Last week I was almost perfect, hitting nine of ten of my football picks. That allowed me to outdo my opponent, Justin Smith, from Wewahitchka. Justin managed just six of ten and I picked up my first win of the year against two losses.
This week I’ll shoot for two wins in a row, taking on Todd Baroody who is on the Munroe football staff.
Todd works with the Bobcats’ offensive system and the Mt. Pleasant school is on a roll right now with a 3-0 mark behind big offensive numbers and a stingy defense that has allowed no points in their three wins.
Todd was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale and attended Cardinal-Gibbons High School where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track.
Upon graduation he got in the restaurant business in South Florida before moving to the Big Bend area.
For a long time he helped operate the famous Julia Mae’s Restaurant in Carrabelle. When that landmark went out of business Todd opened Fat Jack’s Eatery on St. George Island.
For the past six years he has been on the Munroe football staff after he and his family moved to Gadsden County.
His wife, the former Julie Schmidtman, whom he met in Lauderdale, is an Art Professor at TCC. They have two sons, Max, a Munroe junior who plays football for the Bobcats, and Hugo, a sixth grader at the school.
I first met Todd in Orlando while covering a Munroe game at Walt Disney World.
He caught my attention when he was describing a team’s defense as a slap and tickle defense.
That’s pretty much the way we greet each other now.
Let’s see how the football coach plans to score this week as he slaps me with these picks….
FLORIDA over TENNESSEE - Gators will come back strong after the Miami loss.
FSU over BETHUNE-COOKMAN - My ‘Noles will manhandle the Wildcats.
OHIO STATE over FAMU - Buckeyes just too strong.
MARYLAND over WEST VIRGINIA - Maryland has a decent team this year.
GEORGIA TECH over NORTH CAROLINA - Rambling Wreck offense will wear down Heels.
WAKE FOREST over ARMY - Wake Forest in a close one.
MISSOURI over INDIANA - Mizzou wins on the road.
LSU over AUBURN - Bayou Tigers will win this one.
CLEMSON over N.C. STATE - Boyd will be way too much for the Pack.
RICE over HOUSTON - In a big Texas match-up.
I’ll probable tickle him with these picks but it will be…
FLORIDA over TENNESSEE - If Gators don’t win this one they are in a lot of trouble.
FSU over BETHUNE-COOKMAN - If the Seminoles and Rattlers could swap opponents this week, what a Saturday it would be.
OHIO STATE over FAMU - See the above.
MARYLAND over WEST VIRGINIA - The Terps in a close one.
NORTH CAROLINA over GEORGIA TECH - Heels had a week off to prepare for the Jackets’ offense.
ARMY over WAKE FOREST - The Cadets are at home.
MISSOURI over INDIANA - This could be a very entertaining game.
LSU over AUBURN - Bayou Tigers best not be looking ahead to Georgia next week.
CLEMSON over N.C. STATE - Might would take the Pack and the points at home.
HOUSTON over RICE - This is one of the few city rival games in college football. Not always played with a lot of fanfare but most always a good game.
And I hope I play a good game this week as Todd and I differ THREE times.