Weekend Predictions: Falcons win, Jackets lose, ACC miserable

 

Before we get to this week’s, “ACC Championship Preview Between Florida State and Georgia Tech!” — Time stamp: Please use this headline before Sept. 19, along with that old chicken lo mein in the back corner of the refrigerator. It just moved. Hey, maybe can it play quarterback for Georgia! — this update from the ACC:

Ever notice that no matter what certain teams or coaches or conferences try, something goes horribly wrong? Like when Igor in Young Frankenstein was given specific instructions to retrieve the brain of the late Hans Delbruck, but he accidentally dropped it, so he made an executive decision and grabbed a replacement.

Don't do it, Igor. Don't do it!

Don’t do it, Igor. Don’t do it!

“Abby someone,” Igor said.

“Abby who?” Dr. Frankenstein said.

“Abby Normal,” Igor said.

“Are you saying I put an abnormal brain into a seven-and-a-half-foot long, 54-inch wide gorilla!?!” Dr. Frankenstein said.

At which point, he grabbed Igor and screamed, “You idiot! Now look at us! We’re stuck with Louisville and Syracuse!”

The ACC expanded in 2013. It took Notre Dame, but only in basketball, so that was kind of dumb. It took Pitt, for reasons that remain a mystery. It took Syracuse, which stinks in football and is good in basketball but was slapped with NCAA probation in March for academic fraud and improper benefits, which made Jim Boeheim (more) miserable. It took Louisville, which showed they’re ready to lead the youth of America by rehiring Bobby Petrino in football and reportedly using a dorm as a make-shift Club Boom Boom for recruits. (Headline on the satirical website, The Sports Pickle, “Louisville Unlikely to Fire Pitino After Top 700 Recruits Schedule Official Visits.”

But hey, at least North Carolina hasn’t done anything wrong.

Oh. Wait a minute.

This ACC football season has been a mess. Only seven of 14 teams have winning overall records, which is difficult after seven weeks when you should have fattened up on Elon, Alcorn State and all of their cousins. The biggest bust: Georgia Tech. The Jackets have dropped five straight, as well as several engine parts.

This week’s game against FSU figured to be huge. Now it’s just getting in the way of the end.

The line says Seminoles by 6½. Is that for one half or one game? Noles win and cover.

Between Study Hall Naps

Georgia: Off. Dogs offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer repainted his office from white to beige to shake things up a bit.

Dog reacts to Schottenheimer’s offense

Tennessee at Alabama: This series is known as, “The Third Saturday In October” because Tennessee rejected the first option, “The Week We Get Run Over By A Winnebago.” Actual fact: Since Nick Saban was hired, Alabama has won eight straight meetings by an average score of 35-12. Bammy covers 15½.

Louisville's apparent recruiting territory.

Louisville’s apparent recruiting territory.

Boston College at Louisville: The Vaudeville team of Petrino and Pitino will be giving life coach tips in the Louisville student center this week. Question: Do strippers and hookers like fit under the cost-of-attendance mandate with the NCAA? Louisville wins but take B.C. and 7.

Clemson at Miami: I really like the whole white shirt and tie thing that Miami coach Al Golden has going on. And he won’t have to buy a new wardrobe when he’s selling term life policies after the season. Clemson covers 7.

Auburn at Arkansas: I’m not suggesting the bar has been lowered at Auburn but a local media member actually wrote that consecutive wins over San Jose State and Kentucky represented “a turnaround.” So I guess this will qualify as quote a letdown: Arkansas covers 6.

So here's something you don't see every day.

So here’s something you don’t see every day.

Texas A&M at Ole Miss: Fun week in the land of Faulkner. Coach Hugh Freeze, who’s on Twitter, agreed to speak personally with an angry fan in the wake of last week’s loss to Memphis. Problem is the school’s athletic director Tweeted Freeze’s phone number for the disturbed portion of the world to see. Dumb. This should quiet the noise: Mississippi wins but take the Aggies and 6.

NFL Fridge Pack

These three guys will be rushing Tom Brady in 10 years. (via DC Universe)

These three guys will be rushing Tom Brady in 10 years. (via DC Universe)

Falcons at Titans: The Falcons have only seven sacks, last in the NFL and tying them with Texas State. That’s going to be a problem when they play teams with real offenses, which should not be confused with Tennessee. The five fumbles in New Orleans was an aberration. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman should have a field day against the Titans’ run defense. Falcons cover 4½

Jets at Patriots: Tom Brady said he wants to play 10 more seasons. He would be 48 years old in 2025, which would tie him with George Blanda, assuming Blanda doesn’t come out of retirement to reclaim his record. He’s dead but Roger Goodell will figure out some what to exhume the body, go all Frankenstein and put the game on national TV in Week 37 (most players objected to 37-game seasons so they were replaced by cyborgs). New England wins but take the Jets and 8½.

Eagles at Panthers: Philly quarterback Sam Bradford has five interceptions in the last two weeks and ranks 28th in passer rating. Two more interceptions and he would be clinically dead in 12 states. Full disclosure: I liked Chip Kelly’s idea to get Bradford, which only proves I’m as bad a general manager as he is. Carolina covers 3.

Browns at Rams: Johnny Manziel admits to drinking again and his girlfriend said, “He hit me a couple of times” and “I’m in fear for my life.” And has anybody seen the Browns’ spine in all this? Rams cover 5½.

Manziel’s spirit guide

Bills at Jaguars: The Bills are only 2-3 since winning their opener, when every national football writer was suckered into think Rex Ryan was the greatest thing to hit Buffalo since that time the sun came out on a Tuesday (41 years ago.) Feelin’ frisky: Take Jacksonville and 6 and in a straight upset.

Cowboys at Giants: Interesting thought by the Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin: The Cowboys should target former Texas high school star Matthew Stafford as Tony Romo’s replacement. Jerry Jones was scouting pass rushers at San Quentin and couldn’t be reached for comment. New York covers 3½.

Saints at Colts: Chuck Pagano can’t figure out what went wrong. The fake perfect worked great on Madden. Indy covers 4.

Pagano’s plan went as well as Woody Allen’s (“Take The Money and Run”)

Lilly is in deep thought. Or she just spotted a squirrel.

Lilly is in deep thought. Or she just spotted a squirrel.

Lilly’s Pick (Falcons at Tennessee):  Magic Mutt has dropped two straight to drop to 4-3 and is suddenly humbled. She has stopped asking for French cheese for her picks. This seek, we slapped some good ‘ol orange American on pictures of a titan and a falcon. It seems the retrievers always go for the birds. Lilly darted right — to the falcon. Falcons win.

Accountability scorecard

“In a bet, there is a fool and a thief.” — Proverb

Last week: 9-5 straight up, 6-7-1 against the line.

Bottom line: 61-30 straight up; 45-44-2 against the line.

Sack Schultz update: Last week’s local and national winner was Gig Wilkowski of Hiawassee, who went 15-0 and is on PEDs. The overall contest leader to this point is “Hammer63” of Alabama with 83 wins.. To enter for weekly prizes, go to AJC.com/go/sackschultz2015.

lilly

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Short takes: Tech’s run of bowls, non-losing ACC seasons will end
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225 comments
Reidtt
Reidtt

I hope Jeff isn't putting any money on these. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

JohnnyBuckles
JohnnyBuckles

That was better than the blocked punt in Michigan way to go Jackets!

I think for a minute though the Jackets were confused about what to do with the football till one of them picked it up and run it back.

GTBee
GTBee

Jackets win Jeff!! In the most improbable ending to a game ever!!

grh0317
grh0317

how did that JACKET LOSE WORK OUT Schultzy? LOL

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

JACKETS WIN

 JACKETS WIN 

    JACKETS WIN

Floppy
Floppy

I just got a awesome milkshake from Brusters!

Mutley
Mutley

In 10 years with UGA being content with mediocrity Ga. Southern is going to emerge as the states elite team. Richt will be retiring and Boo Boo will be the anointed successor. More mediocrity, some things just never can change.

JohnnyBuckles
JohnnyBuckles

I've been a UGA fan since I was 8 years old

Me and my dad would watch them on Saturday's together dad was a Georgia Tech fan but we all make mistakes.

Both UGA and TECH have problems this year Lambert said he was going to look at game film to look where he made mistakes during the Missouri game,but I don't care how much film he watches he just isn't ready to be a SEC quarterback.

As for Tech the team that beat UGA and Mississippi State last year and almost won the ACC I don't know what has happened to them I really thought they'd be the team to beat in the ACC this year and had them pegged to beat Notre Dame  by 14 points I lost my but on that bet.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


Are you a blog discriminator and isolationist, Lil wally?

Mutley
Mutley

Lambert would have a hard time cracking Valdosta State's lineup.

Big Wally
Big Wally

WhatExcuseNow 2 hours ago

@jollywally

Also, and this speaks volumes, I do go to Al.com for intellectual conversation. 

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Perhaps the funniest comment ever posted on a blog.

Grant1296
Grant1296

WhatanIDIOTnow isn't even a real Bammer...

He's a zit faced GA Southern punk that forgot to take his Ritalin ....

Steeldawg77
Steeldawg77

Actually, I'm pretty sure the Dawgs will find a way to add another "L" to the season this weekend.  They've been off the past three weeks, so this weekend shouldn't be any different.  Then they can plan on another "L" with Florida...can't wait.  After that, I would anticipate them struggling with Kentucky, Auburn and very possibly Georgia Southern.  And don't be surprised if you see an even worse-off Tech team hand them an "L" as well.  Yeah...the Dawgs just MIGHT make it to the Birmingham Bowl this year.

Mutley
Mutley

Go Ga. Southern. If Richt loses that game maybe the Disneys and Admin can see what a farce he really is.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Well, Saturday College Football is just a few hours away. That means new ammunition for the blogs is on the way.


Dawgs are resting up for the Gatorfest!! Alabama entertains the blue tick........Razorbacks play host to the Tigers......Seminoles have the Techies in for a scalping party......The Twelfth Man(they may need more) visit the Rebels......Wildcats tangle with the Bulldogs......Ohio State is having a cupcake at Rutgers.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@TideDawg 


I'll go Rocky Top in an upset. 


It's fun to see Nick throw headsets and scream at people a foot taller. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @TideDawg Don't make fun of Bama there Rain Man #1.  your buddy "Whatdumbcommentnow" might not continue with his infatuation of you.

JohnnyBuckles
JohnnyBuckles

@OH:IO @TideDawg Tide will beat Tennessee  like their going to beat LSU  then Florida for the SEC championship.

Texas A&M will beat Ole Miss

The only reason Alabama lost to Ole Miss was 5 turn overs. Their defense isn't good it's great the kind the wins National championships.

Georgia will get humiliated by Florida on Halloween.I'm a huge UGA but I know what's coming and Lambert makes very poor decisions throwing football.    

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DawgNole


I can root for any team, except the dogs, dog in A hole. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @DawgNole and he is such a big oSu fan, even though he can't remember when they are on tv most of the time, nod, wink, nod, wink.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO @DawgNole

"Root for" and "believe" are two different things.

Again, you don't really believe that. Not at Bama.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally Um, so why were you on here talking about UGA games when they were on tv., then when I pointed it out to you, you disappeared real fast.  Yea, that's a true fan alright. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @DawgNole So why does an 'OSU' fan spend every waking moment on a Ga. blog?  Answer:  Tech troll.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


You are free to believe what you will. 


I've got oceanfront in South Dakota. Cheap. Interested?

Floppy
Floppy

@JohnnyBuckles @OH:IO @TideDawg turns out Tide is not quite as awesome as the press makes them out to be....  LOL ... LSU game with Tide is gonna be a real test. Florida will be sharp when they play LSU for the SEC championship.

50Concept
50Concept

with their easy schedule, ohio state should waltz to the final 4 and deliver another beatdown to the SEC (lsu or alabama). Urban gets ring #4

OH:IO
OH:IO

Lil wally is this season's dog 350. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO Rain man #1. I'm not a delusional dawg.  Hence the reason I'm not on here talking about National Championships.

HonchoPoncho
HonchoPoncho

Jeff, great column. You are the funniest man in sports!

GTBob
GTBob

All of these are decent picks. The only ones I may change are the Arkansas and Tennessee picks. I think Alabama wins but may be a little sluggish after a tough stretch of games. Im not sure if Arkansas will even beat Auburn and that is a decently large spread.

WhatExcuseNow
WhatExcuseNow

@GTBob


I will say the AL-TN game will see the Tide tired a bit, BUT and it's a BIG But, the Tide's BYE week is next week.  The Tide is at home.  And, next to Auburn, this is viewed as Bama's second most hated rival.


I will be happy if they win to keep their playoff hope alive, so meeting the spread not so important.  Bama seems to do horrible against the spread.  They don't run the score up on teams, even when they are clearly superior to them like the FCS cupcakes, they put on the schedule.  aTm was an outlier last year with that 59-0 drubbing.  I think that was pent up frustration for Johnny Football.  And Auburn's 49-0 beat down a few years back was definitely a rivalry thing.  Heck, in 2010, when Bama beat Mich. St. 49-7, Saban was mad at our 2d or 3d string runningback taking it to the house on a long run with 4-8 minutes left in the 4th quarter pushing the score out to that.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Kennesaw State vs. Liberty sounds like a play-in game for a late November SEC! SEC! Cupcake Classic.

TrueFan1
TrueFan1

@OH:IO and your point is? we really are starting to worry about your mental state

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO Either one of those schools could beat Big Mac Purdue.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@TrueFan1 @OH:IO  OH:IO needs to get on the Emory blog. There are doctors there that can help him.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH:IO


I believe the playoff between Liberty and Kennesaw is to see which team will get to play your said Buckeyes and  therefore become the toughest team on the OSU schedule. 


P.S.  Neither is in the top 25 or in the "other receiving votes" category, so they will fit perfectly into the OSU schedule.