Football Picks: Last week's record was 6-4. The overall is now 23-10. (70%).
Tallassee lost another close one. Alabama and Auburn had a couple more blowouts. I know most Bama fans were more interested in the Dolphins/Patriots game on Sunday anyway.
This week should be another measuring stick for the Tide and Tigers. Auburn is in "Happy Valley" and so is ESPN Gameday. Bama opens SEC play in the "Swamp" with SEC Nation.
Notasulga at Billingsley: Somebody needs to explain to me why the Blue Devils are No. 10 in the ASWA 1A Poll and Loachapoka is No. 6. I guess they can settle it on Oct. 1. Oh yeah, they'll take care of the Bears this week. Notasulga 50, Billingsley 6
Goshen at Reeltown: Goshen has been blasted in every game except vs. Holtville - they lost 1-0. In games on the field, they've been outscored 152-8. The Eagles are on a 14-game losing streak with no relief in sight. Reeltown 48, Goshen 0
Bullock County at Booker T. Washington: The Hornets appeared to be on the right track when they reached the playoffs in 2019 for the first time in school history. They went 4-5 last year but are off to an 0-3 start in 2021.
BTW is trying to turn the corner with a program that has one winning season in its history. LA O'Neal to the rescue. BTW 36, Bullock 16
Benjamin Russell at Wetumpka: Aubrey Blackwell has had a slow start in Alex City after taking Catholic to the state title game a season ago. Wetumpka's one victory came on the final play against Tallassee. Wetumpka 20, Benjamin Russell 14
Elmore County at Tallassee: It's the 60th meeting in the series. Tallassee leads 36-22-1. The Tigers have won the last five. And, Elmore County has not won in Tallassee since 2004.
The Panthers have been reeling after an 0-4 start. Tallasee has dropped two heartbreakers after the opening-week win over Reeltown.
In last year's game, Jalyn Daniels ran wild for 349 yards. He might have a chance for the record this week (392 by Brandon Baynes).
Elmore County's weakness has been stopping teams. They've given up 36 or more in the four defeats. Tallassee has averaged 44 points per contest during the five-game streak in the series. Tallassee 49, Elmore County 20
UCF at Louisville: Gus Malzahn has found a new home and soon UCF will have a new home too - in the Big 12. Louisville, like UCF, was an up and comer that landed in the ACC. The Cardinals might be in a Power 5 now, but they're just not very good. UCF 38, Louisville 27
Nebraska at Oklahoma: This once was one of the great rivalries. It ended abrubptly with Nebraska's departure for the Big Ten.
This weekend's game will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1971 "Game of the Century." That was a new term then. Sadly, this game is anything but... it's not even the game of this week. Oklahoma 48, Nebraska 22
Oklahoma State at Boise State: The Cowboys will be one of the holdouts when the new Big 12 welcomes the UCF's of the world and bids adieu to Oklahoma and Texas. Mike Gundy will still be a man and nearly 60. Boise 30, OSU 27
Auburn at Penn State: Finally, we get to see Brian Harsin's team vs. a credible opponent. It's the Gameday pick and a "Whiteout" weekend.
This is Bo Nix's opportunity to shine. Tank Bigsby will not be able to carry the load all by himself.
Penn State picked up a big win at Wisconsin to kick off 2021. The 2-0 start is much better than 0-5 last year.
Is Penn State for real? Or is this just an upper echelon team in an average conference? I'll take the latter and the underdog Tigers. Auburn 23, Penn State 20
Alabama at Florida: Before the season kicked off, I marked this one. Bryce Young has lived up to the hype so far, but this is his first road test in the SEC.
The "Swamp" is back to full capacity in 2021 and the fans are champing (or is it - gator chopping) at the bit to have something to cheer about. If there's a little adversity, it'll be interesting to see how some of the "young" guns like Young respond.
On the flip side, at home or not - Emory Jones has not been good so far at QB for the Gators. He's thrown four picks already. We might even see more of Anthony Richardson.
Alabama is just better and I don't expect an out-of-body experience from the signal callers wearing orange and blue. Alabama 33, Florida 17