense saw the Saints and Cardinals combine for 72 points, and Drew Brees and Kurt Warner throw for 600 yards and five touchdowns. Wonder if the Eagles are confident enough to let Michael Vick throw a pass? Sorry. Can’t see New York losing three straight. Take the gift point and a Giants win.

Browns at Bears: The Browns are so bad that Cleveland fans are trying to organize a protest, asking everybody to walk in late for a Nov. 16 game against Baltimore. They’ve considered not walking in at all. But they’re afraid the hand of Art Modell will punch through the dirt on the 50-yard line and and move the team again, this time to his current residence in Netherland. Chicago wins, but won’t cover the 13.

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Financial Ledger

Last week: 8-3 straight up, 5-6 against the line.

Totals: 58-28 straight up, 41-45 against the line.

WEEKEND PREDICTIONS EPISODES ARE ON DEMAND

322 comments Add your comment

Jared Jones

October 29th, 2009
6:40 pm

mn possum

October 29th, 2009
6:42 pm

(i)(i)(i)(i)2

Yellow Fuzz

October 29th, 2009
6:44 pm

8-1 > 4-4. Much >.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

October 29th, 2009
6:47 pm

Sophomore slump huh :)

Georgia is next

October 29th, 2009
6:48 pm

I have a prediction for you – The Dawgs will not score more than 20 points on Saturday, we will see if that will be enough to compete. This defense is the real deal and will not make many mistakes, their games so far have given up 3,6,13,7,3,20,19. 7 Games = 4 Touchdowns Allowed.

Ted Striker

October 29th, 2009
6:49 pm

Just emailed a link to your column to a friend of mine, you owe me. Therefore, you’re buying drinks next time you’re in Athens at 40 Watt and I’m not too “engaged” to come over where you are.

Yellow Jackets

October 29th, 2009
6:52 pm

Why does Florida all of a sudden have the answers? they played bad in the last 3 games….No reason for them to pull it together this one Georgia wins a nail biter

TechDan

October 29th, 2009
6:55 pm

Still 8-0 straight up for Tech picks.

Make it 9-0 come Sunday.

bob horner stayed hurt

October 29th, 2009
6:55 pm

There’s an Atlanta Rythym Section song called “spooky”….and that’s how I feel about Jeff’s falcons/dawgs predictions…..he nailed em both dawgs & falcons….I didn’t the rest of his blog….but I’m fixing too……
I did a reverse mortgage…(learned about it on a TV commercial..) loading up on the gators and saints….thanks jeff….I need the $$$

Kevin

October 29th, 2009
6:56 pm

Enough with references to “Cuckoo’s Nest.” Come up with some new material. Watch another movie.

Charlie (is) Strong

October 29th, 2009
7:01 pm

Their defense sure isn’t playing bad Yellow, they held LSU to 3 points at Tiger Stadium in front of a record crowd of 94,000+, Arkansas who has a pretty good offense got 20, and the Gator D let up two field goals to Mississippi State. The offense hasn’t looked great but it is the defense that is going to continue to win games for them this year. They also got the W in those three games which is most important. Good luck Yellow Jackets on the rest of the season!

Michael Scharff

October 29th, 2009
7:05 pm

Kevin, he did with the Art Modell reference – please see the end of (spolier alert) “Carrie.” Good one, Jeff!

George

October 29th, 2009
7:07 pm

Georgia will make it a game against Florida, maybe even pull it out. Stranger things have happened on Halloween. Let’s get down to it, Jeff. Do a series on Pete Rose and let’s see if we can finally get him the recognition he deserves, i.e., the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Delbert D.

October 29th, 2009
7:08 pm

Heavens to Murgatroyd…Randall P. McMurphy????

RedMan

October 29th, 2009
7:10 pm

Flarta wins. Sorry.

Albert the Alligator

October 29th, 2009
7:11 pm

Lets put a bulldog in an enclosure with an alligator and the Gator will win every time. Joe Cox is going to have a real tough time moving the ball against the Gator D, they are that good.

Cuttysark

October 29th, 2009
7:13 pm

So the world’s largest cocktail party will require extra mixers this week in the designated areas in Jax. While the Jackets are just going week to week and taking care of business.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles and a preview of the game against Vanderbilt. Go Jackets!

Patrick

October 29th, 2009
7:15 pm

I wish the Dawgs all the luck in the world for the game. I just don’t have any confidence in the UGA coaching staff. It’s really sad that UGA cannot put their 4 & 5 star players in the proper positions to win games. Heck, just take a look at what Paul Johnson has done with the GT players. Most of the GT squad are not 4 & 5 star recruits and they have an awesome team. It’s coaching….plain and simple. GT will absolutely drill the Dawgs this year. Hey, at least we’ll have one Georgia team in the top 10.

PS — If Florida wins, do you suppose that Timmy will take off his helmet this time to rub noses and smooch with his coach on the sidelines? Sick. Just sick.

Delbert D.

October 29th, 2009
7:19 pm

Can the Gators bring enough pressure to stop the Cox-Green connection?

GT in CT

October 29th, 2009
7:22 pm

Jeff, you wrote about the difficulty Tech had in selling out. Did you see Clemson at Miami? Where were the Miami fans? That’s a bigger stadium than Bobby Dodd, but it looked pretty bad on TV. It was obviously a big game, so there shouldn’t have been a lack of interest.

DRC

October 29th, 2009
7:22 pm

All day, everyday.

DamYankee

October 29th, 2009
7:22 pm

Jeff, guess I’ve been reading too many UGA bloggers, but I’m just delusional enough to take the Falcons & 10, I’ll let you know where to send the payoff Tues. AM!

Dylan

October 29th, 2009
7:26 pm

Jeff your wrong on the Cocktail Party. The reason I think we can win is because Florida has not done much latley and Georgia is way too talented to be kept down for long not mention Urban’s 2 time outs late in last years game. Georgia is pumped up and got a bye UGA will shock the Gators. Also Army beat Vandy by 6 we beat Vandy by 24 and ran over 100 yards in the 4th qt.

Slim Pickens

October 29th, 2009
7:27 pm

…..Josh Nesbitt for Heisman

Dawg Man

October 29th, 2009
7:40 pm

Tech will be way too much for Vandy. Dogs are a long shot.

Sean M

October 29th, 2009
7:44 pm

Falcons haven’t lost 2 in a row with Ryan at QB and I think they keep that going this week against the Saints.

Falcons 35
Saints 28

YellowJacket

October 29th, 2009
7:45 pm

Georgia is going to get slaughtered for one simple reason. They don’t have a leader.

Patrick

October 29th, 2009
7:49 pm

Slim Pickens, Nesbitt for Heisman? Hey, I like that. That guy has worked his posterior off this season – takes a beating and just keeps getting up and coming back for more. Although the Heisman is sort of hype (and a hex), Nesbitt should be a contender.

slimpickens

October 29th, 2009
7:50 pm

I am taking Vandy and the points! Tech is too full of themselves, take it to the bank….

Dawg Man

October 29th, 2009
7:53 pm

Either way Slimpickens, Tech will win. The upset I’m looking for this weekend is the Falcons over the Saints.

Patrick

October 29th, 2009
7:57 pm

YellowJacket. I think you’re correct. UGA needs a leader. Hey, here’s a video of a real leader who beat the pants off of an SEC team a few years ago. They used the TO just like you guys but were better at it in my opinion. There will never, ever be another team like the Huskers in the mid 1990’s. Tom O was a much better coach than Paul Johnson but maybe I’m biased.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VojVTyYWGds

DefenderDawg

October 29th, 2009
7:58 pm

Your spread predictions record and regular predicitions record could have been done by my grandfather. He doesnt even care for sports. Get for real! Dawgs lose or win a close one, GT struggles but wins against Vandy, Ole Miss destroys AU, and UT absolutely drills Carolina. Im a huge Dawg fan but Kiffins dad worries me. As for the NFL take Moreno and Stafford this week. Gata

Joe Schmoe

October 29th, 2009
8:03 pm

slimpickens

October 29th, 2009
7:50 pm
I am taking Vandy and the points! Tech is too full of themselves, take it to the bank….

This coming from a true doggie fan. Anytime you see “take it to the bank” or “bank on it”, you know what to think. Remember, Chan isnt the coach anymore. You have to deal with CPJ, and you are not enjoying it. Too sad!

Joe Schmoe

October 29th, 2009
8:05 pm

Patrick

October 29th, 2009
7:57 pm
YellowJacket. I think you’re correct. UGA needs a leader. Hey, here’s a video of a real leader who beat the pants off of an SEC team a few years ago. They used the TO just like you guys but were better at it in my opinion. There will never, ever be another team like the Huskers in the mid 1990’s. Tom O was a much better coach than Paul Johnson but maybe I’m biased.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VojVTyYWGds

You are right about how the Jackets are running the TO. We are in the walking stage of the speed of the TO. Give it another year, and we will running the full speed like Academy Football teams.

db

October 29th, 2009
8:12 pm

Tech Fan here heading to Nashville tomorrow morning. I am really proud of this team and, well, I’ve never been to Nashville!!!! GO Jackets!

Dawg Whisperer

October 29th, 2009
8:17 pm

My chihuahuas have been pretty spunky this week. That could be a good sign or it could mean they’ve been in the garbage again. Anyway, while I don’t see dead people, I do see a UGA team that is probably ready to play a game more than they have all year. That likely translates to a close loss unless Willie uses one of his life lines and calls Van Gorder. Then, the game is on!

u-no

October 29th, 2009
8:26 pm

Hey Jeff, Let’s see how this works out: Puppies get spanked in Jacksonville. Jackets roll over Vandy, I don’t see the Gamecocks beating Tennessee so I am going with the Vols in a close one. FSU will mark up a win against NC State. The War Eagles win this weekend (redemption for the Kentucky loss).

AS much as I would like to see the Falcons win, I think the Saints will show up and show out. The Vikings will make Brett Favre’s homecoming a sweet one, Green Bay will be swiss cheese after its over. Oakland will win in the “I Don’t Care” game of the week. Cowboys will keep up the winning momentum and defeat the Seahawks. I agree with you, NYG will not go down three weeks in a row, whether MV touches the ball or not. Chicago will find a way over the Browns.

Joe Schmoe

October 29th, 2009
8:27 pm

From a jacket fan, here is hoping that UGA beats FL.

Chilli Dawg, The Truth feel Good

October 29th, 2009
8:33 pm

I am making Chili Dawgs, b/c my Georgia dawgs are just sloppy. They are a mess on every aspect of play. They even spill sauce while driving mopeds and explaining to judges why they forget to show-up for court.

The reason why I am eating a dawg. B/c all the other teams are eating fillet Mignon. The past 5 years, all teams that are relevant to UGA in competition and rivalry have went out and made Georgia irrelevant with new coaches.

Don’t give me the down year, or the no Knowshon, Stafford or Massaquai line. They blew it last year with them, with or without a offensive/defensive line.

I see coaches at nearby schools winning with what they got. Great coaches win with average players. Average coaches need great players to bail them out. The UGA system is to predictable and needs phenomenal athletes all over the field to make it work.

This will never happen at UGA, UGA needs more wrinkles in their schemes. I think a few more wrinkles on the forehead of a new defensive and offensive coach, maybe one’s that have NFL pedigree or have something different to offer.

Georgia fan’s, me being one. You are delusional. Georgia is not God’s gift to football, it is the other way around. Eat a chili dog and realize the best predictor of the future is the past. Georgia at best will be a 8 to 10 win season, if lucky. Why, because of the coaches updates other schools have made.

Think about this. What would Paul Johnson’s record be at UGA with the talent UGA has and can recruit. He would produce a few national titles. That offense is hard to defend. News flash, I did it for 4 years in the Southern Conference as a db, when I played against Georgia Southern.

I love my Dawgs, but they will disappoint, so I will just eat a chili dawg, while my counterparts enjoy their fillet Mignon on Saturdays.

Well.....

October 29th, 2009
8:35 pm

I am disappointed Mr. Schultz. No pictures of hotties this time? Make it better next week please.

Patrick

October 29th, 2009
8:39 pm

Too much talent on both sides of the ball. UF defense & offense will take the game away early in the 2nd quarter. Spikes is back so there will be no slant passes by UGA. No running game by UGA thanks to Bozo. I’m thinking UF 34 – UGA 9. At least TT & UM will embrace, hold hands, kiss, smile at the camera and make us all sick again. Ugh!!!!

TROTTINGHOME

October 29th, 2009
8:42 pm

This is better than what Lawyer Bradley is spewing.

NCDAWG

October 29th, 2009
8:46 pm

I think Jeff’s been drining.

DAWGS WIN!

October 29th, 2009
8:46 pm

Georgia wins straight up this Saturday. If you’re a gambling man, bet the moneyline and put every dollar you can on the Dogs. If you like betting the spread, take Georgia and the fifteen and a half points. As for the over under, take the over; this will be a high scoring affair on the part of the Bulldogs! Georgia wins 42-17.

NCDAWG

October 29th, 2009
8:47 pm

That would be drinking.

GT For You And Me

October 29th, 2009
8:52 pm

Grant

October 29th, 2009
8:55 pm

Why didn’t you include ga in the tech’s next 3 opponents are…. they have the same record as duke.

NRBQ

October 29th, 2009
9:02 pm

I read daily, Jeff. But the whole Favre thing is petty.

He’s a man’s man. Stop hating.

GT91

October 29th, 2009
9:09 pm

Good luck dawgs against fla. Hope the refs don’t make it obvious.

Patrick

October 29th, 2009
9:10 pm

DAWGS WIN!, I hope you’re right man. Florida is ripe for an upset but I just don’t see it given the coaches on both sides. UGA needs better coaches and that is a given. CMR needs to seriously evaluate his coaching staff if he hasn’t already done so; if not then he will be dismissed (a la Ron Zook and Phat Phulmer). UGA needs to beat UF, UT, Awbarn and GT in the same year in order to restore UGA’s glory years. Do you see that happening in the next 2, 5 or 7 years?