Football Picks: A 10-0 week raises the win percentage some. The overall record is now 24-11 (69%).
Loachapoka at Notasulga: 'Poka is off to a 4-0 start. They were 7-0 last year before losing to Maplesville - the team that beat Notasulga last week.
Last year's win by Loachapoka broke an eight-game win streak by the Blue Devils in the series. Loachapoka 20, Notasulga 12
Reeltown at Barbour County: The news of the season thus far is that Barbour County broke an on-the-field losing streak that spanned 10 years. Good for them.
Reeltown is on a three-game win streak of their own. Goshen challenged them a little last week.
Despite Barbour County's turnaround year (they're 1-2), they still have a long way to go. The Rebels won this one last year 76-0. That just happened to be the most lopsided game in Reeltown history. Reeltown 62, Barbour 0
Eufaula at Pike Road: Pike Road has put up a couple of solid performances the past two weeks. Eufaula has won three in a row after a blowout loss to Enterprise in the opener. Pike Road 34, Eufaula 28
Carver at Stanhope Elmore: The Mustangs are 1-2 after a week off last Friday. Carver is 3-1. The Wolerines have played really well after tripping up at Gadsden City in their first game. Carver 33, Stanhope 21
Tallassee at Marbury: Despite the loss last week, I think this THS team turned the corner a little. There were some good things we saw.
The first four THS opponents have been good. Their combined records are 11-3.
Marbury is transitioning with a new coaching regime. Houston Powell had success at Meek going 11-1 last year. This year's Bulldogs are 1-3 with him at the helm.
While Marbury beat the Tigers 22-20 last year, that team graduated a lot of seniors. I like Tallassee's chances of getting win No. 1 on Friday. Tallassee 21, Marbury 14
Florida State at Clemson: Vegas usually knows best and there's a telling number that may show that the mighty have truly fallen. Clemson's odds to win the national title are +6000 compared +240 for favorite Georgia. Alabama's are +4000.
Yes, both Clemson and Alabama already have a loss, but perception is that both are not contenders. That may be the case.
FSU is +1200. The 'Noles look to have the makings of a playoff team with talent on both sides including a top-tier quarterback. But, this is their biggest hurdle - on the road in Death Valley. Clemson has not looked good, but they have won the last seven in the series. Clemson 27, FSU 24
Colorado at Oregon: Coach Prime has the Buffs at 3-0. The spotlight is on the program. And boy it couldn't have been farther away from the Rockies prior to his arrival. How things have changed.
Bo Nix is lighting up defenses so far with this Ducks team. The poor mascot did 564 push-ups a couple of weeks ago when they torched Portland State for 81 points. Oregon 41, Colorado 30
Ohio State at Notre Dame: Nobody has uttered a word about the Buckeyes this year. They've had some sleepers so far.
There has been some interest in the Fighting Irish. Sam Hartman has been splendid against some lesser foes. He just might be the difference this week. Notre Dame 24, Ohio State 21
Auburn at Texas A&M: The Tigers are 3-0 for the first time since 2019. And as rough as last year was, Auburn still beat A&M. Both had just two SEC wins in 2022.
This is the Freeze era, but he still has to fill his roster with the players who can win SEC games on the road. The Aggies Conner Weigman is off to a good start in Bobby Petrino's offense with eight TDs and 2 INTs. Texas A&M 27, Auburn 20
Ole Miss at Alabama: Last week's game in Tampa might be the worst I've watched in the Saban era. That is after a pretty bad performance against Texas. Is Alabama having off weeks or are they just not what we're accustomed to seeing?
Jalen Milroe must've been in the doghouse because he didn't see the field. It did give fans a chance to see the back-ups. I expect Milroe back this week.
Jaxson Dart is one of the top quarterbacks in the conference with one of the best offensive minds in the country. We've seen a similar setup with Ewers and Sark already.
If Alabama loses, get ready for a couple more defeats and the worst season under Saban since year one. Something tells me that won't happen. Maybe the best is still yet to come. This could very well be another one of those "win ugly" games. Bama 26, Ole Miss 22