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Short takes on Georgia’s bodyslam of Troy (UPDATED)

  • 2:59 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Sony Michel runs for one of his three first-half touchdowns in Georgia's win. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

ATHENS — I’ll be back shortly with my column on Georgia’s 66-0 drumming of Troy. Until then, here are my three “Short Takes” on the game:

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full column on MyAJC.com.

1. WHAT THIS PROVES: Well, not much. Beating a winless team from a non-power conference (Sun Belt) that your athletic department paid $900,000 to for the experience of getting pummeled generally doesn’t register much in the polls. But it does count for something that Georgia buried Troy early and never let up. That’s not a common occurrence in the Mark Richt era. The Bulldogs have [More]

LIVE: Winston’s exit could help Georgia

  • 11:04 am Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Todd Gurley and Georgia should have an easy game today against Troy. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

ATHENS — Good morning. What a beautiful day for college football … almost everywhere except Tallahassee.

In case you missed it, No. 1 ranked Florida State late Friday night suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for its entire game tonight against Clemson instead of just the first half for his profane goofball exclamation on campus the other day. It’s noteworthy that the announcement was made by FSU’s president and athletic director and not coach Jimbo Fisher, whose name wasn’t even on the news release.

The decision to suspend Winston for the whole game was the right one, given his off-the-field resume, even [More]

Predictions: Falcons win, Jackets lose, Goodell cowers

  • 4:28 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Determined to improve on last week's regrettable investment advice.

Before continuing with our investment season, which has been quite profitable if you discount the last three weeks and 35 picks and the fact it’s really hard to handicap NFL games when you’re not sure which team has more players in leg chains and how many times the invertebrate commissioner is going to stick his finger in the air (editors made me type “air”; my mind was thinking somewhere else), here’s this week’s legal update:

Roger Goodell has placed three highly paid dunderheads on the NFL’s double-secret Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission List, which almost nobody knew even existed until about 10 [More]

Predictions: Goodell sees alibis, I see Dogs

  • 3:02 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Some of this weekend's rock solid investments. (Photo by W.P. Glamour Shots.)

According to legend, my third favorite source after Netflix and the Google search window, where you can find just about anything except the Ray Rice video, and we know this because Roger Goodell did an exhaustive seven-second search from his Barcalounger before declaring, “Nothing to see here!” and retiring for his afternoon nap, the expression, “The dog ate my homework” predates Goodell by over 100 years.

“There is a lure in power. It can get into a man’s blood, just as gambling and lust for money have been known to do.” – Harry Truman

Last week: 11-2 overall, 7-6 against the line.

Through [More]

Short takes: Georgia 45, Clemson 21

  • 11:00 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia running back Todd Gurley should be considered leading Heisman candidate. (Brant Sanderlin, AJC)

Here’s my short takes on Georgia’s 45-21 win over Clemson Saturday night in Athens. My full column on the game can be found by clicking here.

1. Todd Gurley, Heisman favorite: I know this was only one game. I know he’s not a quarterback and he doesn’t play for a team that anybody was talking about as being a national championship contender. But how could anybody not consider Gurley as a Heisman favorite after his opening season performance against a pretty good team? The junior rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a [More]

LIVE BLOG: Expect Georgia to open with win

  • 2:49 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
The only certainty about Georgia's secondary: Champ Bailey won't start.

ATHENS — Hello. It’s hot. As I type this it’s 90 degrees in Athens but it feels like a 137 with the humidity. It’s days like this when I think a beer, ice bucket and deodorant concession stand would do quite well.

Anyway, onto the game of the day: Georgia vs. Clemson. I sat in the Clemson press box a year ago at this time expecting the Bulldogs to open with a defeat. The Bulldogs’ defense was missing Josh Harvey-Clemons and several other players because of either injury or suspensions. The Tigers had some of the nation’s best talent on offense, [More]

Predictions (no lies): Dogs over Clemson

  • 2:15 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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Against the backdrop of a USC player making up a story about jumping out of a window to save his drowning cousin (a Bobby Petrino starter kit), four North Carolina players suspended for undisclosed reasons (oh look, a teammate was beaten senseless. How’d that happen?) and the Heisman Trophy winner shoplifting crab legs because, well, THESE SCHOLARSHIP ATHLETES ARE STARVING!!! ….

Hello. I am back.

You know how this works. Every week, I give you the winners. It’s your job to find them.

If I went 17-0 every week, it would make it too easy for competing investment services like Charles Schwab, Morgan [More]

Predicting all four teams in Georgia (almost guaranteed)

  • 1:13 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia's hopes of flying this season hinge partly on Todd Gurley. (AP photo)

The college football season begins this week. You might’ve heard something about it. The first episode of Weekend Predictions will be online Thursday and in print (old school) Friday, and there’s still time to register for the annual “Sack Schultz” contest, where you have a chance to outpick me in a set of 15 games every game. (Hah. Just kidding. It’ll never happen. But click here for details if you want to give it a try for some fabulous prizes.) Until the games start, here are some odds and a few thoughts on the four FBS teams in the [More]

It’s ‘Sack Schultz’ time — how good are you?

  • 11:48 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Mark Richt and Paul Johnson discuss their strategy for "Sack Schultz" contest. (AJC)

Hello again. It’s almost time for college football season, and that means it’s almost time for the “Sack Schultz” contest, and that also means it’s almost time for Weekend Predictions, so let me start with an off-the-books wager (not to be confused with an off-the-books attorney hire, because Cobb County, it seems, has cornered the market on those).

Bobby Petrino vs. Todd Grantham: boom.

Now, back to football.

Weekend Predictions returns next week. The “Sack Schultz” contest returns now. You can register beginning Sunday at AJC.com/go/sackschultz2014.

This contest provides you with the opportunity to pick the outcomes of games better than me, [More]

FSU 1, Georgia 12 in poll of insignificance

  • 2:59 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia's hopes of flying this season hinge partly on Todd Gurley. (AP photo)

Florida State is No. 1 , Georgia is No. 12 and eight SEC teams are in the top 25 of the Associated Press’s preseason poll. Well, that certainly means . . . nothing.

Preseason college football polls are great for stimulating debate. But they invariably mean little by the end of the season, and their significance has been diminished even more by the four-team playoff beginning this season. Polls are great for feeding perceptions about how good or bad a team may be but those perceptions last only until a highly ranked team loses or a non-ranked team keeps winning.

This was [More]