Dogs in upset! Falcons win! Mt. Richt erupts! (OK, 2 out of 3)

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Welcome back. The Power Ranger jersey burning will be held on North Campus at 11 a.m. Please bring your own lighter fluid, or a Todd Grantham game plan, whichever you consider more flammable.

It’s only one game into the season. But I fear Mark Richt is starting to morph into an extra from “Scanners,” a 1980s sci-fi movie in which relative super creeps with telepathic powers (Scanners) are used by an evil corporation to, like, take over the planet. There’s a cool scene when somebody’s head literally explodes. History tells us that prevented Bobby Petrino from getting the Auburn job. Wait, wrong movie.

Georgia made the cover of Sports Illustrated! Well, sort of.

Georgia made the Sports Illustrated cover. Sorta.

Anyway, on Tuesday Richt snapped  at a reporter when he was asked a second time about the magnitude of this week’s game. On Wednesday, when asked if this was a “must-win” game, he said, “We look at every game like it’s a must-win. So however you want to spin it, you can spin it. You guys spin it any way you want to anyway.”

On Wednesday, Richt launched into a soliloquy (two parts sarcasm, one part edge) when asked if he had lost his temper with players last week:  “You all want to see me snap, is that what it is? … If you guys want me to throw a table or something I’ll do that. Maybe smash a camera, if that makes everybody feel better.”

Actually, speaking for the entire media: Hell to the yeah. That would rock. Beats the heck out of cracking jokes after a two-touchdown loss in a home game and a season opener. It’s also better than having his cranium suddenly explode on the sideline.

Called the Boise State game last week. (You will bow now.) Now I’m calling this: upset.

No. Really.

South Carolina is good, but not that good. These games are always close. Dog-day desperation is worth a few points. A couple of guys are back from suspension. Also, Stephen Garcia is a knucklehead.

Take the gift 3. But Dogs win this straight up. (Otherwise, boom.)

NFL Fridge Pack

Glanville: Preseason champion.

Glanville: Preseason champion.

Falcons at Bears: The Falcons went 0-4 in the preseason. Significance: Jerry Glanville once went 4-0 when it didn’t matter and 5-11 when it did. Chicago finished 30th in offense last season. I’m not sure how much better you get when you add Roy Williams. If the Falcons’ defense doesn’t look good, then 0-4 means something. Birds cover 3.

Colts at Texans: Peyton Manning is Las Vegas. The Colts are Nevada. Welcome to the desert, Indy. Houston covers 8½.

Giants at Redskins: Thirteen years into his ownership, this is what Dan Snyder gets: Rex Grossman beat out John Beck at quarterback. Check? Giants cover 3.

This is Colts' team picture without Peyton Manning.

This is the Colts' team picture without Peyton Manning.

Panthers at Cardinals: Michael Vick phoned Cam Newton to give some advice, and possibly to tell him that Arizona is the closest thing he’ll see to Vanderbilt. Also to not have any friends named P-Funk. Also, the whole fake water bottle thing: Bad idea. Arizona wins but take Carolina and 7.

Lions at Buccaneers: Two early predictions: Matthew Stafford stays upright, and the Lions make the playoffs. Somehow, that exacta makes me feel like I just bet on Poland in 1939. Take Detroit and 2, but also in a straight upset.

I can’t see this enough times: Saturday Night Live’s skit after Michael Vick was detained at the Miami airport for having a fake water bottle that seemed to smell of an herb.

Sis Boom Bah

Georgia Tech at Middle Tenn. St.: Paul Johnson is the only coach I know who can win  a game by 42 points (over Western Carolina) and afterward refer to a couple of his players’ mistakes as “boneheaded.” Then again, he was right. Jackets cover 11.

"You're going down old man, just like this guy to my left."

"You're going down old man, just like this guy to my left." (AP photo)

Mississippi State at Auburn: Shouldn’t Cecil Newton be doing the coin flip? Auburn had to scramble to beat Utah State last week and tumbled out of rankings.  MSU covers 6½.

Alabama at Penn State: I’m getting a vision of Ali-Holmes, except in this version Nick Saban is asking the ref to stop the game and drive Joe Paterno to Shoney’s for two poached eggs and some dry toast. Tide covers 10.

UAB at Florida: Will Muschamp starts his coaching career with Florida Atlantic (41-3) and Alabama-Birmingham. More marshmallows in your cocoa, sir? Gators cover 22.

Miami doesn’t play this week. I just like this shirt that they were selling at Maryland last week.

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The Toteboard

“In any bet, there is a fool and a thief.” — Proverb

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Last week: 6-1 straight up, 5-2 against the line.

This week: Almost certainly undefeated.

• “Sack Schultz” Update: We had 37 folks went 15-0 last week, and therefore cheated. I went 13-2. Tiebreakers went to “Catmand8r” (national) and “scotmce14” (local). It’s not too late to join and possibly win a trip to Hawaii. Go to AJC.com/go/sack-schultz.

By Jeff Schultz

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442 comments Add your comment

jimbob

September 8th, 2011
12:52 pm

First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jimbob

September 8th, 2011
12:53 pm

I am king of the world!!!!!! at least until the next blog.

reebok

September 8th, 2011
12:57 pm

jackets win but it will be close…tech’s not very good. falcons lose. dawgs lose. georgia state and georgia southern both win!!!!

dawgfan

September 8th, 2011
12:59 pm

Schultz, how are we going to block South Carolina’s front if we couldn’t block Boise State’s front? Bad pick.

SupremoDawg

September 8th, 2011
1:00 pm

Jimbob, Get a LIFE!

Scanners movie!

September 8th, 2011
1:01 pm

That was a crazy scene (head blowing up). Dawgies will win! Mark it down. Fans, players, coaches, media, social networks, and alumni are at war with each other about direction of this program. I smell desperation and this dog will bite.

Dawgs defense will play smashmouth on Garcia (knock him out of game) then Connor will have to come in to spell. Good player but not enough. Lattimore will go for 125 but it won’t be enough.

Tide Rising

September 8th, 2011
1:03 pm

Jeff,

I’ve opened another offshore gaming account where the monies are going to be “invested” in your picks. I’m wondering if I’m going to be “the fool or the thief” in betting on your picks.

Blackberry Cobbler

September 8th, 2011
1:05 pm

SCe may not be real good but they’re good enough.

UGA just has too many problems to think they can be corrected in 1 week.

Dawgs lose.

CMR can put up the For Sale sign and start packing.

The dark cloud has a silver lining.

GarnetMoonshine

September 8th, 2011
1:05 pm

Garcia is a knucklehead huh? I comepletely agree with you. But……….. I think that Knucklehead(drunk or sober) pulls out a victory ‘tween the hedges on Saturday.

ArkDawg

September 8th, 2011
1:06 pm

once again , it will boil down to how we do in the trenches, OL has gotta give Murray time to throw a pass, and IC time to actually grab the ball and make a move. The DL has gotta be strong to face Lattimore or else it will be 2010 repeat. If we can not stop but contain the running game, there is no way Garcia throws effectively enough to win. First game between the hedges, im pumped. The east is down again so why not win it. Defense quit the arm tackling please and lastly GO DAWGS!

GTBob

September 8th, 2011
1:07 pm

UGA over USC? Um ok. That is an interesting pick. You must have seen something last week that no one else saw.

GarnetMoonshine

September 8th, 2011
1:07 pm

Tide Rising

September 8th, 2011
1:08 pm

Unfortunately that knucklehead Garcia couldn’t throw a bad pass against Bama last year. He had the game of his life. But of course he reverted back to knucklehead status in most of the other games.

MagnaCarterGT

September 8th, 2011
1:08 pm

If you watched Monday’s Miami-Maryland, you saw plenty of Maryland fans wearing that shirt. It’s a pretty excellent shirt. I’m tempted to buy one myself.

evil genius

September 8th, 2011
1:10 pm

But Knucklehead Garcia led the Gamecocks out of a 17-0 hole.

1eyedJack

September 8th, 2011
1:10 pm

Schultz, tell Bradley to pick the ‘cocks.

1eyedJack

September 8th, 2011
1:11 pm

Schultz, tell Bradley to pick South Carolina.

Fierce Dawg

September 8th, 2011
1:11 pm

what about Packers-Saints jeff?

evil genius

September 8th, 2011
1:12 pm

Enter your comments here

Tide Rising

September 8th, 2011
1:12 pm

Best t-shirt I ever saw was when UF got hit hard by the NCAA in the mid 80s and were guilty of 115 violations. FSU students were wearing t-shirts that said NCAA 115 UF 0.

McDawg

September 8th, 2011
1:13 pm

ever the optimist-i agree w/ you on the dawgs

dang that Kim Kardasian gotta big buttocks

Tide Rising

September 8th, 2011
1:13 pm

If Bradley picks South Carolina then it could be a career saver for Richt.

Tide Rising

September 8th, 2011
1:14 pm

McDawg, Make that big but still nice buttocks.

McDawg

September 8th, 2011
1:14 pm

Thursday night in Columbia-god i could use a drink

McDawg

September 8th, 2011
1:15 pm

JSS

September 8th, 2011
1:18 pm

Crap, another weekend of over-hyped college crapball, I mean football… Between that and phony Sunday of reverence, September 18th can’t get here soon enough!

Oh Jeff Schultz, don’t forget to check under your car, those UGA fatwas are lethal!

Dawg Tired

September 8th, 2011
1:20 pm

Jeff – in your own words as to whether the Dawgs will beat South Carolina” “Just don’t feel it.”

5150 UOAD

September 8th, 2011
1:22 pm

UGA might have a chance if they don’t get too far down when HUTSON MASON comes in to SHOW Murray how to play a Great 4th quarter against a good team.

Maryland players should have that shirt as their Jerseys. That Under Armour out was terrible.
Richt acts like Tom Landry on the sidelines during the games, but Landry was not as SWEET at practices like Richt is.
Star saving all the DAWG post that say MARK IT DOWN Dawgs WIN. It will be fun to start posting those in the 3 qtr Saturday Night. Dawgs will be drinking at NOON it could be a busy night for ACCPD.

lj

September 8th, 2011
1:25 pm

I can guarantee you that South Carolina’s front 4 defensive guys are better then Boise State front 4. Bad pick for Schultz. Schultz bad mouths Richt all the time and then picks the dawgs to win over South Carolina. UGA has one prayer and that is that USC fumbles the game away like they tried to do at East Carolina. Garcia might not be the passer than Murray is but I can tell you one thing he has heart and lots of it to come back from all those suspensions he has had. This kid graduated and could have left the program but did not becuase his teammates wanted him back for one more year. If Garcia had not gotten into the East Carolina game they would have lost that one. He maded the difference. Gamecocks by 2 TD’s in this one.

Brock

September 8th, 2011
1:25 pm

Schultz- you must be outta your mind! Heather Dinich picked Tech to lose to MTSU. And you know she’s always right.

Chuck Allison

September 8th, 2011
1:25 pm

Schultz, I guess you like that t shirt because it contains obscenity. You wouldn’t get away with posting that in a newspaper that has any morals.

T3

September 8th, 2011
1:27 pm

Unless Garcia is drunk, odds favor a big USCe win.

Alphare

September 8th, 2011
1:28 pm

USC(Lattimore/Jeffrey/Allen/Clowney/Garcia)=4
UGA(nobody)=0

5150 UOAD

September 8th, 2011
1:30 pm

UGA has the DREAM going for them just no TEAM

reality check

September 8th, 2011
1:31 pm

GREAT pick. DAWGS win, DAWGS win, DAWGS win!

Go DAWGS!

5150 UOAD

September 8th, 2011
1:32 pm

If MURRAY is 6-9 after this game Richt & Bobo must be fired if Hutson Mason doesn’t Play in the 3rd game against Coastal Carolina.

Alphare

September 8th, 2011
1:33 pm

Sorry, got my maths wrong:

USC(Lattimore/Jeffrey/Allen/Clowney/Garcia)=5
UGA(nobody)=0

Darth Visor

September 8th, 2011
1:34 pm

Dream on, Schultzie.

Hollywould

September 8th, 2011
1:34 pm

REALLY JEFF, Cocks 27 dawgs 10 Aub. upsets MSU, Falcons cover War Eagle!!!

tvradioguy

September 8th, 2011
1:36 pm

Well, at least the bulldogs made it to the cover of SI. Not sure that is how they wanted to do it though. ;)

Delbert D.

September 8th, 2011
1:36 pm

Sgt. Schultz: “I know nothinnng! I hear nothinnng!”

Schnookems

September 8th, 2011
1:38 pm

Hey… at what point does Tech play a team in Division 1A?

Handy Manny

September 8th, 2011
1:39 pm

Sorry Jeff , South Carolina wins BIG ! 45-17

Illinois Jacket

September 8th, 2011
1:40 pm

Best tshirt i saw was in the early 90s also involved the U:

FSU = 24
National Champs “The U” = 10

We really need a college playoff

Michael Ironside of 'Scanners' fame

September 8th, 2011
1:40 pm

Bobo must gogo. I just don’t see the Dawgs winning this, unless Bobo has turned into some version of Mike Leach over the last week. Ditto for Grantham. Unless he has acquired the defensive savy of Nick Saban, the Dawgs are doomed, and I’m gonna come up there and make both Bobo and Richt’s head explode at the same time. It will be good, must-see TV.

CarolinaFan67

September 8th, 2011
1:42 pm

Shultz, you must have been drinking when you picked the dawgs over Carolina! Helen Keller could pick this one. Carolina wins by 10

Bill Clinton

September 8th, 2011
1:43 pm

You are such a homer.

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

September 8th, 2011
1:44 pm

People,

Schultz does not care or acknowledge the “first” trophy here. Please stop.

5150 UOAD

September 8th, 2011
1:44 pm

Schnookems
September 8th, 2011
1:38 pm

Hey… at what point does Tech play a team in Division 1A?

Are you really that STUPID? What do you call the SUN BELT Conference?

UGA plays Coastal Carolina next week they are not Div 1 or FBS

iTiSi

September 8th, 2011
1:45 pm

JS is going straight to the “crazy house” just like MB already has. If Marcus Lattimore got 182 yds. last year against the DAWGS and has bulked up with an extra 20 lbs. this year, how many will he get? He could be playing on many NFL teams right now. So much for wishful thinking. Sometimes it’s like pot, and it skews the thought process. Yeh, I am a DAWGS fan but know reality when I see it. MR is not only losing games the DAWGS use to win, he is losing recruits right and left that UGA use to get.