Georgia comes into Saturday’s game vs. ASU with a 10-game winning streak — the longest in Athens since Heisman Trophy winner Hershel Walker led the Bulldogs to 11 straight wins in 1982.

Walker revealed later that he suffers from multiple personality disorder. But Walker’s coach at Georgia, Vince Dooley, saw him lead the Dawgs to a 33-3-1 record and win three SEC titles and said, “All I know is whatever personality he had when he had the football was the one I liked.”

While Georgia won’t have Walker on Saturday in Tempe, ASU will have Dennis Erickson — who made a career out of busting double-digit win streaks when he was at Miami and is spitting mad at his team for last week’s dreadful effort against UNLV.

In a span of three years, Erickson’s Miami teams snapped a 23-game winning streak by Notre Dame (1989), a 14-game winning streak by Florida State (1990) and did it to Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles again in 1991, when they had won 16 straight.

Of course, before last week, Erickson’s teams also had a reputation for taking care of business in games they are supposed to win. So there you go.


Dreams for an undefeated season were dashed by bookend pathetic efforts from the Devils and Wildcats — who helped turn the Mountain West Conference into the flavor of the week — and a gag job by the Eagles on Monday night.

So we take a much more pedestrian 7-3 record into Week IV. We’ll pick the locals here and save a handful more for the blog:

• Georgia 24, Arizona State 20: I would have picked the Bulldogs by a bigger margin before ASU lost last weekend and added the embarrassment factor to this game. ASU’s running game is still nonexistent and that gives Georgia the freedom to come after Rudy Carpenter hard. At least one Dawg touchdown comes from the defense/special teams.

• UCLA, 27, Arizona 17: Does that mean BYU would beat Arizona by 70? The Bruins are way down on the QB depth chart and reeling from a 59-0 loss to the Cougars. But Arizona — who is favored in this game — showed at New Mexico that they still can’t win a game when the opponent fights back.

• Redskins 20, Cardinals 14: The Cards can raise a lot of eyebrows with a 3-0 start and Washington needed to rally past New Orleans to avoid an 0-2 start. But Arizona has to beat someone outside of its awful division away from Glendale before you can pick them.


• Remember when the Wizards thought they were getting a hometown discount by signing Gilbert Arenas to a $111 million contract extension? Well Agent Zero is headed back to the operating room for Knee Surgery III and — after playing only 13 games last year — is out until at least Christmas.

• Say good night to the Vikings. When you voluntarily select Gus Free-Rot as your starting quarterback, even a stout defense and the brilliance of Adrian Peterson won’t get you to the playoffs. Along with New England, chalk this down as another Arizona home game that could be more winnable than expected.

• I appreciate local ref Ed Hochuli’s apologies in the wake of his blown call in the San Diego-Denver game, but it’s time to stop the mea culpas and move on. And to all the Charger fans filling Ed’s e-mail with hate mail, a question: What about the horrible first half your team played, or the fact that the Broncos still had to score a touchdown and get the two-point conversion against your supposed championship-caliber defense to win?

• John Cooper will be at Sun Devil Stadium Saturday (honored with Randall McDaniel for their recent induction into the College Football Hall of Fame). So will former ASU coach Bruce Snyder, who reports in his blog that he has made positive steps in his battle with cancer.

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