Football Picks: An 8-2 record last week brings the overall to 84-31 this season (73%). It's round two for the high school playoffs and just about everybody around here is already into basketball and wrestling.
For the colleges, there are a couple of good matchups, but it's primarily cupcake week. The Iron Bowl will be next.
Providence Christian at Saint James: Look at this week's matchups. There are a lot of Christians in the names of the teams. The private schools are thriving. The Eagles ares from Dothan and like St. James have won 10 games. STJ 28, PCA 14.
Catholic at American Christian: It's a tough assignment to play the second best team in Tuscaloosa. There's no kid named Tua at quarterback, but American Christian like the University of Alabama is undefeated.
Rewind the clock to last season when Catholic ran into a buzzsaw in the second round against UMS. Same thing here. ACA 34, Catholic 20.
UMS-Wright at Trinity: UMS has allowed 29 total points this season. Just four teams have scored on their vaunted defense and none have scored more than a TD. Trinity had a big win against Handley last week, but this ain't Handley. UMS 42, Trinity 7.
Wetumpka at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa: It's a rematch of last year's semifinal. The Indians need to be careful. Hillcrest is a scary opponent. Tim Perry has done an outstanding job of turning Wetumpka into a championship contender. Wetumpka 27, Hillcrest 24.
Lee at Auburn: The history between these programs has been very one-sided. Auburn has won 11-of-13. A Tigers' victory sets up a rematch with Central-Phenix City in the semis. Auburn 20, Lee 14.
Syracuse at Notre Dame: The "Shamrock Series" is being played at Yankee Stadium this year. The "House That Ruth Built" is where Knute Rockne's boys "won one for the Gipper" 90 years ago. The Orange can derail the Irish' title hopes with an upset. Notre Dame 26, Syracuse 24.
West Virginia at Oklahoma State: It's the "Hair Bowl" - Dana Holgerson's combover vs. Mike Gundy's mullet. The team with the ball last will probably win. That's not much of a pick, but I will give you a good pick - over not under (not that I condone that sort of thing). West Virginia 45, Okie St. 42.
UAB at Texas A&M: Bill Clark deserves Coach of the Year. He deserved it when he resurrected the Blazers' program last year and won eight games when nobody expected them to win one. Don't be surprised if this one is close. A&M 30, UAB 20.
Liberty at Auburn: Everybody now... "Liberty, Liberty, Liberty - Liberty." Catchy little jingle. This team beat Troy. If they do it to Auburn, Gus will be fired - no matter what Allen Greene said.
Don't worry Tiger fans. Gus will be safe. Auburn will win big. Now next week might be a different story. Auburn 47, Liberty 13.
Citadel at Alabama: Maybe last week was an after LSU effect. The Tide offense looked a little flat - maybe due to a good defense; however, the Bama defense was solid again.
It had to be expected, Tua would not maintain the video game numbers forever. He does appear to still be hampered by the knee injury, no matter what Saban says.
In the national stats, Alabama dropped from first to third in scoring offense but moved to number one in scoring defense. They have still beaten every team by 20 points or more. a breather this week will be needed before next week's "Battle for Bragging Rights." Alabama 52, Citadel 7.