Weekend Predictions: Dogs over Jackets in Bad Aura Bowl

According to the National Day Calendar, without which we wouldn’t know that Monday was National Eat A Cranberry Day (true), Tuesday was National Sardines Day (true) and Thursday was To Hell With Thanksgiving/Go To Sleep NOW NOW NOW Because Play-Doh, Potholders and Possibly Freddie Freeman Go On Sale For $1.79 At 3 o’clock Friday Morning Day! (almost true) — I’m almost to the end of the sentence; promise — Thanksgiving isn’t the only important day this week.

Because on Saturday, when Georgia plays Georgia Tech in a game matching two teams with inverse records but relatively equal misery quotients, it will be: International Aura Awareness Day.

International Aura Awareness Day “was created to spread awareness of the human aura and how our physical and mental health affect our auras.”

Great idea.

For everybody else.

The state of Georgia chooses to secede from the world this week. Probably not the first time.

The bad news is: It’s the end college football’s regular season. The good news is: It’s the end of college football’s regular season. Georgia is 8-3. Looks nice. Like an H&M shirt before you throw it in the dryer. These Dogs have lost every game that mattered.

Georgia Tech is 3-8. Somehow, the Jackets have one more impressive win than the Dogs (Florida State). But they also have 33 fumbles (13 lost), have lost seven A-backs to injuries this season and finished with its worst record in the ACC (1-7) since somebody walked up to Bill Lewis, handed him a spatula and said, “Go find your purpose.”

Paul Johnson has beaten Mark Richt twice, both times in Athens, including last season when Tech rushed for 399 yards, and this time we think Jeremy Pruitt only punched himself. The big question this week is how effective quarterback Justin Thomas will be after leaving last week’s game early with an injury.

This is a game Georgia should win easily. But I have a strange feeling. Or is that my aura?

Dogs win. But I have enough doubts so give me Tech and 5.

Something to get you into the Black Friday mood

Faber College

(Knowledge is Good)

Alabama at Auburn: Gus Malzahn blew a gasket this week because he thought the media was probing too much on what trick plays he had in store for Alabama. Not sure any trick short of morphing into the ’66 Packers would make a difference. Bama covers 14.

Malzahn tries to pull a rabbit out of a hat

Mississippi at Mississippi State: Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze yelled, “War Eagle” as he left his press conference this week. Here’s why: An Alabama loss and a Mississippi win would put his team in the SEC title game. On a related note, Discovery News once placed the odds of being crushed and killed by a vending machine as one in 112 million. No need to look up, Hugh. Miss State win a pick ’em.

Texas A&M at LSU: Congratulations to whatever LSU officials, boosters or fans are feeding this Les Miles Must Go campaign. Because if you think it’s time to get rid of a coach who won a national championship and has been to the title game twice, most recently in 2012, you’re either drunk, deluded or, given the geography, more likely both. Tigers cover 5.

The line for the South Carolina job.

The line for the South Carolina job.

Clemson at South Carolina: South Carolina was prepared to pay Houston’s Tom Herman $3 million a year to take over as coach. He said no. So it turns out the Gamecocks were shooting too high thinking they could lure an American Athletic Association coach to Columbia. Welcome to the nadir. Clemson covers 17.

Florida State at Florida: Jim McElwain is 10-1 with a mediocre team and he’s far more entertaining than Richt when it comes to describing his team’s drab offense: “Here’s the visual. When you guys go to a seafood market or if you go to the grocery store, you see all those dead fish on ice? Stop by Winn-Dixie, go to the dead fish aisle and look at the fish’s eyes. That’s the energy we are playing with. How excited are you to hang out with that dead fish?” I like this guy. But Seminoles cover 2½.

Louisville at Kentucky: Louisville has gone from 23-3 in Charlie Strong’s last two seasons to 15-9 in Bobby Petrino’s first two. Fortunately, athletic director Tom Jurich hired Petrino to set a fine example and raise young men so winning really isn’t even an issue. Wait, what? (Lightning strikes me.) Cardinals cover 4.

We take you live to Tom Jurich’s office

Troy at Georgia State: I was emailed a press release that says the Panthers have won two straight and can finish with a winning record in the Sun Belt. I really need to lay off the paint chips in the morning. State covers 1.

South Alabama at Georgia Southern: Georgia Southern take a step up in competition from the Georgia game. (Bam!) Eagles cover 21.

Patriots and Lesser Beings

Maybe Matt Ryan should start over in target practice.

Maybe Matt Ryan should start over in target practice.

Vikings at Falcons: To all of Matt Ryan’s defenders, think about this: He has lost three straight games to Jameis Winston, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Hasselbeck. He has thrown 10 interceptions and lost last week’s game to Indianapolis (three interceptions, a pick-six, 25-for-46 passing) all by himself. So what happens when the Falcons play a pretty good team? Don’t know why I’m doing this but: Falcons cover 2.

Patriots at Broncos: Ray Lewis said he would’ve rather played for Rex Ryan “all day” than Bill Belichick. Wonder if he soured on Belichick when the Patriots decided to cut a murder suspect, Aaron Hernandez. (Oh look, attorney phoning me.) New England covers 3.

Ravens at Browns: Johnny Manziel said before the bye week, ““I don’t think anyone has to worry about me this week.” Then he was spotted partying in an Austin bar, holding what appears to be a silver bottle of Dom Perignon, and later evaded answering questions about the video evidence and was benched. Get comfortable, Johnny Screwup. With Josh McCown, Cleveland covers 2½.

via BustedCoverage.com:

Steelers at Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch had sports hernia surgery and might be done, which would mean there’s one less team for the rest of the NFC to worry about. Seattle wins but take Pittsburgh and 4.

Eagles at Lions (Thursday): “And this game is brought to you by Kinko’s, your one-stop shop for resume copying. Hey look, it’s Chip Kelly by the machine with a roll of quarters. Lions win a pick ’em

img_0216Panthers at Cowboys (Thursday): Greg Hardy called Carolina, his former team, “a nameless, faceless opponent.” But then that’s pretty much how most felons think. Dallas wins a pick ’em.

Lilly’s Pick: The mutt nailed the Falcons’ loss to Indianapolis last week, which puts her ahead of most of us. She’s 8-4. Damn. This week, in her final appearance of the season, Lilly had to choose between cheese’d pictures of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson (left) and Georgia coach Mark Richt (right). The pooch went to Richt. Dogs win.

Accountability scorecard

football-gamblingLast week (putrid): 9-8 straight up, 7-10 against the line.

Bottom line: 97-55 straight up; 78-82-2 against the line.

Sack Schultz update: It’s the final week in the chase for the grand prizes. Our national leader is “1Donna1” of Alabama with 131 wins, followed by “djdjdj” of Ohio at 130. Our local leader “Moovemkr” of Georgia at 129 followed by “wjhill5740” of Georgia at 128. My scorecard has been burned. Thanks to all for playing. If you want to play for final week prizes, go to AJC.com/go/sackschultz2015.

Lilly goes with Georgia, and Paul Johnson doesn't look happy.

Lilly goes with Georgia, and Paul Johnson doesn’t look happy.

Recent ramblings
A new tradition, in the spirit of Furman Bisher: Giving thanks (to those who deserve it)
• Overreaction Monday: Richt’s status, Ryan’s fall, and does Tech have a chance?
Georgia Tech loses Justin Thomas, ball and all hope
Short takes: Jackets lose Thomas, fumble nine times (yes, nine)
• Weekend Predictions: It’s marshmallow opponent week
• Coppolella tired of being roasted, says, ‘We are not tanking’
Roddy White has survived far worse things than reduced role in offense: tragedy
• Why are those Freeman T-shirts included in Braves’ clearance sale?
• Overreaction Monday: Richt’s ploy, Falcons’ bye, Braves’ salary dump
Jeremy Pruitt’s defense is salvaging Georgia’s season
Short takes on Georgia’s win over Auburn
• Simmons gone, and Braves’ offseason already looking like last one
Weekend Predictions: It’s not a good time to invest in Georgia
Former Georgia player Faloughi at center of Missouri protests
• Overreaction Monday: Kyle Shanahan, have you met Roddy White?
Latest Falcons’ embarrassment is on Dan Quinn
• Short takes: This Falcons’ loss is on Dan Quinn
Weekend Predictions: Dogs in middle of Dysfunction Junction
Georgia’s finish, Eason status shouldn’t tilt Richt decision
• Richt should take over Georgia’s struggling offense
• Overreaction Monday: Loss-loss-loss means chaos all around
Mark Richt has failed too many big moments — it’s time for a change at Georgia
Falcons may be 6-2 but they don’t look the part
Short takes: Sloppy Falcons gift-wrap game for mediocre Bucs
Matt Ryan: ‘It comes down to me being better’
Weekend Predictions: Jacksonville on Halloween? Ooh, scary: Gators over Dogs
Georgia’s quarterback problems fall at Mark Richt’s feet
Budenholzer can coach but can he build a champion?
Overreaction Monday: Ryan’s off, Tech’s alive and Georgia…
Georgia Tech has unforgettable moment in otherwise forgettable season
• Short takes on Georgia Tech’s miracle win over Florida State
Weekend Predictions: Falcons win, Jackets lose, ACC miserable
(Full column) Rick Pitino should lose job, culpable for Louisville mess
Rick Pitino may not survive latest claims regarding strippers, recruits
Overreaction Monday: Would Richt give Ramsey another look?
Misery like this shouldn’t happen at Georgia Tech
Short takes: Tech’s run of bowls, non-losing ACC seasons will end
Falcons flash some of their ugly past in loss to Saints
• Short takes: Falcons still plagued by poor pass rush, turnovers
Weekend Predictions: Spurrier, Cubs, Playboy…and Georgia can still win SEC East!
• Spurrier changed face of SEC, and then he walked out the back door
Health would be Spurrier’s only good excuse for retiring in middle of season
• Florida quarterback suspended for PEDs — and claims of, ‘I didn’t know’ ring hollow
Overreaction Monday: Chubb’s loss isn’t Georgia’s only problem
• There goes Chubb, there goes a loss, there goes Georgia’s season

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76 comments
UGA*1971
UGA*1971

Richt has one of the best recruiting he has ever put together coming in 2016. 

I say let him stay another year and see how it goes.

It's hard when you recruit QB'S and they don't pan out there is no hiding them and it showed this year.

Lambert had some decent games but he is so inconsistent.

we couldn't score against Georgia Tech and that's sad.

The defense is coming around and looking like a top notch SEC defense Pruitt has done a great job and the recruits he has coming in next year will make UGA a lot better.

I think Derrick Brown will sign with UGA that will give UGA a nice front 3 on defense for next year.

LuxLucisofVerum
LuxLucisofVerum

Take Tech and 5...you lose again Schultz. Another nonsensical, paltry article attempting to demean both programs. Why don't you just retire if you can't even appreciate a win? Sick of the articles that at their core are all about criticizing Richt. The AJC sports articles are the new Enquirer.

FlatTire
FlatTire

Live blog over on Tech blog

Big Wally
Big Wally

Shottenheimer should be fired at halftime.  Clown is the worse OC in the SEC.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Shottenheimer is "coaching up" Lambert.  That line just cracks me up.  He hasn't done crap with him all year, why would he start now?

Big Wally
Big Wally

Shottenheimer and the Off. Line coach need to be run out of Athens immediately.  Both are just plain awful.

TideDawg
TideDawg

I hate to keep harping on Paul Johnson, the guy is a sad case of huge ego. I've never understood a coach that continually blames his players for losing. I haven't heard him mention once that he needed to do a better job of coaching. Mark Richt, in the face of all his problems, says he needs to do a better job coaching. This is true, and he knows it and is not afraid to admit it. PJ is the exact opposite....his players didn't block....his players didn't carry out their assignments....his players didn't do this or that, never, "I didn't do a good job of coaching". I guess I'm a hybrid when it comes to being a fan, but I want both teams to do well. It's not fun when one team is an overwhelming favorite and the other is overwhelmingly inept. I can't understand the Tech fan base accepting this. I'm a Tide fan and a Dawg fan but I want all Georgia teams to do well. Of course I take sides when they play each other, I've been a Tide fan all of my life and a Georgia fan for half of my life. Alabama is in the upper echelon. I won't say they are the best team in the country....they've got to prove that if they get in the final 4. So..... Roll Tide! Go Dawgs!

TOJacket
TOJacket

@TideDawg Maybe you should seek counseling?........good grief, what a load of crap.At least you pull for one team who knows how to win something.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Jeff,

Is there any chance at all that you will have a live blog during the UGa /Tech game today. Please save us from the tedium of DawgNation on game day.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

The week of "Good Old Fashioned Hate" seems to have lost it's fire this year. More talk about replacing CMR than playing the game. I hope the players on both sides are more fired up  than the fans. 

DawgNight
DawgNight

"matching two teams with inverse records but relatively equal misery quotients"

Really? I'll take 8-3 over 3-8 any year...not comparible

BillyBarnard
BillyBarnard

LILY FINISHES WITH A BETTER RECORD THAN SCHULTZY-  AGAIN.  

Big Wally
Big Wally

Ohypocrite wants hourly reports on the new RB.  The infatuation continues.

DiMarti
DiMarti

With a top QB, top RB commits, next year---the dogs offense will explode with points!! Florida will be down with a bunch of losses on D and a bad QB----tennessee will choke a few games as usual---dogs win the Sec East!

Big Wally
Big Wally

With  that big running back commitment, Ohypocrite now how two 18 year old's to be obsessed with.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


Who?


Every dog RB is a big commitment. 


Then they usually wash out.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Big Wally @OH:IO You moron........Gurley hasn't even had to change his cleats yet......yes, he is doing well.......post something to me in a half dozen years or so about "Rule breaker"

Big Wally
Big Wally

Bout time Ohypocrite came on here and start bragging about how great the Big10 is, even though he says he doesn't brag about how great the Big 10 is because that would be riding coattails.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


Fact, not bragging. 



Can't stand the loss of status, can you?

TideDawg
TideDawg

Where's that OH:IO guy??? He must be hiding out on the high school blogs. OH:IO, Can we count on you being gone forever after Michigan beats OSU or do we have to wait until OSU loses to North Carolina or some other ACC team in a bowl game?

DawgNole
DawgNole

JS: ". . . Lilly had to choose between cheese’d pictures of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson (left) and Georgia coach Mark Richt (right)."

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Cheese'd???

That looks like salami on Johnson's mug.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Jeff,

Thanks for including Ga.Southern in your weekly Picks ,I hope the Eagles cover again this week for you.


TOJacket
TOJacket

Hey Everybody!.............................We run this State!

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

No, you dont. 3-8 and 1-7 in the weak @$$ coastal. You havent run anything in 2015 loser.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@TOJacket  Hey TO, you misspelled a word. That should be "ruin" this state. Well, not Tech but PJ.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@TOJacket

gtcaryd... you reap what you sow... and you're about to received your final harvest of the season... The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. ~ Proverbs 12:15 


"BELIEVE" in the G 


Grant1296
Grant1296

At least we've never been embarrassed by OSU...

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Dawg-Gawn @TOJacket Last time I checked preacher...we still run this State.......have more NC's and a more recent one.

Grant1296
Grant1296

They would have to beat the mighty bugs to run the state Caryd....

canon ball
canon ball

So much Football.....So little Time ...  and me stuck with Turkey Trauma.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Falcons lose again JS just does not know when to say when. Every time he picks them they lose..

BTW

Dallas lost that "picke em" game! Actually they were blown out.

Green Bay lost also...

You got the Eagles right...

Big Wally
Big Wally

Looks like Ohypocrite has a new 18 year old to be obsessed with.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Ha! 4* RB Devwah Whalely commits to the G! 

Stick with Richt

Pray 4 Schultz & Bradley


"BELIEVE" in the G

Hairy Dawg
Hairy Dawg

That right! Dawgs just reload next year with Chubb back and new RBs. And we get new QB recruit who take couple games experiences before leading Dawgs to promised land. That what we talking about Dawgs team that can make Gaytors and Orange Pumkins pay before we whip Saban all over field.

But first we got some unfinished whipping due with Pestky Bugs. We make them pay for thinking they even deserve being on same field with talents like Dawgs. Final score Dawgs 48 - Fat Slobo Coach and Bugs 9.

Go Dawgs! Sick E'm!

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@TOJacket

gtcaryd... they're in denial just like you... son's of disobedience... like the little d behind cary... stands for deception + divide + destruction = death...  it is written!


"BELIEVE" in the G