Weekend Predictions: No sacrifices, but Falcons, LSU win

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Welcome back to Weekend Predictions, where we may fool you into taking one of our Just Kidding Picks once a while — Georgia over South Carolina? Just kidding — but we would never pimp out our abused young pawns to the highest bidder for the sake of a case of footballs, new carpeting and a dozen legal pads. Because then, we would be no better than a financially desperate athletic director.

And speaking of Georgia State. What next? Maybe lease out 20 or 30 players to the Atlanta Police Department for Taser practice? That would clear $100,000.

In another attempt to provide a thoroughly enriching college football experience — go with it — Georgia State athletic director Cheryl Levick has brokered deals to throw her fledgling program’s abused slabs of meat into the center of the Roman Coliseum against Alabama and West Virginia next season and Oregon in 2015.

See, I don't make up my pop culture references.

Wait, I thought Cheryl Levick had blonde hair?

For these three sacrifices, GSU will make $2.15 million, less medical expenses that the HMO won’t cover. Players will receive a free second trip to the soft-food bar in the cafeteria.

The Panthers are 0-6 this season. They’ve been outscored 236-71. Two more routs, and they qualify for FEMA funding. And yet, the school jumped from the Colonial to the Sun Belt for financial reasons, ensuring more dismemberings in 2013. Now there’s the non-conference schedule, direct from The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (circa 1967).

I don’t know. Maybe Levick is bucking for the Savannah State job (first two games this season: losses to Oklahoma State and Florida State by a combined 139-0). I’d be fine with these deals if the school president agreed to play left tackle and the athletic director played quarterback. But that would be too, oh, I don’t know, courageous?

Feh.

Meanwhile, back to real football:

South Carolina didn’t have to pay Georgia anything for last week’s body slam. Now it tries to keep it going against LSU. Bad timing. The Roosters are coming off an emotional high. The Tigers are coming off a loss to Florida. The game is in Baton Rouge (where LSU has won 21 straight).

Not overly confident about this pick (obviously). Just a feeling: LSU over South Carolina (and the 2½ is covered).

SCHOOL DAZE

Uga needed a week to sleep off last week's game.

Uga needed a week to sleep off last week's game.

Georgia: Off. Coaches searched for the idiots who egged players houses, but followed their game plan and ended up in Spartanburg.

Georgia Tech: Off. No, really this time.

Auburn at Mississippi: The Tigers are 6-point underdogs to Ole Miss, triggering a clause in Gene Chizik’s contract that reads, “The locksmith will be arriving on Tuesday.” Take Auburn and 6 (but Rebels win).

Florida at Vanderbilt: Great story from Will Muschamp about how when he got the job at Florida, “There were only three things left in a very barren office, and that was three national championship trophies. I think our athletic director left them on purpose.” Nothing like sending a message. Gators cover 8.

Missouri players break from a team meeting.

Missouri players break from a team meeting.

Alabama at Missouri: Five Mizzou players were suspended for marijuana last week. Gary Pinkel must be making recruiting in-roads in Georgia. Alabama covers 21½.

Kentucky at Arkansas: Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was in an accident. But he was in a car, not on a motorcycle, and his sociology professor wasn’t a passenger — so when you think about, the program is making tremendous progress. Piggies cover 17.

Tennessee at Ms. State: The others Dogs are 5-0, but their wins have come over Jackson State, Auburn, Troy, South Alabama, Kentucky and … wait, did I leave out the Connecticut School of Broadcasting? Grab the 3, but Tennessee wins straight up.

Weekend Predictions salutes “Mongo” (in memory of Alex Karras)

NFL SIX PACK

Lookout: Fatbeard and Raiders are running off tackle again. (Via SouthParkStudios.com

It looks like "Fatbeard"and the Raiders are setting up the run.

Raiders at Falcons: The Falcons are 5-0, but there are two things they haven’t done well: 1) Run the ball (21st in NFL); 2) Stop the run (27th). But given that the Raiders rank 32nd in rushing, just ahead of UTEP and comatose, I don’t see this being an issue. Birds cover 9.

Vikings at Redskins: Robert Griffin III was fine after getting hit by Sean Weatherspoon last week, except for the fact he thought he was Thurston Howell III. Seriously, the dude had no idea where he was, but suddenly the Redskins claim he has been medically “cleared” to practice? By who, Dr. Seuss? I call Bolshoi. Take the Vikings straight up and the gift 2.

Lions at Eagles: Ndamukong Suh is upset that two unnamed NFL executives in a Pro Football Weekly story said the Lions are overrated and “Suh belongs on the All-Hype team.” Question: When you’re 1-3, shouldn’t you just shut up? Eagles cover 4½.

Packers at Texans: I’m not a big stats guy, but Aaron Rodgers already has been sacked 21 times this season. That’s a season pace of 67, give or take a spleen. But there’s a hole in Houston’s defense where Brian Cushing used to be. Take the 3½ and the Pack on the road.

Broncos at Chargers: Wonder if Peyton Manning (2-3) expected to have a worse record than Andrew Luck (2-2) at this point? Take the 2, but Denver wins straight up.

Cowboys at Ravens: Jerry Jones’ birth certificate says he turns 70 on Saturday, but of course he has grandkids older than his face. (I know. Cheap and easy.) Ravens cover 3½.

When I hear Ndamukong Suh, I think of Lesley Gore

TIME TO SETTLE UP

Or, as my Russian friend from “Rounders” would say…

Last week: 7-4 straight up, 6-5 against the spread.

So far, so good: 50-16 straight up, 38-26-2 against the spread.

Sack Schultz update: Went 10-5 last week, not great. Our overall leader is still “KarlaMoshe” of Kansas with 73 wins.

Lilly’s pick of the week: She’s 3-3 and in danger of being placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. (See what I did there?) This week, she took the cheese: South Carolina over LSU.

Lilly is going against me this week, taking Gamecocks over Tigers.

Lilly is going against me this week. She is taking the Gamecocks over Tigers.

By Jeff Schultz


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146 comments Add your comment

Tokyo Tom

October 11th, 2012
12:01 pm

The Raiders couldn’t beat the Falcons even if Mongo knocked out Freddie Falcon!

Hanky Panky

October 11th, 2012
12:06 pm

UGA: HIRE JON GRUDEN FOR UGA HEAD COACH.

DRAFT JON GRUDEN. MAKE THE CALL. MAKE IT HAPPEN.

DAWG NATION: START THE MOVEMENT. JON GRUDEN FOR UGA HEAD COACH.

USMC

October 11th, 2012
12:08 pm

Jeff,

I believe your “LSU WINS” prediction will not come through because LSU is very limited on offense this year and while the defense is great, they are not playing at the level they did last year in order to compensate for a weak offense. We will see.

I see South Carolina beating LSU AND Florida… and BEATING Alabama in the SEC CG.

Joe

October 11th, 2012
12:09 pm

sad that the expectations and the message from OUR AD isnt like that of the Fla AD….thought he might have learned something in 19 years….I guess it still rings true…..I just dont know what happens to those ADs when they get to Georgia!

Tokyo Tom

October 11th, 2012
12:11 pm

What is going on at GSU? I still don’t understand the need for a college football program there, let alone a FBS program. The payoffs from Bama, WVA, & Oregon still won’t cover the expenses of the program and won’t help draw more than 10,000 to the Dome. They should have stuck with building their basketball program with local talent who could consistently take the team to the NCAA tournament (I feel Coach Hunter is the right person for the job)

USMC

October 11th, 2012
12:12 pm

UGA needs to hire Bobby Petrino.
He has done his “I repent” tour since his mishap in Arkansas.
He is the BEST college football coach available, and the SEC team(AUB, UT, UK) that hires him for next season will FAR surpass UGA in the next two years.
Mark Richt has done a great job for UGA, but is showing signs of stagnation and complacency.

dougmo2

October 11th, 2012
12:12 pm

You were wrong last week picking against Gamecocks. You will be wrong again. Mettenburger is not as good a quarterback as he seems. Carolina wins and wins again next week.

Mike S.

October 11th, 2012
12:14 pm

Jeff, good call on the LSU game I think. People regularly underestimate having to play two emotional games in a row in CFB. I dont believe UGA would have beat South Carolina, but I do think UGA playing Tennessee the week before factored into that awful first quarter. Meanwhile South Carolina was playing Kentucky. LSU did also lose to UF, but that was on the road against a UF team that was coming off a bye week. UGA will get some payback in their favor at the end of the month. They play UF after a bye week and Kentucky. Meanwhile, UF must travel to Vandy and play South Carolina.

Mike S.

October 11th, 2012
12:15 pm

That picture of the Missouri team meeting is priceless! lol

DIT

October 11th, 2012
12:16 pm

The only was LSU beats sc is if sc has a total meltdown and forgets how to play. That game they played last week boosted their confidence. Sc by 10.

USMC

October 11th, 2012
12:18 pm

“I just dont know what happens to those ADs when they get to Georgia!”

I wouldn’t fall into that trap… You better believe McGarity will make the change when the time & circumstances are right.

He tactfully put Mark Richt on notice before last season and structured his contract accordingly.

Watch.

Mike S.

October 11th, 2012
12:19 pm

One thing that always cracks me up when I hear people talk about the CFB regular season as a playoff…rarely do teams play back to back games against top opponents. When it does happen, it usually doesnt go as expected. That’s what would happen in a real playoff. There are no bye weeks, paycheck games, or conference bottom feeders in between playoff games. Everyone expects SC to beat LSU and UF on the road in consecutive weeks just because they ambushed UGA at home the week after UGA played a very emotional game against UT. I’m betting we see something very different.

Umm

October 11th, 2012
12:20 pm

“Back to real football” Sure, like that Wing-T that GT runs. Got it! Or that fraud of a football team in Athens. Look out, South Carolina just scored again.

Sonny Clusters

October 11th, 2012
12:21 pm

Deer 2 Buck Commanders 0

UF Rox

October 11th, 2012
12:28 pm

Nope.
S.Car. wins, no question, but UF, looking to next week’s matchup wth the Cocks, plays a classic trap game in Nashville.
At least we host Spurrier in the Swamp!

Good Lord

October 11th, 2012
12:33 pm

Ole Miss 42
Auburn 17

HUH???? continues to insult anyone who mentions that Auburn is not any good and the coach is on the hot seat while bashing UGA and telling everyone that he is smarter than them(HINT: He is not)

LSU 20
SC 17

Spurrier cries and whines about how he is playing LSU

Missed something Jeff

October 11th, 2012
12:33 pm

Lock of the week: Master

Sidslid

October 11th, 2012
12:35 pm

Don’t know if West Virginia will be able to maintain the “don’t score 100″ etiquette of college football against Georgia State

If it weren't for Lilly...

October 11th, 2012
12:39 pm

Schultz would not have any friends

arrowhead1959

October 11th, 2012
12:41 pm

All we heard all summer was about Georgia’s “easy” schedule, but no mention that Alabama doesn’t play Ga, South Carolina or Fla? I guess Les Miles is no Steve Superior…

dick whiskey

October 11th, 2012
12:46 pm

just give me some weekend predictions! and jeff i told you the chihuahua’s were going down last week, and scarolina’s going down this week

It's Almost Friday

October 11th, 2012
12:47 pm

Jeff – Is Lilly available for the defensive coordinator’s job at Tech? We’ll take her.

dtanner

October 11th, 2012
12:53 pm

one thing GSU will have going for it next year, will be minus the legendary? HC bill curry

DB

October 11th, 2012
12:53 pm

USMC – Suprrier has never had an undefeated team. Even when he had better teams than he has now at USCe. USCe loses to both LSU & UF.

SimpleDawg

October 11th, 2012
12:57 pm

I believe the Gamecocks are for real….

…which means that they have a serious chance to run the table. The BIG Table.

Can you imagine Spurrier’s Ego if they do? They will have to play the BCS NC game outdoors….

…he wouldn’t be able to get it out of an indoor stadium without a retractable roof.

Chuck

October 11th, 2012
12:59 pm

Keep picking against South Carolina, Jeff. You picked Georgia to beat them for the last three years in a row, and missed all three. Carolina fans will let you keeping picking against the Gamecocks, and USC will go all the way to the BCS Title game at that rate.

Flat Tire on I95 in Jacksonville

October 11th, 2012
1:13 pm

SC will lose bad!

Jeff Schultz

October 11th, 2012
1:17 pm

USMC — Agree that LSU is limited on offense. Still think they win a low-scoring game.

Jeff Schultz

October 11th, 2012
1:18 pm

Mike S — Agree. Emotions and home field always huge, especially in SEC.

Jeff Schultz

October 11th, 2012
1:19 pm

Missed Something Jeff — Next week I’ll try to get in two locks. Or lox. See what I did there?

Jeff Schultz

October 11th, 2012
1:20 pm

“If it weren’t for Lilly … Schultz would not have any friends”

<<< Still puts me one ahead of you.

Jeff Schultz spelled backwards is Ffej Ztluhcs

October 11th, 2012
1:21 pm

I believe if Mr. Schultz made a prediction on the braves we might have won that game on Friday :(

Jeff Schultz

October 11th, 2012
1:22 pm

It’s Almost Friday — Lilly likes her sleep too much. But I’ll bring the offer to her and let you know.

Glsjunior

October 11th, 2012
1:26 pm

Paul Giamatti doesn’t like GSU…I suppose we should fold the program now,,,

If it weren't for Lilly...

October 11th, 2012
1:31 pm

Yea Jeff you are still #1 in my book

Red Stick

October 11th, 2012
1:33 pm

No smack talk intended here but I just don’t see SC playing lights out 2 weeks in a row. Plus it’s a night game in Tiger Stadium. Trust me, as a 30 year season ticket holder, there is a huge difference in day and night games at LSU.

The crowd will be fired up and I can tell you Shaw will be using hand signals when they are deep on both ends of the field. No place is louder than a big-time night game in Baton Rouge.

I would be very nervous if I was a Gamecock fan. That said I hope our visitors have a good time and a safe trip.

j t keene

October 11th, 2012
1:33 pm

Yeah, you were so cool on that UGA over S.C. pick, and a long way from being right. Like Bear Bryant once said “all that rah-rah stuff is good but when you line up to kick off you better have some players”. Granted, LSU has players but so does S.C. and they are playing head and shoulders above LSU. They must love you in Vegas.

SecGuy

October 11th, 2012
1:37 pm

Glsjunior…that was a good one.

Clem13

October 11th, 2012
1:37 pm

I expect South Carolina to lose at LSU. South Carolina is good, but overrated. South Carolina wanted to beat Georgia way more than Georgia wanted to win. After all, it is just South Carolina. South Carolina has never won any championship and has one or two good years and think they are elite and they are still in the bottom tier of the SEC. Spurrier will retire within two years so they will be back to being lowly South Carolina.

Hankie Aron

October 11th, 2012
1:39 pm

Jeff- Thanks for the weekend predictions. Always nice on a normally boring Thursday for me.

DONNAN OF A NEW ERA

October 11th, 2012
1:46 pm

I think USC beats LSU.

UGA plays who?

Falcons lose in a close one.

Panthers

October 11th, 2012
1:46 pm

Panthers are terrible this year clearly no argument, but they did manage to score 13 against Tennessee where Savannah State was shut out by FSU and OSU and GSU beat Savannah State on their 6th game during their inaugural season so I’m not sure the Savannah State comparison is relevant, but this kind of comparison is what Schultz is know for.

HUH?????

October 11th, 2012
1:47 pm

“HUH???? continues to insult anyone who mentions that Auburn is not any good and the coach is on the hot seat while bashing UGA and telling everyone that he is smarter than them(HINT: He is not)”

I see I have a cult following. Looks like I scared some folks.

HUH?????

October 11th, 2012
1:49 pm

“HIRE JON GRUDEN FOR UGA HEAD COACH.”

Why? All he did was win a Super Bowl with Tony Dungee’s players. Notice how NO ONE in the NFL has ever wanted him as a head coach.

DawgNole

October 11th, 2012
1:57 pm

Mike S.
October 11th, 2012
12:14 pm

Jeff, good call on the LSU game I think. People regularly underestimate having to play two emotional games in a row in CFB. I dont believe UGA would have beat South Carolina, but I do think UGA playing Tennessee the week before factored into that awful first quarter. Meanwhile South Carolina was playing Kentucky. LSU did also lose to UF, but that was on the road against a UF team that was coming off a bye week. UGA will get some payback in their favor at the end of the month. They play UF after a bye week and Kentucky. Meanwhile, UF must travel to Vandy and play South Carolina.
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Agree with your stance on consecutive emotional games. But you’re incorrect about UGA playing UF after a bye week. Wish you were right, because that rare two-week rest ahead of the gators has helped the Dawgs some in the past.

GSU Panthers

October 11th, 2012
2:02 pm

That was completely unnecessary, Schultz. At least GSU schedules tough opponents, and that’s commendable for a small fish trying to build a program in a big pond. Screw you.

Mary's nasty mouth scores $85K

October 11th, 2012
2:09 pm

What’s the spread on the falcons this weekend. I got a few extra dollars to bet.

Pat Dye

October 11th, 2012
2:47 pm

Auburn’s not man enough to cover the 6

gdawginkalamzoo

October 11th, 2012
2:57 pm

LSU defense just isn’t the same without the Stoney Badger back there. I think SC beats them. SC didn’t have to work too hard last weekend so they are rested and healthy.

AngryClemsonFan

October 11th, 2012
3:02 pm

You got Dabo’d last week. He punched in that last TD just to beat the spread and give you a big “L” in your pick column.