ICYMI: I’m picking the ‘over’ on both Tech and UGA

Paul Johnson exults over the latest Bradley prediction. (David Tulis/AP photo)

Sunday’s AJC brought the annual Memorial Day college fooball look-ahead. In case you missed it, lowlights include:

Georgia Tech to go 9-3 and win the ACC Coastal.

Georgia to go 9-3 and not win the SEC East.

Florida State to beat Alabama twice and win the national championship.

Yours truly to be wrong about something if not everything.

About Tech and Georgia: The over/under win totals on those two were set at 6.5 and 8.0, respectively. I pick the over on both, and I’m WAY over on Tech. One reason: I don’t believe either has an especially difficult schedule. (If Georgia loses three home games again this season, Kirby Smart will be coordinating Lane Kiffin’s defense at Florida Atlantic next year.)

Another: Both teams are more talented across the board than they were last year, which the Yellow Jackets won nine regular-season games and the Bulldogs won, er, seven.

Full disclosure: I came close to picking both to win their divisions, but the memory of Georgia’s wild mood swings on offense gave me pause. (As mentioned a time or two, I haven’t been impressed by Jim Chaney. Maybe you haven’t, either.) So I picked Florida, which has, to be fair, gotten pretty good at winning the East.

But enough. Avail yourself of the below polls to tell me how stupid I am.

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drydirtroad
drydirtroad

to beat Clemson you have to expect a total offense from them that includes a shotgun, LOS formations that might include passes like we do on every pass play and never from also a shotgun, runs, alot of qb keepr runs, including draws...then on D they blitz alot, and they do know how to blitz, yes they do...in short, they come to play, and they aren't fooling any team they play about that...they'll bring out the entire playbook against you

BobtheBiker
BobtheBiker

Steve Harvey on Family Feud asks: Who will be the FIRST AJC sports writer to say CKS should be fired?

DawginLex
DawginLex

UGA better win the East and win 10 games and play 14 games total. No excuses this year. Metrics are there. Talent is as good as we have had in last 15 years including the young pups coming in. The JUCO guy and 1 of the true freshmen kick in on the OL and the weak link becomes a strength. Eason is going to be better and Chubb and Sony didn't come back to be mediocre.


TOJacket still won't ban bet me on the outcome of the GT game with UGA this year because he knows we are going to win. Tech won't win the Coastal. They still will go at least 8-4 but 1 of the losses will be to UGA. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawginLex Your crew should win every year Lex...you know that, but you don't do ya?...CPJ will be the better coach again this year but that doesn't always mean we can pull off a victory...honestly, I think we have a good shot at winning again this year because Kirby looks to be a weak Head Coach...just my opinion. Oh yea Lex...We run this State!!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawginLex

Loudmouthed cowards generally aren't known for accepting bets.

TOJ has his reputation to protect, y'know.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

If our O-Line and QB play is good, then it will be a good season. I think winning 8-9 games and getting a new years bowl is doable. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Coach Bryant..........."Here's a twenty, bury two." -- After being asked to chip in ten dollars to help cover the cost of a sportswriter's funeral.

fuzzybee78
fuzzybee78

Well, I don't see us winning at Clemson or At Miami. Can we go 2 for 3 or 1 for 3 against UNC, VT, and UGA at home???

Then there's UT, Pitt home and at Duke toss ups??? Probably 8-4 ....

And I'm almost guaranteed to be wrong!

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@fuzzybee78 I could see us winning against every team we play, including Tennessee; we have a returning defense, with the twins having started for going on 3-4 years, we got Mills, we got a returning qb, Clemson can be neutralized b/c of Heisman link any year, we used to whip Auburn after Pat Sullivan left, in the mid-seventies; Miami can be defeated just because, that is because if blitz is called for by TR, we shut down the passing game, we blew them out at BD two years ago; we got the lead on Georgia now after last season's win; we want to beat Pitt at BD for revenge

RBR
RBR

Tech's schedule may not end up as easy as Mark makes it out to be.  I think UNC will be better than advertised (always dangerous under Fedora), Miami a 10 or 11 win team, Duke could be ranked (don't knock Cutty Shark and what's he's done at Duke), UT (will be just as talented as GT), UGA (predicted as a dark horse if Eason can get on track), and Clemson (rolling as always under Swinney). I also think UVA will be much tougher under Mendenhall in season 2 and we never perform well at UVA.  

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Fair enough.


I would certainly be pleased with nine wins and a trip to Charlotte(or has the site changed), all while breaking in a new QB. And if one of the nine happens to be over The Mutts, I certainly wouldn't complain.



Harlemdawg
Harlemdawg

It tickles me how tech fans like to call the Bulldogs the "mutts" If I were them, I would much rather be

41-65-5....and more recently 3-13 to a bunch of pure bread english bulldogs, than a bunch of mutts....just sayin'!

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@Harlemdawg You call is nerds, we call you mutts. Get over it. You are far from "pure bread english" LOL

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

It would be the first mistake you ever exposed, which is incredible considering how many you make in virtually each and every one of your ridiculous posts.

Harlemdawg
Harlemdawg

Nothing like grammar lessons from southern college football fans!

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Our schedule sets up for 10-2 or 11-1.  We may have to wait another year for playoffs but I would give us a 30-40% chance this year.

TOJacket
TOJacket

I'll take the dawgs as an Over...rated as usual.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@TOJacket

Few certainties pre-season.  One however is there will be a sea of red vastly outnumbering the number of Tech fans when we play at our practice field by Coke in Atlanta this year.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

You don't care "of" try???

Another damn TWO-letter word that you can't spell correctly. It's your phone's fault again, right? DUH!

As always, the irony of your calling out others for idiocies that you commit constantly escapes you.

What an absolute dolt you are.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Georgia tech won 8 regular season games last year, not 9.  The 9th win was the bowl win and continued domination of SEC least teams...

GTroller
GTroller

Tech's D will be strong this season.

Tampa_Wreck
Tampa_Wreck

@GTroller I appreciate your optimism, but what are you seeing that the rest of us aren't.  We have no pass rush and linebackers are suspect.  The secondary may be ok, but the biggest issue is they are all coached by Ted "Leaky" Roof who has never put a good defense on the field in all his years on the flats.  I would be elated with a good defense, but am realistically hoping for serviceable.


I do think Roof has recruited better this year, and the future (2 years out) is a little brighter, but I just don't see it getting any better next year.