Weekend Predictions: Dogs rebound, Jackets win, Falcons fall

Before we get to this week's big game between the Missouri Tigers and the Georgia Afterthoughts on Nicholls State's Schedule, this important update: Sunday is National Cheeseburger Day. This came as a complete shock to me because I didn't realize there were was only one of these, more like 297, built around Leftover Chinese Day and Cold Pizza For Breakfast Day and Fall Asleep On The Couch With Your Head In The Haagen Daz Carton While The Dog Licks Around You Like It's A Food Crime Scene Day.

The cheeseburger is on the low end of the world culinary scale. Simple, cute, unintimidating. Like the SEC right now. (Wow! Look at those phone lines light up!)

It's only two weeks into the season. I dare you to name an SEC team other than Alabama that's not a cheeseburger. From QuikTrip. At 2 a.m. Alabama is No. 1 in the AP rankings but the next SEC team until . . . 15th. There sits Tennessee, which almost lost to Appalachian State, followed by No. 16 Georgia, which created a lifetime of memories for Nicholls State.

Kirby Smart took last week's crummy performance by his offensive line well.

Not really.

"They. Just. Played. Harder. Than. We. Did."

He spoke slow for effect. Also because his blood pressure was rising, and maybe because he gave the 49 points last week, and maybe because he was talking to sportswriters and he figured at any moment one would dare ask to talk to a player. (Insert "Soup Nazi" response: No quarterbacks for you!")

This week, it's the SEC opener against Mizzou. The Dogs are favored by 6, a line based on an assumption that they were abducted by aliens last week. I'll bite. But I don't know why. Georgia wins 10-3. That's a cover.

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Jeff Schultz
Jeff Schultz
Jeff Schultz is a general sports columnist and blogger who isn't afraid to share his opinion, which may not necessarily jibe with yours.