Weekend Predictions: Dogs go down to Gators again

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According to legend, or sources close to legend, the origins of Halloween date back over 2000 years when the summer harvest ended and the weather turned cold and the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead were so narrow that SEC football coaches figured it was safe to start recruiting and NCAA executives and college presidents lounged inside their palatial suites that were paid for by network executives and texted each other, “Time To Close Our Eyes. Hey, are you going to Urban’s pool party later?”

Hello. It’s that time again.

Where are you going this year? St. Simons? Jekyll? Some dark and secluded place, perhaps near the border of the Netherworld, just in case you feel the need to slip into a neighborhood where they don’t get the Georgia-Florida game but still show Lou Holtz career highlights on an endless loop?

It’s the 30th anniversary of Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott. Now let’s advance to more recent decades. The Gators have won 17 of the last 20 meetings. The last two came by a combined score of 90-27, give or take a major organ.

I know. Georgia has the better quarterback. Georgia has the better running game. Georgia has the best player in the game (A.J. Green). Georgia even has the coach who didn’t drop-kick his conscience and morals this week. Florida coach Urban Meyer will bring back Time To Die Guy Chris Rainey. He will hand off to Time To Die Guy. He will throw to Time To Die Guy. I’m guessing he will even wear an wristband with the inspirational initials: “WWTTDGD.”

Should I pull the trigger? (Kidding! It was just a text!)

No. Just can’t do it. Meyer has had an extra week to fix the problems. He is 31-3 in his career when he has had more than a week to prepare. He is 5-0 after bye weeks at Florida.

The Dogs are better than they were three weeks ago. How much? Don’t know. They’ve won consecutive games over Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky (2-11 in SEC). How do we gauge that? They have lost to the only three teams on their schedule with overall winning records (South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State).

Can’t do it. Seen too much. Seen Dogs fans leave Jacksonville looking like zombies too often.

“Run, Lindsay! … No wait! Come back Lindsay!”

Not seeing is not believing. Until then: Give me the 2½ points. But I won’t need them. Gators, Gators, Gators.

Will it be this (Georgia fans shopping after the game)?

Or will it be this (30 years ago)?

Is This Gonna Be On The Test?

Oh, geez. And Tennessee thought the Alabama game was tough.

Oh, geez. And Tennessee thought the Alabama game was tough.

Auburn at Old Ms.: Is this too obvious? Auburn wins a big game against LSU, vaults to the top and becomes the next No. 1 to spill the soup? Almost. I’d probably call upset here if it didn’t mean taking sides with a coach (Houston Nutt) fond of recruiting from penitentiaries for a one-year fix. Tigers win but give me the Rebs and 7.

Tennessee at South Carolina: I understand Derek Dooley is entertaining and well read but he might want to hold off on any more analogies that liken his football team to panicking Nazis when the Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. Better to just mix in a Lane Kiffin joke. Gamecocks cover a big number (17½).

Kentucky at Mississippi State: The note of the year: Dan Mullen (6-2) is bowl eligible before Urban Meyer, Mark Richt, Steve Spurrier and Bobby Petrino. He doesn’t make as much money as the others but there’s that psychic income of living in Starkville. Wait a minute. Other Dogs cover 6½.

Vandy at Arkansas: Ryan Mallett’s first three games: 9 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. Last four games: 6 touchdowns, 5 interceptions. (Sorry for the research. I slipped.) Fortunately, Vanderbilt stinks. Piggies cover 20½.

Georgia St. at South Alabama: South Alabama has won seven games by an average score of 44-7. I guess Tuscaloosa will be a step down for the Panthers. This week, they go down by two TDs.

Pros and Cons

The walking boot is just to get sympathy. Don't buy it.

The walking boot is just to get sympathy from his wife.

Sext-Pistols at Patriots: Brett Favre has a bad ankle and doesn’t know if he can play. Seems like a good exit strategy, and it gives him time to work on a new story to tell his wife. Patriots cover 5½.

Jaguars at Cowboys: The really cool thing about those huge video screens in the Cowboys’ $1.3 billion stadium is now you can see Jerry Jones’ head explode in high-def. Hemlock now being served in the martini bars. Dallas wins but take Jacksonville and 6½.

Steelers at Saints: Actually factually: Drew Brees has one less interception (10) than he had all of last season (11), and if he throws four against Cleveland, what’s he going to do against Pittsburgh? The party is winding down in the Quarter. Steelers win (and take the gift 1).

Bucs at Cardinals: Raheem Morris is a good guy but when you say stuff like, “We’re the best team in the NFC. Yeah, I said it,” dude, just go ahead and start chugging the embalming fluid. Arizona covers 3.

Packers at Jets: Rex Ryan said, “It’s hard to say we’re not the best team in the NFL.” When did NFL coaches turn into Ali? Jets cover 6.

Toteboard

Last week: 8-3 straight up, 7-4 against the line.

Bottom dollars: 65-21 straight up, 46-39-1 against the line.

“Sack Schultz” Update

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Want to catch up on Georgia-Florida week posts? Click below

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This is the week Georgia’s defense needs to step up

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Early Georgia-Florida primer (and why Meyer is catching heat)

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530 comments Add your comment

Dylan

October 28th, 2010
2:37 pm

FIRST GO DAWGS

DecaturTiger

October 28th, 2010
2:40 pm

Vinny D

October 28th, 2010
2:45 pm

I don’t think any fan, gator or Dawg has any idea of what to expect in Jacksonville. As a recent resident of Gainesville, I can assure you that friends down there are not overly excited about this game either. I certainly can’t make a prediction.

meh

October 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

Dawgs win. even with the bye week Florida still won’t have their sh!t together.

rackem rak bar

October 28th, 2010
2:47 pm

gradulashun go gatohs

Rodster

October 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

I hate to say it, but I would not bet against Urban’s Way and the Gators on this one.

Jeff Schultz

October 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

Vinny — I’m with you. Trust me, if I didn’t have to make a prediction on this game, I wouldn’t.

Anybody want to see something funny?

October 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

Adam

October 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

sandiegodawg

October 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Schultz- unfortuantely I think you are right- Florida has the bye and is due. Why doesn’t GA wise up and schedule a bye that week?

Go me

October 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Tom M

October 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Gators win 27 20

kral

October 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

Yes sir there goes Jeffie..inciting me to blog..How much money are you putting on that prediction..none I guess trying to fire up a reaction well you succeeded..won’t say you aren’t right ..will say you haven’t really got a clue

Spivedog

October 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

Look for UGA to win 41-24. And somewhere, Tim Tebow will be crying after the game Saturday.

Anybody want to see something funny?

October 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

Jeff Schultz

Why’d you pull my fail blog link?

Captain Bloviate

October 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

I know NUTH-ing !!!

long-time dawg

October 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

I was worried. Now, I feel better. YOU picked the gators.

DawginLex

October 28th, 2010
3:04 pm

If we jump out early, we will win. If we stand around, are not aggressive and wait for something good to happen, we will lose.

A late Rainey fumble might clinch it for the Dawgs?

Knowing our luck, he catches the winning TD.

Jeff Schultz

October 28th, 2010
3:04 pm

Sandiegodawg — Agreed. This will be 9 straight games w/out a bye. Auburn game will make it 11 straight (bye coming right after that, and before Tech game).

Hankie Aron

October 28th, 2010
3:05 pm

It’s just a complete toss up and I hate making a prediction but………………..

Jeff Schultz

October 28th, 2010
3:05 pm

Kral — “won’t say you aren’t right ..will say you haven’t really got a clue.” .. Translate please?

Hollywould

October 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

I like the Dawgs. Too much (D) for that weak Gator offense. War Eagle!

Best college qb of all time

October 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

8 rushes 25 yards.

Tucker T

October 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

You do have stones Jeff. The save thing to do would be to pick the Dawgs to win by 1 point. You are going to be eating a lot of doo doo if the Dawgs win.

J Clay

October 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

Alabama has offered to Mettenberger

kral

October 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

Dear Jeffie I find your choice of pictures offensive… Using a WWII picture in a humoros comparison to a football game…some of those guys may have died fighting if that is a real picture…didn’t read your article just skimmed it…This weekend we are hosting aparty for our nephew who spent a year in Afganistan and he saw plenty of real serious death

Dawglasville

October 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

Can’t say that I blame you Jeff. Seeing will be believing. Hope you are wrong.

He Hate Gator

October 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

Urban Meyer 31-3 overall at Florida, Utah, and Bowling Green when he’s had more than one week to prepare his team. Gators also get Demps back to bolster their running game…he’s been out for each of the 3 games in a row they lost…

bass stringerfish

October 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

I think its going to come down to a kid trying to do too much to win for his team. Turnovers can not be game planned. Rebounding from a special teams screw up can not be game planned…getting out of your 2 week plan because of a pick 6 or a KO TD return can’t be game planned…no matter what the Gators have done, if we withstand that 1st quarter crazy push that Florida will have to snap their losing streak and we are not 14-21 behind, we have a chance to win this football game…flip side is – WE have lost so many games in Jax, OUR boys may be trying too hard…I see Murray throwing finally to the tight ends after our running game opens that passing lane up, then we kick it out deep to AJ or one of the other guys not double teamed…whatever..I see no secrets after the 1st 15 minutes…then we have to play solid football, not turn it over and not make stupid penalty mistakes…having said all that…its still a pick ‘em for me…it’ll come down to a turnover I am afraid and we can’t tell who will do it more…

South Georgia

October 28th, 2010
3:20 pm

Obviously, you have not been paying attention to way GA played the past three weeks. GA is now playing without fear. We are playing to win rather than not to lose. We now know how to win the first quarter which is where we lost most of past games.

kral

October 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

Translation you right articles and make judgements to increase your readership and blogggership but you do all that from the inside of an AJC office or on your computer but I wonder what you ever really did in sports except write and critique it

George Stein

October 28th, 2010
3:22 pm

Funny comment, DawginLex. I have to believe a late Rainey fumble would spark hundreds of “time to fumble b—-” texts among the UGA faithful.

As a Tech fan I won’t be pulling for Georgia but I do think they get it done in a low scoring game. 19-17 Pups.

FRED

October 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

CMR WILL NEVER BEET MEYER. EVEN IF GAME WERE PLAYED IN ATHENS.

JB

October 28th, 2010
3:24 pm

Ok, a space ship lands…….2 creatures that look like Schultz come out…….We sit them down, show them Dawgs last three games and Gators last three games…..They look at each other and bet a Galaxy on Dawgs…..Aaron Murray wins this game……..

JB

October 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

Fred…………..BEET? …. Really ?

mcdaviddawg

October 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

Unfortunatly, it’s the same old unprepared coach that we’ve had now for some time, expect the same old results. Not a zombie in jJacksonville this year, won’t go back until Richt’s gone.

kral

October 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

Right is write

MURPHY

October 28th, 2010
3:27 pm

UT pulls the upset over the Kickin-Chickins-Dooley gets first SEC win.

USC upsets Oregon.

Dawgs vs Gaytors ?????? Not gonna touch this one but GO DAWGS!!!!

kevin

October 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

Kral,

Your “translation” is ridiculous and childish. I have never read anything from Jeff that claimed he was an expert on playing sports, or an expert on sports in general. However, he knows sports pretty well.

Also, just a heads up, Jeff may own one of those laptop devices that allows one to write articles from wherever Jeff is. Just saying.

mcdaviddawg

October 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Maybe Georgia could wear green or maybe pink helmets. That would throw Florida a curve.

JB

October 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

The pressure is on Meyer……………..Four defeats in a row……….and to Dawgs………..They’ll be some mud tires and trailers destroyed that night……..

Gatorbait

October 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

If the Gators turn it over, they lose, if they don’t they win—-simple as that.

JB

October 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

Maybe Dawgs come out with some swagger?

MURPHY

October 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

JB,

GREAT POST-3:30
You comming to Jacksonville?

JB

October 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

Fred……Richt “beet” Meyer in 2007……….

Vain Jangling

October 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

Las Vegas gets it right a lot more than they get it wrong. That being said, I’m not sure why they still call it gambling. And when talking about the Dawgs, this is usually where I say, “Even a blind pig finds an acorn every now and then.” Instead, I think I’ll say, “A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat, eh?” Dawgs win a close one upon the leathered toe of the differnce-maker, young Blair Walsh. Know what I mean? Know what I mean? Say no more! Say no more!

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JB

October 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

No Murph, Be at the lake house watching on the big HD…..At 57, that’s my style now….LOL

jack

October 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

Jeff,

As probably the most diehead UGA fan around, I can’t argue with your prediction. They have done nothing over the past 20 years to make me feel the slightest bit confident going into the game. Until they put together a little win streak of their own, I will unfortunately have to agree with you.

kral

October 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

Hey FRed he already has duh…