Huck’s Fearless Forecast
I never expected to see Georgia dismember South Carolina like they did last Saturday. I expected Georgia to win—and win big. I picked them to cover the 24.5 point spread. I didn’t expect 48-7. And we all know it was, in reality, a 48-0 game. They ought to put an asterisk beside that last score. 51 second left and a third team defense in the game. So far so good. My major concern this season (other than Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi State) is that Geoff Collins will be gone from The Flats before Tech comes to Dooley field in late November. But all of those things will take care of themselves. It’s the weekend, so, What the Huck! Let’s pick a few games.
I was 5-1 last week and I was 5-1 against the boys in the desert. A few more weeks like that and I might actually start betting again—which will be the most sure-fire way to start missing again. My season record is 14-3 straight up and 12-5 against the spread.)
Georgia Institute of Technology at Central Florida Football Factory—I thought I would help the Nerd fans by going ahead and pointing out that their players are all geniuses and calculus majors and that nobody should expect their team to be able to function against the low-brows of the world where the great unwashed actually go out of their way to attract football players and teach them to be proficient at their chosen sport. Tech is in the ACC and has been playing major college football for 130 years. They started in 1892 and take great delight in the fact that they beat a pickup team from Cumberland 222-0 when Woodrow Wilson was POTUS. Four years ago, give or take a couple of months, they hired a used car salesman to coach their football team. At his opening press conference, he had to take a shot at UGA by assuring the Tech faithful that he would out recruit Georgia because he could offer a degree that meant something. He has since been outscored by Georgia 97-7 and he got real lucky that the 2020 game was cancelled because of the pandemic. All of that to say, I like Georgia Tech in this weeks game—and I like them to lose.
Golden Tornado 13 Knights 31
Tigers at Tigers/Plainsmen/WarDamnEagles. The hottest seat in the SEC belongs to Auburn Coach Bryan Harsin. You don’t know when the Auburn administration will pull that trigger because you don’t know which booster is making decisions at Auburn these days. But if Auburn gets down to Missouri in the first half and you notice that Hugh Freeze is hanging out near the entrance to Jordan-Hare Stadium (Liberty is idle this week) go ahead and lay the points for the second half. Missouri is supposed to be bad—even bad enough to lose to Auburn—and they are probably nervous about what they are facing next week when Georgia comes to town, so I think Sibyl sneaks by this week.
Mizzou 18 Auburn 31
Florida Gators on Rocky Top. My, my my, how the mighty have fallen. If only that guy hadn’t thrown that stinking shoe it might all have been different for Fun U. Vol fans think they have finally found their man is Josh Heupel and their quarterback in Herndon Hooker. Florida thinks that upsetting Utah cancels out losing to Kentucky (for the second straight year) and almost losing to South Florida. But this week they play Big Boy football against a Big Boy team in a Big Boy atmosphere. When Game Day comes to town, you’d better be ready for prime time. Florida won’t be.
Gators 18 Tennessee 34
Sam Pittman at Jimbo Fisher. This is an interesting matchup because Sam Pittman is seeming to do in Fayetteville what Jimbo has failed to do at College Station. Sam is winning games he isn’t supposed to win while Jimbo is . . . well, other than Alabama last year, y’all know what Jimbo is doing. The heat is on in Aggieland, where money is just another disposable commodity. The Aggies won last week because, as I wrote, they had to. The desperation this week has not abated, but the ability to pull off the win might have. I’m kissing a pig this week and picking the Razorbacks in a straight upset in a down and dirty old-fashioned slobber knocker.
Arkansas 24 A&M 21
Vandy at Alabama. Really? The Commodores aren’t in Hawaii anymore, Toto. And they aren’t playing a middle of the road ACC squad and they certainly aren’t playing Elon. They are playing the second-best team in the Southeastern Conference—and the nation. Nick Satan, no matter his outer persona is plenty steamed that Kirby Smart has stolen his thunder over the past eight months and he will be out to remind people that the Tide is still a force to be reckoned with. Tide Rolls—BIG.
Nick Saban’s Alma Mater on Dooley Field, Between the Hedges. A preacher friend of mine warned me this week that it would be in poor, poor taste to write that Kent State would be the victim of the greatest massacre that school has known since 1970. So, I won’t write that. But nobody that’s from around here knows anything about Kent State other than that tragic footnote in history. I’ll fill you in. They call themselves the Golden Flashes, but don’t expect to see flashes of brilliance Saturday. They play in the MAC—the Mid-American Conference, where they are currently third, behind the Akron Zips and Bowling Green. They’ve already lost to two Power Five schools this year, Washington 45-20 and Oklahoma 33-3. Kirby will have no mercy on them Saturday. Dawgs on Top.
Georgia 56 Flashes 9
See ya Saturday. Good-looking guy. Red shirt. Section 132. Row 40. Go Dawgs!
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