Football Picks: I rebounded with an 8-2 record last week, including the LSU pick over Ole Miss. Auburn gets the Rebs this week. In high school, it's the 52nd meeting between Tallassee and Elmore County on Friday. The picks total is 63-32 (66%).
Loachapoka at Reeltown (Thursday): The Rebs will conclude a solid 9-1 regular season with a win over 'Poka. The No. 2 seed will host Hatton in the playoffs next week. Reeltown 33, Loachapoka 13.
Bullock County at Notasulga: The Blue Devils helped Tallassee's chances for the No. 1 seed in its region with the Isabella win last week. Every win for NHS counts in the THS tiebreaker scenario. Notasulga 40, Bullock Co. 20.
Holtville at Prattville Christian: It's been a miserable season at Holtville. The Bulldogs' last chance to avoid the 0-10 season is their best chance for a win. PCA is just 2-7. Holtville 20, PCA 19.
Wetumpka at Lee: The Generals have been so close to getting over the hump. Last week, they nearly shocked Prattville. This one might be close, but I've got to pick the Indians. They know how to win. Wetumpka 23, Lee 21.
Elmore County at Tallassee: Trying to figure out the rollercoaster ride for teams' up and down play this season has me scratching my head. For instance, with Elmore County's recent rise and sudden free fall last week at Childersburg, I purchased a head lice kit.
Will the Panthers play like the team that topped Dadeville or like the one witnessed near DeSoto Caverns last Friday? If Tallassee plays like it did in last week's win over Sylacauga, it probably won't matter. THS 35, Elmore County 21.
Florida State at Louisville (Thursday): I've heard many Louisville upset picks this week. Initially, I gave the Cardinals little chance. Now, I'm reconsidering.
Bobby Petrino is known for offense, but he's got a pretty good defensive unit. FSU is a shadow of what they were last year and survived against two teams (Clemson, FSU) that outplayed them on their home turf. With this game on the road, I think that the streak ends. Louisville 24, FSU 20.
TCU at West Virginia: The Horned Frogs scored 82 against Texas Tech last week. West Virginia got a nice win on the road at Oklahoma State. The two teams that each went 4-8 last year are in hunt for the Big 12 title this season. WVU 45, TCU 42.
Stanford at Oregon: The Cardinal has won the last two vs. the Ducks and will keep this one close. Oregon 29, Stanford 23.
Arkansas at Mississippi State: The Bulldogs survived at Kentucky last Saturday. This game might be more of a challenge. MSU is two wins away from setting up a showdown in Tuscaloosa. Miss. St. 30, Arkansas 27.
Auburn at Ole Miss: Good Bo turned into Bad Bo with a major mistake in the final seconds of the Rebels first loss at LSU last Saturday night. Ole Miss still has one of the best defenses in the country.
Auburn can keep pace with anybody on offense as long as they don't turn the ball over (like the last time they were in Mississippi). South Carolina exposed the Tigers secondary, but AU got picks at opportune times in the red zone. Turnovers might be the difference, as well as the "Hotty Toddy" home field advantage. Ole Miss 24, Auburn 23.