Weekend Predictions: It’s marshmallow opponent week

As another successful financial season winds down, and by successful I’m not including the one or two or possibly 47 picks that I was slightly less than perfect on, though in reality I wasn’t serious and they were thrown out there for entertainment purposes only, like a knock-knock joke, or a presidential candidate, or when John Hart or John Coppolella are asked whether they would ever trade a star player and they feign shock and disdain, SHOCK AND DISDAIN, I SAY, that you ever would suggest such a thing, and what’s the Liberty Media stock price today, and I swear the first Braves’ official who says in spring training, “We’re here to compete for a championship!” gets a pie in the face,” and …

(Inhale, exhale….)

Where was I?

Oh yes. Fantasyland. It’s near the end for Weekend Predictions and the week before Rivalry Week. That means many programs have scheduled opponents from Fisher-Price. Auburn plays Idaho. Florida State plays Chattanooga. Florida plays Florida Atlantic. Alabama plays Charleston Southern. Clemson plays Wake Forest.

Oh wait. Wake Forest is in a major conference.

Georgia faces Georgia Southern. Coach Mark Richt warned the masses, “They are not a good football team. They are a great football team!”

I’m wondering if any opposing coach has made the same declaration about Georgia this season.

This is when big tough coaches from power five conferences tell us these cupcake opponents are sneaky awesome and, besides, they’re just providing “opportunities” for FCS or Sun Belt schools, as if FSU-Chattanooga is part of a jobs program.

By the time Nick Saban finished his weekly rant, “This week, we play Godzilla. Chapter 11,” he had everybody convinced Charleston Southern was about to conquer eastern Europe.

“You all don’t remember the Georgia Southern game, do you? They ran through our (rear) like (poop) through a tin horn and we couldn’t stop them!”

A tin horn?

Thanks. I’ll pass on the Alabama halftime show.

Non-power-5 conference administrators love these games. I’m not sure how much the players do. Georgia Southern was guaranteed $1.7 million to be offered up as sacrifices twice this season for games against West Virginia and Georgia. The officials cashing the checks will be in the comfort of a luxury box munching on finger sandwiches and shrimp cocktails Saturday. The players will be on the field, losing bicuspids and their sense of direction.

Any chance the Georgia Southern school president or athletic director can be forced to take a snap?

The Dogs are favored by 13½. The line dropped from 16. So much for wins over Kentucky and Auburn converting critics. I’m with the wise guys on this. Dogs win but give me the Eagles and 13½.

Nick Saban on Charleston Southern, The Great Destructors

Grading on a Curve

Well. If the hat fits... (Artwork via Revupsportsbox.com)

Well. If the hat fits… (Artwork via Revupsportsbox.com)

Georgia Tech at Miami: How far has Miami fallen? It’s an underdog at home to a team that has lost seven of its last eight and is 1-6 in the ACC. If that doesn’t get the Hurricanes cheating again, nothing will. Meanwhile, why is Charlie Strong’s name on the pass list? Jackets cover 2.

Tennessee at Missouri: Missouri athletic director Mack Rhodes said this week: “I really believe you can win a national championship at the University of Missouri.” Everybody is still waiting for the punchline. Vols cover 8.

LSU at Mississippi: Somebody reported that Les Miles is coaching for his job. Makes sense. I mean, how many other coaches in the last eight years have been to the national championship game twice, won a national title and two SEC titles since 2007, beat Alabama five times, and then got fired? Welcome to Baton Rouge: brain-cell-challenged central. Take the Tigers and 4 and in an upset.

Forecasting the next four games: Godzilla vs. Bambi

Sacrificial Lambs at Florida State: Jimbo Fisher says playing FCS opponents like UT-Chattanooga-Choo-Choo provides “an opportunity for those schools to have equal opportunity…”It’s a complete coincidence that Florida State is providing this opportunity a week before the Florida game. Seminoles cover 30½.

Florida Atlantic at Florida: Chattanooga and FAU meet in the dismembered losers’ bracket next week. Gators cover 31½.

Charleston Southern at Alabama: CSU lists former Tulsa Talons arena quarterback Darren Swiggett on its short list of notable alumni. So take that. Bammy covers 38.5.

Kennesaw State will pack the essentials for its final game.

Kennesaw State will pack the essentials for its final game.

Wake Forest at Clemson: So when does Wake Forest start demanding an appearance fee like Sun Belt schools? Clemson covers 29.

Kennesaw State at Presbyterian:  After losing two games by 73-27 in the last two weeks I’m not sure Kennesaw State has enough Spackle and duct tape left for another win. But it’s a long-standing policy of mine to never pick a team called the Blue Hose. (Back off, I’m a professional.) Take KSU and 5 and in a straight upset.

South Alabama at Georgia State: The Panthers have a chance to win two straight for the first time since beating Savannah State and North Carolina Central (MEAC) in 2010 and everybody asked, “Wait, does this count?” GSU covers 1½.

Pros and Ex-Cons

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones goes on another scouting mission.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones goes on another scouting mission.

Colts at Falcons: Andrew Luck is out and the Falcons are decided favorites, and that hasn’t happened since the last two games, both of which they lost. It’s not time to jump ship on the Falcons. But if you have time in the next day or two, you might want to take a stroll on the main deck to check out where the paddle boats are. Falcons cover 6.

Cowboys at Dolphins: Dallas has lost seven straight. Clearly, the feeder system from Leavenworth and San Quentin has dried out. Dolphins win a pick ’em.

Broncos at Bears: Peyton Manning last week: 5-for-20, 4 interceptions, 0.0 passer rating, benched. Nationwide released a statement this week: “We’ve switched sides.” Bears cover 1.

Manning gets the Blutarsky treatment

D.C. at Panthers: A Tennessee mom wrote a letter to Cam Newton admonishing him for his touchdown dance against her beloved Titans, which she framed him as a “spoiled brat” fueled by “egotism, arrogance and poor sportsmanship.” And then she left for her weekly book burning. Carolina covers 7.

Rams at Ravens: St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher reportedly went on an epic rant at halftime last week in hopes of firing up his team, which trailed Chicago by two touchdowns. The Rams lost 37-13. Time for a new speech. Take the two but Rams win in a straight upset.

Fisher: Next time, try this one

Packers at Vikings: Green Bay has dropped three straight. Note to Aaron Rodgers: If Olivia Munn wanted to date a losing quarterback, she could go to Jacksonville. Last week, the Packers lost at home to a 1-7 Detroit team that had just lost to Kansas City 45-10. Degenerate gamblers’ logic: “OK, now they’re really, really, REALLY mad.” Packers win, take the 1.

Bucs at Eagles: Tampa Bay nearly hired Chip Kelly three years ago but at the last minute Kelly decided to stay at Oregon. So there’s one memory for Bucs’ fans to look back on fondly. But: Eagles cover 5½.

Accountability scorecard

football-gamblingLast week: 7-5 straight up, 7-5 against the line.

Bottom line: 98-47 straight up; 71-72-2 against the line.

Sack Schultz update: Two more weeks until the grand prize winners are decided. Last week’s winners were Michael Burgess (12-3) and Butch Roos (13-2). There are eight contestants within one pick of the overall lead at 120 and 119 wins. I’m not one of them. More info at AJC.com/go/sackschultz2015.

Lilly’s Pick: The mutt fell to 7-4 with the Auburn pick last week. This time, the choice was salami’d pictures of Freddie the Falcon and Blue (Colts mascot). Lilly went right. To Blue.

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193 comments
Big Wally
Big Wally

OVIO sure has been quiet today.  No smart arse comments about the Dawgs.  I guess the gutless coward has ran away.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

You're welcome Schultzie ,Ga.Southern covered the spread for you.I think the "Cupcakes" from a non-Power Five conference held their own with the Mighty Dogs from the SEC.Too bad CMR and McGarrity will never schedule them again. Cupcakes like the Eagles are just not appetizing enough for the Dogs.  Better schedule a FCS team like the CItadel or UT Chattanooga instead of the Eagles.

Big Wally
Big Wally

I guess if UGA beats Ga. Southern, 12-13, will be on here talking about us getting into the playoffs.  How sad.

Big Wally
Big Wally

12-13 has really had his UGA cheerleading outfit on lately.  Barely beat a lousy Auburn team and this retard starts his ranting.  Funny how he wasn't on here that much after the Bama and Florida games.  I guess in his pee-brain, those games didn't count.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Best of luck to all your favorite teams today (except auburn...hope they lose by a 100).


Roll Tide

OH:IO
OH:IO

What's the forecast, Mr. Sunshine?

OH:IO
OH:IO

12-13


65-13


HA! 

OH:IO
OH:IO

12/13 said:



OH:big joke is a chump tech fan! Ask Chip he sees the dudes IP address and has confirmed as much.


Show us where he did that, Mr. liar, lollipops and sunshine.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Grey clouds are so desperate they buddied up to the closet tech fan obsessed with all things UGA. How embarrassing for them that their new ally obsesses over UGA and pretends to support a big joke school. Nice company you are keeping grey clouds.

OH:big joke is a chump tech fan! Ask Chip he sees the dudes IP address and has confirmed as much.

Flattering that UGA occupies techeyes every day. We really upset you huh obsessed loser?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Why are you here butt hurt? Hmmm i wonder? 3-8 butt hurt!

OH:IO
OH:IO

12/13


FYI - There are no gray skies in an Indoor Practice Facility

OH:IO
OH:IO

@twelveofthirteen


If it plays out, we'll play 5 in a row, 4 of them in the Top 10 at the END of the season, Mr. sunshine. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

12/13 is bringing out the Richt book of excuses today.

*Still waiting on the ref's, it only rains when we have the ball, everyone else cheats, excuse, excuse, excuse.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Never said anything close to that moron. Making up stuff now grey cloud!

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Who is bitter? Who comments on every article about an sec school with zero ties to Ohio? Oh a bitter tech fan that hides because he is so embarrassed.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Big wally makes up stuff when he has nothing to retort. Grey cloud typical rant. What a dumb @$$!

Big Wally
Big Wally

@twelveofthirteen Keep drinking the cool-aid. Hope you enjoy spending the holidays in Charlotte.  I'm sure you will need help in finding it, but good luck none the less.

TideDawg
TideDawg

You blogging guys are a tough lot. Everybody wants to play for a National Championship and everybody wants a coach that has coached a team to a NC. I do! Half of my loyalty has one and the other half does not have one. I want both of them to be there every year competing for a NC. You want a coach that has done it all. So does everybody....except LSU. Miles has done it all and he is having a down cycle and they want him replaced. So who is next at LSU? I couldn't believe the OC at LSU kept slamming Fournette into a brick wall in the Bama game. He never tried to get him out in open territory where his talent would help. Miles lost his DC to A&M he has the wrong OC which was apparent after the Ala. game and Arkansas. Head coach gets the blame for everybody's failures. Same thing at Georgia. I don't know the answer to the problem but I hope the AD doesn't make a mistake in who the Dawgs HC will be next year. The ball's in the AD's court and he better not make a mistake or he will be AD somewhere else in a short time.


Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Regarding Les Miles he has not beaten Saban's Alabama teams 5 times. 


He beat Saban's bad inaugural Alabama 7-6 Alabama team. Then he beat Bama in 2010 and the first game in 2011. He hasn't won since. 


And nobody is impressed with beating the Mike Shula coached 2005 and 2006 teams. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Grey cloud is about to burst some blood vessles. Get a life dude and settle down delusional.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@twelveofthirteen  I'm still waiting for your answer on who we should blame for Alabama and Florida out recruiting us like you said they have.  Water boys?  Cheerleaders?  The fans?  The concession stand workers?  It's such a mystery.  Help me out here. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Saban is better at it. See if we can hire him. Only guy out there though cause he out-recruits everyone.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

And i am Waiting on you to tell me who is to blame When players dont make tackles, dont cover wide open receivers and backs, drop punts, drop wide open touchdown passes, miss field goals? Oh that is Richt? Wait no the players are human and make mistakes like all of us. No it is richt. Cant have it both ways.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Coaching makes or misses kicks, drops punts and wide open TD's? You must have played a lot of sports fat arrrsse!

EndofThird
EndofThird

if richt takes the miami job will the dogs go after smart, muschamp or the dude at houston??

dawg fan
dawg fan

@39Concepts  Muschamp?  LOL.  No.  I'd prefer a guy with proven head coaching experience like Herman over Smart but I like Smart too.  There are tons of openings.  All the good coaching prospects are going to get taken up this off season while we accept mediocrity and stick with Richt.  The message will be clear:  UGA football is not interested in championships.  Recruiting and morale will start to decline.  8 and 9 win seasons, or worse, will be the norm.  The game is passing us by and the Mark Richt Fan Club is too busy making excuses for their hero to see it.   

dawgcane02
dawgcane02

@39Concepts

Hilarious.  You guys have actually bought into the media's hype that Richt could be fired after this year.    Richt ain't going anywhere, even if he loses to Tech.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@dawg fan @dawgcane02 He's part of the we strive for mediocrity crowd.  Yippee we get to annually go to a mid level or low level bowl game, yippee, all is well, yippee, 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Grey cloud spouting same rants blaming the coach and deflecting comments about being a cry baby. All i see is crying and whining. Notice techeye trying to buddy up to you? That dude is so butt hurt on UGA he parades as a big fraud fan and posts constantly about UGA. Seems normal. Why would you care at all about UGA OH:IO? Oh thats right cause we dominte the jackets.

dawgcane02
dawgcane02

@twelveofthirteen

I want championships like everyone else.  But good grief, be realistic.  Richt is 10x better than Al Golden.

Also, if Richt is as bad as all these Georgia "fans" believe, how come Eason (who presumably understands a lot more football than most) still wants to come play for him?

dawg fan
dawg fan

@Buschleaguer More like the Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley effect.  Tennessee took a dive because Kiffin bailed on them and then they made a terrible mistake in hiring Derek Dooley.  It had nothing to do with getting rid of Fulmer.  Yes, you  have to make good hiring decisions when you get rid of a coach.  No one would dispute that.  This is such a dumb argument.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@dawgcane02 I'll stop laughing hysterically at your stupid ill informed opinions when you man up and answer a very direct question which I posed to you.  Once again, what "costs" are other programs taking on in winning championships?  Either answer the question or take your excuses to another blog. 

GTBob
GTBob

@dawgcane02 He is certainly better than Al Golden but that isn't saying much. The problem with Richt is a bit different. He is a coach that is not capable of great things but he will keep you at a stable 9-10 win pace forever. The real question is, how long do you stick with a coach like that?

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@GTBob @dawgcane02 

Bob ,

CMR will be Head Coach at UGa until he is ready to leave. Most of fan base is satisfied with the status quo and are too scared of the so called Fullmer Effect to push for firing CMR. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@GTBob Well apparently coaching success is not measured by wins and losses but by how many 5 star recruits you can get to play for your team.  News to me. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTBob @dawgcane02

Twice as long--so far--as you stick with a coach like CPJ, who falls considerably short of that "stable 9-10-win pace."

Big Wally
Big Wally

I see that a close victory over a last place Auburn team has some Richt apologists returning to the blogs.


Some folks must like spending their Christmas/New Years in Charlotte.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Or just normal fans tired of hearing negative comments like a dark grey cloud from the miserable whining cry baby fans. Of course you love it when there is a lot to cry about. Misery loves company.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@twelveofthirteen Oh boo hoo everything isn't rainbows and butterflies for Mr. Mark Richt Super Fan here.  Do you need a tissue?  You've got a lot of nerve, you know that?  You want to keep this joke choke artist around AND tell us that we're not aloud to complain when he underachieves and embarrasses us?  Who do you think you are pal?  You want the clown you can have him and all that comes along with it.  It's not our fault he's an absolute joke of a football coach and can't get it done.  Good grief you are pathetic. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

@twelveofthirteen Keep drinking the cool - aid moron.  Hope you like spending the holidays in Charlotte or Memphis.