Football Picks: I had another 9-1 week bringing the overall mark to 52-17 (75%).
Tallassee got back on the winning side over Elmore County. The atmosphere in Eclectic was electric. Now we turn to homecoming in Tallassee this week.
Alabama got shook up for a moment at Arkansas but overcame it and the injury to Bryce Young which turned out to be not serious.
Guys like Gary Danielson should avoid speculation on injuries when they have no clue. That might mean a muted microphone for him the entire game. All in favor - say aye!
Auburn jumped out to a 17-0 lead against LSU in the second quarter - and did not score again. They lost but had their opportunities.
Harsin looked stoic on the sidelines. I never see him uttering a word. Maybe he can get the guys to play two halves this week in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. As I write this he still has a job.
Horseshoe Bend at Reeltown: Reeltown keeps rolling on. They've won four straight and it's about to be five. Horseshoe Bend has lost four of its last five.
It will come down to games vs. Luverne and Highland Home whether the Rebels will be a host in the playoffs or on the road. Reeltown 40, Horseshoe Bend 6
Booker T. Washington at Montgomery Academy: The Academy was embarrassed by Catholic last week. Many teams are shamed by the Knights, but this was excessive. The final was 72-15.
Robert Johnson has never seen such I'm sure. I guess it was payback for the Eagles win in the semis last year.
After a tough opening stretch, BTW has won three in a row under LA O'Neal. With a win, they can lock up a playoff berth and probably the third seed in this tough region. BTW 20, MA 17
Beauregard at Elmore County: The Hornets are one of three teams with eight straight wins - the longest in the state. Deshler and Moody are the others.
Elmore County is capable of winning this one. The Panthers are in a three-way tie with Valley and Tallassee for what looks like a battle for the final two playoff spots in the region. Beauregard 27, Elmore County 22
Carver at Wetumpka: We've got two one-loss teams in this one. The Wolverines ventured out of state last week losing to Catholic of Baton Rouge, La. Wetumpka got by rival Stanhope.
We're jockeying for position between the haves and have-nots in Class 6A/Region 2. These two are legitimate playoff teams with Pike Road being the other in this region. The winner will likely be a first-round host. Wetumpka 30, Carver 28
Valley at Tallassee: It was a must-win in Eclectic last week. The Tigers got it. They control their own destiny now for the post-season. Win out and they are in.
Valley took Clay Central to the wire last Friday but lost. It goes to show how even-steven this region is.
Tallassee could play the game of what-ifs. They could easily be atop the region standings. What's done is done.
One thing that needs to be cleaned up is the turnovers. They have nine over the last two games.
It is homecoming. That has not been a distratction during the Mike Battles era at THS. His teams are 9-1. Valley was among those victories. The last time they were here was a 23-0 homecoming win in 2018. Tallassee 20, Valley 15
Texas vs. Oklahoma: The Red River Rivalry has lost some of its luster. Both teams already have two losses. OU was destroyed last week by TCU 55-24. The best tweet of the week: "Who will get to 62 first? TCU or Aaron Judge."
I do believe the Longhorns are better than their rivals from the north this year. They allowed them to come back from 21 down in last year's loss. Texas 37, Oklahoma 27
TCU at Kansas: The Horned Frogs have an undefeated record under first-year coach Sonny Dykes. They were picked near the bottom of the Big 12.
Kansas has an undefeated record under second-year coach Lance Leipold. They were picked to finish rock-bottom in the Big 12.
The Kansas thing is a nice story. At 5-0, they've already topped their win totals going back over a decade. I'm pulling for them. TCU 31, Kansas 27
Tennessee at LSU: Is Tennessee for real? And are they back? Oh no, their coach said they were after beating Florida.
There's still a long road to getting back, but UT is good. Are they good enough to win the SEC? Let's start by going into hostile territory and beating a decent team.
They have a win at Pitt, but the Panthers just lost at home to Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Death Valley will be a test. I give it to Brian Kelly. He's won four in row since folks were going crazy after the opening loss to FSU. Tennessee 26, LSU 24
Auburn at Georgia: This is the game that people said would get ugly. Just wait 'til Georgia they said.
Well, Georgia has not been world beaters of late. After the first three games this season, they were the top dogs. The last two weeks have been a struggle.
We should temper our enthusiasm before going all in with anybody. Georgia still may be the best, but no team is invincible. Every team has been on the ropes a little already.
Is this the week that Brian Harsin can save his job? Or is it already a done deal?
Georgia has dominated this series of late. They've won five straight and 12 of 15. Georgia 30, Auburn 16
Texas A&M at Alabama: It's finally here. Jimbo vs. Nick. Or maybe - The Nightmare on Bryant Drive.
The only revenge game that Saban has lost since being at Alabama was when he lost back-to-back to Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze.
Alabama lost at A&M last year and Saban fired his shot over the "collective" to buy the players in College Station. There was some back and forth but the hatchet is now buried - yeah right.
It looks like Bryce Young will be back soon after the injury at Arkansas last week. If he's absent this week, the Aggies just might have a fighting chance.
Still, the truth is that Texas A&M was overrated coming in to 2022 - hanging their hat on the win over Bama last year.
Bama is favored by more than three touchdowns. The drops by the UA receivers should keep it under the number. Alabama 34, Texas A&M 19