Predictions: It’s no fantasy, Chihuahuas will rebound (I think)

 

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Before previewing chapter 5 of, “Sybil: My Life as a Georgia Bulldog,” we have a significant update from the former sports empire known as ESPN.

Amid a federal investigation into whether billion dollar geek websites “FanDuel” and “DraftKings” were guilty of insider trading, ESPN pulled advertising by “DraftKings” this week because it wanted to avoid any appearance (cough, cough) of a conflict of interest (cough, cough, cough — oh look, there’s my spine).

“It is a standard procedure for us pull these kind of sponsorships and integrations when we are covering breaking news,” ESPN’s Paul Melvin told USA Today. “We look to avoid any suggestion of influence on our coverage.”

Gordon Gekko is not impressed with Wall Street's investment in fantasy football.

Gordon Gekko is not impressed with Wall Street’s investment in fantasy football.

I wonder if this is the same absence of conflict of interest that prompted ESPN to pull the series “Playmakers” when the NFL screamed … or when ESPN pulled out of the joint project with “Frontline” investigating NFL concussions … or this couldn’t possibly have anything to do with multi-million-dollar-sponsored segments on NFL pregame shows that have caused what used to be an entertaining and sometimes news Sunday morning escape to mutated into a series of 17-minute debates on whether to use Giovani Bernard over  Ameer Abdullah as my flex receiver.

Yes, I just know that if ESPN could break this potential insider-trading story on a major sponsor, they would be all over it. Just like Fox and Time Warner and Comcast and Google would because, yes, the unofficial and unregulated gambling websites have suckered investors from almost every corner on Wall Street, as well as, and I’m not making this up: Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft.

Fortunately, Weekend Predictions can offer you unbiased coverage. Why? Because we don’t have any paid sponsors! Yeah! (Wait. Why am I happy?)

Hey, I just want my pre-game show back. And so ends this week’s, “Get Off My Lawn!” segment. Punks.

Now, back to the remains of Georgia. The season continues, even if the expectations were run over by an 18-wheeler last week: Alabama 38, Trembling Chihuahuas 10. Georgia has had its share of disasters in Knoxville. The doggies were favored and lost in 2007 (35-14), favored and lost in 2009 (45-19), favored and barely won in 2014 (34-31 in overtime), but lost multiple limbs, effectively submarining the season.

This week, the question is: How hung over are they? They are favored by 3. This is a game I walk away from in Las Vegas. But here, I have no choice. Tennessee struggles against the run, so there’s a good reason to not let Greyson Lambert throw. Closing my eyes, but here goes: Dogs win and cover 3.

Dawg down

“Poor Poor Pitiful Pups” (as I revisit my teenage crush)

School Daze

Georgia Tech (Bugs) at Clemson (Windshield): I never looked at the fine print in Paul Johnson’s new contract, but does he get some kind of bonus for losing to Duke and North Carolina in consecutive seasons? Or did he just figure, “Hey, if Brian Gregory can do it, I can do it”? The Jackets have dropped three straight since two wins that don’t really matter (Alcorn State and Tulane). Johnson has a history of ruining Dabo Swinney’s day, but I’m just not feeling it. Tigers cover 6½.

Arkansas at Alabama: From Nick Saban, right on cue after last week’s leveling of Georgia, when asked by a media member about his belief in his team: “It’s not going to be for you! The fans, yes. Because if it was up to you, we’re six feet under already! We’re dead and buried and gone! Gone!” And then he spontaneously combusted. Bammy covers 16.

We now take you to Nick Saban’s news conference

Florida at Missouri: The Gators have to be considered the favorite to win the SEC East after upsetting Ole Miss last week. That clicking sound you’ve been hearing is Georgia fans going on StubHub to see how much they can get for their tickets in a few weeks. Gators cover 5.

Somewhere in this swirl are past Miami coaches.

Al Golden may be in this swirl before long.

Miami at Florida State: Miami’s social media person sent out Tweet requesting all FSU fans to post their comments on the website unsolicitedfsufancomments.com. When you click “send” on the site, the comments disappear into a hurricane. Clever. Whoever came up with that should replace Al Golden. Seminoles cover 9.

South Carolina at LSU: This scheduled South Carolina home game was moved because of the flooding in Columbia. which is the right thing to do, even though it’s obvious Steve Spurrier would mandate the game be played in Kabul before Baton Rouge if he really thought the Gamecocks had a chance of winning. Blowout: Tigers cover 18½.

New Mexico State at Ole Miss: New Mexico State is 5-35 in the last three-plus seasons, 25-102 since 2005 and 298-550-14 in 82 years. Question: Does this end better than the last big story in New Mexico (Breaking Bad)? Rebels cover 43½.

Appalachian State at Georgia State: The Panthers have a chance to go to 2-0 in the Sun Belt. OK, I can cross typing that sentence off my bucket list. App State wins but take GSU and 15.

Pros (or just faking it)

D.C.’s team at Falcons: The last two times the Falcons started 4-0 they went to the NFC championship game, so consider the rest of the season a mere formality. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and a bunch of other Falcons’ assistants used to work in D.C. until they escaped Dan Snyder’s Cuckoos’ Nest, kind of like when the “Chief” threw the sink through the window and made his exit (kids: Google). Falcons cover 7.

Patriots at Cowboys: Greg Hardy is back from a suspension after beating and dragging his ex-girlfriend across the floor and throwing her on his pile of guns and assault weapons. This week, he cracked jokes about how hot Tom Brady’s wife was, said he’d come out “guns a blazin'” in his first game and when asked if he felt any remorse or regret said, “I’m sorry I couldn’t be here for my teammates.” Yeah, he’ll be waaay south of here one day. Patriots cover 8½.

Saints at Eagles: Sean Payton and Chip Kelly plan to meet at midfield before the game, shake hands and exchange resumes. Philly covers 4½.

Jaguars at Bucs: Jacksonville has lost 11 straight road games but I’m guessing nobody goes to the games in Tampa anyway. Jameis Winston has seven  interceptions, three fumbles and nine sacks in four games. This is as close as he’ll get to a Wake Forest game again, but: Jags win, take the 3.

Rams at Packers: St. Louis city officials announced a proposed naming rights deal for a new football stadium before financing for the stadium has been approved, not to mention the fact  that the stadium would be empty because the Rams almost certainly are going back to Los Angeles. Does St. Louis get DeKalb’s rejects? Packers win but take the Rams and 8½.

Cardinals at Lions: Saw a stat: Matthew Stafford is 3-32 against teams that finish with a winning record. It’s probably why some fans to burn his jersey last week. But then, if you’re not burning a jersey or a car in Detroit, what’s the point of a weekend? Arizona covers 2½.

Lilly’s Pick

A selfie of sheer brilliance: Lilly The Greek pondering this week's pick.

Lilly The Greek

Georgia at Tennessee: Mighty Mutt (4-1) has won four straight. Maybe she should be starting for the Lions. This week, we upgraded with pieces of salami on pictures of two quarterbacks, Georgia’s Greyson Lambert and Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs. Lilly went right … to Lambert. Dogs win.

Scorecard and Sack Schultz update

“A pack of cards is the devil’s prayer book.” — German proverb

Last week (yech): 6-7 straight up, 6-7 against the line.

Bottom dollars: 40-23 straight up, 32-30-1 against the line.

Sack Schultz update: I stunk last week: 8-7, dropping me to 487th place. I look at this as abbreviated indigestion. Last week’s winners: Christobal Lozano (12-3) of Marietta and William Maynor (14-1). Our overall leader is still “Hammer63” of Alabama with 62 wins. Enter for great weekly and end-of-season prizes including Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets, $2,500 Apple card and Kroger cards at AJC.com/go/sackschultz2015.

Lilly is going with her species this week.

Lilly is going with her species this week.

Recent ramblings
Braves may have a plan but it will be a while before masses buy in
Here’s your Depressed Braves Fan viewing guide to the postseason
Overeaction Monday: Now is not time to make decision on Richt
Falcons 4-0, Freeman 7 TDs — who didn’t see that coming?
• Short takes: An easy Falcons win, and this is a team to take seriously
Richt and Georgia fall off stage again when it matters most
Short takes: Georgia’s reality check — there’s a problem at quarterback
Georgia needs win over Alabama to alter perceptions
Weekend Predictions: Nothing sinister here – Dogs over Bama
Georgia hired Jeremy Pruitt for games like this
Nationals are a more attractive mess than the Braves
Overreaction Monday: Georgia may be 4-0 but season starts now
Georgia now can prepare for opponent that matters most: Alabama
Short takes on Georgia’s win over Southern
Weekend Predictions: Lilly takes the lead and likes Falcons
Falcons’ fourth-quarter fizzles absent so far under Dan Quinn
Braves have been more adept at building off field than on it
Overreaction Monday: Are things as they seem with Falcons, Dogs, Jackets?
Georgia chases away Spurrier demons with dominating performance
Short takes: Lambert says, ‘I just had to go through a rough patch’
Georgia can’t blow game, Tech can’t blow chance
Tech over Irish, Georgia over South Carolina (but not by 17)
Tech has something Georgia would like — comfort at quarterback position
An impressive opening by Dan Quinn’s new Falcons
Short takes: Gruden praises Falcons’ defense after win
Georgia looks like a shaky 2-0 with its passing game
Short takes: Another Georgia win but QB issues continue
Weekend Predictions: I can’t block this Falcons’ upset from my brain
Poll: I say 9 wins for Falcons, national media mixed, what say you?
Falcons’ late roster scramble not a good sign
Fredi Gonzalez needs to make more of his losing hand
Lambert good but didn’t do enough to cement starting job
Lambert, lightning and the joy of Keith Marshall
Kennesaw State’s little startup off to a dazzling start
Weekend Predictions: Dogs, Jackets roll, Spurrier escapes, Petrino goes down
Falcons won Julio Jones trade but would like to forget 2012 draft

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204 comments
LuxLucisofVerum
LuxLucisofVerum

I think Chubb going down was terrible but not an issue in terms of the game, especially on the defensive collapse . Fumbles, dropped TD passes and the worst tackling we have seen in some time. The team looked sloppy. But let's stop the Richt bashing and get a sense of reality here. Ranked teams are upset all of the time - we've won in Knoxville 5 years in a row - we were coming off of a tough game against Bama...it doesn't surprise me this game got away. The more importaant thing is - and I've said it before...nobody works harder or hates losing more than the coaches and players, you know, the ones who sweat and work for the victories we are so upset about when they don't happen. Some of us get so riled up and frothy at the mouth over a loss as if we just had our mothers called a bad name. Rather humorous. It's college football. Kids risking their bodies, coached by overpaid old guys, to win truly meaningless championships in order to propagate a huge money making machine called college sports. It's all about the money. The older I get, I believe more and more that we should abolish college sports and start over and make them TRULY amateur sports. No TV - no TV money - no marketing - nothing...just local talent playing locally for the hometown folks. And played by players who belong in college, not just imported to play the game while they attend for  3 years taking ridiculously dumbed down classes. What are we really upset about - college sports is a lot like Hollywood - it's all smoke and mirrors. It's not real life and does not impact fans in any tangible way. Except for those who actually think losing a football game is the end of civilization as we know it. I used to be a rabid fan - then one day I just woke up and realized that, like a movie we see at the theater, college sports is truly just an illusion - it has nothing to do with me or my life, it is, at best, a diversion that may be enjoyed but is certainly not worth any massive expenditure of emotional capital. And at worst, it is just a money making machine for the TV moguls who must surely be laughing all of the way to the bank and who must be very amused that an entire nation can be so emotionally manipulated over a bunch of kids toting "the rock". But then again, the media manipulates just about everything in this country now. Go Dawgs - love ya', but I've got to go cut the grass now, and I will do so with a smile on my face and with no high blood pressure spikes leftover from yesterdays loss :)

EricEllis
EricEllis

Still can't bear to bring your liberal fingers to type R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S I see.  You are such a pathetic little man Shultz. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

Knocking on the door to greatness

Big Wally
Big Wally

The question is, will any of these gutless writers on Dawg Nation question where the program is heading, or how this team practices through the week, why is the team regularly not prepared for what the other teams do, do the coaches put in the same amount of hours that other schools do, etc. etc.?

Big Wally
Big Wally

If you want a shot at winning a National Championship go throw a ton of money at Art Briles.  If you want to keep going to the Belk and Liberty Bowls, just keep the incompetent Richt.

Big Wally
Big Wally

The problem at UGA is there is no accountability.   Players screw up, yet they just keep putting them out to make the same mistakes over and over again.  Pruitt regularly gets out coached every week, yet he gets huge pay raises.  Right is clueless, yet he has been here for 15 years.  

Big Wally
Big Wally

Pruitt has been exposed.  His defense doesn't tackle, his secondary doesn't cover anyone, one blown coverage assignment after another.  Just par for the course at UGA - lazy and incompetent coaches.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

JS do us a favor and lay off the UGA picks for the next year! Not blaming you but the last two weeks you have picked UGA and they have been BOATRACED!

JohnnyBuckles
JohnnyBuckles

what a horrible lose. Don't know what to make of  Lambert to many 3 and outs left the defense on the field for 45 mins or it just looked that way. Hell I;m ready to see Faton Bauta make a start at this point in the season.

Eric_C
Eric_C

Disaster.  The defense was exposed again...never seen such an overrated defense...the middle of the zone defense is once again a disaster.  The special teams blow it again...what else can you say.  Aside from the punt return, STs were a complete disaster.  

EagleMan99
EagleMan99

Like I said. We're the best program in the state.

OH:IO
OH:IO

The Injuries and The Turf strike again.

EagleMan99
EagleMan99

Dawg fans, your season is over, you will not win out. I promise you that. D-day 11/17

Eric_C
Eric_C

I once shook Erk Russell's hand, went to GSU for two years, and I pull like crazy for GSU against other teams, but there is no way GSU will beat UGA...just not going to happen.

EagleMan99
EagleMan99

@Eric_C Its been less than 2 years since we upset Florida, and we were in the FCS. This is a weak dawgs team. GATA.

Eric_C
Eric_C

Dawgs still win the east if they lose tomorrow, UF loses at LSU, UT loses at UA, and Dawgs win out. Tomorrow is not do or die.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Yo grant,


24 hours to Signing Day and your annual off-season NC. 


Yea!

JohnnyBuckles
JohnnyBuckles

@OH:IO are you a dawg fan Ohio are you lost or do they not have a fan base for Ohio st fans? 

Grant1296
Grant1296

What's up Techeye?

I see you have another huge game vs the mighty Terrapins....I'm sure it's gonna be another barn burner...Kinda like the great and powerful Hoosiers....

Grant1296
Grant1296

I feel so lucky ....2 Responses...And not your moronic one word posts....It really gets entertaining ,the more you type...

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Grant1296


Yo, grant


Holdin' hardware


Ranked #1 


8 NC's


Heismans - PLURAL


2 NC'S AND 1 HEISMAN in THIS century. 


dogs?


#SLOBBERING

Big Wally
Big Wally

but your a tech fan.  You seem to keep forgetting that.  

Mutley
Mutley

Dawgnation and SEC Country are failed experiments.

dawgcane02
dawgcane02

I think the Dawgs will win, probably pretty big.  Richt has hopefully settled us down and convinced our players the season is still far from over.  We're still in the hunt for SEC Championship and dark horse NC.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@dawgcane02 I don't think that they will win big.  But, should pull a win out. 

Rickster_
Rickster_

She's a smart dog, but whoever gave her the cigar gave her the wrong end.

Sayinthisagain
Sayinthisagain

OH:IO...what do you think about some wanting to change the fight song of your real team?

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Sayinthisagain


The Buckeye Battle Cry will NEVER be changed. Nor will Carmen Ohio, Script Ohio or  Hang On Sloopy. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

The JV:


And to think that dogs give the B1G crap. 


Remember, Northwestern is ranked higher than the dogs. 


Yep, THAT Northwestern.


And TN, what a juggerNOT.


SEC EAST AT A GLANCE

Team / SEC / Overall / Saturday

Florida / 3-0 / 5-0 / at Missouri

Georgia / 2-1 / 4-1 / at Tennessee

Kentucky / 2-1 / 4-1 / Off

Missouri / 1-1 / 4-1 / vs. Florida

Vanderbilt / 0-2 / 2-3 / Off

Tennessee / 0-2 / 2-3 / vs. Georgia

South Carolina / 0-3 / 2-3 / at LSU

FlatTire
FlatTire

@OH:IO Northwestern isn't going to do anything; just the Big 10 isn't doing anything when they play UGA just look at the record

OH:IO
OH:IO

@FlatTire


Anything of consequence, flat?


Didn't think so.


You got nothing but coattails.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@OH:IO  you got nothing but coattails when played Ray Goff

OH:IO
OH:IO

@FlatTire


Last century?


Last century as in your one and only Herschel ridin' NC?


Since?


Bupkis

FlatTire
FlatTire

@OH:IO  don't worry a few more years and reality will sink in with this fan base and lousy boosters then like Ohio St we will go hire a coach

FlatTire
FlatTire

@OH:IO  Im full of hope just not with the current administration running the show at UGA

grh0317
grh0317

The TIDE is turning in Knoxville. Look for the Vols to take

an early lead and take out the dogs by at least two touchdowns, sorry!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@grh0317 the Tide is turning?  LOL;  you do realize Tennessee's defense is led by previous UGA coordinators who didn't do anything when they were here

Eric_C
Eric_C

@grh0317  I agree, Georgia will be sluggish early on and Tennessee will get their usual two to three score early lead...but Lambert will not fare well playing catch-up, UT 35  UGA 24

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Eric_C  you forget the bend but don't break philosophy is now coached at Tennessee 


UGA 42  Tennessee 14

Eric_C
Eric_C

@FlatTire @Eric_C I wish you were right, but Georgia will have to play a perfect game and win the turn-over battle by +4 to get that score...just don't see it.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Eric_C  if they read Energy Vampires it just might happen