Weekend Predictions: Dogs win — Auburn, not so much

newboard

Welcome to this week’s titanic showdown between 5-6 Georgia and 6-5 Georgia Tech, who battle for coveted The Governor’s Cup in a year where the Governor-elect is fresh off a Congressional investigation for ethics violations. Of course.

I think Georgia coach Mark Richt put it best when he stated: “It’s great to have a game like this at the end of the season, and in particular at the end of this season, when we haven’t reached some of the goals, or hardly any of our goals.”

And then he threw a pie at Todd Grantham.

But first, this raspberry in the direction of Ohio State president Gordon Gee. He’s a big fan of the BCS. People hear this and they assume Gee reached his position because he’s related to somebody important, sort of like Gummo Marx. Gee states that even if Boise State and TCU go

Think Gordon Gee got stuffed into lockers as a kid?

I'm thinking Gordon Gee got stuffed into a few lockers as a kid.

undefeated, neither deserve to go to the national title game, no way, no how, not even if all other schools lose or get nuked, because as Gee, from the bowl powerhouse that is the Big Ten (we kid), says: “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

That’s true. Because Little Sisters of the Poor mandates that its games take place on fields with two workable end zones, you yutz, unlike the Northwestern-Illinois game at Wrigley.

You can tell everything Gee learned about sports came from Vanderbilt, where he was chancellor and abolished the athletic department. We all agree that Boise State and TCU do not play difficult schedules. But in a year when the SEC generally stinks and every conference is fairly “feh,” this isn’t the year to try to mock the WAC. Because last time I checked human polls, computers and Tarot Cards, Boise State and TCU ranked ahead of almost every school from every other conference.

Which leads me back to our little state of confusion and the Dogs vs. the Jackets.

Tech can knock Georgia out of a bowl game. OK, makes for a good pregame speech.

But the Jackets lost to Kansas. Lost their quarterback.  Lost three straight before beating Duke (barely). The Dogs aren’t much better but they have the only sure thing going into this game: Aaron Murray to A.J. Green. That will be enough to get them to . . . Birmingham?

It wasn’t the goal. But this will ease the pain somewhat in Athens. Dogs win and cover a whopping 12½.

This is where college football started:

Bragging Rights Week

Cecil Newton never will be as good as the original "Huggy Bear."

Cecil Newton never will be as good as the original.

Auburn at Alabama: It’s been quiet on the Cam Newton front. You would’ve figured somebody at Alabama would’ve started a rumor about him dating Lizzie Borden or being part-Klingon. But even if Cecil “Huggy Bear” Newton and the NCAA don’t derail Auburn this week, Alabama will. War Eagle this, mister: The Tigers are No. 5 in the nation in scoring offense but No. 60 in scoring defense — two spots lower than Georgia Tech. The story’s over: Bama covers 4½.

Miss. State at Oxford Correctional Institute: Let’s check in on the school of Faulkner. Houston Nutt is 1-6 in the SEC. Good thing he de-shackled felon Jeremiah Masoli or his team might be really bad. Nutt’s also suspended leading receiver Melvin Harris for an unspecified team violation (presumably not robbery because we know that’s allowed). Dogs cover 2½.

Florida at Florida State: The Seminoles have lost seven straight to the Gators. Maybe they should change their name to the Bulldogs. Don’t weep, little Renegade: Noles cover 2½.

South Carolina at Clemson: State police were required to break up a bench-emptying brawl in 2004. It wasn’t all bad. It sent Lou Holtz in retirement. Tigers in an upset (and take the 2½).

Is Derek Dooley going to a bowl game?

Is Derek Dooley going to a bowl game?

Kentucky at Tennessee: After a 2-6 start, the Vols have won three straight and can become bowl-eligible with a win. That would enable Derek Dooley to coach one more bowl game than Lane Kiffin. OK, for one week, everybody loves orange. Vols cover 3.

LSU at Arkansas: I get all of the Les Miles-is-a-lunatic jokes. But has it occurred to anybody that the Tigers are 9-1 and their only loss came at Auburn by a touchdown (24-17)? LSU in an upset (and take the 3½).

Virginia at VaTech: Virginia ranks 106th in the nation against the run. Another 10 yards and they’re officially a turnpike. Hokies win and cover 23.

N.C. State at Maryland: If the Wolfpack win this game, they’ll play in their first ACC title game and coach Tom O’Brien hits $150,000 in contract incentives. Me, I stole two notepads from the supply closet the other day. Wolfies cover 2½.

Remembering the Clemson-South Carolina brawl of 2004

University of S. Carolina vs. Clemson Brawl | Movies & TV | SPIKE.com

*** Thanksgiving Internet Only Specials ***

Patriots at Lions: Legend has it that the first Thanksgiving in 1621 was kind of boring. So organizers decided to bring in a comedy show. And that’s when the Detroit Lions became a Thanksgiving Day tradition. Patriots cover 7.

Saints at Cowboys: Jason Garrett is 2-0 as interim coach. Wonder if those tire marks on Wade Phillips’ f0rehead have healed yet? Saints cover 3½.

Bengals at Jets: Carson Palmer, T.O., Chad Ochobozo. The Bengals (2-8) are what happens when you try to turn a video game into real life. Jets win (but take Cincy and 9).

NFL Snack Pack

Wisconsin in January: It does strange things to people.

Wisconsin in January: It does strange things to people.

Packers at Falcons: The winner has the inside track for home field through the NFC playoffs. If you don’t think that’s a big deal, check the difference in January forecasts between a dome and Fond Du Lac. Not feeling real solid on this but Matt Ryan is 18-1 at home. So: Birds win (but take Green Bay and 2½).

Vikings at Redskins: Brett Favre leads the NFL in interceptions (17). And on the seventh day, the Lord rested. Skins cover 2½.

Eagles at Bears: ESPN’s K.C. Joyner calls himself the “Football Scientist.” He says Michael Vick has had “phenomenal luck” and is getting away with mistakes. Really? The guy has 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Did Joyner’s last science experiment involve eating paint chips? Eagles cover 3½.

“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” Eddie Felson, “The Color of Money”

football-moneyLast week (damn, I’m good): 11-1 straight up, 7-4-1 against the line.

Financial overview: 102-32 straight up, 72-59-3 against the line.

Lock of the week: Pepcid stock.

“Sack Schultz” (Our BCS title week!)

LogoGrass_652173aCongrats to Greg Fox of Roswell, who cheated the entire season and wasn’t caught once. OK, maybe he didn’t cheat. But he won tickets to the UGA-Tech game for his outstanding 137-43 record in 12 weeks. The HDTV will be awarded this week. “Tuckys” leads at 138-42, one more win than Fox, “jlalopo” of New Hampshire and “Tola” of Iowa. Good luck, everybody.

Want to catch up on previous Weekend Predictions? Click here.

Follow me on Twitter @JeffSchultzAJC and Facebook.com/JeffSchultzAJC

384 comments Add your comment

GT84

November 24th, 2010
5:14 pm

GT84

November 24th, 2010
5:16 pm

jeff, ga lost to colorado who got beat by kansas who beat us, i know both teams are not that good this year but come on no way ga covers , im a tech fan this game will be close as usual, the team with the ball at the end will win bc neither defense will be able to stop the other,
my tech team will play their most inspired game of the year tech wins 38-35 in a shootout

mo

November 24th, 2010
5:19 pm

GT FIRST TO SCORE

mo

November 24th, 2010
5:20 pm

that sc-clemson video was shameful, Lou Holtz looked like an idiot, of course he has no shame

Asheville Dawg

November 24th, 2010
5:23 pm

Asheville Dawg

November 24th, 2010
5:26 pm

Those Palmetto people sure know how to rumble.

tj

November 24th, 2010
5:26 pm

It will be higher than that. Bobo does not have the patience to keep a score that low. Probably 54-48…Who knows who?

Can Georgia Tech upset 5-6 UGA?

November 24th, 2010
5:27 pm

Enter your comments here

MURPHY

November 24th, 2010
5:39 pm

Shultz,

Classic-Cecil “Huggy Bear” Newton I just spit my food out! LMAO

Roll tide ! If Bama dont get them-The Evil one sure will.

Clemsun over Carolina-No way

Dooley becomes bowl eligible.

Pigs over Tigers

Dawgs win in a squeaker. Maybe over-time

MURPHY

November 24th, 2010
5:40 pm

Oh yeah

Gaytors over FSU(Dawgs)

dogfan

November 24th, 2010
5:41 pm

Game is a toss up.Hope the dawgs win. Dawgs may be too confident based on passed games. Both offense and defense need to play for 60 minutes, not 30 or 15. To hell with Tech.

Greg

November 24th, 2010
5:41 pm

You geeks slay me. Tech has won once in a decade vs the Dawgs and you still haven’t given up hope. What about 2008, you say. Well, at some point the UGA players get to thinking it’s automatic. Up double digits at the half and the Dawgs just took it for granted that they’d win and paid the price. It’ll be another decade before you win another. Paul Johnson doesn’t quite look like the 2nd coming of Vince Lombardi any longer, now does he?

UGA will score at will and Tech won’t have an answer…even against our defense. 42-24 Dawgs sounds about right. I’m being nice – it could be much worse.

As for the Kansas vs Colorado comparison, those losses were an early indication that both UGA and GT aren’t any good. I don’t think you can take it any further than that….but, if we must, CU was winning that game 45-17 before an epic 4th quarter collapse. Too bad for CU because if not for that, they’d already be bowl eligible at 6-5. As it stands, the Buffs are 5-6 and Kansas is 3-8…the only team Kansas has beaten all season other than CU and GT is 2-9 New Mexico State.

sccatfan1

November 24th, 2010
5:43 pm

Jeff, sorry your guy lost the Governor’s race.

MURPHY

November 24th, 2010
5:43 pm

Gordon Gee,

Pray real hard you dont have to play Boise St or TCU in a bowl game. You will be eating alot of crow if you do!

Greg

November 24th, 2010
5:47 pm

I agree with Clemson over SC. Last year, it was Clemson going to the ACC title game and SC going to the Birmingham Bowl, yet SC whipped CU. Exact opposite scenario this year and I think that plays into Clemson’s hand and they’ll get a close win.

RAMBLINWRECK

November 24th, 2010
5:47 pm

12 and half is a big spread for a rivalry. Jeff, if the money was coming out of your pocket would you throw it on the dawgs covering? A 5-6 dawg team? Take GT and the points straight up and put the mortgage on it! Take a 2 game teaser with GT getting 18 and the noles getting 4 points all the way to the bank people!!! UF going down to ponder and company. I think uga wins 37- 31 in a thriller but not covering 12 and half jeff. Wanna bet?

Paul in RDU

November 24th, 2010
5:55 pm

Excellent post as always Jeff – makes me not miss The Count as much. I love the well earned abuse thrown at Gee.
UGA over GT – not sure whether they cover but definitely take the over (58)
Couple of games you didn’t pick – UNC over Duke, PSU over MSU, OSU over UM big time, TX upset over A&M (they are an underdog at home?),

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

November 24th, 2010
5:58 pm

Bama will beat Auburn – but I am expecting a great game by both schools.

Georgia should beat Tech – both programs are miserable…..who cares – but I will root for the SEC.

FSU beating Florida??? Could happen – Heck, even Georgia almost beat Florida – and Georgia lost to Colorado!

Tennessee and Kentucky? Actually – should be a very good game!

South Carolina vs Clempson – got to root for Carolina – it’s a SEC thing! Clemson kind of like Georgia this year – what the hell happened?? Well I do know this – Clemson seems to be recruiting extremely well – so Dabo may be building!!!

WAR EAGLE

November 24th, 2010
6:00 pm

Jeff

Are you just using the Vegas odds? Anyway, we’ll see what happens because Saban is 4-4 all-time vs. Auburn. Auburn is 6-1 at BD Stadium.

WAR EAGLE!!!!!!

WAR EAGLE

November 24th, 2010
6:00 pm

“Bama will beat Auburn ”

Whatever helps you sleep at night.

WAR EAGLE

November 24th, 2010
6:02 pm

“Roll tide ! If Bama dont get them-The Evil one sure will.”

Yeah, cause the “evil one” did so well last time he played against Auburn.

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 24th, 2010
6:03 pm

Cheese chick ( I guess) on the right is wearing a bra.

Will I be charged for receiving the two notepads you gave me Jeff?

I went to my 7th grade gym locker twice. Gee was still in there both times.

WAR EAGLE

November 24th, 2010
6:04 pm

Hey UGA fans, you’ll notice that those two Green Bay chicks are wearing your G logo on their caps. That’s because UGA rents their G logo from them.

Innocent Bystander

November 24th, 2010
6:10 pm

Gotta say, Jeff, you’re wrong on both rivalries. Bama can’t keep up with Auburn’s offense for 60 minutes, even against a rather inept defense.

As for GT/UGA, the fact that Grantham hasn’t seen an option offense before (NFL doesn’t exactly have the ol’ “high school offense”) may hurt them early on. I can see Tech feasting on UGA’s D, even if they return the favor.

NoRichtFan

November 24th, 2010
6:11 pm

UGA thinking they are automatically going to beat Tech each year is like Florida thinking that they are automatically going to beat UGA.

UGA wants to win one for old Coach Richt just like Notre Dame wanted to win one for the Gipper. Come to think of it, Richt is probably as bad off as the Gipper was.

Paul in RDU

November 24th, 2010
6:13 pm

Jeff – The SC-CU fight was pretty nasty. If you ever want to do a top 10 on field fights, here are a couple for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNypDGoC_8M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOtL1m1o_ok

paul has a small johnson

November 24th, 2010
6:19 pm

1 time in a decade does not make a rivalry.The joke by Coke goes down again,could be a blood bath.I said back in August that GT would lose at least 5 games this season.GT lost to a team that lost to James madison.Get ready bugs your time is near.

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Buddy McNeese, SEC World and Nathan Faulkner, Jeff Schultz. Jeff Schultz said: Weekend Predictions: Dogs win — Auburn, not so much http://bit.ly/ieOnn8 [...]

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2010
6:27 pm

GT84 — I see more like 35-21.

GT84

November 24th, 2010
6:27 pm

as coach pj said before ” its never as good as it seems when you win and its never as bad as it seems when you lose” of cousre we are having a down year but coach pj earned for us to cut him some slack for what he did the 1st 2 years if in 2-3 years we are still average then then we should be concerned!! and for the people that think we will get blown out by ga yall are idiots, ga is 5-6 we are 6-5 both playing a easy schedule, this will be a shootout ,on paper ga should win with their talent but who knows stranger things have happened, the last 2 years the team soppose to win did not.
i like my team-tech to play its best game of the year tech wins 38-35

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2010
6:28 pm

Mo — There’s only one reason why Lou Holtz looked like an idiot. He is an idiot. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2010
6:29 pm

Murphy — Thanks … I know, going out on a limb with Clemson over S.C. But that’s just me.

WAR EAGLE

November 24th, 2010
6:30 pm

“There’s only one reason why Lou Holtz looked like an idiot. He is an idiot.”

HAHAHH!!!!! Awesome! Eh, I like Lou but he sure knows how to put his foot in his mouth.

WAR EAGLE

November 24th, 2010
6:30 pm

Jeff Schultz

By the way, Happy Thanksgiving.

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2010
6:30 pm

Sccatfan1 — I voted Independent/Libertarian or whatever the non-Deal/non-Barnes guy was. So I knew I’d lose. Protest Vote!

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2010
6:31 pm

Greg — Wow, we agree on Clemson-SC? Welcome out to the limb.

GT84

November 24th, 2010
6:31 pm

jeff, tech has not played a complet game-4 quarters all year, they are due one, especially against a ga team which i know cant stop them defensively, of course on paper ga should beat tech, but dont think it will happen this year… i tell you one thing

answer me jeff why has the team that was soppose to win the last 2 years- not win (gtvsga)?????? bc its a rivarly

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2010
6:31 pm

RamblingWreck — I probably would but I’ve generally found it a good policy to NOT bet rivalry games because strange things often happen.

WAR EAGLE

November 24th, 2010
6:32 pm

“I voted Independent/Libertarian”

I was wrong about you Jeff. You’re alright.

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2010
6:32 pm

Paul in RDU — Thanks. Don’t you just want to punch Gee?

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2010
6:33 pm

War Eagles — I generally use odds by the Glantz-Culver line that you’ll find in most newspapers. They approximate Vegas odds.

Jeff Schultz

November 24th, 2010
6:34 pm

War Eagle — Thanks. And happy Thanksgiving back at you.

GT84

November 24th, 2010
6:35 pm

once again jeff, tech has not played a complet game-4 quarters all year, they are due one, especially against a ga team which i know cant stop them defensively, of course on paper ga should beat tech, but dont think it will happen this year… i tell you one thing

answer me jeff why has the team that was soppose to win the last 2 years- not win (gtvsga)?????? bc its a rivarly

A. J. Green

November 24th, 2010
6:36 pm

The next ‘G’ on my helmet will stand for Green Bay beyoches!

WAR EAGLE

November 24th, 2010
6:37 pm

“The next ‘G’ on my helmet will stand for Green Bay”

No, you’ll most likely end up with Oakland or Texas.

GT84

November 24th, 2010
6:39 pm

Dawg78

November 24th, 2010
6:40 pm

Dawgs should blow Tech out of the water. Tech’s defense is horrible. They could not stop a high school team. However, UGA has lost 6 games. If we put 24 up in the first half, it will be a cake walk. If we turn the ball over a lot, it will be a long day.

Caleb King

November 24th, 2010
6:42 pm

The next ‘4′ on my chest will be part of my prison I. D. number beyoches!

Dawg78

November 24th, 2010
6:44 pm

The next time I wear red panties will be Saturday beyoches!

oldestfalconfan

November 24th, 2010
6:50 pm

hey jeff do you think falcons win it all with this defense? what is up wiyh harry douglas he played in afew games but nothing lately? the kid has a ton of speed.