Football Picks: Last week was a pretty good week. I went 10-0 in the column picks. There's only one way to go from here. The overall record is 31-4 (89%).
There will be no Tallassee pick for the next two weeks. I haven't decided what I'll do on Friday nights to occupy the next two weeks. I'm open to suggestions.
Notasulga at Lanett: Lanett might be the best team in Class 1A. It's still hard for me to believe that they are now 1A.
They did beat 5A Valley in week one. The caller on the "Scoreboard Show" on Friday night was right. It shouldn't be a surprise. Lanett has beaten Valley three of the last four. They are 10-0 vs. Notasulga all-time. Lanett 42, Notasulga 6
Reeltown at LaFayette: LaFayette's one loss came to their rivals from Lanett in their season opener. Reeltown comes in undefeated and beat the Bulldogs last year.
This is the first road game from the Rebels. That might be the difference in what should be for the top seed in the region. LaFayette 22, Reeltown 21
St. James at Dadeville: Dadeville hasn't had a winning season since 2014. They're off to a 1-3 start. On the other hand, St. James is unbeaten. This still might be closer than some may expect. St. James 28, Dadeville 20
Catholic at Trinity: Most around these parts saw Catholic when we kicked off the season. They're good. Trinity's not bad.
The Wildcats have pretty much owned the series of Presbyterians vs. Catholics. This is the new Catholic though and the pendelum has swung. Catholic 27, Trinity 14.
Elmore County at Holtville: The Panthers have had a tough trio of games to start the season. Turnovers cost them last week. Chances of a playoff spot will be dim if they fall to 0-3 in the region this week.
Holtville broke a streak of seven straight losing seasons with a 7-4 mark last year. Elmore County 27, Holtville 20
Utah at USC: On the surface, this is an easy pick. Pick the home team in Pac-12 games when the two teams are fairly even. Naturally, the knee jerk pick is the Trojans.
The big talk is that Utah is now the Pac-12's only hope for the playoff. I don't think they're that good, but their defense is good enough to escape the Coliseum with a win. Utah 30, USC 20
Michigan at Wisconsin: I'm not putting much stock in Michigan's struggles their last time out vs. Army. I look at a bigger picture. They haven't been very good since they were throttled by Ohio State last season.
Nobody has been more impressive than Wisconsin the first two weeks of the season. I know they shutout a couple of chumps, but Michigan couldn't do it. Wisconsin 27, Michigan 24
Notre Dame at Georgia: This has been tabbed one of the top games of the season. Notre Dame made the playoff last year. Georgia just missed it. The year before when they played in South Bend, the Bulldogs win there began their run all the way to the national title game.
There's more history between these two that goes back to the end of the 1980 season. Georgia beat Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship. Georgia needs to take care of business on Saturday in Athens if the SEC is going to get three teams in the playoff this year - as some believe. Georgia 24, Notre Dame 17
Southern Miss at Alabama: The Golden Eagles beat Troy in a shootout game last week. They'll need to keep their guns loaded if they expect to pull of the upset of the season in Tuscaloosa Saturday.
Alabama will get their points. They have something to prove on defense. They allowed South Carolina to move up and down the field last week compiling 31 first downs. Alabama 52, Southern Miss 16
Auburn at Texas A&M: Auburn's daunting schedule has actually been set up nicely. With a young quarterback cutting his teeth, Bo Nix has to crawl before he can walk. Well here is his first real test - an SEC road game.
Kyle Field is the "Home of the 12th Man." It's tough to emulate playing in front of 100,000 hostile fans in practice or at Pinson Valley High School.
Texas A&M is pretty good. They were shut down at Clemson, but that could happen to about 129 FBS teams.
Auburn's defense will keep them in this game. The key will come down to Nix. The Aggies have a stingy defense against the run. Ask Travis Etienne. Nix is going to have make throws to get first downs and extend drives. Texas A&M 26, Auburn 23