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Looking ahead at what may, or may not, happen

Am I the only football fan with enough sense not to look ahead? Could I be the only one out there that refuses to look beyond the game at hand? The questions around me make me feel oh so lonesome. I've already been asked about how I think Thomson will match up with Washington County; how will Georgia do against Tennessee, and can Georgia Tech beat Miami again.

To those many of you that are wondering about those questions and others that won't occur for weeks down the road, I've taken the trouble to do a little research for you. I've done this for you even though I like to let the season play out and not wish away my favorite time of year.

Winning abounds around us as both Bulldogs, Thomson and Georgia, are undefeated and Georgia Tech is 2-1 with only a close loss in the opener to Notre Dame marring their record. What will it take for our favorite teams to stay on a winning course?

My money is on Thomson to run the table and finish the regular season undefeated. My friends on the coaching staff will not like me saying this because they are smarter than me, and you. They know that such predictions are nothing but a big fat JINX in the real football world. In the fans' world ignorance is bliss, so this one's for you!

The seven remaining opponent's on Thomson's schedule have started the season with a combined record of 6 wins and 14 losses. Next week's opponent Hephzibah is 0-3 but should pick up a win against another 0-3 team tomorrow night, Butler. The Oct. 6 opponent is Benedictine. Benedictine is currently 0-2 with games against Windsor-Forest and Butler on the schedule before Thomson comes to Savannah.

Thomson plays the aforementioned Butler on Oct. 13, who may very well still be winless. Glenn Hills has started 2-1, beating Hephzibah and Josey but losing to Greene County.

Harlem is 1-2, defeating Aquinas and losing to Evans and Lincoln County. Cross Creek has started 2-1 by beating Hephzibah and Aquinas and losing badly to Westside.

Game 10 at Washington County on Nov. 10 will not be between unbeaten teams. WACO has started the season by losing badly to Baldwin and Dublin sandwiched around a win over Westminster. Baldwin and Dublin both have loaded teams. Of the teams left on their schedule, South Effingham likely has the best chance to beat Washington County.

The Georgia Bulldogs face a winless Colorado team Saturday. Colorado's new coach Dan Hawkins couldn't be looking forward to another trip to Athens. He watched his former team, Boise State; take a beat down last year in the Athens heat and humidity. He's at least praying for a cold snap. Georgia travels to Ole Miss next week. The Rebels are 1-2 including a loss to lowly Kentucky, and they host Wake Forest this week.

If Georgia takes care of business as they normally do against inferior opponents, they should be 5-0 when Tennessee comes to town. Tennessee will face Marshall and Memphis and should come into the Georgia game 4-1 with their only loss the 21-20 squeaker to Florida. So for the fan that asked me about Tennessee, I'll say right now that Georgia should at best be a three-point favorite for playing at home.

Georgia Tech hosts Virginia tonight, and the Cavaliers have not been so cavalier. They have lost to Pittsburgh and Western Michigan and squeaked by Wyoming 13-12 in overtime. I can't imagine that Tech would let Virginia surprise them. The Yellow Jackets then play Virginia Tech, Maryland and Clemson before hosting Miami on Oct. 28.

The Virginia Tech and Clemson games are on the road and Tech will do well to split those two. They should have a 5-2 or 4-3 at worst winning record, or maybe even 6-1 when they play Miami. The way the Hurricanes' season has started Tech will be a big challenge. Georgia Tech may even find themselves favored when that game rolls around.

There you have it, a look ahead at your favorite team, courtesy of someone who knows better than to look ahead. In two months, go back and read this again. You'll find out why I don't believe in looking ahead. Oh, by the way, Georgia plays Florida on Oct. 28.

Web posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006

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