Georgia will beat Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech will beat Georgia. Auburn will beat Alabama. Alabama will beat Auburn. That’s what the Rotary Club of Columbus Fearless Forecasters predicted last Wednesday.
They got laughs for their sometimes funny insults. One of them said, “An Auburn student died the other day from drinking milk. The cow sat on him.”
Now, here are the Fearless Forecasters’ predictions for this season’s football games played by Georgia Tech, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia. Should you use their predictions when you place your bets? Well, let’s just say … they try.
For Auburn, Judge Bill Smith – he’s a retired Superior Court Judge, who still judges on a part-time basis – predicts Auburn will go 9-3 and beat rival Alabama 21-13.
For Georgia Tech, Frank Etheridge, a retired banker, got to crow a lot about Georgia Tech beating Georgia last year, even it was the first time in seven years. He believes Tech will have a great season, winning 10 and losing 2 games. He says Tech will beat Georgia 35-28.
Mac Plummer, St. Francis Hospital executive, who never went to Alabama, fronts for Alabama because, while his college team is West Point since he went there, he says if you live in South Alabama you have to be for either ALabama or Auburn, and he picked Alabama. He predicts Alabama will go 11- 1, and will beat Auburn.
And attorney Ron Mullins, representing the Bulldogs, predicted Georgia will go 10-2, and beat Tech 38-24.
My prediction? One of my alma maters, Mercer University, will not beat Georgia. That’s because it won’t play Georgia. It won’t play anybody because it has no team. But, it did. In fact, the first football game Georgia played was in 1892 against Mercer. The Bulldogs won 50-0. Georgia’s legendary coach Wally Butts played on Mercer’s team in the late 1920’s. Mercer did manage to beat Georgia Tech that year. It was also the first game played by a Tech team.
The Fearless Forecasters program always draws a lot of guests to the “downtown” Rotary Club. After all, college football is big deal in our corner of Georgia and Alabama, and all of us need a few laughs to get us through the day.