Predictions: Tech upsets FSU, Falcons go down to Pack

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As we head into the final week of this Weekend Predictions fiscal season, when point spreads proved to be as unpredictable as a ping-pong ball in a wind tunnel or Mike Smith with a timeout, I’m reminded of the words of the Falcons when they re-submitted their plans this week for a $1 billion stadium, give or take a government handout.

“A billion? No, I meant $1.2 billion. Wait, I meant $1.4 billion. But what’s $400 million between friends? Um, nice shoes. Besides, it’s going to have these totally cool windows that open! Like a spaceship! And they’re electric! Just like in your old Mazda! We can cut it back to $1.3 billion but that would mean using manual windows, and then everybody on the club level would have to use hand cranks to open them, and honestly we would rather have people use their hands for something else, like reaching for their wallet, or a home equity loan, or their first born when PSLs are announced. You can think about it. Take your time. Here’s a hotdog while you wait. That’ll be $27.50.”

Speaking of strange numbers, here’s two that don’t belong together for Florida State: 0 (total losses) and 4 (national ranking).

This is only trophy Jameis Winston will hold.

This is the only trophy Jameis Winston will hold.

The completely transparent college football playoff rankings committee seemingly has a problem with being completely transparent. Or just rational.

That said, I like Georgia Tech’s chances in the ACC championship game. I would like them a little more if wide receiver DeAndre Smelter wasn’t in a leg cast but the Jackets have been increasingly efficient and punch-you-in-the-face physical on offense, and more than decent on defense.

Florida State: Sometimes great but too many Flying Wallenda tendencies. They win games by noses, not touchdowns.

Their No. 3 defense from a year ago is now ranked 10th — in the ACC (47th nationally).

Their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback: 11 interceptions in the last five games, a well-chronicled knucklehead (or worse) off the field and now with a large red X on his forehead on NFL draft boards.

But it has been a good week for Jameis Winston: He hasn’t shoplifted or been accused of any new felonies. He just had an FSU hearing to deal with a pesky old felony claim, and I guess the Tallahassee Police Department was too busy at a Seminoles booster club meeting to get in the way of this one.

Back to the game: Winston makes mistakes. The Jackets were among the nation’s leaders with 27 takeaways. I would’ve never guessed these words would roll off my fingertips a month ago but here goes: Take the candy (four points) but Tech pulls the upset and win ACC title.

Tech coaches break down Winston film (in Japanese)

Countdown To Bowls

Alabama vs. Georgia (SEC): Expected to be a very popular game played on the new Imaginary Madden Match-ups, along with Georgia vs. Notre Dame for the national championship, Koufax vs. Ruth, Jordan vs. LeBron, Superman vs. Batman and Godzilla vs. Rodan. Click your heels together three times: Georgia rolls.

Dogs return from Oz

Alabama vs. Missouri (SEC): Seldom is the SEC East champion the answer to a trivia question, “What does Missouri have in common with Indiana State, North Texas and Purdue?” They’re the four teams to lose to Indiana. The SEC wants a recount. Missouri made it to the nation’s most celebrated conference title game without even one win over an SEC team with a winning record. Conference officials would leap into a pool of leeches if the Tigers pull an upset and wreck a playoff berth, but no worries. Bammy covers 14½.

Missouri’s SEC entrance music

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten): Want to see Urban Meyer’s head explode? (Yes.) Watch what happens if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten with a third-string quarterback and they don’t make it to the playoffs. But it won’t get that far.  Wisconsin wins but take OSU and 4.

Oregon vs. Arizona (Pac-12): Arizona will be the highest ranked opponent Oregon has faced all season and the Wildcats beat them in Eugene in October. OK, now that I took you one way, time to go the other: Quack. Oregon wins but take ‘Zona and 14½.

Fourth Quarter

Aaron Rodgers. (Live version slightly more intimidating.)

Aaron Rodgers. (Live version is slightly more intimidating.)

Falcons at Packers: Not to diminish the Falcons’ defensive performance against Arizona, but if quarterbacks were seafood, Aaron Rodgers (32 TDs, 3 ints.) is lobster from Maine and Drew Stanton (6 TDs, 5 ints.) is Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks. Reality Check Week: Packers cover 12½.

Panthers at Saints: Drew Brees (36 in January) can’t understand why the Saints may draft a quarterback after this season. The mind is always the first to go. But the Saints’ last four opponents have a combined record of 15-32, so Brees may be able to hold off Green Jello Tuesdays at the senior home for a while. Saints cover 10.

Colts at Browns: ESPN ran an online poll asking whether Bryan Hoyer or Johnny Manziel should start. Manziel carried the vote in four states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and, yes, Georgia, which only reaffirms his autograph is still worth more in SEC territories than NFL. Indy covers 3½.
Rams at Washington: Mike Ditka on the “hands-up” protest by five Rams’ players last week: “I don’t want to hear about this hands-up crap. That’s not what happened. I don’t know exactly what did happen, but I know that’s not what happened.” He should be in the United Nations. Rams cover 2½.

If Mike Ditka were a Muppet

Seahawks at Eagles: Philly is 9-3 and has scored 76 points in the last two games with Mark Sanchez at quarterback (as Jets fans pass out). Question: Can Chip Kelly’s offense make Richard Sherman hyperventilate? Please? Take the point and Seahawks in a mild upset.

Toteboard

winning-nfl-betting(So ends a less-than-profitable season. But it’s a hell of a tax write-off.)

Last week: 7-5 straight up, 8-4 against the line.

Fiscal season: 119-53 straight up, 79-93 against the line.

Spread picks I was serious about: 62-3.

Sack Schultz 2014: Congrats to contest winners Keith Sprayberry of Locust Grove (iPad mini) and Matt Mason of Greenville, N.C. (tailgate smoker grill). I finished in 380th place out of 5,000-plus entries and win nothing.

Lilly’s pick: She’s only 7-6, not good in a contract year. This week: Cheese’d choices of mascots Cimarron (FSU) and Buzz (Tech). Lilly goes left and against Jackets (again). Seminoles win.

For second straight week, Lilly goes against Jackets (maybe a good omen for them).

For second straight week, Lilly goes against Jackets (maybe a good omen for them).


A recent writer’s dozen from the digital jukebox
— AJC: New rankings make college football playoff look like set up
— MyAJC: Rare situation: Eyes are off Bulldogs and on Jackets
— MyAJC: Tech’s Bobinski finally stops stalling with Johnson
— AJC: Georgia Tech finally offers Johnson contract extension
— MyAJC: Finally, a real football team named Falcons shows up
— AJC: Falcons’ short takes: Devin Hester says officials admitted mistake
— MyAJC: This Georgia season was just another big tease
— AJC: Georgia ‘short takes’ on loss to Georgia Tech
— MyAJC: As Georgia loses SEC title shot, Tech suddenly has higher ceiling
— AJC: Missouri wins SEC East — will it affect Georgia?
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Dogs win, Falcons lose, toys devolve
— AJC: Tech’s Johnson long overdue for contract extension
— MyAJC: Tech’s season a loud response for Johnson’s critics
— AJC: First-ballot thoughts: Smoltz should join Maddux, Glavine
— AJC: Georgia vs. Georgia Tech: Which team has had better season?
— MyAJC: Gurley’s injury should prompt change in NFL draft rule
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: The straight poop–Georgia wins SEC East, Falcons lose
— AJC: Is Braves’ pursuit of Lester realistic?
— AJC: Braves trade Jason Heyward and John Hart just took huge risk
— MyAJC: It makes no sense but Falcons are in first
— AJC: Short takes on Falcons’ win over Panthers
— MyAJC: Dogs have a statement win, now hope for best with Gurley
— AJC: Short takes on Georgia’s win and Gurley
— MyAJC: As hoops open, Tech looks far more ready than Georgia
 

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158 comments
GTRay
GTRay

Mr. Schultz, you jinxed us.  I hereby double voodoo your hoodoo.  YOU know what that means.

LuxLucisofVerum
LuxLucisofVerum

I was pulling for Tech but it became obvious FSU was not going to have a bad night and Tech needed a few breaks to make it happen. Still, I think they got their money's worth out of the flex bone this year. 


Have fun at your bowl game and see ya' next year.

LuxLucisofVerum
LuxLucisofVerum

Now if Tech fans were like Georgia fans here is what you would see here: "My God, I can't believe he went for it on 4th and 9 instead of punting and stopping them and getting the ball back - what a stupid, bone headed call - Fire Richt!" Or you would get this: "What kind of an onside kick was that! He practically handed it to the FSU player with that weak kick that had no English on it - we need a special teams coach, but Richt is too arrogant and stupid to hire one" Or - "Did you see that receiver stop and cut off the route on the 4th down call? If he had kept running he would have been wide open and scored and we would have won - that is on the coaching staff for not coaching these kids up!"


This is what Georgia fans have to put up with. I hope Tech fans are more reasonable. Great game if you love offense - not much to admire defensively on either side. One thing is for sure....if you can force Tech to pass - you got 'em. It's really not their thing.


Now - let's see who the top 4 will be.


LuxLucisofVerum
LuxLucisofVerum

Sorry Jeff - wrong on this one. So -- Tech's receivers look confused on that 4th down play and stop running / incomplete pass - lost opportunity - I guess that means CPJ doesn't call plays very well - same as when Chubb and Michel fumble, Bobo can't call a good game. And Richt's squib kick looked pretty good compared to that wussie on side kick Tech tried LOL You see, my friends...close games turn on a play here and there......it doesn't have to be anybody's fault - it's just kids making dumb plays or not executing a play very well and the tides of fate. Tech made a go of it but in the end they screwed the pooch when they needed a play just like Georgia did. Sometimes you're the pigeon, sometimes you're the statue. 


Good season for Tech....

Dawggie
Dawggie

Despite my avatar, I pull for GT in every game but one.

I sincerely hope PJ can "finish the drill."

Richt dam sure can't.

Go Jackets!

GTRay
GTRay

@Dawggie

And I usually pull for UGA.  Thanks for the support and good luck in your bowl game. 

CarltonWest
CarltonWest

Tech will lose. So will the flaccid Falcons.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

GT will not beat FSU. I don't believe much going on down there with FSU is what it appears on the surface.

Mizzou doesn't have the offense to beat Bama but if they avoid turnovers they could keep the game close. They won't avoid turnovers, Bama pulls away late.

Packers deliver a reality check and cover 12-1/2 twice over. On a Monday night stage look for Rodgers to challenge TD pass records, unless the weather intervenes.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawgDadII You were STUPID enough to think UGa Mutts would beat The INSTITUTE TOO.

Go buy you some PBR and shut your PIE HOLE. WIN or Lose The INSTITUTE PLAYED for  the conference Championship and what are the MUTTS doing?

DIT
DIT

I called 2 out of the 3 upsets tech has had this year. They will make it 3 out of 4 and beat Free Shoes by 8! Good luck Tech. This Dawgs pulling for you.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DIT how do you call the 8? I say GT28......FSU 20

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Tech nation thinks they're really something with all this attention.  Welcome to what it feels like to be a Georgia fan 90% of the time!

OH-IO
OH-IO

@bigmacondawg


Suck an egg loser dog


18 seconds


Irrelevance 


NOWERE in the conversation


Enjoy your toilet Bowl. 

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

@OH-IO @bigmacondawg  Wow if anyone around here is butt hurt it is Ohio...Chill dude...find a hobby besides this one. Life awaits you.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@bigmacondawg  You really are butt hurt over all this, huh??  It must of really killed you to see UGA lose to GT....  But, thanks for all the ATTENTION that you are giving GT. Sad... just sad...  Again.... I'm lucky enough to know real UGA fans.  But, by all means...  Keep posting........  Your stupidity level keeps rising with every post. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

The ACC needs to get a GRIP on the Championship game.

The ACC and the SEC Championship Games need to be played in ATLANTA. The Airport, MARTA, Hotels, College Football of Fame and a DOME is the best way and place to play these 2 Championship games. It is not a Big issue to play BOTH Championship Games in the Dome/Atlanta. The NFL moves the Falcons to an Away game and the ACC and SEC play Friday & Saturday or both on Saturday. Make the PAINTINGS on the field neutral colors and just have the SEC and ACC logos both painted at the 35's. The center LOGO says something like the HOME of CHAMPIONS.

ATLJacket
ATLJacket

@POAD2014 Charlotte is a fine destination for a game or any event for that matter. I love living in Atlanta, but can appreciate other cities as well. Also, traffic nightmare.

icedawg
icedawg

If Tech can keep it on the ground and continue the smash mouth football they could very well pull this one off.  Ball control, keep FSU's offense off of the field and they could come out of this one on top. 

Jmonty
Jmonty

I think FSU will struggle some against us..  Points will be on the lower side, I think.  FSU 30 GT 27...  As much as I want my Jackets to win.  I think FSU will pull it out in the 4th.  

ARdawg
ARdawg

@Jmonty Good luck to your boys Monty but, I'm not looking for it to be close. Maybe I'm wrong

POAD2014
POAD2014

@ARdawg you ran your Mutt Pie Hole about the Tech UGa game too.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@ARdawg I called more games right than you have MUTT. Try again.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Jmonty He was a Kool-Aid drinker in FEBRUARY and now is bowing down. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@ARdawg I was RIGHT and close to the final score but you are a FOOL still.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@POAD2014 @ARdawg POAD...  AR is actually one of the better UGA folks that I talk to.  Come on...  Give em a break.. LOL  Now.... things like 350 and BigMac... yeah...   


Wait... I get it... It's a battle of wits..  Which in case.. Yeah  AR has some.  350 and BigMac.  They barely have enough brain function to breath, so debating is useless and not fun at all.  I see this...  Regardless..  I like debating with AR... He can debate without getting ugly.  I say kudos to the gentleman.  

gatechclassof95
gatechclassof95

I'm glad Schultz and some of you have a good feeling about this game.  Because I think FSU is going to run it up to make a point.  

GT-TN
GT-TN

@gatechclassof95 

You say that as if it is a given they are going to have the lead!  FSU has run it up on so many people this year.

ChipShirley
ChipShirley

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BRACKET CHALLENGE ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTED ON THE INTERNET BY 9PM EST 12-5-14 BEFORE THE START OF THE 1ST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. ONLY ONE ENTRY ALLOWED BY LAW.
RULES:
PICK AND RANK TEAMS BY CEDE 1-4*
PLAY 1 V 4 AND 2 V 3 AND PICK WINNERS**
PLAY FINAL TWO AND MAKE A PICK.***
PICK THE MARGIN OF VICTORY.****

*RECEIVE 1PT FOR EACH TEAM PICKED IN THE TOP 4 AND 1PT FOR EACH TEAM CEDED CORRECTLY.
**RECEIVE 1PT FOR EACH CORRECT WINNER REGARDLESS OF CEDES.
***RECEIVE 1PT FOR A WINNING PICK. REGARDLESS OF CEDES.
****RECEIVE 1PT FOR PICKING THE EXACT MARGIN OF VICTORY REGARDLESS OF CEDES OR PICKS.
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WINNERS WILL BE CALCULATED BY ALL ENTRANTS!
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SAMPLE ENTRY BALLOT-

1. ALABAMA
2. GA TECH
3. TCU
4. OREGON

W. ALABAMA
W. TCU

W. ALABAMA

W. 17PTS

ChipShirley
ChipShirley

and one last caveat...TIEBREAKER IS CLOSEST PICK TO ACTUAL MARGIN OF VICTORY BY THE WINNING CHAMPION.

Floppy
Floppy

If GT beats FSU, will that be enough to knoch FSU out of the top 4?


I sure hope so.


GO TECH!

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Floppy If you are an ACC fan FSU should still be in with only 1 loss.