Weekend Predictions: Georgia over Lack of Irish, Falcons over Bears

Hello and welcome back to Weekend Predictions, where we try to separate fact from fiction and actual evidence from tattered movie reels, which can be a problem when Notre Dame fans are still quoting Ronald Reagan lines from “Knute Rockne, All-American” instead of, “NCAA: You Cheatin’ Swine,” or the Las Vegas police department is mistaking Michael Bennett for a fire-breathing Cyclops wearing a slacks and a plaid shirt. (Hey, it happens. Honest mistake. Here’s a free drink coupon for Circus Circus.)

This week, Georgia goes to Notre Dame.

For the record, that is not Jesus signaling touchdown on the side of a building on campus. It’s far more likely he’s throwing up his arms saying, “What? You lost at home to Duke! Oy, there goes my back!”

This is not the Fighting Irish of Rockne. Or “The Gipper.” Or Rudy. Or Lou Holtz, who was contemptible and cheated, but at least he won.

I took this picture when I was in Dublin. It seemed appropriate.

This is the Notre Dame of Brian Kelly. The 2016 season opened after a bunch of player arrests and closed with a record of 4-8. That stands as the fifth worst mark in the school’s 111-year history. Even Gerry Faust went 5-6. Blow that out your Irish echoes.

NCAA fish-slapped Notre Dame with academic-fraud charges, forcing the school to vacate several wins from 2012 (BCS finalist) and 2013.

You, sir, have just smeared the memories of Rockne, Gipp, Leahy, Lujack and Hornung. Even “Lucky” from the Lucky Charms box hangs his head in shame.

Georgia fans are approaching this week realistically. They believe the Bulldogs will win 27-3 and go on to finish 14-1. Jake Fromm will then levitate the team bus. Once you’ve come off the bench to beat Appalachian State, there aren’t many challenges left.

Where was I? Oh yes, reality.

This is a tough one. But Georgia can win this with defense and a running game. Or they can lose it big, but I think that’s more like in a black-and-white movie. Take the four points, but Dogs win in a straight upset.

He got out of bed and became president

Salaried Players

Falcons at Bears: The Falcons have lost only one of their past seven games. See? You can do anything with numbers. Well, not all numbers, but there’s no need to go into the other numbers now because they’ve already been dissected, body-slammed and admitted into the Randall P. McMurphy House of Those Gone Bye-Bye. Oh look, Kyle Shanahan. New year. Breathe deep. Falcons cover 7.

Respite for those who can’t get past 28-3

Seahawks at Packers: These are two fashionable NFC picks to go to the Super Bowl. But I’m assuming somebody in the Las Vegas Police Department has money on the Packers, not the Seahawks. Green Bay covers 3.

Saints at Vikings: Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota, and this is how he feels about it: “Going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them.” First 20,000 fans receive DFCS T-shirts. Vikings cover 3½.

Is there a trophy that goes with this?

Steelers at Browns: Cleveland went 4-0 in the preseason and fans celebrated by making, “Undefeated Preseason Champs” T-shirts. Actually, the most promising thing about the Browns’ preseason was they cut Brock Osweiler. Pittsburgh covers 9.

Giants at Cowboys: Dallas generally has been the most overrated team going into any season in the past 20 years.  I see no reason to stop now. Take the 3½ and New York in a straight upset.

Panthers at 49ers: OK, Super Bowl aside, Shanahan is a great offensive coordinator who made a couple of really bad decisions. But he steps into an organization that is 7-25 in the past two seasons and is putting its trust in Brian Hoyer, who’ll quarterback his sixth team in seven seasons. Cover your eyes. Panthers cover 5½.

Blah Game Week

Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson is upset his team has to play five days after the Tennessee game against a highly ranked FCS team while Jacksonville State is coming off a bye. After losing a game in which his team had 655 yards in offense, you can understand why he’d prefer a couch. But come on, man. It’s Jax State. Yellow Jackets cover 19½.

“Does anybody care what I think anymore?”

Auburn at Clemson: Dabo Swinney not only won a national championship, he has flipped a series once dominated by Auburn (34-11-2), winning three consecutive. Which makes you wonder: Are Auburn fans more worried about this game or the potential of Swinney “going home to momma” to replace Saban at some point? The home Tigers cover 5.

Florida Atlantic at Wisconsin: Lane Kiffin said last week that Alabama would’ve beaten Clemson if he had called plays. Two days later, his new team got blown out by Navy. This is what happens when the three-Twinkie sugar rush wears off. Badgers cover 31½.

Fresno State at Alabama: Fresno State is coming off a 66-0 win over Incarnate Word. I was thinking of cutting off that sentence after “66-0 win” to scare Alabama fans, but the ability to Google killed so many practical jokes. Bammy covers 44.

Northwestern at Duke: Nah.

Louisville at North Carolina: Quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for 378 yards and rushed for 101 with two touchdowns last week, but Louisville needed a fourth-quarter rally to beat Purdue. Fortunately, Jackson’s coach won’t be following him to the NFL. Cardinals win, but take North Carolina and 10.

Nicholls at Texas A&M: The Aggies blew a 44-10 lead and, worse, blew a 44-10 lead to a Jim Mora-coached team, prompting a Texas A&M regent to go on Facebook and declare: “Kevin Sumlin needs to GO.” Even worse, he unfriended Sumlin on Facebook. This won’t calm things but: Aggies win and cover 40.

Sack Schultz Update

I went 11-4 last week.  Ten contestants went 14-1, with “CMRA1” of Georgia coming in as one of the two tiebreaker winners. Calm down. It’s early. I got this. It’s not too late to enter for the $2,500 vacation grand prize and weekly prizes. Go go to AJC.com/sackschultz2017.

Scorecard and Lilly’s pick

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has that keeps it from betting on people.” — W.C. Fields

Progress report: 7-3 straight up, 6-3-1 against the line.

Lock of the week: Kwikset.

Lilly’s pick: Lilly foolishly picked Florida State over Alabama last week, I suspect just because she was standing closer to that piece of salami. Her work ethic isn’t what it used to be. This week, we salami’d pictures of a goofy looking leprechaun on the left and Uga on the right. Lilly took her time, then went right. Dog picks Dogs.

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lazelime
lazelime

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DawginLex
DawginLex

Ohio gives up 31 again

At least this time they scored

Dawgs 2-0

Ohio 1-1

Bwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

joyijet
joyijet

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Big Wally
Big Wally

Looks at all the empty seats at the NC and Duke games.  The pundits can talk all they want about how good the ACC is, but their fans obviously couldn't care less.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Big win last night for the Friday night conference, aka the Big 10. Go Purdue.

Big Wally
Big Wally

It's Friday night, that means it's time for Big 10 football.  I wonder if it outdrew a Seinfeld rerun?

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally Did I say Ohio State, or did I say Big 10?  Comprehension difficulties eh? Says a lot about the overall perception of the conference if you have to go up against high school football.   Need a tissue Junior?

Big Wally
Big Wally

Funny how UGA is taking over Chicago right now.  When Tech was there a few years ago, no one knew there fans were even there.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally Nope.   I was listening to 680 the fan a few minutes ago.  They were referring to all the Dawg fans there now.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Big Wally UGA couldn't take over the early shift at the car wash....Haha!

Big Wally
Big Wally

LOL, now Coach Herman's wife is firing back at crybaby Meyer.  Maybe crybaby should keep his mouth shut and work on his fake heart attacks.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO How many teacher-beaters are in this group?  You know, since Urban has a long, documented history of recruiting such individuals.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally @OH:IO


I have no issues since he's been in Columbus. If you have problems with his tenure in the SEC! SEC!, that's a you problem. We too hated him. Not anymore. 


TIME OUT!


TIME OUT!


Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally So you support the teacher beater last year that Urban tried covering up, but was overruled by the administration of OSU.  You'll remember Urban was against punishing him, til it was leaked out what he did and the administration had to step in to keep up some shred of dignity that Urban clearly doesn't have.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally @OH:IO


I support THE Ohio State Buckeyes. Always have, always will. THE Ohio State Buckeyes is bigger than any one student, professor, athlete, coach or administrator.   


Hate on of you must. 

Grant1296
Grant1296

Come on Techeye...

I know you're not that dumb..

Don't really know (or care ) about ND, but Georgia recruites as well or better than OSU..

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally Just stating the facts, if you wish to put your head in the ground, then that is a "you problem".

GTONE
GTONE

@Grant1296 Yes YOU do... and by the looks of your defense.. You have ONE.. We don't.. Good Luck this year... Well, for all games except one...

TOJacket
TOJacket

God almighty I hope the Irish pound these sorry mutts...put a good Ole Miss on them.

Grant1296
Grant1296

Don't hold your hand on your arse waiting for that to happen Caryd...

It'll be there a long time...

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Hey, is that any way to treat your beloved rivals?

Wouldn't wanna be Ole Miss right now.

DawginLex
DawginLex

Haha

I bet you're mad

Still won't bet? We're going to beat you like always in Atlanta

OH:IO
OH:IO

Prediction:


dogs lose at South Bend


Ohio State beats Oklahoma in Columbus. 


I know. I went out on a limb. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

You predicted the Dawgs would lose to App St.

That was going out on a limb.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Proving that you're regressing quickly?

You did that--not me.

Who's sally?

Grant1296
Grant1296

Not sure about the Dawgs, but Oklahoma wins outright..

Big Wally
Big Wally

Funny how 0hio never talks about the Browns, Bengals, Reds, Cavaliers, Indians, etc. You would think if TO were smarter he would at least do a better job of being a fake Ohio fan.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


Grew up a Brown's fan. Big Red Machine during their great run. On the Icky Shuffle train and Sam Wyche. Never really a Cav's fan. Frank Ryan, Gary Collins, The Drive, The Fumble, -54 wind chill vs. San Deigo, GeneHickerson, Lou The Toe. Leroy Kelly, Sam Ratigliano. Need more? 

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally Sure took you a long time to look up those names TO. A real fan from Ohio wouldn't have taken so long.  Exposed, once again.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally @OH:IO


Ask me a question. I was off-line, checked back, saw your post and posted a non-Google assisted reply. 



Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally Why, so you could google the answer now? Nice try TO.   By the way, a Browns fan would never be a Bengals fan.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally @OH:IO


I covered three team over 20-25 years.  If it's not good enough for you, that's  you problem. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally @OH:IO I watched both and followed whoever went the furthest in to the post season. Browns have sucked for a while now and then Bengals can't win a playoff game. 


I've been  Falcon fan for some time. Saw Bartkowski at the airport once. He was a jerk. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally @OH:IO


You are barking up the wrong tree. But, as a dog, not at all surprising.