It's rarer than a Blue Moon, but last week I was perfect, hitting on all ten of my picks in this column to out-do Havana resident Richard Thompson 10-0 to 7-3.
The win lifted my early season mark to 2-0 and set the stage for this week's opponent, Patrick Casey.
Patrick is a Walton County-born-and-raised guy who graduated from Walton High in DeFuniak Springs in '87 before heading to Florida State where he got his degree in Sports Information and actually knew my son Joey when they took classes and worked together at the Seminole SID.
After graduation, Patrick returned to West Florida and worked sports at a radio station in Daleville, Alabama before going back to help his family in their grocery business.
But Patrick, who became interested in sports when his high school Braves team had a great football run in the ‘80s, including a state championship, got itching to get back on the field.
That itch has been satisfied well as he's broadcast Walton Braves football on Hometown Television TV 24 for 25 years and adds to his icon as a Walton County sports figure covering Walton, South Walton, Freeport, Paxton and Ponce De Leon high schools for the DeFuniak Springs Herald.
Married to the former Jennifer Riley from Milton, the Caseys have two daughters, Emily (age 12), a seventh-grader at the new middle school in DeFuniak, and Jillian (age 10), a fifth-grader at Maude Sanders Elementary where her mom teaches.
Patrick is one of those guys who really knows and does his sports business well. He's also one of the world's good guys you always enjoy talking with.
Here's how the Seminole fan sees things this week ...
FSU over LOUISVILLE - Playing a Saturday day-game may really help.
ALABAMA over MISSISSIPPI - Rebels’ chances to win three in a row in this series are slim.
OHIO STATE over OKLAHOMA - Don't trust the Sooners after Houston loss.
GEORGIA over MISSOURI - Not seeing much out of Missouri.
NEBRASKA over OREGON - Ducks give up a lot of points.
SOUTH CAROLINA over EAST CAROLINA - Pirates will have a tough time beating an ACC team and a SEC team in back-to-back weekends.
LSU over MISSISSIPPI STATE - Fournette rested up for this one.
TEXAS A&M over AUBURN - Aggies in a road win.
FLORIDA over NORTH TEXAS - Gators looked decent against Kentucky.
FAMU over TUSKEGEE - Walton's Azende Rey signed with the Rattlers.
I'll start off my picks by saying I really believe Florida State, Ohio State and Alabama have more pure physical talent than any other teams in the country. I'm also going to pick all three teams to lose this week ....
LOUISVILLE over FSU - Cardinals confidence is high.
OKLAHOMA over OHIO STATE - Buckeyes fall in a trap.
MISSISSIPPI over ALABAMA - Rebels seem to find a way lately in this game.
GEORGIA over MISSOURI - Could well be another close one.
NEBRASKA over OREGON - Husker's keep Ducks out of their corn fields.
SOUTH CAROLINA over EAST CAROLINA - Won't be surprised if I miss this one.
LSU over MISSISSIPPI STATE - Tigers may have a quarterback.
AUBURN over TEXAS A&M - Tigers continue home stand.
FLORIDA over NORTH TEXAS - With an eye to next week.
TUSKEGEE over FAMU - Don't know if Rattlers know how to win a game.
And I could easily learn how to lose one this week as Patrick and I differ FIVE times.