Football Picks: Last week was my worst effort of the season, a lowly 4-6. That dropped the overall below 80 percent. It's like flunking a test. The GPA took a hit. The overall record is now 88-27 (77%).
Alabama failed in its biggest test of the season. It's not the final, but it was bigger than a midterm.
The talk of "if" they can make the playoff should be put on hold. Even if they win out, the deck is stacked against them. Plus, the Auburn game at month's end is no gimme.
We're on to round two of the high school football playoffs with several local teams still in the mix.
Notasulga at Brantley: Notasulga beat Linden last week in a 7-6 squeaker. The Blue Devils face always tough Brantley on Friday. The Bulldogs are in their 23rd straight post-season. They have four state titles, three during that stretch. Brantley 34, Notasulga 20
Reeltown at J.U. Blacksher: The Rebels jumped out to a 56-0 halftime lead against Zion Chapel last week. The second half was shortened to four-minute quarters and a running clock. Reeltown held on to win 56-0.
This week might be a little tougher. Blacksher is 9-2 and finished second to Leroy in their region. This is the first meeting between the two schools and will probably be the first trip period to Uriah for Reeltown folks. Reeltown 35, J.U. Blacksher 14
Mobile Christian at Pike Road: The Patriots have a situation that probably won't come again. It's a good one. They are competing at a classification that is probably two below where it will soon be. Pike Road's about to be moving on up.
Mobile Christian knocked Pike Road out of the playoffs last season with a 42-14 defeat. Ronnie Cottrell, the former Alabama assitant coach, is in his fourth season with the Leopards. Pike Road 28, Mobile Christian 24
Stanhope Elmore at Park Crossing: The T-Birds had the upset of the week in knocking out unbeaten Saraland in the first round. The Mustangs are shooting for their first 10-win season and return to the quarters since 2010. Park Crossing 34, Stanhope 29
Spanish Fort at Wetumpka: The Indians upset at Bessemer City gets them at least one more game at Hohenburg Field. Wetumpka is building a new stadium to replace the 100 plus-year-old structure next season.
The Indians beat the Toros the last two years in the playoffs. Repeat after me - three-peat? Wetumpka 30, Spanish Fort 27
Wake Forest at Clemson: Dabo feels dissed by the CFP after last week's initial No. 5 ranking. Believe it or not - this is the best team left on Clemson's regular season schedule. Sorry South Carolina. Clemson 41, Wake Forest 21
Oklahoma at Baylor: I picked the Bears to go down for their first loss of the season last week. Somehow they pulled it out in triple overtime at TCU. They've found ways to win that way this year.
There's still an outside shot that the Sooners could be in the playoff field. Undefeated or not, I'm just not a believer in Baylor. Jalen should put on a show. Oklahoma 44, Baylor 27
Florida at Missouri: After Mizzou's opening weekend choke, they rolled to five straight wins. Since, they've lost the last three. In the process they lost Kelly Bryant. He could return this week, and they sure need him.
The Tigers have scored a grand total of 21 points in those losses after scoring at least 30 in their five wins. Jekyll and Hyde - yes! Remember that Florida was embarrassed by Missouri last year in the Swamp. Florida 26, Missouri 17
Alabama at Mississippi State: Will there be a letdown after Bama's loss to LSU? It's likely. Will it matter? Probably not.
It's really surpising to see how far State has fallen. They were a decent team last year. It goes to show that Dan Mullen could coach. Joe Moorhead can not. He's on the list of about a handful of SEC coaches close to packing their bags. Arkansas' Chad Morris is already out the door. Alabama 51, Mississippi State 13
Georgia at Auburn: The Bulldogs have a lot to still play for. Thanks to being in the SEC East, their choke against South Carolina might not cost them. They're going to the SEC title game.
If Georgia can get past Auburn and beat LSU in Atlanta, they'll be the one-loss SEC champion representing in the CFP. All that talk is just talk.
I picked Georgia to win the national championship in the preseason. I've been disappointed. I don't think they can beat LSU.
The offense has been unimpressive. The defense is still good, but overall they're just not good enough.
Auburn can finish strong. And might just repeat the trick they pulled a couple of years ago when they beat Georgia and Bama at Jordan-Hare. Auburn 26, Georgia 23