Football Picks: Apparently all of my wins came in this column with a 6-4 week. The staff also picks about ten additional games for the Times each week. Last week was not good for many of us. My overall record here in the column is 84-51 (62%). It's Iron Bowl week! Remember, it's just a game - yeah right.
Maplesville at Billingsley: The Bears upset the apple cart last week in their upset of Brantley. It's quite interesting that Billingsley's season began with a 54-0 loss to, you guessed it, Maplesville. Are they better now? Yes. 54 points better? I doubt it. Maplesville 41, Billingsley 20.
Ranburne at Fyffe: These two teams were responsible for both of Reeltown's losses. Rebels fans will tell you that Fyffe is better. It's still about how they match up vs. each other. I still like Fyffe. Fyffe 34, Ranburne 20.
Leeds at UMS-Wright: Leeds trounced Munford last week. UMS did the same to Straughn. The two programs have been the class of Class 4A football this year. UMS has been the class of the class for the past decade. Leeds 24, UMS 20.
Jackson at St. Paul's: The top two teams from Region 1 might be the top two in the entire classification. Round one went to the Saints in a lopsided affair. It'll be closer this time. St. Paul's 34, Jackson 27.
Saraland at Spanish Fort: It's another rematch of region foes in Baldwin County. The Toros looked like the best team in all of the state earlier this season. They're not quite the same minus their quarterback. Saraland 27, Spanish Fort 24.
Arkansas at Missouri (Friday): Mizzou keeps proving the doubters wrong and are just one win away from a return trip to Atlanta. Arkansas is playing as good as anybody now; hard to believe after Bielema's 0-13 start vs SEC foes. Arkansas 20, Mizzou 13.
Georgia Tech at Georgia: The last time these rivals met with records this good (both are 9-2) was 1998. The Ramblin' Wreck might be looking forward to their shot at defending champ FSU in the ACC title game. Georgia is looking over its shoulder at Missouri's game with Arkansas. Georgia 37, Georgia Tech 31.
Florida at Florida State: The Gators can send Will Muschamp out as a winner and end the nation's longest win streak. Expect it to be close, but the 'Noles find a way in close games. FSU 23, Florida 20.
Mississippi State at Ole Miss: Ole Miss' season ended with Treadwell's injury in the Auburn game. The Rebs proved that with the egg they laid in Fayetteville last Saturday. The Dogs win the "Egg Bowl" and hope for a Bama loss or some love from the selection committee down the road. MSU 20, Ole Miss 16.
Auburn at Alabama: Weeks back, Auburn was a team that could keep pace with any team. Now, there are inconsistencies on the one thing you used to count on - offense.
While a lot of the fire was lost in the Texas A&M loss, the Georgia defeat showed Auburn has tanked it. The defense has been pushed around for the past two months.
Alabama is still not the dominating team that won national titles under Saban. They have struggled at times this season. The offense goes into a shell at times.
The biggest difference between the Tide and Tigers this season is on defense. Alabama is clearly better in that department. We've heard of how teams like Auburn cause Saban/Smart defenses problems.
That's true, but where is that Auburn offense? Will it come back this week? If it does, Auburn will have a chance to win it. My guess is that we'll only see it in bits and pieces. UA 30, AU 21.
*Be sure to tune in to 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM on Wednesday morning at 7:00 for the Auburn/Alabama "Iron Bowl" Debates.