Football Picks: Troy cost me a perfect week last week. The overall record going into the bowls is now 112-38 (75%). I've thrown a couple of early bowl games in to keep this thing going. I'll get the bigger bowls in as we roll through the holidays.
Before I move on I want to send condolences to the Dennis family. Michael "Grits" Dennis passed away on Monday. He was one of the best lineman to ever wear the purple and gold at Tallassee.
Grits was an all-state player at THS in 1984 and one of the main cogs in the Tigers semifinal run that season. He also played first base on the Tallassee baseball team that lauched the championship era on the diamond.
I talked to Grits regularly and quite often during the sports seasons. He was a faithful supporter and took real pride in watching his son Hunter come up through the athletic program.
I considered Grits a good friend and will miss our conversations. The whole town knew him and loved him. He's gone too soon.
Appalachian State vs. Toledo: The Camellia Bowl is on day one of the bowl season and I hope to make it to Cramton Bowl this year. The kickoff time is better at 4:30 Montgomery time. The game is a toss up. Tails it is. Toledo 37, App. St. 34
Houston vs. San Diego State: The Cougars are minus Tom Herman, but I like Greg Ward, Jr. at quarterback. The Aztecs have Pumphrey at running back. This might be a dandy in Vegas. Houston 38, San Diego St. 28
UCF vs. Arkansas State: Our own Dijon Paschal will be catching passes in Orlando. Let me flip that coin again. UCF 41, Ark. St. 35.
Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Lafayette: The Rajun Cajuns got this bid because of their proximity to the Super Dome and potential for putting fannies in the seats. On a side note, my late grandfather did a radio show in Lafayette long ago. His on-air name was the "Boogie Man." La Laf. 41, USM 38