In college football, pickin’ season is over. It’s time to play

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“Who do you like in LSU-Wisconsin?” (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Officially, the Cal-Hawaii game played last week in Sydney, Australia, marked the opening of the college football season. (Cal won.) To me, and I suspect to you, this holiday week is the one that counts. Many key tilts in exotic places! Green Bay! Arlington! Orlando! Atlanta! (Even Auburn!)

At least four of my Top 25 teams will have lost by midnight on Labor Day, and there’s a chance three or four more could, too. Speaking of that Top 25, it ran in Sunday’s AJC and can be found here. Spoiler alerts: Alabama isn’t No. 1, but it’s not far off; Georgia isn’t in the top 10, but it’s not far away.

Speaking of which: My game-by-game look at Georgia’s regular season also ran over the weekend. I have the Bulldogs losing twice — at Ole Miss and to Tennessee — and that’s it. As mentioned a time or time, Georgia has a mighty inviting schedule. But you knew that already.

As for Georgia Tech: I’m picking the Yellow Jackets to go 7-5. That bit of prognostication ran in the ol’ AJC just this side of Memorial Day. And now we’re approaching Labor Day, which means pickin’ season is all but done. The playin’ season is at hand.

Further reading: Football Outsiders Almanac: Georgia Tech to go 6-6, UGA 10-2.

Further still: Who’s picking the over on W’s for UGA and Tech? Why, me.

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Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

And for a record shattering 9th straight year Alabama yet again attains the number 1 ranking. I'm ready to watch the Tide Roll! 


First up- USC Trojans ranked in the top 20. Then Western Kentucky which finished 12-2, ranked 21st, and won their conference last year, then Ole Miss ranked 11th in the 3rd game. 


Roll Tide Roll!

TideDawg
TideDawg

@Doom Classical liberal I'm a lifetime Tide fan and a Dawg fan. That No1. ranking is for the past. They don't live in the past. Wait until they do something to justify it. Pre-season ranking is BS. Clemson should have been ranked No. 1. and the Tide 3 or 4. Who cares if you're number 1 all season. If you're good enough at the end of the year you get to prove who's number 1, and any number other than 1 means little except maybe to recruiting.

OH:IO
OH:IO

On a side note, if you think you're having a bad day you could be Anthony aka "Carlos Danger"  Weiner. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Torrance Gibson suspended for season by Ohio State. Hahaha

Urbans crying about it as well. Same man that supported a serial killer.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@twelveofthirteen


It was a University, not a football decision. Urban disagrees with the decision, oh righteous one. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Bucky got her feathers ruffled. Week one snoozer. Week 2 snoozer. Way to man up little ten.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

We will do what you could not in 90 and beat UNC.

SHARED.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@twelveofthirteen



Bowling Green won the MAC last year and was one of the top offenses in FBS. You're welcome. 


"Snoozer" is my term. Come up with you own. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

@twelveofthirteen You slackers are going to shat your pants with another gravy schedule.........Disco...Disco dawgs.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Snoooooooooozer. Is that better? Addded my own flair to it.

Practice what you preach little ten.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Bowling Green in an upset.  Go Falcons!!!!

TideDawg
TideDawg

@OH:IO I said "Read" the AJC! There ain't no pictures there!

OH:IO
OH:IO

Athlon Top 25 SOS


Bucks - 6


dogs - Un

OH:IO
OH:IO

2016 SOS Win/Loss Method


Ohio State: 12


dogs: 84 (no, not a typo) ( for you dog tide)


Tech and Ga State have stronger SOS's. 

TideDawg
TideDawg

@OH:IO Gosh! Those numbers fascinate me! When did they play?

OH:IO
OH:IO

Already scheduled Prime-Time Games:


Ohio State: 4


dogs: zip, nada

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

What about Ohio $h@t vs Bowling Green? Why is that not is the voting list? Noon September snoozer.

At least Wisconsin has the balls to play someone.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@TideDawg


Kentucky?


MIzzou?


Vandy?


Tech?


SC?


Unranked Gators?


Auburn won't have any players left by the time they come around. 


SEC! SEC!

OH:IO
OH:IO

@twelveofthirteen


Pay attention Week 3, sport. 


Then again, you wouldn't recognize a Top 5 match up if it reached up and bit you in the a$$. 


FYI, it's after your Nichols State blockbuster and before your UL Lafayette late November Classic. 


Nichols State. Good lord. 

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH:IO @twelveofthirteen Not  too bad a schedule with two pre-season games at the beginning. Would give Buckeyes more credit if they opened the season with the Sooners rather than Bee green and the Golden hurricanes,

TideDawg
TideDawg

@OH:IO @twelveofthirteen Hey Butt-eye! Are you trying to divert attention from your 3 game schedule? OSU could be 4-1 and having beat no one of importance by the 6th game. You can't sell your crap to anyone in this part of the country. OSU, as usual, will run up the score on these little schools and scream "Look how good we are".

TideDawg
TideDawg

@TOJacket @twelveofthirteen We'll see! Can't say much about GT's schedule this year. They have a few "equal" games but not a cake walk schedule this year.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@TideDawg


It is widely known and chronicled what  a joke of a schedule the dogs have this year. Funny, I see your 3 game schedule too with the climax coming against UL La La in late November. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@TideDawg 


Speaking of running up the score, I wonder what the over/under is vs. Nichols State? 

TideDawg
TideDawg

@OH:IO @TideDawg I call, and raise you Bowling Green, Tulsa, Rutgers, Indiana,Northwestern, and Maryland.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@OH:IO @TideDawg My guess is it will be something like OSU/Bowling Green.....631/2 Have someone read you the AJC that week for a more accurate account.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@TideDawg @OH:IO  That will take two Bowling Green's to raise.  They are twice as good as Tulsa, Indiana and Maryland.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Probably not. They don't need to be.

But they WILL, as always, be ready to dispose of GT yet again.