Hello and welcome back to Weekend Predictions, where we try to separate fact from fiction and actual evidence from tattered movie reels, which can be a problem when Notre Dame fans are still quoting Ronald Reagan lines from "Knute Rockne, All-American" instead of, "NCAA: You Cheatin' Swine," or the Las Vegas police department is mistaking Michael Bennett for a fire-breathing Cyclops wearing a slacks and a plaid shirt. (Hey, it happens. Honest mistake. Here's a free drink coupon for Circus Circus.)
This week, Georgia goes to Notre Dame.
For the record, that is not Jesus signaling touchdown on the side of a building on campus. It's far more likely he's throwing up his arms saying, "What? You lost at home to Duke! Oy, there goes my back!"
This is not the Fighting Irish of Rockne. Or "The Gipper." Or Rudy. Or Lou Holtz, who was contemptible and cheated, but at least he won.
This is the Notre Dame of Brian Kelly. The 2016 season opened after a bunch of player arrests and closed with a record of 4-8. That stands as the fifth worst mark in the school's 111-year history. Even Gerry Faust went 5-6. Blow that out your Irish echoes.
NCAA fish-slapped Notre Dame with academic-fraud charges, forcing the school to vacate several wins from 2012 (BCS finalist) and 2013.
You, sir, have just smeared the memories of Rockne, Gipp, Leahy, Lujack and Hornung. Even "Lucky" from the Lucky Charms box hangs his head in shame.
Georgia fans are approaching this week realistically. They believe the Bulldogs will win 27-3 and go on to finish 14-1. Jake Fromm will then levitate the team bus. Once you've come off the bench to beat Appalachian State, there aren't many challenges left.
Where was I? Oh yes, reality.
This is a tough one. But Georgia can win this with defense and a running game. Or they can lose it big, but I think that's more like in a black-and-white movie. Take the four points, but Dogs win in a straight upset.
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