Predictions: It’s time for bowls(!), contest (!) and BCS (ugh)

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Welcome to the next-to-last BCS bowl season, or as we like to call it: “The mole in the middle of our forehead that the plastic surgeon said he can’t remove for another two years because the deals are in place, conference commissioners have been bagged, athletic directors already have used the free golf clubs, the booze cruise just left port, it’s too late to cancel the caterers, and, dang it, Mike Slive just took the last shrimp!” So we’re stuck.

After 15 years, it’s almost gone. After 17 years, it will be. (How did the BCS get to vote before it was 18?) We’re left with a palatable title game (Alabama-Notre Dame) but a nonsensical way of getting there and zero postseason drama.

BCS road map looks something like this.

BCS road map looks something like this.

Well, except this: (Promotion coming. I feel so dirty.) There’s still time to enter the “Sack Schultz” Bowl Special. We’re giving away $200 in gift cards to Marlow’s, which should buy a lot of wings. Don’t worry that some of the 36 bowls have been played because the contest is heavily weighted toward the BCS games. To enter, just go to ajc.com/go/SackSchultzBowl2012 and pick the winners of the remaining games.

Now, onto the games:

Georgia is in the Capital One Bowl. Not a BCS bowl. Why? Because the Bulldogs effectively were penalized for beating Florida, winning the East and playing for the SEC championship (then losing) while the Gators sat in a La-Z-Boy eating a box of Ding Dongs (not losing). This reaffirms the need for mandatory drug testing — not for players, but for everybody who came up with this system.

Picking bowl winners is tricky. Most of the best players usually have their heads in the NFL. (I think A.J. Green was hiding behind a bush in the Liberty Bowl.) But I don’t expect that to be a problem for Georgia. This is a pretty together group that seems to want to win its final game.

Nebraska? Just gave up 70 points and 539 yards rushing to Wisconsin. Were they eaten by lions or something?

Easy pick: Dogs cover 10.

20 BCS jokes (kinda, sorta)

BOWLING TIME

Nothing says bowl season more than a coach wearing wearing a dumb hat. (via @USC_athletics on Twitter)

Nothing says bowl season more than a coach wearing wearing a dumb hat. (via @USC_athletics on Twitter)

Sun (Georgia Tech vs. USC): Monte Kiffin resigned from his son’s coaching staff at USC, yet for some reason still claims Lane in the family tree. Just as well. The Trojans have allowed 39, 62, 17, 38 and 22 points in the past five games. Lane was about to tell his dad he couldn’t drive any more. Trojans win but give me Tech and 10.

Chick-fil-A (LSU vs. Clemson): Add Tech as a round-robin, and this would be the Dan Radakovich Rolling Resume Bowl. Not to put all of this on Dabo Swinney, but the ACC went 0-4 against the SEC in the final week of the season and is 9-16 in bowls against Bigfoot in the BCS era. And here comes another pie in the face: LSU covers 4½.

Outback (South Carolina vs. Michigan): Hard-working, humble, disciplined, classy, widely respected and admired by players and coaches, never makes himself the story . . . you know, the funniest thing is Steve Spurrier probably thinks I’m describing him, not Brady Hoke. Wolverines cover 6.

Rose (Stanford vs. Wisconsin): We bow in the direction of new Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, who made 106 phone calls to tell each of his Utah State players that he was leaving for another job. It’s sort of like what Bobby Petrino did, only without the phone calls, the human contact, the xeroxed note or the vapor trails. Stanford covers 6½.

To Chip Kelly: Before you leave, I have 3 questions

Hey, which way to the Orange Bowl?

Hey, which way to the Orange Bowl?

Orange (FSU vs. Northern Illinois): Sit around children: Let me tell you about a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and people cared about the Orange Bowl. Seminoles cover 13.

Sugar (Florida vs. Louisville): Will Muschamp has something he didn’t have in his first bowl game: a cheering section. Gators win, but take Louisville and 14.

Fiesta (Oregon vs Kansas State): Why is Chip Kelly wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey? Ducks cover 9.

Cotton (Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma): I’m not sure anybody did a better coaching job this season than Kevin Sumlin, and I’m including Brian Kelly and Bill O’Brien. On a related note, Bob Stoops seldom is in these conversations any more? Aggies cover 4½.

BCS (Alabama vs. Notre Dame): Nick Saban told his Michigan State players he wasn’t going to LSU. But he did. He told Miami, “I guess I have to say it. I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.” But about seven minutes later, he was. Now he’s denying he’s going to the Cleveland Browns. Know why I believe him this time? Bama has more NFL players. Tide covers 9½.

Rare footage of Nick Saban at The Improv


Time to settle up

sports_betting_1“You can eat your betting money but don’t bet your eating money.” — Proverb.

Previous chapter (forgettable): 5-5 straight up, 3-7 against the line.

Bottom dollars (better): 115-40 straight up, 88-65-2 against the line.

Lilly Pick of Week: Lilly is continuing her boycott of the BCS system and declined to pick a bowl game. However, she did chew up a Western Kentucky media guide.

180 comments Add your comment

Michael Ruffin

December 27th, 2012
11:36 am

If the new system were in place this year, which teams would be in the “playoff”?

DP

December 27th, 2012
11:40 am

“Georgia is in the Capital One Bowl. Not a BCS bowl. Why? Because the Bulldogs effectively were penalized for beating Florida, winning the East and playing for the SEC championship (then losing) while the Gators sat in a Lazy Boy eating a box of Ding Dongs (not losing). This reaffirms the need for mandatory drug testing — not for players, but for everybody who came up with this system.”

Jeff, how does Florida’s record against ranked teams this year compare with Georgia’s?

Jeff Schultz

December 27th, 2012
11:40 am

Michael Ruffin — No way of knowing because poll/selection criteria/panel is going to change.

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 27th, 2012
11:41 am

BCS is B S. Even after it goes to a 4 team playoff it will still be B S. Nothing less than an 8 team playoff will work. Still – ti’s better than the helping of B S we are getting this year. The only justice is that Florida is playing a basketball school (Louisville). Georgia beat Florida straight up on the field – and should be ranked ahead of them. How d I know UGA is better than Florida – ’cause they got the “W” – CASE CLOSED!

Sonny Clusters

December 27th, 2012
11:43 am

Well, Clusters are always thinking baseball and we looked up “shower movies” on google and we was wondering who Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor are and we was wondering if Chipper knew they was in the movie?

Michael Ruffin

December 27th, 2012
11:43 am

OK. Thanks. I think I read somewhere that the four teams will be picked by a committee. That sounds like it will be controversy-free, huh?

DP

December 27th, 2012
11:44 am

Well Duh, by that criteria South Carolina is 4 touchdowns better than Georgia and should be playing in a bigger bowl than Georgia.

Sonny Clusters

December 27th, 2012
11:47 am

The way we see it Clemson should be a big favorite in the Chik-fil-A Bowl because Clemson is peach country and the Chik-fil-A Bowl is really the Peach Bowl with a different name. If we was picking we would not be picking peaches but that’s how they are harvested for when you see them at the roadside stands. We hope that clears things up.

TheBabe

December 27th, 2012
11:54 am

Other than making his mother proud, are Sonny Cousters’ blogs worth the tiny amount of space they consume?

ideas

December 27th, 2012
11:57 am

HEY DP….How does Florida’s record compare against Georgia to Georgias record against Florida…..WHOOPS, there it is. Georgia defeated, quite easily, Florida.

Columbus Dawg

December 27th, 2012
11:59 am

Hey Jeff, Alabama and Notre Dame have played six times. Alabama has NEVER beaten a ranked Notre Dame team. Notre Dame has won EVERY post season meeting against the Tide boxes. Alabama beat an unranked Notre Dame team early in the 1986 season. Place your bet the way you like, but the Irish will whip Bama to take the National Title from them once again. You all heard it here first. Jeff, how about if I am right, you make your headline, Golden Domers whip Mobile Homers?

Steve

December 27th, 2012
11:59 am

Our heart goes out to the poor Yellow Jackets for being “stood up” for dinner in exciting El Paso by USC. Sympathy cards and flowers are being accepted for the rest of the week on the Tech campus. Also, donations can be made at your local Wells Fargo branch.

Steve

December 27th, 2012
12:01 pm

Columbus Dawg, that was a different time and different players. What happened many years ago should not matter.

GTT

December 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

@DP – 17-9. Happy New Year.

Ron Roberts

December 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

Michael Ruffin,

Tennessee was ranked when you played ‘em; see how well that worked for their head coach? DISCARD

You gonna hang your hat on beating a “ranked” ACC opponent, then? ‘Cause outside of that, the records are pretty much evenl oh except for in Jacksonville.

Columbus Dawg

December 27th, 2012
12:13 pm

Steve, I know that it SHOULD not matter, but if the Irish can do a better job on Lacy and Yeldon than Georgia’s soft defense did, then they will win. Bama’ QB will NOT win this game without a heap of rushing yards. Bama’s OL is one of the best in NCAA because it’s players HOLD the opposition’s defensive players on EVERY down, and NEVER get called on it. They will not get away with this against Notre Dame. I sure would not bet my eating money on Bama this time around!

Steve

December 27th, 2012
12:20 pm

We shall see! I just don’t see ND winning after getting lucky or barely winning several games this year. Go Dawgs and SEC!

JB

December 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

Tide shows ND what real men do on a football field…..As would Georgia, SC, LSU and maybe even Vandy……And newcomers Texas A&M surely would.

DYNAMICBIGBOY

December 27th, 2012
12:40 pm

HEY DP, the better question is who won the game between UF and UGA? Thought so.

dawggirl

December 27th, 2012
12:41 pm

I’ve missed the Weekend Predictions. Also miss seeing Lilly, but I don’t blame her for boycotting the BCS. These first round of bowls are so painful. Wake me up when we get to a real game.

JSS

December 27th, 2012
12:41 pm

Look at Clusters going all educational!

JSS

December 27th, 2012
12:44 pm

“Tide shows ND what real men do on a football field…..As would Georgia, SC, LSU and maybe even Vandy…”

What are they going to put in a DVD of the Seattle-49ers game? Otherwise, it is 18-22 year olds with subsidies playing to entertain over attached old folks…

Flat Tire and Still Refusing to Drink delusional Kool-aid

December 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

No excuse in losing to Nebraska

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

Jefff…….

I guess this is your last parting shots at Florida for 2012….???? Last time I checked, playing and beating FSU this year was not a “Lazy Boy” chair just before the SEC title game…..and neither was playing and beating Texas A&M, LSU, and South Carolina before that…..hardly the “Lasy Boy” schedules that Bama and Georgia played this year. And…yes….Georgia won square this year….but I would not hesitate to say that both Georgia and Bama would prefer playing Notre Dame over Florida in a National TItle game. Florida is like Georgia in 2007….when at the end of the year….Georgia was the best team in the country that year. I think Florida would be a challenge for any team to beat right now. And…..like Muschamp said…..he would have been glad to switch places with Bama or Georgia in the SEC title game….with winning giving Florida the opportunity to play in the NC game….and losing the Senior Bowl. Georgia has its chance and “tipped” the chance away. Dawg fans….and AJC reporters…..need to stop their crying concerning Florida getting a BCS Bowl. And what is the big deal anyway……Florida and Georgia’s reward is to play two teams in a NO WIN bowl game. The BCS sucks…..and most of the bowl games this year suck….including the Sugar and Senior Bowls. Heck…..Nebraska went from playing in the Rose Bowl…to playing in the Senior Bowl….after giving up over 70 points to a 7-5 Wisconsin team. Georgia has nothing but everything to lose by playing Nebraska….at least Florida is playing for the opportunity to finished ranked #2 in the BSC…..and if they do…,they deserve every bit of that ranking over Georgia…because of the SCHEDULE the two teams played. Some reporters I have read and heard….even believe Florida deserves to be in the NC game over Bama this year. I would not go that far, but Florida deserves to be in the Sugar and ranked where they are. And the Gators are going to go into next season ranked in the top 3 to 5….based on which jrs. decide to come back or not.

The Wad

December 27th, 2012
12:51 pm

Columbus Dawg, finally someone is saying what I was yelling all game long! Not to beat a dead horse but that was a horibbly called game on the part of the refs. Even with all that UGA came close to overcoming the men in stripes. Proud of the game and for all the SEC….that game made the SEC look really good and should help in recruiting to the conference those guys in non-conference states that think they are good enough to join the best.

BamafaninGA

December 27th, 2012
12:53 pm

DP were you crying like that when Georgia was in a BCS bowl, and saying they got screwed by not playing for a national championship (while ranked #5), while Tenn ( who won the east by the way) wasn’t in a BCS bowl? what’s good for the goose is good for the gander!!

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

JSS….

I guess you think LSU, South Carolina, and Vandy are better than Florida. Last time I checked, Florida is ranked #3 in the BCS. You should give my Gators more credit than that.

Gabe

December 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

Mich is a 6 point dog. How can you cover when you’re a dog.

Dumb dogs

December 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

Uga played two top 15 teams in the reg season. UF played 5. Both had ONE loss. Why is that so hard to understand. Schedules do matter. I guess morons like JS think if uga played Texas am and lsu, they would have won both. haha.

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
12:58 pm

Now…..I am reading….as usual…..Georgia lost to Bama because of the refs…..and not because of a defense that got worn down because of a lack of depth…..and a tipped pass. How funny. Georgia has a great offense, but the defense was way too thin. The first unit matched up with anyone…..but the backups were not as experienced….and not yet nearly as talented. Georgia’s defense in 2013 is going to be a concern….as was the offensive line this year. Now, Georgia’s OL should be a strength next year…..and the defense is going to be a concern heading into next season.

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
1:01 pm

As a Gator fan, I know Dawg fans have the forum to brag until the end of October of 2013…at least. Have fun til then…….your team earned those rights with their hard fought win this year….over a very good Florida team. But don’t count on the Gators having 6 turnovers again next year……but you can expect another great game….I am sure. Enjoy the 17-9 til then.

Flat Tire and Still Refusing to Drink delusional Kool-aid

December 27th, 2012
1:02 pm

Tampa

The defense is most likely going to be the reason we lose 3 games next year

Grantham was to concerned about pitching shutouts against Auburn and Tech to give the 2nd string more playing time

But hey we made Tech and Aub look terrible thats worth a lot for next season right ;)

Dumb dogs

December 27th, 2012
1:03 pm

Ga beat fla “quite easily” really? needing 6 turnovers and winning by a td is easily. LOL Wow uga has some really stupid fans.
Yep dp using a dog fans rational thinking, sc should be ranked ahead of ga.

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

Flo-Ri-Dub…..

Using your lack of logic…..as usual……Texas A&M should be playing ND instead of Bama….since Bama lost to them…..therefore they are obviously better than Bama….since they got a “W” over Bama. You never cease to amaze me with your thinking processes.

Red Stick

December 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

Every SEC bowl team is favored to win.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

Dumb dogs…….

Missed that one…..South Carolina should obviously be in the Senior Bowl and Georgia in the Outback Bowl….since SC beat Georgia…..”and are obviously” much better than them. ONE GAME….does not make your team better than another team….even if you somehow managed to beat them. Really think A&M would beat Bama if they played again…..seriously. And I doubt Florida would turn the ball over 6 times vs. Georgia if they played again. Georgia deserved the win, but “beat Florida easily”…..is easily the most stupid post of the year. I do not think RIcht or any of the Dawg players think the win over the Gators was easy this year. And it will be a whole lot less easier next October.

Flat Tire and Still Refusing to Drink delusional Kool-aid

December 27th, 2012
1:12 pm

If Texas A&M played Bama 3 more times they would lose all 3 games

A&M caught Bama playing a sloppy game and were caught off guard the 1st qtr due to an emotional win the week before

People refuse to realize after the 1st qtr Bama score 24 pts to their 9

ARdawg

December 27th, 2012
1:19 pm

Flat tire

C’mon guy, we haven’t lost to Nebraska. Are you reading tea leaves or something?

Flat Tire and Still Refusing to Drink delusional Kool-aid

December 27th, 2012
1:21 pm

ARdawg

What are you talking about

pipepimp

December 27th, 2012
1:24 pm

Columbus Dawg, If Golson was in a footrace with a pregnant woman, the best he would finish would be third. ‘Bamas ”D” will eat him alive.

Steve

December 27th, 2012
1:24 pm

Hmmm didn’t know there was a “Senior Bowl” that South Carolina should be in. Who is the sponsor?

DocDawg

December 27th, 2012
1:26 pm

DP who cares? Ga beat Fl again,

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

Flat Tire…..

Lack of experince……not talent…..and a lack of depth…..on D….is going to be an issue for Georgia next year. It is just hard to win in the SEC without a great defense and good depth. Even if you have a very good offense. Defense wins titles in the SEC…..as long as you have a decent offfense….as Bama has had in recent years. I think Florida will fall into the Bama category of recent years next year. Georgia may take a step back because of all the changes to be made on the defensive side of the ball…and the lack of experienced depth. But that is what good coaching is all about. Maybe Richt and Grantham will “coach up” the D….we will see.

JSS

December 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

TampaGator
December 27th, 2012
12:54 pm
“JSS…. I guess you think LSU, South Carolina, and Vandy are better than Florida. ”

Nope, I think it is “bought and paid for SEC and by proxy D-1 cartel football… It is amusement not sport… Kinda like a strip club for folks with false expectations…

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
1:32 pm

Sorry…..I am the “senior”…..and it shows at times. Capitol One Bowl Some day you will reach reitrement age as well.

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
1:33 pm

JSS…..

Not sure what the hell you are saying with that last post…….in response to mine.

TampaGator

December 27th, 2012
1:36 pm

Florida outscored A&M 17 to 0 in that same basic amount of time. A&M could hardly get a first down in the second half once Muschamp and company revised their approach to J – Football.

Flat Tire and Still Refusing to Drink delusional Kool-aid

December 27th, 2012
1:37 pm

Tampa

That was my point lack of experience when instead of worrying about shutting a team out we should have played our less experienced guys more in games like Vandy Aub and Tech

Grantham is showing me more and more that he is more worried about padding his stats in games like Vandy and Aub than worried about giving others more experience; I guess it came back to bite him in the Bama game when the Defense was all worn out at the end of the 3rd qtr

ARdawg

December 27th, 2012
1:42 pm

Flat Tire

This isn’t you?

Flat Tire and Still Refusing to Drink delusional Kool-aid

December 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

No excuse in losing to Nebraska

Joey

December 27th, 2012
1:43 pm

Come on JS, give credit where it is due. Petrino left a couple Post-It_Notes behind, before he started his “Woo Pig Sooie!” calls at midnight.