Picks: Tech goes 9-3, wins division; UGA goes 8-4, doesn’t

Harrison Butker from 53 for the tie. (Hyosub Shin/AJC Photo)

Harrison Butker from 53 for the tie. (Hyosub Shin/AJC Photo)

Harrison Butker from 53 for the tie. (Hyosub Shin/AJC Photo)

Sunday’s AJC featured the annual Memorial Day college football forecast, albeit a bit tardy. (What can I say? Circumstances intervened.) For those who missed it, I picked:

  • Georgia Tech to go 9-3 and win the ACC Coastal.
  • Clemson to go 11-1, beat Tech in the ACC title game and miss the College Football Playoff.
  • Auburn to win the SEC West.
  • Tennessee to win the SEC East.
  • Ohio State, TCU, Auburn and Southern Cal to make the CFP.
  • Ohio State to win the CFP again.
  • Georgia to go 8-4.
  • Georgia to beat Tech.

I know, I know. I’m an idiot. Here’s where you get to tell me so.

Reader Comments 1

379 comments
lostatsea
lostatsea

Does Georgia Tech have a football team?

CHDawg
CHDawg

If people could predict the future, we would all hate football. 

RxDawg
RxDawg

I just don't see it with Auburn... They seem like the trendy pick.

UGA looks pretty strong, but who knows. We need QB and WR play.   Defense should be stout.

Rock E Topp
Rock E Topp

Bradley is SPOT ON. Tennessee will win the East and then probably lose the SECCG to Bama / Auburn. But it will be soooo much fun to watch the Vols kick the Obama out of the Dogs in Neyland October 10th.

unknown911
unknown911

I would say UGA will be very good this year but will Mark Richt cost us two games again with horrible, bone headed plays when the game in ours to win?

Bogan
Bogan

I predict UNC will have the best offense in the ACC.  If the defense is even moderately improved over last year (and that is a biig if), UNC will be a tough opponent.  They have almost everybody back on an offense that features one 4-star and 1 five-star back, plus one of the best QB's in the conference.  The O-line features at least 2 pre-season ACC first-teamers, in addition to several highly-rated redshirt freshmen.  Add in one of the conference's best receiving corp   (Sweitzer, Davis, Holland and Howard), and you have the recipe for a promising season. But, don't let facts get in the way of negative retorts. Edit (in 5 minutes)

BearCasey
BearCasey

@Bogan  We ALWAYS hear how good UNC is going to be and it has NOT come close to happening in this century.  UNC will be lucky not to get the death penalty.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

I asked six different SEC fans what they thought of your SEC prediction. All of them asked if you were drunk when you made the prediction, including a Tennessee fan. Tennessee cannot possibly win the SEC East nor defeat UGA (consensus) who all six predicted would win the SEC East. I ask you, if UGA defeats Tech, exactly who are the four losses? 8-4 at UGA in 2015 would undoubtedly lead Richt into retirement. You truly must have been drinking heavily when you imagined that outcome. I predict 11-1 and the Dome.

Rock E Topp
Rock E Topp

@Chuck_UGA  I don't know who is more delusional....you or greenedefense. Both of you rank pretty high on the Boob Scale. You both deserve it so I am going to call it a tie. Tennessee may not win the East, but they will kick the Obama out of Jawja.

Poledawg83
Poledawg83

@Chuck_UGA All things being equal I would take UGA over Tennessee.  But UGA plays Bama the week before.  Win or lose that game there will be a let down after all the hype which could easily lead to a Tennessee win.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

@Rock E Topp @Chuck_UGA Tennessee just lost their entire OL. Georgia returns all but one on the OL and will have a vastly improved returning DL and overall D. Chubb will run wild in Knoxville (250 yards probable) as Georgia easily wins the SEC East. UT fans are eaten up with anxiety over that 11-4 record Georgia has over the past fifteen games. Series tied, baby! Richt OWNS the Vols now! Just like Spurrier!

greenedefense
greenedefense

UGA will go 11-1 and win the SEC Championship! Book It!

DiehardDawg
DiehardDawg

The only thing you can book is the dogs lose two crucial games again and end up in another know nothing bowl.

greenedefense
greenedefense

"I know, I know. I'm an idiot." Yep you called it! 

DiehardDawg
DiehardDawg

@greenedefense No, Mark Richt will win his 10 and we will all get to watch the Belk Bowl again. Two big unexplained losses every year, it's like groundhog day every year.

unknown911
unknown911

Time for you to start preparing want ads and leave the football to someone else.

Lambert Dawg
Lambert Dawg

Mark,


Predictions like this is the reason the ajc pays you the big $. Now my question is, how many of those $ did you wager in Vegas on your prediction. I bet not many..

DiehardDawg
DiehardDawg

Bradley you are dead wrong again. Richt is a miracle maker. He will once again find a way to win 10 games and nothing else.

He is the master of winning just enough to win nothing!

It's an amazing thing to watch.

FGT
FGT

4 losses? Did you forget UGA has Nick Chubb?

The Dawgs will be able to throw it for 60 yards now too.

Zima U aka tech will lose 5 games in 2015.

DiehardDawg
DiehardDawg

Did you forget that Richt will lose two for no good reason whatsoever?

BearCasey
BearCasey

I'll take GT over UGA for $100.  Predictions only matter if there are consequences.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@BearCasey Bet the house Bear....  The offense should just reload... The defense can't get any worse... I think if CPJ wins 9 to 10 games with the schedule, he should be coach of the year!

FGT
FGT

Will you do 20k?

BearCasey
BearCasey

@FGT  Only if my lawyer holds the money in an escrow account.

Kenny Polson
Kenny Polson

State Champions go back to back

Tech beats ugag 24-10

FGT
FGT

Idiot.

ALB-Dawg
ALB-Dawg

Sounds plausible to me.  New OC, new QB, a lot to gel and Alabama and UT back to back....  It would be real nice if you were wrong, though.  My only prediction is that I think the winner of the East get there by default.

Hunk
Hunk

Your predictions are reasonable.  Clemson's fate relies on Watson remaining healthy as does Tech with Thomas. Tech's skill position players must develop quickly. The defense should be better. Clemson will be the best team in the ACC.

GTBee
GTBee

Oh PS; THWG !!

GTBee
GTBee

One thing is correct and for sure. . . Ohii St will repeat as national champions.

DIT
DIT

Thanks Mr. Bradley. I feel much better about my Dawgs season now!

Guyon
Guyon

Tech's defense will lead the way to a ten or eleven win season and a win over the dogs.

FGT
FGT

Why do your fans smell weird?

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Disagree about a 1 loss ACC team being excluded from the CFB playoff.  FSU was "penalized" last season because of the way they narrowly escaped losses, requiring late heroics to win what should have been "easy games".  There was also a (well deserved) bias against FSU because of Winston.

ACC is a Power Conference that proved itself against the SEC last season.  And the playoff committee has said that the results of conference championship games play a big part.  

An 11-1 Clemson team WOULD make the playoffs.  But Clemson will lose more than 1 game.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@Birmingham__Jacket

ACC is a Power Conference that proved itself against the SEC last season.

One season of proving itself vs the SEC won't sway the suit's & other expert's opinion of the ACC.  Besides, didn't you know that all those SEC teams who lost to ACC teams last season "didn't want to be in those games anyway"  (tic)

If an 11-1 Clemson loses it's only game to an ACC Coastal Champ GT then beats the Jackets in the ACC CG then it would be difficult to keep them out of the playoff if the other playoff candidates are not undefeated. Especially if Miami, FSU, Louisville, ND, and South Carolina all have 9+ wins.   

Wadzilla.
Wadzilla.

sounds about right...Richt is perfectly willing and capable of coughing up 4 hairballs

TruTecher
TruTecher

Nailed it . . . except there is no way OSU repeats. TCU.

FGT
FGT

Your handle pretty much sums your whole fan base up.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Surprised Bradley picked UGA to beat Tech this year.  He has correctly pointed out in the past that Tech wins against UGA have come in small streaks.

I don't think Georgia is going to be very good at all this year.  Chubb is good.  But a 1 dimensional offense does not a good team make.  And I'm not buying into Pruitt being any better than Grantham or Martinez.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@Birmingham__Jacket  Well thanks for that Techie because Grantham and Martinez were a combined 8-1 against your absolute mockery of a football program.


You can go ahead and stick that foot in your mouth now if you'd like. 

Stingshuh?
Stingshuh?

@BleedingGold @dawg fan He is definitely a Bi-polar candidate.........one day he sounds like a troll and the next day he sounds like HaunkeyDawgsofDumb?

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

@Birmingham__Jacket Well, you know you Tech football fans are experts. Guess everyone else is stupid.  Typical delusional jacket fan.

Trackbacks

  1. […] SIAP, AJC has a Tennessee vs Auburn SEC Championship game. Picks: Tech goes 9-3, wins division; UGA goes 8-4, doesn’t | Mark Bradley blog […]