Predictions: No Gurley, no problem for Dogs

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According to suburban legend (defined as Googling outside of the perimeter),  Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as “Samhain” (pronounced, “sah-win,” because Celtics couldn’t spell) and is celebrated at the end of the harvest season, when the worlds of the living and the dead overlap, and mayhem ensues, and the dead rise (except B.J. Upton), and desperate housewives dress up like Lola and Candi on Stages 1 and 2, and evil spirits roam neighborhoods and sometimes go on to coach at Louisville, or get recruited by Florida State, or become president of the NCAA.

(I know. That was a long explanation. But you get candy, so shut up.)

Ah, the Will Muschamp scrunchface. (CBS screenshot)

Will Muschamp’s scrunchface. (CBS screenshot)

Georgia fans hoped to celebrate the return of Todd Gurley this Halloween. Instead they knocked on the NCAA’s door and all they got was a stale leftover Peep from Easter and an old Willie Martinez game plan. (Cue, evil NCAA laugh.)

A sign from above? Below? Maybe just whatever dark corner of the universe Gurley was hiding in for two years and signing autographs for money after he was told, by, lemme see, one unofficial count … 5,397 TIMES, “DON’T DO THAT!”

So now he sits for two more games while Georgia travels down the Highway to Hell to Jacksonville. Well, used to be Hades. After losing 18 of 21 to Florida, the last three years have been candy week for the Bulldogs.

Florida coach Will Muschamp went 0-for-4 in this series as a Georgia player. He may go 0-for-4 as Florida’s coach. Now that’s a trick.

Forget the NCAA. When Gurley’s extended suspension was announced, the point spread in Las Vegas didn’t budge: Dogs by 13. Something else: The sportsbook that operates in three major casinos has made UGA a 5-1 favorite to win the national championship (ahead of Alabama at 11-2 and the Florida State Correctional Institute at 7-1).

Don’t celebrate yet. A lot of scar tissue in this game. But the spirits speak: Dogs win (but take Florida and 13).

COLLEGE DAZE

These will be available at concession stands.

Available at Tech concession stands.

Virginia at Georgia Tech: Sometimes I think there are hallways at Bellevue that see fewer mood swings than witnessed in a Georgia Tech season. Beat Virginia Tech and Miami, lose to Duke and North Carolina, hang 56 on Pitt. Lithium, anyone? Jackets cover 3½.

Georgia State at Appalachian State: Huge grudge match! Georgia State athletic director Charlie Cobb came from Appalachian State! OK. Not really. But when two teams are a combined 3-12, you’re the Bearded Lady of football attractions. App. State covers 10½.

Ticket to GSU-App. State also gets you admission to this!

Auburn at Ole Missy: Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace said the play-calling in the loss to LSU was too conservative, which is a really good way to endear yourself to the coaching staff. He’s the last to realize he’s not Roger Staubach. Give me Auburn and 2 and in a straight upset.

Arkansas at Missy State: Bret Bielema is 0-12 against the SEC and 7-1 against other teams. The good news: He has narrowed his list of conferences for his next job. Bulldogs cover 10½.

Tennessee at Sinking Carolina: The Gamecocks threw a scare into Auburn, which I guess qualifies as a season highlight for Steve Spurrier. If he can’t win two of the next four games, there will be no bowl for him. Another great endorsement of preseason rankings (Poultry was No. 9). But SC covers 7.

Kentucky at Missouri: This is the Wildcats’ third shot to become bowl eligible. Problem: They’ve already played UT Martin. Tigers cover 6½.

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Falcons: They’re off. There is a God.

When the Falcons have a bye…

Manning at Belichick: Peyton Manning is 7-12 in his career against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, but he has 22 touchdowns with three interceptions this season and the Broncos have scored 149 points in the last four games. Trend-buster: Broncos cover 3.

N.Y. Jets at Kansas City: Michael Vick off the bench this season has zero touchdowns, one interception, four fumbles, seven sacks and a 48.2 rating — and he’s still better than Geno Smith, who last week went 2-for-8 with three interceptions and had the Blutarskyesque rating of zero.point.zero. Chiefs cover 9½.

Flounder didn’t take news well

Tampa Bay at Cleveland: Wonder if Johnny Manziel ever thought his autograph would be worth less than Brian Hoyer’s? Brownies cover 6½.

Manziel's side business has taken a hit.  (via thriftynorthwestmom.com)

Manziel’s side business has taken a big hit.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh: Ah, what football was like before offensive coordinators  played with toys and players had offseason jobs accompanying shady businessmen in nice suits for late-night business deals on loading docks. And then Madden happened. Arrrgh. Steelers win a pick ’em.

Oakland at Seattle: Factoid: The Seahawks (4-3) already have more losses than in last year’s preseason, regular season and playoffs combined (20-3). But they play a Mountain West team. Seahawks win but take the Raiders and 15.

Arizona at Dallas: The Cowboys are funny again. They lost to Washington and then a Dallas news station got a hold of Joseph Randle’s shoplifting arrest video, in which he cracks several dumb jokes, offers one female officer $100 for a massage and wonders why his height and weight aren’t listed on his mugshot. Cop’s response: “This is not a damn trading card.” Winner! Cowboys cover 4.

If you’re arrested, don’t do this

Misery Index

“Luck never gives; it only lends.” — Swedish Proverb

Don't jump ship yet, profits ahead.

Don’t jump ship yet, profits ahead.

Last week: 8-5 straight up, 5-8 against the spread.

Totes: 77-32 straight up, 48-61 against the line.

Lock of the week: Deadbolt.

Sack Schultz update: Can’t call this race: 10 folks tied at the top with 104 wins, 19 others at 103. Last week’s winners, Jeff Moore of Moreland, Ga., and Jeff Hillard of Holton, Kansas, each went 15-0. More info at AJC.com/go/SackSchultz2014

Lilly’s pick: Pooch is 6-3 (straight up, because she’s too much of a kitty to pick against the spread). This week, she darted for cheese’d picture of Uga over Albert the Gator.

Lilly started left, then stayed with her species.

Lilly started left, then stayed with her species.

Digital Jukebox
— AJC: Rules are dumb but that’s no excuse for Todd Gurley
— MyAJC: Mark Richt deserves credit for holding Georgia together
— AJC: NCAA mum but Muschamp expects Gurley to play vs. Florida
— AJC: Will Arthur Blank make move with Mike Smith (and reader poll)?
— MyAJC: Georgia Tech takes advantage of Pitt’s fumble-fest
— AJC: Short takes: Georgia Tech 56 (points), Pittsburgh 6 (lost fumbles)
— AJC: LIVE: Tech’s defense must improve vs. Pitt
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Falcons lose, Jackets pull upset, Dogs in prayer circle
— AJC: Will a fresh perspective elude Braves?
— MyAJC: Todd Gurley’s return would raise Georgia’s ceiling again
— AJC: Why did NCAA say yes to Mo’ne Davis but no to Todd Gurley?
— MyAJC: Why playoff picture looks good for SEC (and Georgia)
— MyAJC: Here’s good news: Falcons are leaving country
— MyAJC: Georgia Tech continues to stomp on hope
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Dogs win, Falcons lose, Jameis enabled
— AJC: Georgia dealing with reality, FSU avoiding it
— MyAJC: Does NCAA care that public sentiment favors Gurley, athletes?
— MyAJC: Georgia’s response heard loud and clear
— MyAJC: NCAA needs to realize amateurism is dead
— AJC: Minus Gurley, Dogs must overcome flaws
— AJC: With Gurley suspended, is Georgia done?
— MyAJC: If Gurley broke rules, that’s on him
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: No Gurley, no Dogs, no kidding
— AJC: Blank stands by Smith, Dimitroff. What say you?
— MyAJC: Arthur Blank won’t give Falcons’ mandates, speculate on future
— AJC: Falcons have turned this week into a must-win game
— MyAJC: Georgia Tech’s season may be turning into something special
— AJC: Short takes on Georgia Tech’s win over Miami, starting with … defense?
— AJC: Tech has a chance to take charge in ACC Coastal
— AJC: Braves should have left Gonzalez decision to new GM

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91 comments
Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Wait till next year. Really. Seriously, I mean it. The Kool-Aid factory is working overtime, so there'll be enough for everyone.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

D-Sheets

2 days ago

.600 win % is a fine %.  Come on, Lilly, you can doooo it! 

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Thanks Lilly! You're a Peach, hon!!!!

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Any money you dwags have after paying Richts raise needs to go to the " Wait til next year" Club.  We need

support.  We usually get your contributions by mid-October but this season we are running a little late.

Make your checks out to:

Fools for UGA

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Keep Mark Richt

Keep Mark Richt

Keep Mark Richt

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Coach Spurrier sent an email to Muschamp a few minutes ago and said " I told you it was easy".

It always has been.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

The first meeting of the "Wait til next Year" Club will be held immediately after the Tech game and will be followed by the " Look at How Great Our Recruits Are"  Club.  These are UGAs two largest clubs so please get your reservations in early. We will have a substantial supply of fried Crows wings with a variety of sauces.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Its now time to officially declare the opening of the 2014  UGA "Wait til Next Year" Club.    We usually get the 2nd loss in October but this years ambitious, over-achieving dwags, made it until Nov. 1.   We are certainly proud of our boys for this years effort but now our attention must turn to next year.   

Jackette05
Jackette05

5 STARS MINUS ONE EQUALS TWO LOSSES 

vol4ever
vol4ever

Dang Jeffy boy, how in the world you gonna Splain this one, lol

Iceman60
Iceman60

Will might keep his job longer then you will now. HAHAHAHAHAHA

Iceman60
Iceman60

" Georgia no problem"  ...................HAHAHAHAHAHAHA  

MaxMose
MaxMose

Gurley runs all over that auburn D - 150 +

Archangel
Archangel

The dawgs don't need Gurley before Auburn.

jeffreyd
jeffreyd

Do you still let Lily eat the other piece of cheese?

POAD2014
POAD2014

@jeffreyd He just takes the pic of when she eats the first piece of cheese. lol

Rhetoric
Rhetoric

UGA should win big if Richt does not decide to go into the "feel good" mode once UGA gets a big lead. UGA should have beaten Arkansas by at least 24 points before Richt called off the Dawgs.

MaxMose
MaxMose

13 point spread?? no big deal---dogs cover this easy in a blowout---lay down the bets and cash in big!!!  Dogs 41 fla 6!!!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@WhereDaMoney

DaMoney sho ain't in yo pocket if you believe this one will be a blowout. 

SinceVince
SinceVince

Dawgs will win but won't impress... Will stay out of the committees top 10....Book it!   If you want the press you must impress!

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

Uga needs that killer in them tomorrow.... This game has been too close the last few years. Uga needs a dominant win from a mental stand point.

GloryBetweenTheHedges
GloryBetweenTheHedges

This game will be close and will come down to the final quarter. Dawgs pull away with a late score and win 31-21

LuxLucisofVerum
LuxLucisofVerum

Our boys know what's on the line tomorrow. They will be primed to play. I think it will be a tough game...it always is. A lot of pride on the line...go Dawgs!

LuxLucisofVerum
LuxLucisofVerum

Wait...was that Todd Grantham ' s "best defense in the COUNTRY" that got stripped nekkid and was sent running off the field in tears? LOL Like so many of us have said before: Louisville can have him!

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

.600 win % is a fine %.  Come on, Lilly, you can doooo it! 

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

This is a really, really bad Fla. team. Heck, Blake Sims of Bama had 445 yards against the Fla. D, 600 total offensive yards overall in that game, and their D is supposed to be the strength of the team. They're just bad. And Muschamp is gone either after this game or after the FSU game. 

BCB
BCB

Lilly is a good DAWG!

mdet
mdet

Last night was the 1st time I've seen Louisville play this season and Todd Grantham's defense looked just as crappy as it did w/UGA.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

If Georgia plays like they did against Missouri and the first half of the Arkansas game the only thing that will keep this score respectable is for Florida to play their best game of the year and way above their talent dictates they can. Then and only then Georgia will only win by 2 touchdowns. If Florida doesn't play like they are possessed this game will be over by half time.

Peachs
Peachs

Georgia is a better team without Gurley as good as he is.  They have much more concentration, the defense plays with purpose, this team is a sleeper for the NC. Like old Davis use to say, just win baby, that is all that is important!  You win the SEC you are in the playoffs, you have the talent now you have the disciplined running back that can run it 40 times a game and goes about his work like he is getting a paycheck.  Georgia hasn't had this atmosphere for a long time. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Uh oh, Lilly's back to begging for Uga's love.

MaxMose
MaxMose

this is the worst fla team since the 80s---the game will get ugly early---richt will run it up to get some more votes---dogs 41 fla 6

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@WhereDaMoney If Richt does then maybe he finally get it. If we lay another egg like we did in the second half of the Arkansas game but still win the game the Playoff Committee will see it as weakness, not being a 60 minute team and never vote us as deserving to file one of the playoff slots.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@WhereDaMoney should be gets it and should be fill not file. I should away proof read, sorry.

ugasilverbritches
ugasilverbritches

@C-Kirk @WhereDaMoney If UGA wins out, the Playoff Committe will vote them in as one of the playoff teams. I believe more emphasis is on who you beat (or lose to) rather than margin of victory. Relating to UGA, the committee will watch how Clemson, Auburn and SC finish out. If those teams finish strong and UGA beats a one-loss or undefeated West champion, they will vote UGA in the playoff. UGA is #11 because the best win so far is Clemson and the lost was to a mediocre SC team. Alabama is #6 because their best win is West Virginia and their loss was to #4 Ole Miss.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawgfromBranch @C-Kirk @WhereDaMoney

Agreed. If Dawgs win ALL their remaining games, they'll be national champs. One loss and they're done as far as the playoffs. Can't ask for much more than to be in control of your own destiny.

ChipJones
ChipJones

Anybody watching the Lville/FreeSeafood game saw vintage Todd defense on TD pass. Can we say open wide?

HotDawg
HotDawg

The real Grantham showed.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@HotDawg I agree . Grantham can not adjust in the second half. He will be know as a one half Coach.

Honky4Herman
Honky4Herman

@ChipJones LOL.  Louisville was up 21-0 when the Grantham defense "stood up".  Who was the AJC writer raving about the #1 Louisville defense?  How many turnovers did FSU have? 4? And Grantham STILL managed to give up 35 points.  Classic Grantham.