Football Picks: I went 6-4 last week. The overall record is 105-45 for an even 70%. I'll start making bowl predictions next week and go week-by-week until the BCS title game.
Destiny: The word has been used over and over this year to describe Auburn's good fortune. There's something to it.
You have to get good breaks to win a championship. You also have to be pretty good. Auburn will get its shot at its second title in in four years in January.
The Tigers can also extend the state's streak to five in a row and make it eight straight for the SEC.
BCS: The Bowl Championship Series ends this season. Next year, the College Football Playoff will begin. I will miss the drama of the BCS. It certainly made Sunday nights at 7:30 more interesting.
Want to Play QB?: What is it about the number of quarterbacks in the SEC with the last name beginning with the letter "M?"
Manziel, McCarron, Murray, Mettenberger... Newcomers Marshall and Mauk of the SEC's division winners will be back next year.
Super Six: The high school football championships are in the books. The North won five-of-six. Hoover had a couple of close calls on their way to another title but handled Auburn rather easily in Tuscaloosa.
Spanish Fort was the lone champ out of the South bracket. They may be moving up to 6A next season. The Toros beat Tallassee twice when the Tigers were 5A.
Charles Henderson made it to the 4A final but fell to Oneonta. The Trojans, who beat THS 26-21 in the regular season, are expected to move back up to 5A next year.
There will likely be some shifting with the new alignments and classifications next season. Beauregard, also in Tallassee's 4A region, will be expected to go back to 5A.
Tallassee will probably stay in 4A based on early numbers, but much will be based on other schools of comparable size.
I spoke with coach Mike Battles recently about scheduling. He has had conversations with some probable opponents, but a lot will be determined with region foes.
If non-region opponents from 2013 like Elmore County and Dadeville are in the region, those non-region games will have to be filled.
The AHSAA will release the new alignments on Jan. 22.