Football Picks: The record was 4-1 last week bringing the overall to 17-8 (68%). I opted out on college picks until now.
The SEC returns to the field this weekend. By the look of the matchups, maybe I should've waited another week.
Tallassee got in the win column last week against rival Elmore County. Jalyn Daniels has done something that might be unprecedented in his past three games.
Against Wetumpka, two weeks ago, he hit the 100-yard mark for the first time in his high school career. The next week he surpassed 200 yards to set a new mark. On Friday - guess what - he went for more than 300.
Daniels' 349 yards in the win over Panthers was not too far off from the single-game record of 392 set by Brandon Baynes in 2014.
What's next? 400? This week Pike Road will be formidable foe with an offense that no team has had an answer for in 2020.
Catholic at Montgomery Academy: This may be the best of the best among private schools in Montgomery, or those in the Capital City Conference.
Montgomery Academy is rolling along with alum and first-year coach Robert Johnson calling the shots. He coached across town at St. James for ten years and made a few other stops before landing at his old stomping grounds.
The Eagles sport one of the top defenses in 3A. They've alloowed just 24 points all season in compiling a perfect record.
Catholic has been the CCC's most consistent program since Aubrey Blackwell's arrival six years ago. The Knights only loss this year came in a shootout vs. Pike Road in the Kickoff Classic. Catholic 23, MA 17
White Plains at Elmore County: The Panthers have dropped four straight after the season-opening win over Moody. They showed some promise even in the defeat to Tallassee last week.
White Plains is on a losing skid as well after a first-week win and forfeit win that followed. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. Elmore County 28, White Plains 14
Stanhope Elmore at Eufaula: The Mustangs have played very well at times. They had a peachy performance in Chilton County last week.
Eufaula is a credible opponent though. The Tigers have better wins and have faced stiffer competition. Eufaula 34, Stanhope 22
Prattville at Hoover: Flashback about a decade and this was a regular thing when these two were playing for rings just about every year.
Hoover is still at the top of the ladder, while Prattville is trying to find their way back. Is there any extra motivation this season with the Bucs now being four years removed from their last title and playing second fiddle to Thompson?
The series is tied 3-3 with all previous meetings coming in state championship games. Hoover 27, Prattville 16
Tallassee at Pike Road: Coach Mike Battles said a "win cures a lot" last Friday. The monkey is off the back, but the Tigers won't rest on their laurels.
It's possible that the best team in 5A might be this week's opponent, not the two-time defending champ that the Tigers will see in a month.
Pike Road's offense is tops in 5A at 54 points per game with Reeltown transfer Iverson Hooks putting up huge numbers.
Here's another cliche - 'You can't stop him, you only hope to contain him.' That will be the philosophy on Friday.
The Tigers need some stops, maybe some turnovers and good luck. They'll need success to continue with Jalyn Daniels to keep up.
As good as the offenses could be in this one, defense might be the difference. Pike Road 40, Tallassee 28
UAB at South Alabama: Years ago when the USA program got started, former Prattville coach Bill Clark was the defensive coordinator. It was then when the talk was that the Jags would become the third best program in this state.
Fast forward more than a decade and that's not the case. I think UAB is the third best. Not that, "We're No. 3" is a bragging point.
Troy might have something to say about who's third best, but Clark has gotten more out of the Blazers than anyone could've ever expected - especially since reviving them from the self-imposed death penalty. UAB 34, USA 20
Army at Cincinnati: After week one of the college season I put out my top three: BYU, Marshall and Army in no particular order. Was I joking? Yes - a little.
Army is good. Can they compete with the top teams in the country? They did against Oklahoma a few years ago. They can certainly compete with the Bearcats. Heck - they can beat them. Army 31, Cincy 27
Tennessee at South Carolina: The SEC's opening-weekend matchups leave a lot to be desired. This game should be the closest.
Will Tennessee pick up where they left off in 2019? They won their last six games. I'll say yes! And I like Derrick Ansley. Tennessee 26, South Carolina 23
Alabama at Missouri: The Mac Jones era or post-Tua era begins. Mac is good. He's no Tua. Bryce Young will get to play a good bit.
I don't think there's a QB controversy, but this season should be reminiscent to when Tua was a true freshmen and the backup to Jalen Hurts. We all know how that season ended.
Missouri has some missing players to COVID. Not like that would've made a difference, but it does give them more of an excuse in the pending beatdown. Alabama 41, Mizzou 17
Kentucky at Auburn: I must admit, I was surprised when I saw the opening line for this game, Auburn by 7.
The Tigers won't have the eagle flying. Nor will they have a raucous home field edge at Jordan-Hare. Still - 7?!
Yes, Kentucky is supposed to be better, but this ain't basketball. Auburn has some holes to fill, but they should still handle the Cats by double digits. Auburn 30, Kentucky 19