Best QB: With all of the conversation about quarterbacks consuming our football talk as we countdown to kickoff, let's delve a little deeper into the topic.
First off, Jalen Hurts sounded bitter. Bitter for what? Because he hasn't been consoled about losing his job. Oh, I know. He still could start against Louisville, but he did lose his job against Georgia in the national title game.
Tua Tagovailoa won the position with his performace. And Jalen shouldn't be all that upset. He did win a championship thanks to his backup. I do belive he'll figure into the offense this season. But, his role will be in reverse as Tua's backup.
It may not be evident in the beginning, but it will likely play out. Will Jalen leave? He says he plans to graduate first. I expect he will. Then he can become a graduate transfer if he's not happy in Tuscaloosa. Only time will tell.
With the Capstone qbs being in the limelight, Plainsman Jarrett Stidham has been under the radar a bit. He might just be the best signal caller in this state.
I do see him as one of the nation's top quarterbacks. He gives Auburn a chance to win against anybody if he stays healthy and a relatively new offensive line can protect him.
Exhibition games were played across the NFL last week. One was between Carolina and Buffalo. The Panthers won, but that's irrelevant.
A couple of quarterbacks were on display that might be the best to play the position at Auburn and Alabama.
We know about Cam Newton with Carolina, but AJ McCarron is now with the Bulls after holding a clipboard behind Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.
McCarron will make a bid for the starter's role in Buffalo. I'd like to see what he can do. And about him being the best Alabama quarterback ever, the numbers don't lie.
He holds most of the Alabama passing records. He has two national title rings. His name is usually not uttered in the same breath as Namath and Stabler, but it should be.
Newton had only one year in Auburn, but what a year it was. He took the Heisman Trophy. Pat Sullivan won the same award and had a longer career as an Auburn Tiger.
What happens over the next season or two with both programs could put the current quarterbacks in the same debate. Stidham and Tagovailoa might just become a part of the "greatest" conversation at their respective schools.
Football Picks: Next week in the column I'll begin prognosticating. The first week will be an all high school pick 'em. We'll mix in some college after that.
Now's the time for you to join in too. Send in your selections every week and we'll tally the overall standings throughout the season. Click here to see the staff's predictions for week one.
Battles Top Six: We're to the final installment of the top six wins from Mike Battles first six years at Tallassee.
1300 WTLS/106.5 FM will air the top-rated win this weekend with kickoff next week. The No. 1 pick is from last season.
One of our top moments already highlighted was the "Nick Kick" as we call it from Battles' first season. That kick was a 45-yard bomb as time ran out during a regular season win at Troy in 2012.
Our top pick is also a kick. It was also in walkoff fashion, but it happened in the post-season.
Quenton Jeter knocked in a 25-yarder in the first round playoff game vs. Thomasville in front of the home folks at O'Brien Stadium and was then submerged by his teammates.
Listen to the replay on Saturday at 8 and enjoy the Stephen "Oz" Osborne call, "It's good. It's good. It's good. It's good!"
Tallassee opens the season next week, Aug. 24 vs. Catholic at J.E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium. WTLS will broadcast live with the PrimeSouth Bank Pregame at 6 p.m. The game is followed by the "Scoreboard Show" sponsored by City Collision. Hear the replay Saturday morning at 8, a WTLS tradition since 1954.