Like I said, it’s that time of year when most everyone writing about college football has little else to do but speculate. Which brings me to Pete Fiutak’s (Way Too Early) week one predictions. His call for Georgia is either stunning or demented, depending on your point of view.
Georgia vs. North Carolina
4:30 PM ESPN Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
When last we saw North Carolina, it was getting steamrolled over by Baylor’s running game in an epic collapse. That was last season. This season, it’ll start out by getting stuffed cold by a frenetic Georgia defense that’ll do everything right in Kirby Smart’s debut. The spotlight will be on freshman quarterback Jacob Eason, but it’ll be the Dawg running game that carries the load on the way to an ugly blowout.
Line: Georgia -3.5
June Prediction: Georgia 40, North Carolina 13
I think it’s safe to say that were that to happen, Dawgnation would go nuts. Pure, unadulterated nuts. It would be a result reminiscent of this unexpected outcome, a year ahead of schedule.
Sure, it would be as much fun blogging about the over the top reactions to a 27-point blowout as it would the win itself, but I’m not betting the ranch on it. I wouldn’t even bet the dilapidated outhouse on it. If Georgia manages to cover, I’ll be thrilled. Hell, who am I kidding here? If Georgia wins by a point on a contested play, I’ll take it. But thanks for the thrill, Pete.