Football Picks: Last week was not so good in the picking. A 6-4 effort puts the overall at 29-6 (83%). This is for fun. I don't gamble. Key in the disclaimer: *for entertainment purposes only.
Lanett at Notasulga: Remember when the Panthers were a Class 4A area foe to Tallassee? The school is not what it once was size-wise but they're still good. They were the 2A champs last season and are top-rated this year in 1A. Lanett 37, Notasulga 20.
LaFayette at Reeltown: The Bulldogs have had Reeltown's number of late. They've won the last three in the series. The last trip to Nix-Webster-O'Neal was ugly for Rebel fans, 58-8 on the scoreboard. LaFayette had a player named Whitlow then. He now plays on Saturdays for Auburn.
Things have changed since Matt Johnson's first season. He has a team that has allowed just 14 points in four games this year. This might be their toughest test yet but it won't be that tough. Reeltown 28, LaFayette 6.
Dadeville at Saint James: Bullock County has not won more than three games in a season in 20 years. In 16 of those 20 seasons, they won one or two games. They beat Dadeville last week. That probably doesn't mean that the Hornets have turned it around. Saint James 30, Dadeville 14.
Holtville at Elmore County: We're looking at two resurgent programs. Early season aside, the over/under for wins will surpass the two a piece that each team had last season (both teams are 2-1 now).
The Panthers got whipped at Talladega last week. The Bulldogs dominated Childersburg. I'll take the home team and the DJ Patrick show. Elmore County 34, Holtville 28.
Early County, Ga. at Tallassee: Tallassee's victory in Ozark last week was big. Coming back from 21-7 down to beat a team that had not lost a regular season game in three years showed some moxie.
Here comes this big team from Georgia this week. They would be equivalent to a 6A in this state. They are pretty good too with a 3-1 record vs. some quality opponents.
They beat Eufaula, an Alabama 6A, 28-3 in week one. Tallassee has won its three games by taking over in the fourth quarter. They have added some depth with some new faces that played big roles in last week's victory.
This matchup will make the Tigers a better team down the stretch, win or lose. Unfortunately, the latter is more likely. Early County 27, Tallassee 17.
Stanford at Oregon: There are two games pitting Top 25 teams this weekend. This is one. Texas A&M vs. Alabama is the other.
Collectively, these are the best two programs in the Pac-12 the past decade. The Ducks have fallen off recently but may be making a comeback. Oregon 26, Stanford 23.
Georgia at Missouri: Speaking of comebacks... Is Mizzou a contender this year? By contender I mean - can they avoid losing to Georgia by more than 30? Drew Lock can throw it around, but he's struggled against good teams.
Georgia is really good. Right now, they appear to be the only team that contend with Alabama. Georgia 38, Missouri 20.
Mississippi State at Kentucky: One of my colleagues, Gary Buchanan, called this the battle of pretenders. It does seem that both are playing for second in their divisions at best. Does anybody expect the Dawgs or Cats to meet in the SEC title game?
False hope may be at hand for the winner, but at least it's optimistic thinking. Reality? Well, not so much. MSU 30, UK 20.
Arkansas at Auburn: If you need time to heal after a tough loss, call the Hogs. Woo Pig Sooie!
Arkansas got barbequed by North Texas last week. The Mean Green were picked to finish third in the Conference USA West behind UAB and Louisiana Tech.
Auburn's defeat last week was disappointing. That's two years in a row that Coach "O" has had Gus' number. The Tigers rallied the rest of the season after the second half collapse in Death Valley last year.
Three of AU's remaining regular season games will be on the road vs. the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 14 teams. The Razorbacks aren't in the Top 100. Auburn 48, Arkansas 10.
Texas A&M at Alabama: Alabama leads the country in points per game (56.7), and they've sat on the ball in the second half of their first three games.
I do believe Nick Saban has the best offense in the country. There are no weaknesses, unless they line up for a field goal.
A&M kicked off the season by giving Clemson all they wanted in College Station, but the Tigers offense is not Alabama's. If the Aggies have some success on offense, it won't be enough. The Tide is a four-touchdown favorite - and it isn't enough. Alabama 47, A&M 16.