Football Picks: I went 9-1 last week, but I did change my pick to South Carolina mid-week. It still goes down as a loss. I only allude to changes when it's in my favor. The overall record is up to 27-8 (77%).
Reeltown at Horseshoe Bend: The Rebs return after a week off and should pick up where they left off. According to talismanred.com, Reeltown is the second best team in 2A, a notch below Fyffe. RHS 26, HB 14.
Leeds at Elmore County: Elmiminate the Panthers' win against Holtville and Elmore County's losses have been to a pair of toughies. This bunch is probably the toughest. Leeds 42, Elm. 13.
Carver at Stanhope Elmore: Jeff Foshee was ready to win no. 100 last week vs. Dothan but paid a visit to the hospital instead. He is expected to be back this week but hitting the century mark will have to wait. Carver 40, Stan. 28.
Central Phenix City at Prattville: Jamey DuBose visits his old team on Friday night. The Lions are 3-0 for the first time since DuBose roamed the sidelines in '07. They won the title that year. If his new team has a shot at winning it this season, a win at Stanley-Jensen will be a step in the right direction. Pratt. 30, Central 27.
Tallassee at Central of Clay County: This will be the first meeting between these two schools. This is third straight week that Tallassee will have faced an opponent for the first time.
Tallassee did beat Clay County in 1939 and '40. They also beat Lineville in 1944. So, since the two schools combined, you can say Tallassee is 3-0 in the series. John Edward O'Brien was coaching Tallassee to a 57 game unbeaten streak back then. Clay County had a 55 game win streak in the 90s.
Fast forward to Friday night. The Volunteers are reeling after getting smacked around by Leeds last week. Tallassee could very well have a couple of defeats if it had played the same slate thus far. THS 20, Clay 14.
Auburn at Kansas State: Here's that trap game we discussed all off-season. From what I've witnessed to date, the top teams in each division of the SEC might be the same two that played in the championship last year. If you've forgotten, it was Auburn and Missouri.
Auburn will give up some big plays, but can K-State stop the vaunted Tigers scoring machine? Only if AU stops itself. AU 37, K-State 20.
Clemson at Florida State: For whatever reason, FSU has not looked as good as many might have expected. They just might not be as advertised. This game will be closer than last year. LOL - the 'Noles won by 37 in Death Valley. FSU 45, Clemson 23.
Oklahoma at West Virginia: I'm standing out on a skinny limb, but I think the Mounties have a shot here. Stoops is like that guy in Athens that I referenced at the beginning of the column, he chokes away at least one game every season. Upset Special! WVU 31, OU 28.
Mississippi State at LSU: In this column I filled some off-season space writing about the Mississippi schools and the letdowns over the years. The Bulldogs and Rebels have been impressive early, but are they ready for primetime vs. the big boys? We'll learn a little more about the team from Starkville on Saturday night. LSU 27, MSU 24.
Florida at Alabama: There are eight SEC games ahead as UA opens conference play and each team is capable of toppling the Tide. Alabama might be favored in every game though.
Going into this season, I thought it might be good for Florida catching Bama early. Now, I feel just the opposite. The Gators are still trying to adjust to a new offense. Bama has been clicking under Kiffin, albeit against weaker defenses than Sir Muschamp's. UA 31, UF 17.