Educator Jimmy Harris handed me another loss last week as he successfully nailed the Stanford upset win over Oregon giving him a 7-3 record compared to my 6-4 pickings.
Thus I head into the final three weeks of the season with a 3-7-1 mark and, like the Gators, out of any bowl hopes.
Like the Gators, though, I do have to finish the year and I start my finishing schedule by taking on Tim Arnold, a good ole boy from Sneads.
Tim is a Sneads-born-and-raised lad who graduated from Sneads High School where he played football until he was sidelined by a knee injury.
Upon graduation Tim got into the corrections field and was a correctional officer for the State of Florida for three years before being with the Federal Prison in Marianna for the last 23 years.
Married to the former Leann Morrell from Chattahoochee, the Arnolds have two children, a daughter, Brittany, who is a student at Gulf Coast, and a son, Tyler, a sophomore at Sneads who is on the Pirate baseball team.
Tim has also served on the Sneads City Council for four years and is very much involved in volunteer work for his town’s recreation activities.
Like a lot of Big Bend families, the Arnolds are split between the Seminoles and Gators, but Tim keeps things pretty much in perspective.
I’ve had the pleasure of officiating sports contests with Tim for a while now and I truly enjoy working with him.
I don’t know if I’ll enjoy picking football against him as he goes with these picks…
CLEMSON over GEORGIA TECH - Clemson is just the stronger team.
FSU over SYRACUSE - FSU is the better team all around.
SOUTH CAROLINA over FLORIDA - Gamecocks put more misery into the Gator season.
BOSTON COLLEGE over N.C. STATE - Eagles with a stronger running game.
NORTH CAROLINA over PITT - Heels defense pulls them out.
MIAMI over DUKE- ‘Canes need a win just to stay in the ACC play-off chase.
DELAWARE STATE over FAMU - I’ll go with the visitors.
GEORGIA over AUBURN - In an upset special! I feel the Dawgs are getting healthier every week.
OKLAHOMA STATE over TEXAS - Cowboys use their offense in this Big 12 battle.
MICHIGAN STATE over NEBRASKA - Spartans take a win in hostile territory.
I would take a win in any territory, as I say…
CLEMSON over GEORGIA TECH - Tigers swat away Bees in this Thursday night game.
FSU over SYRACUSE - Seminoles crush the Orange.
SOUTH CAROLINA over FLORIDA - Gamecocks push Gators lower into the swamp.
BOSTON COLLEGE over N.C. STATE - Eagles fly over Wolves.
PITT over NORTH CAROLINA - Panthers bite Heels.
DUKE over MIAMI - Devils withstand Hurricanes.
DELAWARE STATE over FAMU - Rattlers defanged at home.
AUBURN over GEORGIA - Tigers out snarl Bulldogs.
OKLAHOMA STATE over TEXAS - Cowboys rope the Horns.
MICHIGAN STATE over NEBRASKA - Spartans raid Husker territory.
And while on territory, Tim and I differ THREE times in this territory.