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Playoffs, championships in this weeks picks
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Welcome to week 14 of the picks column that ate my brain. I went 4-0 last week and am now 60-29.

Did I mention I went 4-0? That’s a first, I think. Ever.

My regular guest picker, B.J. Clark, went 3-1 because he picked Auburn to upset Alabama.

Clark, who is retired Navy and a diehard Auburn and Georgia Southern fan, is now 22-11 on season.

He’s also on the mend after surgery and hopes to be able to attend the GSU playoff game Saturday. I hope he gets to go root the Eagles into the second round of the FCS playoffs.


High school:

Colquitt County (9-3) at Parkview (9-3):

I used to work at the Moultrie Observer, which is in Colquitt County, home of the Packers — so named, lest you wonder, for the old meat packing plant in town.

The plant had long been abandoned when I got there and looked about half blown up, which gave that side of Moultrie a sort of “Beirut” appeal, but I digress.

What I was going to say is this: they take high school football way serious down there in Southwest Georgia. I know this for many reasons, but in part because the Packer Backer slogan was as prevalent there then as those inexplicably ubiquitous Salt Life window decals are here now in South Bryan.

That’s devotion to a cause, whatever it may be.

Experts say Parkview wins by 3. I say Colquitt County by 5.


FCS playoffs: Central Arkansas (9-2) vs. No. 5 seed Georgia Southern (8-3).

For my money, the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs — formerly known as I-AA playoffs — provide some of the best football known to man. But unless you have ESPN3 or can get to a game, you won’t know that because FCS football is small business compared to the WalMart that is the BCS.

And that’s too bad.

As for Georgia Southern, I suspect they’ll win 28-19.

And finally, this week’s biggest game in this state since Herschel Walker first ran between the Hedgess, No. 2 (BCS) Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC) vs. No. 3 Georgia (11-1, 7-1 SEC) for the SEC title.

Much has been said of Georgia’s weak schedule. That’s only proper, since the Bulldogs have played a schedule conducive to going 11-1 and being in the position they are in now.

And that’s not a bad position to be in. Alabama, which once looked invincible, got beat by Johnny Football and Texas A&M a while back. Even last week’s 49-0 crushing of Auburn doesn’t lead one to believe the Tide are as good as they were once thought to be, since right now Long County High School might be able to take Auburn.

As for the game, this one can go one of a couple ways. Either Georgia runs away with it or Alabama runs away with it. The other option is one team sneaks past the other.

I’ll go with the Bulldogs to win, just because I have this weird inkling that can best be summed up by asking this question: You ever hear the phrase “the sun doesn’t shine on the same dog’s butt all the time?” That’s not entirely true. The sun is going to shine on UGA’s butt yet again this year. Bulldogs win by 10.

I just hope they remember their sunscreen.

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