Predictions: Dogs, Jackets cross bridge, Falcons back to normal

Saturday looking better than Sunday for the locals. (W.P. Glamour Shots)

Saturday looking better than Sunday for the locals. (W.P. Glamour Shots)

Saturday looking better than Sunday for the locals. (W.P. Glamour Shots)

Before breaking down this week’s game and the return of Todd Gurley, assuming he is over his writer’s cramp, we have an important update: Cobb County wants to tax your feet.

This isn’t necessarily the worst thing. In Ancient Egypt, they taxed cooking oil, which also had to be purchased from the Pharaoh (Cobb Commissioner Tim Lee’s great uncle), and re-using the oil was prohibited, punishable by death or playing outside linebacker for the Falcons. In Russia, Peter the “Great” placed a tax on beards, probably because he couldn’t grow one. In England, they taxed everything, including windows, fireplaces and playing cards (no, seriously), which led to a Monty Python skit, “Tax on Thingy,” which was code word for “relations” between two people, although I can’t speak for the Cobb Commission.

Hey, Tim Lee. Would this bridge suffice? (Omnifeed.com)

Hey, Tim Lee. Would this bridge suffice?

Meanwhile, back to the People’s Republic of Cobb. They’ve got this plan to build a pedestrian bridge that runs from the Braves’ new home, NoTrust Park, across Interstate-285, to the nearest parking lot, which I believe is in Augusta. In a rare bit of transparency, Commissioner Pinocchio now concedes he was incorrect when he said (lied) that the bridge (flying carpet) was included in the stadium budget (fantasy), and so county taxpayers (mow my lawn) will have to pick up half the cost of it.

Also, nobody knows how much it will cost, but Lee assures residents there is a chance for a Kroger Plus discount, as well as another five percent senior citizens’ discount on materials if some of you self-absorbed Marietta retirees will get of your carcass and buy the materials on a Wednesday.

The good news: The bridge changes colors, from red to blue, just like Lee’s face as he holds his breath.

Where was I?

Oh yes, Georgia. Gurley is back. Not sure if he’ll claim autograph income on his taxes but there are bigger issues right now: If the Dogs beat Auburn, they will still have a decent shot to win the SEC East. Both of these teams can run, both can score. Both have had hiccups on defense. The Tigers were ranked No. 3 a week ago. Problem: They could lose their final three SEC games: Texas A&M, Georgia, Alabama.

A bridge for Georgia: Dogs win and cover 2½.

Back To School

Clemson at Tech: Georgia Tech hasn’t played a ranked team all season but finishes against No. 19 Clemson and No. 15 Georgia. Consecutive one-sided wins over Pittsburgh, Virginia and North Carolina State (two on the road) have been impressive. OK, I’ll leap. But why do I feel like Charlie Brown when Lucy’s holding the football? Take the 3 but Jackets pull an upset.

The decision to trust Tech

Miss State at Alabama: Dan Mullen on Alabama: “(They) probably have more 5-star players sitting on the bench that can’t get a rep on their team than we have on our roster.” I think he just said, “That blowhard Nick Saban couldn’t 9-0 with my players. Excuse me, the moving van just got here.” Order restored: Tide covers 8½.

FSU at Miami: Jimbo Fisher is upset because the Seminoles were dropped in the playoff rankings for unimpressive wins: “I thought the name of the game was winning,” he said. Jimbo: Unranked Marshall (9-0) is on line two. Seminoles cover 1½.

So who's consoling who? (Courtesy of the Gatorzone)

So who’s consoling who? (Gatorzone.com)

South Carolina at Florida:Hey, Spurrier. I’ve got a better record than you. Hah!”–Will Muschamp. Gators cover 6½.

LSU at Arkansas: I wonder how Les Miles feels about LSU being an underdog to an opponent that has lost 17 straight SEC games? Ah, the Petrino afterglow. But the Piggies have been keeping things close, So what the oink: Arkansas covers 2.

Kentucky at Tennessee: Kentucky can become bowl eligible. Tennessee can’t. OK, I can scratch that sentence off my bucket list. However: Vols cover 8.

Leatherheads

Falcons at Carolina: The Falcons are 2-0 against Tampa Bay, 1-6 against everybody else. Since early last season, they’re 3-1 against Tampa Bay, 3-17 against everybody else. Until further notice, I’m partial to everybody else. Panthers cover 1½.

When the Falcons play the Bucs

Eagles at Packers: Mark Sanchez threw 69 interceptions when he was a Jet, two short of having a pox named after him. But in two games with the Eagles, has four touchdowns, two interceptions, a 9.1-yard pass-per-attempt average and a 97.7 efficiency rating, which should be good enough to knock the chip off the shoulder of every Philadelphia resident. Packers win but take Philly and 5½.

Vikings at Bears: They were burning Jay Cutler’s jersey in Chicago. But he shouldn’t feel too bad. They still can’t find Mike Tomczak’s body. Bears win and cover 3.

Bengals at Saints: I know quarterbacks take the brunt of criticism when it’s often the team around them that stinks, but has anybody else noticed that Drew Brees’ 10 interceptions are only two fewer than he had all of last season? Not that mediocrity hurts you in the NFC South. Saints cover 7.

Patriots at Colts: Tom Brady on Andrew Luck: “He does a lot of things I wish I could.” I always like it when a three-time Super Bowl quarterback married to a supermodel plays the sympathy card. On principle: Colts cover 3.

 Dollars and sense

It can go one of two ways.

It can go one of two ways.

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

Poopy Year To Date: 96-39 straight up, 60-75 against the line.

Lock of the week: Latch.

Sack Schultz Update: Current leaders are (screen names) Harder5 from Tennessee at 127-38 and BullDawg13 of Georgia at 126-39, but it’s still pretty wide open with a few weeks left. Congrats to David Moore of Seneca, S.C., who went 14-1 last week.

Lilly’s pick: Ready for this? Lilly (7-4) went against her species, picking the cheese’d picture of “Aubie” the Tiger over Uga.

Lilly shockingly goes against her species. (W.P. Glamour Shots)

Lilly shockingly goes against her species. (W.P. Glamour Shots)

A recent writer’s dozen from the digital jukebox
— MyAJC: Ladies and gentlemen Georgia vs. Georgia Tech (in basketball, yes now)
— AJC: If Georgia wins out, would it sway playoff committee?
— MyAJC: All eyes are on Gurley (even if you can’t find him)
— AJC: Hart should deal both Uptons and Gattis
— MyAJC: Falcons’ division hopes hinge on beating teams other than Bucs
— AJC: Short takes on Falcons’ win over Tampa Bay
— MyAJC: If Georgia Tech has come together, we’ll find out against Clemson, UGA
— AJC: Short takes on Georgia Tech’s win over N.C. State
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Falcons’ find their penicillin — the Bucs
— MyAJC: Amid Atlanta misery, can Hawks really be shining light?
— AJC: Election Day: Vote to keep or fire coaches (polls)
— MyAJC: Georgia blows it all with inexcusable performance
— AJC: Short takes on Georgia’s stunning loss to Florida
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: No Gurley (oooh, scary); but Dogs over Gators
— 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)?
 

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OH-IO
OH-IO

TCU - getting exposed


Miss State - getting exposed



Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Carolina comes back to beat Gators 23-20 in OT at the Swamp. Guess  Coach Boom could not out coach the Old Ball Coach and the REV in the same season. But even in a down year Spurrier 's Gamecocks win against his two biggest rivals(UGA and Florida). Now to see if he can make the Trifecta and beat Clemson.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO 

Chip now you gave the Dogs an out tonight, they can lose and still win the SEC East. Not exactly a rallying cry for a win against Auburn." Lose tonight and we still have a chance to be the champs in the East." If this were to happen the East would be as Bucky calls it "The SEC Least"

OH-IO
OH-IO

@Buschleaguer


The national press calls it a "hot mess" No respect. None. 


B!G had 5 in the top 25 to start the day. 

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO

Just goes to show the sad condition of college football .SEC West has 5 in the Top 20 !Although I don't see Minnesota or Wisconsin staying in the top 25 after today.Although B1G might edge out ACC for playoff spot if FSU would lose a game.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO

Bammer did not like getting dissed by Condie and her ratings crew. Showing them that #5 may be #1 next week.But to use Chip's Dog analysis,Mississippi State can still make playoffs if they lose tonight and Auburn beats Bammer if State can beat the Rebels and the SEC least champ.

OH-IO
OH-IO

Time for Verngasms

OH-IO
OH-IO

Time for the real SEC! SEC!


No LEAST! teams in T-Town.

OH-IO
OH-IO

We gift wrapped 14 points for the Gophers. 


Live by the freshman, die by the freshman.


Cobb is a helluva back - GurlMEesque.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO

Cobb was impressive but Buckeyes did not tackle very well today. Sparty hangover might have been a factor.But a win is a win . Only one ranked team left on the Buckeye schedule in the B1G Championship game.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@Buschleaguer


15 degrees  and snowing - they tackled just fine for the most part. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

Clemson - a "quality" win for the dogs.


Joke

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO 

The Tigers did lose their starting QB in the first quarter,his sub Stoudt threw 2 pick sixes and Clemson Defense kept Tech under wraps most of the game. Tech offense only put up 2 td's.

Bigger joke is BUCKEYES losing at home to a terrible Va. Tech team. Duke Choked today FG kicker misses badly on 41 yard attempt to win the game. Va. Tech scored all 17 of their points off Duke turnovers.

Good News for Tech fans.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO

What ?You want a rematch against Va. Tech in the Liberty Bowl. Or do you think that Tech will fall to the Liberty if they lose to UGA and the ACC Atlantic winner in the ACC Championship game.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO

OK. Now I get your comment you think UGA is going to Liberty. I don't think they will fall that far unless Tech can beat UGA in Athens. Looks like 9-3 and a trip to Tampa again this year.Although this wonderful website has my replies out of order. Hope it works out for you Bucky ,I would rather see B1G in playoffs rather than FSU.

grh0317
grh0317

Jackets roll. Guess Bradley is SHOCKED!

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

I will try looks like Tech fans should be doing the "Hokie Pokie" today Va,Tech 17 Duke 16 4th Qtr.6:30 left in game.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

AJC has killed the blogs,no live chats only dopey tweets on the sports homepage. While the old format had its flaws ,this new format has succeeded in driving the fans away. 

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Another example of how crappy the B1G is :Buckeye QB runs 90 yards for a TD and no Gopher lays a finger on him.


B1G SLOW,SLOW SLOW

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO @Buschleaguer 

Not when 2 db's have the angle on him and are just too slow to close for the tackle. Although The Gophers tried to make it close. Not the type of blowout it started to be, not sure if Buckeyes were impressive enough to take advantage of any carnage taking place among the teams rated above them.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

What no live blog for Tech and Clemson? Come on AJC.

Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB
Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB

@Buschleaguer Weak by the AJC. Unless the game day blog is here somewhere but just unfindable.  Weak, weak, weak!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Buschleaguer

None for UGA, GT, or Falcons last weekend either. Guess it's all part of the AJC's wide-ranging "improvements."

OH-IO
OH-IO

LibertyDec. 29MemphisBig 12 vs. SECWest Virginia vs. Georgia

OH-IO
OH-IO

Only one week to the Charleston Southern Classic! 

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO

Go you Golden Gophers,What a classic this game will be. Another 12 noon start for the B1G game of the week.Buckeyes flat line at #8 due to the relative lack of competition in the B1G .Except for Sparty ,the Buckeyes play a Charleston Southern every week.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@Buschleaguer


Ya, we need to share the 8PM prime time ABC gamed after three in a row. 


I'd love to see the dogs play in teens and snow. They'd whimper all game long. 


MN is #25, ranked.


We need help but we're hanging around. 4 weeks for all kinds of carnage .


After tonight? dogs? Unranked and out of the conversation 


Remember, even Indiana beat Mizzou at home!


SEC SEC LEAST! 



Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO

Ditto Minnesota.

And DO NOT FORGET Va, Tech beat the Buckeyes in Columbus!!!!


B1G B1G WORST!!!!

Esquire
Esquire

It is ridiculous that I have to close the comment box to go back and reference the story I am commenting on.  Are you guys just stupid?  Leave it to a bunch of programmers to determine what "user friendly" is!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Esquire

CO-SIGN!

Would also like to see them address the sign-in process. Having to sign in a dozen times a day--and to close the damn sign-in box each and every time--is senseless. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

@DawgNole 


Seems to be a lot of chatter about Miami.


Worried?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH-IO @DawgNole

Absolutely! Of course, I worried when the Noles played Baboon-Cookman last season.

This series (with Miami) goes back to FSU's early years as a football program, and obviously there've been some painful memories, what with all the last-second FG failures.

Noles haven't looked the same this year as in '13, but they figured to struggle some with that NC spotlight on them--and a stronger schedule. 

I'm just hoping they can escape complacency and the constant onslaught of off-field issues for 2 more months. It's a long shot.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@DawgNole


We need you to lose. Good luck anyway. 


I laughed at the sign on gamely


"Publix, where shoplifting is a pleasure"


See it?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH-IO @DawgNole

Yeah, reminds me of a couple I saw at Clemson years ago regarding FSU All-American Peter Warrick, who was in his first game back after tapping Dillard's for some "free" apparel:

- "hE Should be in Prison Now" (espn was televising it)

- "Peter Warrick for Heistman"

Also saw a T-shirt up there that had Warrick's face superimposed on the Heisman trophy--with a Dillard's shopping bag hanging off the trophy's extended (stiff)arm.

We still chuckle about those.



Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO @DawgNole

The SEC big money is on the Tide. I am hoping that all four SEC west leaders finish with 2 losses.It would really blow up the Playoff race.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Has anyone heard from 350?......i am really starting to get worried about him..........12-3 baby!!!

OH-IO
OH-IO

@gtcaryd


He vanished after the gator drubbing. Perhaps we should file a missing dog report?

POAD2014
POAD2014

@gtcaryd  He is hiding on King's blog where he finds LOVE and they don't call out his stupidity.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH-IO @gtcaryd

You MIGHT find him on B King's blog. I caught a glimpse of him there several days ago.