This is a bit earlier than I've been publishing the staff precitions, but I absolutely had to get them in before the UAB basketball game, tonight. Why? Because DR Z'S PREDICTION MUST COME TRUE.
So, first let's look at the staff's thought's, then we'll have the how to watch, then the prediction widget. Because I've got staff thoughts, I'm going to leave comments open. Unfortunately, that means I'm going to have to deal with spambots. Don't respond to them, because your comments will just disappear when I SPAM BAN them.
Auburn starts hot, building a 20-7 lead on Georgia by halftime. Georgia finds their footing and scores touchdowns in the second half while Auburn can only manage field goals. Georgia scores late to take a 28-26 lead. Daniel Carlson hits his fifth field goal of the night from 53 yards out as time expires for a 29-28 win.
I don't know how the game will transpire. Auburn finally put it all together last week, but can they build on that momentum? Georgia appears to be falling apart at the seams, but it wouldn't be unheard of for them to find some black barking magic for this game.
I won't try to predict the score. Instead, I'll pass along this dream/vision I had yesterday...
Auburn wins the game and the pressure on Richt hits a tipping point that ultimately results in his departure from UGA. Richt ends up being hired at South Carolina as their new head ball coach.
Dr Z's dream from the other night:
Friday night, Auburn packs the Arena to the rafters and hangs on for a 72-65 win over a very good UAB team. After the game, Bruce Pearl takes his shirt off to reveal his orange body paint and leads AU fans in an impromptu pep rally, the place is in such a frenzy that a buzz gets created all over the tailgating campus. The pep rally spreads as Bruce leads a mob of chanting fans around campus, shirtless with orange body paint and huge AU over his chest. It's awe-inspiring, Mel Gibson in Braveheart stuff. He gets me to play Thunderderstruck on my banjo like the dude in this video... The pep rally never stops and by the time kickoff starts, Georgia doesn't even want to come out of the dressing room.
Carl Lawson goes Dee Ford on all three Georgia QB's. Tony Stephens makes 3 great TD grabs and Auburn puts Tray Matthews in on offense to purposely tip the ball to Ricardo on a post pass.
Auburn wins 38-0...in my dream
In real life?
I have no idea how this game will go, but I'm 100% sure it will make me stabby.
Can my score prediction just be a giant knife emoji? I guess that's probably in poor taste.
Auburn [smiley face with sunglasses emoji], Georgia [poop emoji].
⚔ (there were others, but this is all that came through in the copy and paste)
I feel good about this one, which means it probably ends in fire. I think Georgia struggles on offense, while Auburn finds enough asking the way. I wouldn't be surprised if 20 is enough for either side.
I have to fly out of ATL morning after the game. I really hope Auburn gives me a reason to gloat.
I live in Georgia, so I do have some very close friends who are UGA grads. They are lovely people and I adore them. But, I hate everything else about UGA. There are plenty of you who've said it better than I can, but they're absolutely terrible in every possible way and led by a giant hypocrite. And, I must live amongst them.
I think we got Georgia at the worst possible time last year, but I think we're getting them at just the right time this year. I think Auburn is hungry for this win. I don't think it's pretty but I'm hopeful. Auburn.
think Georgia is in a terrible spot mentally. I think the quarterback situation is a wreck. I think they don't have an every down workhorse back (or 2) to run all over Auburn. No AJ Green to smoke Auburn's secondary. No Aaron Murray to lead 4th quarter comebacks (but not really because he didn't score), etc. But they still have Mark Richt who for all his shortcomings against big time opponents, he has owned Auburn, if we're being completely honest with ourselves. Off the top of my head, I think he's something like 10-4 against Auburn.
Granted Auburn has beaten Georgia everytime it's been a truly big time game, especially when Auburn has a lot on the line. (Let's just forget about 2006). My point here is, that a lot of superior Auburn teams have lost to a lot of inferior Georgia teams since Richt has been there. He's seems to always pull one out of his ass everytime he's not supposed to against Auburn. But I think this is the worst shape Georgia has been in under Richt in a long time, and Auburn is improving on both sides. I think Georgia struggles to make plays on the road in a hostile environment and JJ has another clean, productive start and Auburn rides Jovon and Peyton to a 27-13 victory.
Are they gonna have that girl who dances with fire sticks at halftime?
That girl has some serious hotness potential.
I mean, think about it... If she used a little too much hairspray one day and those fire sticks got a little too close, then .
Any predictions on who gets the start at QB and what the first play is?
Auburn' first play from scrimmage with no announced started at QB:
JJ and SW both line up in the backfield along with Jovon/Kerryon. Rico split out wide and Jason Smith split opposite. Extra lineman brought in too.
Direct snap to the RB setting up triple option with JJ/SW. Rico comes on end around and gets the toss. Smith doubles back and takes the pitch from Rico and throws long to eligible receiver Shon Coleman streaking down the sideline for a TD.
I just want to see a jet sweep hand off to Smith and after the defense crashes down on the run, he tosses it like Nick to Sammie over to Ricardo on the sideline on a screen pass with open field in front of him.
I have a good feeling about this game, which scares me. Honestly, most of the times my feelings end up right. If I'm feeling skittish about a game, Auburn does bad. If I'm relaxed, Auburn does well. They don't always win, but they don't have an absolute poop-the-bed game, either. I'm feeling relaxed about this one.
I just don't think Georgia has enough on offense. Auburn's offense may not be enough, either, though. Right now, all Georgia has is their running game. Auburn's defense (outside of Fournette) hasn't been that bad against the run this season. Yes, that's right, I'm being serious. So, if Auburn's offense can protect and move the ball (and please get touchdowns in the red zone), then I think Auburn has a very good chance of having a good day.
However, it IS the UGA game. Which means that even if Auburn looks like they're doing amazing, it's still going to come down to us all close to a heart attack before the game is over for some reason or another. I think Auburn wins. I don't know how it's going to play out, though.
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