Weekend Predictions: Just not feeling Dogs over Boise

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So, onto this week’s big game. Georgia and Boise State both will be wearing new uniforms, designed by a 16-year-old on a Nacho-Cheese-Dorito-and-Red-Bull high. Players will look like escapees from “Rollerball.”

Otherwise, it should be a good game. Georgia will be better than 6-7 this season, if for no other reason than most of the schedule looks like Wofford on steroids. But there are too many questions. The offensive line, the defense, a freshman running back, no A.J. Green.

Boise State is 0-4 against SEC teams but it hasn’t faced one in the past five years. The Broncos also have won six of their past seven against BCS schools (including Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and Oregon twice). Georgia is 2-8 in its past 10 games against ranked teams. So this isn’t the time to mock the Mountain West.

Just not feeling it, Dog fans. Boise State wins and covers 3.

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The NCAA even took the battery out of Paul Johnson's golfcart. Kidding.

Those weasels at the NCAA even took the battery out of Paul Johnson's golfcart. Kidding. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Western Carolina at Georgia Tech: The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive commemorative probation shirts that read, “The NCAA Says I’m Corrupt But All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt From Demaryius Thomas’s agent.” It’s Paul Johnson vs. his alma mater, and if his alma mater wins he might just want to get on the bus with them after the game. No worries. Not happening. No official line, but let’s say Jackets cover 24.

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Oregon vs. LSU: LSU is missing quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who has been suspended pending charges that he kicked a man in the face, resulting in facial fractures and a concussion, which would have been fine if only Jefferson had made the SEC all-conference team last year. Damn liberals. LSU wins anyway (and take the 3).

Clark Atlanta at Georgia State: It’s year two for Bill Curry’s start-up program, although the Panthers are still a year away from conference play. Funny line from Curry on Clark: “They run an unusual offense. They play with two backs and a tight end, which is all we saw until six or eight years ago.” I love those old stories. GSU covers 10.

This is what Stephen Garcia looks like when he gets hit. Also when he drinks. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

This is what Stephen Garcia looks like when he gets hit. It's also what he look like when he drinks. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Utah State at Auburn: Cam Newton is gone, the trees are dying and Cecil Newton has been forced to close up his business, “The Huggy Bear Church of Ticket and Offspring Scalping.” Welcome back to reality, Gene Chizik. Then again, Utah State lost to Idaho last year. Check? Auburn covers 21.

East Carolina at South Carolina: Steve Spurrier has managed to suspend Stephen Garcia five times without him ever missing a game. Now he wants us to believe he’s acting tough and Garcia might lose his job to Connor Shaw. The only thing worse than a mercenary is a disingenuous mercenary. Roosters win but take East Carolina and 21 on principle.

Miami at Maryland: New Miami coach Al Golden needs a hug. He left Temple for this? Eight of his players are suspended. The line has dropped from 5½ points to 1. Ah, I’m feeling frisky. Canes win anyway.

(I just watched Donna Shalala’s latest video. When she responded to the NCAA investigation by comparing Miami to Stanford and Notre Dame, it reminded me of Billy Madison’s oral exam on the industrial revolution. My response follows.)

By Jeff Schultz

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507 comments Add your comment

SouthSide Dawg

September 1st, 2011
9:03 am

Dawgs should well since Schultz picked the other way. Ha.

gacanefan

September 1st, 2011
9:03 am

SouthSide Dawg

September 1st, 2011
9:03 am

Dawgs should do well since Schultz picked the other way. Ha.

gacanefan

September 1st, 2011
9:04 am

guess not, I’m was shocked when Jeff picked the “Canes

Orlando Dawg.

September 1st, 2011
9:07 am

Jeff your wrong.The Dawgs win by 7.

Jeff Schultz

September 1st, 2011
9:07 am

SouthSide Dawg — That’s been known to happen.

GaCaneFan — I went back and forth on that one. Also, I’m not a Jacory Harris fan so losing him was no big deal to me.

Jeff Schultz

September 1st, 2011
9:07 am

Orlando Dawg — OK, you’re on the record.

Footballrules

September 1st, 2011
9:08 am

Bwaaahahahahaha…..is Fred Sanford missing his red “Long Drawers”?

Bub

September 1st, 2011
9:10 am

Hey Jeff, why was the Georgia-Boise game not in the Sack Schultz contest? One of only two good games all weekend and you don’t include it? Do you really think people care more about picking the winners of Wisconsin-UNLV, Auburn-Utah State, etc. than Georgia-Boise? What the hell?

Bronkp Nagurski

September 1st, 2011
9:10 am

Pretty good Jeff and I agree that the Roosters & East Carolina will be a lot closer than people think. Upset special, South Florida over Notre Dame and Ole Siss over BYU.

SimpleDawg

September 1st, 2011
9:11 am

Dawgs really need to win this game against Boise State.

BaldBeaver

September 1st, 2011
9:13 am

The dogs will win and the dog nation will proclaim to win the sec and mnc for the next week, only to lose to the Gamecocks the next week.

Orlando Dawg.

September 1st, 2011
9:14 am

Leaving Orlando today heading to Atlanta to go to the game and watch my Dawgs kick some A$$.

Hot sauce

September 1st, 2011
9:14 am

Lord Xenu commands C Petersen to lose!

Boise v ga

September 1st, 2011
9:14 am

Well why would you feel them over Boise? Boise has the better more experienced qb. Boise has 2 first team all americans who actually play and not kick the ball. They have much more experience and aren’t relying on a freshman to run. But there’s plenty of dumbarses in this state who believe every year ga will win them all. And every year, lucy pulls the football away from them right when kickoff starts.

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Joe

September 1st, 2011
9:15 am

If the Dawgs don’t win with more size, speed, and talent and practically every position on the field, then Mark Richt should pull out his suitcase. Hell, UGA’s defensive line weighs considerably more than Boise’s offensive line.

Saban

September 1st, 2011
9:16 am

Boise State wins by 30. Down from 60.

Choakdawg is carried off the field with Crowell be halftime. Krispy Kreme overdose and a hangnail.

BaldBeaver

September 1st, 2011
9:16 am

The dogs will win and the dog nation will proclaim to be the next champions of the sec and mnc only to lose to the Gamecocks the next week. Thus the beginning of slamming Richt will begin anew.

DawgFanInDC

September 1st, 2011
9:17 am

schultzie you are always wrong. You prob though obozo would be the best thing since RWR too…Dawgs by 14

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Joe

September 1st, 2011
9:19 am

“Well why would you feel them over Boise? Boise has the better more experienced qb. Boise has 2 first team all americans who actually play and not kick the ball. They have much more experience and aren’t relying on a freshman to run.”

You really are dense aren’t you. More size, speed, and talent all over the field as to why you’d feel UGA over Boise. UGA’s offensive and defensive line dwards Boise’s. A freshman RB that’s far more talented than Boise’s experienced RB.

Then again, why am I arguing with a probable Tech idiot. Your program hasn’t been relevant in 60 years.

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PreyDawg

September 1st, 2011
9:24 am

Schultz. If I could get the emotion out of it I would pick against the Dawgs too. Your pick is based on solid reasoning. Unfortunately, I pick Ga. games with the heart not the head.

Dawgs shock college football and win by 21

Dawg Tell

September 1st, 2011
9:24 am

Schultz,not so fast my friend.Dawgs by 10 on Boise and lose by 10 to USCe.Wish we could win both,but just not feeling it. Go Dawgs!

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Go Dawgs

September 1st, 2011
9:25 am

Schultz, why wont you answer the question of why the UGA/BSU game is not in the sack Schultz contest? Your public demands it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PaulPaul

September 1st, 2011
9:25 am

Dawgs win because of defense. If Ben Jones has trouble blocking Geathers and Jenkins I do not think the Boise center is going to do any better. Having played the game big good man usually wears down smaller good man. There are two good big men that will wear them down in the middle and the rest of our defense matches their speed plus our players really hit. Our offense is going to surprise from what I am hearing. We do not have a depth or tallent issue at receiver as some fear. Our offensive line is also much better even with depth issues. Some of the younger guys are going to step up.
Dawns win by 7 to 10

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TallyDawg

September 1st, 2011
9:26 am

@Orlando Dawg – I’m leaving the Sunshine State tomorrow (Tallahassee) for Atlanta! Go Dawgs!!
Excited – I’ve never been to the Dome

" HOT " seat ---- in the Georga Dome

September 1st, 2011
9:26 am

Wofford on steroids was 10-3 last year and 8-1 in the Southern Conference.

Orlando Dawg.

September 1st, 2011
9:28 am

UGA’s deffensive line and linebackers will control the game.The dawgs have far more size and speed.

Go Dawgs

September 1st, 2011
9:28 am

Schultz, Dawgs win by 14+.

Orlando Dawg.

September 1st, 2011
9:29 am

The Dome is great TallyDawg.Go Dawgs!!

TallyDawg

September 1st, 2011
9:31 am

It’s hard to know what to expect from the Dawgs in this first game for various reasons. One of the biggest reasons to me is that I can’t quite figure out who is going to be able to play the game full speed and who is one long stride away from repulling a muscle. Sounds like Jenkins is still hurt. Sounds like Crowell is ok now. Figgins? Samuel? Anyone more up to date on the injury situation? Seems like it hasn’t been discussed too much this week.

what of it?

September 1st, 2011
9:32 am

Richt has already said this game doesn’t make the season, so it doesn’t sound like he’ll be too surprised if they lose. We’ve also done nothing to shore up a dreadful secondary from last year, and last I checked Boise likes to play the long ball.

Thanks for not drinking the kool-aid Shultz. Best sports writer on ajc by far

PMC

September 1st, 2011
9:37 am

Can’t wait for tOSU vs. Miami U Convicts vs the Convicts.

Maybe Shapiro can help out Maurice Clarett too.

Rodster

September 1st, 2011
9:38 am

Funny stuff as alwasy Jeff. Best part of the week in my opinion. We want The Count. We want The Count. We want The Count…

TallyDawg

September 1st, 2011
9:38 am

@ what of it – If Smith’s foot is ok (there again, I don’t know if it really is – he’s wearing a boot but saying he’s going to play)…but if he is ok – he and Boykin in the secondary should be pretty stout..

DJ

September 1st, 2011
9:39 am

Georgia will win plain and simple!

Dawg Whisperer

September 1st, 2011
9:40 am

Turnovers are the key. If the RBs hang onto the ball and block, chalk up a win for the dawgs. Speed kills and UGA D will play with more speed and confidence with a year under their belt in the 3-4. UGA 24-14.

1eyedJack

September 1st, 2011
9:41 am

TallyDawg

September 1st, 2011
9:42 am

maybe I’m drinking the kool-aid. But, I’m expecting big things from the defense. I agree with “@ what of it”, about Richt’s outwards attitude towards the game/season, but maybe/hopefully he is different in the locker room about it. However, regardless of Richt’s attitude or priorities, I believe Grantham is night and day from Richt and has more say so in the defense’s attitude about the game.

RunningDog

September 1st, 2011
9:42 am

Not feeling the Dawgs this weekend, huh, Jeff? Dang, I guess I’ll give away my tickets and catch some soccer at a pub somewhere.
Thanks for the tip.

dtanner

September 1st, 2011
9:43 am

always laugh my butt off at the weekend predictions,and does anybody give a damn about tech vs western carolina?

rduck

September 1st, 2011
9:43 am

love the Billy Madison reference Jeff. I can see Shalala at the end sreaming “It’s all about the U”!

WDE

September 1st, 2011
9:44 am

Jeff you could be right about UGA/Boise but I hope not.

TallyDawg

September 1st, 2011
9:45 am

Just look at Grantham’s response to Richt’s comments about the bowl game. Grantham straight up said his defense did their job “that” game and he right. He stands up for his defense and seems to focus on them as their own unit – own identity. Offense may be finesse, but defense is not going to be under Grantham this season.

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Fumbles

September 1st, 2011
9:45 am

Dogs will have plenty of fumbles and 2 int’s. They lose 30-18