COACH PICK'EM: What, no more high school football?
That's right. With losses by R-S Central and Thomas Jefferson last week, the end is here for Rutherford County high school football.
Part of me is a little sad it is over.
There is very little to complain about when it comes to being at a high school football game, hearing the crowd, the band and, of course, the game.
But, we march on with college football and the pro game.
We took a bit of a housing last week, so here's hoping for better outcomes this time around:
THE CITADEL AT NO. 7 CLEMSON: There is little need to really pick this game. However, the question has to be asked as to why the Tigers elected to play an FCS team before its clash next Saturday at South Carolina? This won't be much of a tune up game for Clemson. Clemson by 24.
DUKE AT WAKE FOREST: Thanks to the Blue Devils beating the worst top-25 team in the nation last week, they control their own destiny in the ACC. A win Saturday and next week at North Carolina means Florida State awaits in the championship game. Not sure the Blue Devils are looking forward to that match-up. Duke by 10.
COASTAL CAROLINA AT NO. 11 SOUTH CAROLINA: You can reference my comments about Clemson and ask the same question about the Gamecocks. The difference here is the Chanticleers are a much better team than The Citadel. Still, it's going to be ugly in Columbia Saturday afternoon. South Carolina by 17.
NO. 17 ARIZONA STATE AT NO. 14 UCLA: Since when did the Pac-12 have so many good games? For those of us on the East Coast, it doesn't matter much because they play so late on Saturday. Regardless, the Bruins got a big win over Washington while the Sun Devils blew out Oregon State. I like the road team here. Arizona State by 9.
NO. 8 MISSOURI AT NO. 24 OLE' MISS: The Tigers are still trying to make a case for a BCS berth but they have to get past the Rebels or else those cries fall on deaf ears. Ole' Miss has snuck in under the radar this season and for good reason. They aren't THAT good. Missouri by 10.
NO. 4 BAYLOR AT NO. 10 OKLAHOMA STATE: Baylor in the National Championship? It could happen. Of course, they would need help from the likes of Chattanooga, Idaho, Florida and Auburn to make that happen. I can't leave out Ohio State but I'm just not sold on the Buckeyes yet. As far as this game, it could be a trap game for the Bears going on the road to play in Stillwater. I still like Baylor's offense over the Cowboys' defense. Baylor by 14.
CAROLINA AT MIAMI: The Panthers are continuing to impress in the NFC while the Dolphins aren't. Granted, Miami isn't too bad at Sun Life Stadium but Cam Newton along with the Carolina defense will make the Dolphins stand up and notice. Oddly enough, I like the Panthers here. Carolina by 10.
SAN DIEGO AT KANSAS CITY: Yes, the Chiefs fell out of the ranks of the unbeaten but now they are home and they are mad after last week's loss at Denver. Toss in the fact that Denver awaits next week at Arrowhead and Kansas City may have a little more fire in them than people might expect. Kansas City by 7.
MONDAY NIGHT SPECIAL
SAN FRANCISCO AT WASHINGTON: Say what you will about the Redskins but a loss like last week at Philadelphia was dismal. That isn't to say the 49ers' loss at New Orleans was much better but, at least that game was closer and seemed a little more competitive. Go with the road team here. San Francisco by 10.