Football Picks: Thanks to Troy and Auburn, last week's record was 8-2. The overall record is now 57-18 (76%).
Nobody saw the Trojans losing to South Alabama after the LSU win. Nobody saw Auburn losing to LSU on the same field that Troy beat them. That field is a tough place to win unless you're Troy.
The last win for Auburn at Tiger Stadium will have to hold at 1999 until at least the next time they visit Baton Rouge.
Holtville at Elmore County (Thursday): They're playing for pride now. Both teams are out of the playoff mix and have one win each. It should be a doozy. Elmore County 28, Holtville 27
Reeltown at Vincent: On paper these two teams look about the same. They don't play the game on paper. Reeltown 34, Vincent 20
Sidney Lanier vs. Park Crossing: On paper, these two... wait a minute, same song, second verse. Lanier is having their best season in a long time, but they haven't faced the likes of the T-birds. Park Crossing 27, Lanier 22
Wetumpka at Opelika: It might be that the Indians have built their perfect season to date on cupcakes. Opelika will probably be the best team they've seen to date. I still say they're good enough, so it won't matter. Wetumpka 28, Opelika 17
Leeds at Tallassee: Tallassee took care of business last week to clinch a playoff berth for the tenth consecutive season. Now they can position themselves for a home game in the first round.
This will be the third ranked team the Tigers will have faced thus far in '17. Leeds was ranked atop 4A a few weeks ago before losing for the first time to Piedmont.
It's also homecoming and Craig Vaught has called for a "Purple Out," requesting all fans to wear their purple. Jimmy Jones will shave his head if the Tallassee stands are full by the midway point of the first quarter.
Although there have been big crowds, the stands have not been to capacity since the expansion of O'Brien Stadium in 2010. This might be the perfect storm for a packed house.
The Tigers are starting to play some of their best ball offensively. Competition aside, it's tough to put 500+ yards up in consecutive weeks, but they have. Tallassee 34, Leeds 26
Louisville at Florida State: The Cardinals lit up the 'Noles last year and launched the Heisman campaign for Lamar Jackson. What a difference a season makes.
Neither of these teams are any good right now. FSU is better defensively but has no punch on the offensive side. Give me the home team anyway and their accurate kicker. FSU 27, Louisville 21
USC at Notre Dame: The nation's top intersectional rivarly will put the winner in a postion as a legitimate playoff contender. The better team that I've seen this season has "Touchdown Jesus" on their side. Notre Dame 30, USC 27
Michigan at Penn State: The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten last year but missed the playoff due to a loss to rival Pitt and embarrassing setback to Harbaugh and company.
James Franklin's team looks like one of the teams to beat with their highest ranking (No. 2) since 1999. If PSU expects to be playoff-bound, the verdict will likely be out in two weeks with the Wolverines and Buckeyes of Ohio State in the rearview mirror. JoePa 24, Michigan 20
Auburn at Arkansas: Auburn fans were searching for rope to hang at Toomer's last week instead of tissue to toss. Gus is back on the other side of the noose this week.
Tiger fans are sick of false expectations and the reality of losing just about every big game in recent years. The Hogs are bad enough that Gus can run his vanilla offense and it won't matter. Some expected that last week too though. Auburn 38, Arkansas 13
Tennessee at Alabama: It's the "Third Saturday!" Oh boy. CBS put out a tweet when they picked up this game stating, "This one will be fun!" Huh?! I guess they like routs.
Butch Jones has an anemic offense and a Swiss cheese defense. They didn't even score against South Carolina in a "must win" to save their coach game last Saturday. It's inevitable. Butch's job can't be salvaged (uness they beat Bama!).
I wasn't impressed with the U of A last week and they still won by 32. I'm not sure that Arkansas is as bad as UT. The problem for the Tide is that they don't get better playing chumps. It looks like they might see "chumps" for the rest of the SEC slate. Alabama 52, Tennessee 7