Predictions: Dogs win, Falcons lose, Jameis safe

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With Mississippi State ranked No. 1, the Kansas City Royals going to the World Series and the usually profitable Weekend Predictions struggling in the first half of this economic season — there’s hope: I’m in the NFC South with the Bucs and the Georgia state ethics commission — let me stall a paragraph before getting to the uncertainty surrounding this week’s featured event: Arkansas vs. No Todd Gurley again.

Down in Tallahassee, home of the police force with selective investigations and future Baltimore Ravens executive Jimbo Fisher, No. 2 Florida State faces No. 5 Notre Dame. It’s such a big event that ESPN is bringing “Game Day” to Tallahassee.

No worries. FSU investigators are on the case.

FSU has its best man on the case.

Problem is some/most petulant FSU fans apparently are mad at ESPN, because that media outlet hasn’t been as “fair” — read: coddling, enabling, blindly looking the other way — in matters regarding Jameis Winston as everybody on campus. So they’re planning a “boycott.”

Wait, don’t laugh.

The plan is: During “Game Day,” everybody will turn around and sit silently with their backs to the camera!

OK. Now you can laugh.

Personally, I think it would be better if everybody just held their breath until they passed out like all of the 5-year-olds. That strategy seems to be working for their football coach.

Winston hasn’t been suspended (yet), despite a website with more than 2,000 (!) items bearing his authenticated signature. FSU private investigator Chief Wiggum looked under his kitchen chair for evidence, ate a Pop Tart and called it a day.

Meanwhile, Todd Gurley sits. Reasonable, logical, non-conspiratorial conclusion: If Georgia was reasonably certain he didn’t break an NCAA rule that was worthy of at least a two-game suspension, he probably would be in Little Rock with the rest of the team. Instead, the Dogs will try to again fill themselves up with The World Doubts Us Juice and body slam Arkansas, just like they did Missouri.

Just a hunch: This won’t be as easy. But Piggy Town has dropped 15 straight SEC games and I don’t see that streak ending Saturday. Dogs cover 3½.

SCHOOL DAZE

The only thing that matters in Tallahassee. (via Ownposters.com)

What matters in Tallahassee. (Ownposters.com)

Notre Dame at Florida State: Here’s how the non-guaranteed portion of Fisher’s contract reads: $200,000 bonus for undefeated season; $200,000 for reaching national title game; $200,000 for winning national title; $200,000 for top-five finish; $100,000 for top-10 finish; $100,000 for division title; $100,000 for conference title; $75,000 for playoff berths. Well. I’m certainly glad he can be objective about Winston. Seminoles cover 12½.

Jimbo Fisher gets greedy

GaTech at North Carolina: The Jackets beat Miami. Fans swarmed the field. Then they had three turnovers and lost at home to Duke. Celebration tip: If Tech defeats UNC, embrace the moment quietly in your home, perhaps with a few Triscuits and some Cheese Whiz. Nobody will know. Buzz covers 2½.

GaState at South Alabama: The Panthers have lost five straight since winning their opener. Honestly, I’m more concerned that they didn’t cover the spread at home against Arkansas State. They’re dead to me. South Alabama covers 17½.

Texas A&M at Alabama: Nick Saban, master violin player that he is, says he’s mad everybody is whining about beating Arkansas only 14-13, which makes him sound really loving and protective, except that behind the scenes he’s throwing flesh-eating leeches in the film room. Meanwhile, remember when Texas A&M was good? Bammy wins but take A&M and 11½.

Saban’s orchestrated eruption

What’s inside Saban’s head (hide the kids)

Kentucky at LSU: Wonder if Kentucky is insulted about being underdogs to a team with a worse record. Tigers cover 9½.

Tennessee at Ole Miss: Somewhere in the heavens, God turned to Faulkner and said, “You writers complain too much. First it’s the food. Then it’s the wifi. Fine. Make a wish.” Poof: Rebels beat Alabama and Texas A&M. More Sound and Fury: Rebels win but take Vols and 16½.

Missouri at Florida: Will Muschamp says he’ll rotate quarterbacks. Florida fans are ready to rotate coaches. Gators cover 5½.

PROS AND CONS

How Marvin Lewis obtained his medical degree.

How Marvin Lewis obtained his medical degree.

Falcons at Ravens: It’s not all bad. The Ravens lie about felonies. The Falcons only lie about how good their football team will be. On a related note, PSLs in the new stadium will not be announced this week. Ravens cover 7.

Bengals at Colts: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said concussions “linger longer” now because of the media attention paid to head injuries. Now there’s some forward thinking. Marvin: I’m not a doctor either, but you need help. Colts cover 3.

Panthers at Packers: Carolina (3-2-1) is in first place in the NFC South. There’s more value in a Kroger Plus Card. Packers cover 7.

Giants at Cowboys: Running back Joseph Randle, who last year signed a $2.349 million contract, was arrested for shoplifting a bottle of cologne and a pack of underwear. Everybody thinks the Cowboys are back. I’ll believe that when their arrests aren’t this funny. Dallas covers 6½.

49ers at Broncos: Peyton Manning needs three touchdown passes to break Brett Favre’s record of 508. Cue Favre comeback rumors in 3…2…1 … Denver covers 6½.

SCORECARD

Lilly balked before going left this week.

Lilly balked before going left this week.

“If you gamble long enough, you’ll always lose. The gambler is always ruined.” – Michael Crichton, “The Lost World.”

Last week: I don’t want to talk about it.

Fine! 6-6 straight up, 4-8 vs. the line.

So far, so awful: 58-25 straight up, 36-47 against the line.

Net losses: $145,932.21.

Lilly The Greek: She nailed Dogs over Mizzou, she’s 5-2 and she picked an upset this week, opting for the cheese’d picture of (Freddie Falcon) over Poe (Ravens mascot).

Sack Schultz update: My 74 wins are seven off the lead and in 293rd place out of 4,500 entries. Last week’s winners: Scott Raymond (Snellville) and Rodney Fortson (Westphalia, Mo.) each went 15-0. Go to AJC.com/go/sackschultz2014 to enter.

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Wilbo
Wilbo

But, seriously, what is it going to take for FSU or the NCAA to wake up, smell the coffee, and do something about the criminal/anti-social behavior of Jameis Winston and do something about it?

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Wilbo I think CROWELL still got in a college and was drafted in the NFL......Do you not understand how the world works?

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

there was a time when news people actually went and investigated sickening programs like smu fsu and the entire $ec we$t instead of this kind of nonsense fluff  i just read

SEP-AU
SEP-AU

@MoistDawg  Why did you read it?  And what about $MU and F$U?  "Moist"?  More like water logged.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MoistDawg Sickening like those no good Road Warriors Hawk and Animal (RIP)

POAD2014
POAD2014

@MoistDawg How many MONTHS did it take Woodard & Bernstein to BREAK Watergate? The Media is INSTANT nowadays and there is no time to do investigative journalism. 

keendaddy
keendaddy

Potatoes for potato salad, boiled....Check!

MOJOED Boston Butt, in the oven...Check!

Now, I have to find a killer recipe for homemade coleschlaw...Check!

Okay, so I'm going to cheat, and go with Bush's Grilling Beans, Sue me!

If you're making the trip to Arkansas, stay safe and enjoy yourselves! GO DAWGS!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@keendaddy What flavor Koolaide today Keen?..................sorry keen, couldn't resist.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@gtcaryd I tried to meet King and Mustang at the Dew Drop when I was in Savannah earlier in the summer but he was out of town working. We are OKAY he is just getting mad at me at times.

General Concern
General Concern

Good luck, UNC. Give it everything you got, keep nothing back. Go 'Heels.

old lanier poet
old lanier poet

Stay classy now Jeffy- you know how you get when your blood pressure goes up. I know, I know, it really sucks that Gurley is out again for posing for pictures while signing for cash but cheer up your dawgs don't have to play either of the Miss teams nor Bama. I would say they lucked out big time. And it really sucks I know that Jameis is still playing while Gurley has to sit-my my my.  And you only felt constrained to write 7 paragraphs about Winston and FSU and everyone down in Tallahassee and the state capitol; oh, and of course you had to write a large article harpooning Jimbo for some of the neater articles of his contract. It really just blows the mind that he would dare ask for more than $50 or $60 thousand dollars per annum I know, but what are ya gonna do these days. Ole Nickie boy pulling down about 7 mill I think it is- I'm sure you will be giving us the details of his contract real soon now right?  It just really sucks to have poor Gurley sit while Jameis gets to play this Saturday right????? Really sucks to be you eh pal???? Ya just can't buy class Jeffy- take your meds and lie down.

Big Wally
Big Wally

There are riots going on at OSU.  The band members are upset about the new band policies saying they can be kicked off the band for poor rehearsal attitude.  Oh the horror, the horror.

OH-IO
OH-IO

wally, 


Back to football......


I see the dogs are back on the 2nd tier network tomorrow. 


Thoughts?


Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

What network are the buckeyes playing on? It's gotta be prime time playing Rutgers. The oh so daunting OSU schedule...

That VT loss at home is looking better and better by the week. They are really showing to be the class of the ACC

OH-IO
OH-IO

@Nate-the-Great


ABC 3:30


The dogs will lose to a team tomorrow that's 0-15 in the SEC! SEC! 


Book that.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH-IO It is extremely possible.  Ar............Kansas is as they say "due".  They probably should have beaten A&M and Bama.  The stars and planets may align in their direction tomorrow.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH-IO Sign the petition.  The naked tickle pile tradition at OSU must continue.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


Ohio State has ALREADY lost to a very bad Va. Tech team that has lost to just about everyone else they have played.  That IS booked. Va. Tech is just glad they got Ohio State on their schedule this year.  And you post about your QB being so great in his last three games......here they are those oh so great challenging teams:


4-2 Maryland (and they are no where near as good as their record)

2-3 Cincinnati

0-6 Kent State


That is a combined record of 6-11.  Congrats on your QBs play against those big time challenges.



TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


I am sure the entire world will be watching the OHIO vs. Rutgers game at 3:30 on ABC.  To rankings for sure.  The world can't wait. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH-IO

Here are some "thoughts" for you:


OH-IO at 1:46 p.m. Oct. 9, 2014

dogs 33 Mizzou 45

Another SEC! SEC! defensive gem

OH-IO August 24, 2014

dog loss predictions:

Clemson . . .

MIssouri

Toss Up - Vanderbilt

OH-IO August 5, 2014

The dogs will be out of the top 20 at the end of game 2

Big Wally
Big Wally

@Nate-the-Great That's why Urban Crier left the SEC.  Couldn't take it - oh my heart, oh my heart, whine, whine, whine.   He knew going to the Big 14, was a much easier ride.  Only have to get up, for what 2 or 3 games a year.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Hey OH-Idiot, when your band director tells you to turn your head and cough, didn't you think that was a bit odd? or is that just a normal way for OSU fans to greet each other?

OH-IO
OH-IO

@TheBigWally


I wasn't in the band. 


You're really getting off on this, aren't you?


Sick dog



OH-IO
OH-IO

@TheBigWally



remind us, wally, why color were the hussies' panties in the front seat of your AD's car? The married AD?

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH-IO @TheBigWally Better hurry up and sign that position.  Can't let an outstanding band director like that get away.  The naked tickle pile drills are legendary in Columbus. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

Shutuip you stupid ignorant troll

No one wants to read your juvenile crap

You idiot

Big Wally
Big Wally

Do my eyes decieve me?  The SEC has twice as many teams in the top 25, than the Big (we can't count to 14) 10, aka, Rust Belt conference?

Big Wally
Big Wally

@gtcaryd @TheBigWally Having to resort to breaking it down by divisions, eh?  Want to talk about the ACC Coastal Division then?   Funny, I don't see any of them in the top 25, do you?   I will give you this, Va. Tech is an awful team, at the bottom of that Division, but they still managed to beat "the Ohio St."

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TheBigWally @gtcaryd I'm not the one making light of weak conferences now am i ?.............The ACC coastal is just as weak as the SEC east, there, you feel better.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH-IO @TheBigWally That loss at home to a terrible Va. Tech team isn't looking too good now is it?  Last one out of the rust belt, please turn the lights out.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Good thing Nebraska had that miracle comeback against an FCS school, would only have 2 otherwise.  Maybe in the next round of expansion, the Big flim and ACC can merge.  Might be 5 or 6 decent football teams between them.