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Darrell Huckaby is a syndicated columnist and author of six books including two about Georgia football, Need Two and Need Four. He writes a column for the site each week during the season. E-mail him at dhuck008@gmail.com or visit his website: www.darrellhuckaby.net.
9/20/2018

Huck’s Fearless Forecast
 I have a hard time making it from week to week during football season—especially since I swore off the National Kneeler’s League. I don’t watch, y’all. I know a lot of people say they don’t watch, but I don’t. Not one single snap.  Sundays aren’t too bad because I can watch all the games I taped from the previous day and wait for the new AP poll to come out. How does Clemson keep getting first place votes? I mean, they ARE my second favorite team this week, but still. Then around six o’clock Vegas releases the point-spreads for the coming week. After that? It’s like waiting for Christmas. But the weekend is getting closer so What the Huck! Let’s pick a few games.(Last week, 3-2 straight up and against the spread. Season, 12-6 straight up; 11-7 against)Clemson (speaking of my second favorite team) at Paul “We actually beat them the second half” Johnson.  Dabo’s boys were in a fight for their very lives in College Station a couple of weeks ago and people who saw them play Georgia Southern tell me that they weren’t particularly sharp last week, either. I hope that means they have just been biding their time while waiting for play to begin in the All Cupcake Conference. Saying this never gets old. I like Georgia Tech in this one, and I like them to lose. And on a side note, I think old Fish Fry is just getting that old rocking chair limbered up and will put it to good use starting Nov. 25. You heard it here first.Tigers 38 Nerds 10We Lost to Kentucky in Football on Rocky Top.  I have researched and researched and researched, but since they added the overtime rule to college football in 1996, it has been virtually impossible for both teams to lose, which makes me sad. The Giant Water Lizards don’t have a lot in the arsenal they are bringing to Obnoxville, but the Volunteers have even less than Florida. If it’s any consolation, Dan Mullen is a lot less unlikable than Jeremy Pruitt. If you don’t believe me, just ask David Pollack or Aaron Murray.  Gators 24 Little Orange 17 Other Bulldogs at We Beat Florida in Football.  Such a heady atmosphere for a football game in the Bluegrass State. Already the first day of fall and the football team is still unbeaten. Wait! What time does fall officially begin? Hmmmm. Not until 9:54 pm EDT according to my almanac. That is 8:54 in Lexington. So, yes. Already fall and the Wildcats are still unbeaten. 90 minutes later—not so much.Mississippi State 35 Kentucky 21Arkansas at Auburn.  I hope the Razorbacks were able to outbid Free Shoes University for that hot seat that LSU was trying to get rid of after their big win in Jordan-Hare last Saturday night. Talk about overmatched! I bet everybody in the Natural State knows Chad Morris’s name now, because they are calling for his scalp. Did you know he makes $3.5 million a year? I could lose every game for that! Sybil won’t need any trickery to name their score against the Sooie Pigs this week.Tigers/Plainsmen/War Eagle 42 Hogs 14South Carolina at Vandy.  Aren’t Vanderbilt fans cute when they think their team is worth a damn. Thanks to Hurricane Florence, Will Muschump’s Chickens have had to wait an extra week to get the bad taste out of their mouths left there by a Georgia butt-whipping two weeks ago.. Meanwhile Vandy is celebrating coming close to Notre Dame. So did Bowling Green the previous week.Carolina 24 Dores 21Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The team that almost beat Clemson is a 26.5 underdog against Alabama. 26.5 points! It ain’t enough. Tide rolls.Bama 48 Aggies 14Georgia at Mizzou.  I will never forget my first trip to Columbia. It was the first SEC contest for the Tigers and the people there were so friendly and welcoming that it made me sick to my stomach. The only person I could find to confront was an usher. The Missouri players did get us riled up, however, by saying that we played “old man” football. We had to show them what “grown man” football was all about. We won’t have that motivation this week, but we won’t need it. Barbara Dooley’s boy has got the Tiger offense operating on all eight cylinders as they are averaging almost 41 points and almost 600 yards a game. There are two problems, however, for the home team. They have put up those numbers against Tennessee Martin, Wyoming and Purdue, teams who are a combined 1 and 8. The other problem is that their defense has to play, too. Dawgs on top.Georgia 51 Mizzou 27Look for me Saturday. I’ll be the good-looking guy in the red shirt!

 I have a hard time making it from week to week during football season—especially since I swore off the National Kneeler’s League. I don’t watch, y’all. I know a lot of people say they don’t watch, but I don’t. Not one single snap.  

Sundays aren’t too bad because I can watch all the games I taped from the previous day and wait for the new AP poll to come out. How does Clemson keep getting first place votes? I mean, they ARE my second favorite team this week, but still. Then around six o’clock Vegas releases the point-spreads for the coming week. After that? It’s like waiting for Christmas. But the weekend is getting closer so What the Huck! Let’s pick a few games.
(Last week, 3-2 straight up and against the spread. Season, 12-6 straight up; 11-7 against)

Clemson (speaking of my second favorite team) at Paul “We actually beat them the second half” Johnson.  Dabo’s boys were in a fight for their very lives in College Station a couple of weeks ago and people who saw them play Georgia Southern tell me that they weren’t particularly sharp last week, either. I hope that means they have just been biding their time while waiting for play to begin in the All Cupcake Conference. Saying this never gets old. I like Georgia Tech in this one, and I like them to lose. And on a side note, I think old Fish Fry is just getting that old rocking chair limbered up and will put it to good use starting Nov. 25. You heard it here first.
Tigers 38 Nerds 10

We Lost to Kentucky in Football on Rocky Top.  I have researched and researched and researched, but since they added the overtime rule to college football in 1996, it has been virtually impossible for both teams to lose, which makes me sad. The Giant Water Lizards don’t have a lot in the arsenal they are bringing to Obnoxville, but the Volunteers have even less than Florida. If it’s any consolation, Dan Mullen is a lot less unlikable than Jeremy Pruitt. If you don’t believe me, just ask David Pollack or Aaron Murray.  
Gators 24 Little Orange 17 

Other Bulldogs at We Beat Florida in Football.  Such a heady atmosphere for a football game in the Bluegrass State. Already the first day of fall and the football team is still unbeaten. Wait! What time does fall officially begin? Hmmmm. Not until 9:54 pm EDT according to my almanac. That is 8:54 in Lexington. So, yes. Already fall and the Wildcats are still unbeaten. 90 minutes later—not so much.
Mississippi State 35 Kentucky 21

Arkansas at Auburn.  I hope the Razorbacks were able to outbid Free Shoes University for that hot seat that LSU was trying to get rid of after their big win in Jordan-Hare last Saturday night. Talk about overmatched! I bet everybody in the Natural State knows Chad Morris’s name now, because they are calling for his scalp. Did you know he makes $3.5 million a year? I could lose every game for that! Sybil won’t need any trickery to name their score against the Sooie Pigs this week.
Tigers/Plainsmen/War Eagle 42 Hogs 14

South Carolina at Vandy.  Aren’t Vanderbilt fans cute when they think their team is worth a damn. Thanks to Hurricane Florence, Will Muschump’s Chickens have had to wait an extra week to get the bad taste out of their mouths left there by a Georgia butt-whipping two weeks ago.. Meanwhile Vandy is celebrating coming close to Notre Dame. So did Bowling Green the previous week.
Carolina 24 Dores 21

Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The team that almost beat Clemson is a 26.5 underdog against Alabama. 26.5 points! It ain’t enough. Tide rolls.
Bama 48 Aggies 14

Georgia at Mizzou.  I will never forget my first trip to Columbia. It was the first SEC contest for the Tigers and the people there were so friendly and welcoming that it made me sick to my stomach. The only person I could find to confront was an usher. The Missouri players did get us riled up, however, by saying that we played “old man” football. We had to show them what “grown man” football was all about. We won’t have that motivation this week, but we won’t need it. Barbara Dooley’s boy has got the Tiger offense operating on all eight cylinders as they are averaging almost 41 points and almost 600 yards a game. There are two problems, however, for the home team. They have put up those numbers against Tennessee Martin, Wyoming and Purdue, teams who are a combined 1 and 8. The other problem is that their defense has to play, too. Dawgs on top.
Georgia 51 Mizzou 27

Look for me Saturday. I’ll be the good-looking guy in the red shirt!

Darrell Huckaby

Darrell Huckaby is an author, educator and syndicated newspaper columnist.  Contact him at dhuck008@gmail.com.