I think I got my mojo back. Flick's Picks went a perfect 7-0 for the week, and I'm now 31-7 for the year. How I got there, though, wasn't exactly satisfying.
I picked Hononegah to win, and everyone else to lose. And that's what happened. It's kind of a microcosm of how the season has gone around here.
The Indians are rolling. I'd be really surprised if they drop a game in the NIC-10, and stunned if they weren't 8-0 heading into the regular season finale against Harlem.
Everybody else? Well, there's always next year! Beloit Turner will be in the playoffs, providing they can beat Clinton next week. But let's be realistic about this for a second.
Last year, the Trojans were 7-2 in the regular season, with one of the losses coming in a tight affair to one of the state's best teams in Clinton.
Their reward? A trip to Platteville in round one. It didn't end well.
So, make the argument that this version of the Trojans can win a playoff game? I'll project them with a record of 5-4. That makes them one of the last teams to make the playoffs, and means they will face an elite opponent, on the road, in week one. No bueno.
Now, I could be wrong. Lord knows I have been, time and again. But Turner is still missing plenty of guys in tonight's game against Jefferson. And I'm not sure they've earned the trust for me to pick them to beat East Troy in week nine. Let's say they do run the table. What does 6-3 get them? Another really difficult game, on the road, in week one.
I'm not trying to be a Debby Downer here, just stating facts. It would be a stunner if any Wisconsin football team that I cover wins a post-season game. Ugh, I feel gross. Let's move on.
• JEFFERSON at BELOIT TURNER: This is where I'll be tonight, and I would love it if after the game I caught a whole bunch of grief for the aforementioned comments, plus what I'm about to predict.
"Way to go, Flick. Nice call, huh?"
"Didn't think we could do it, eh? I'll tell you what you can do with your predictions."
I will gladly eat crow, for all of it. But I just don't think you can ignore the missing personnel for Turner. Call it bad timing.
JEFFERSON 35, TURNER 28
• BELVIDERE at HONONEGAH: The Indians have selected an ideal opponent for Homecoming. They can showcase their skills in front of various alumni and well-wishers against a team that is, well, bad. Last week, the Indians spotted the opponents 14 points, just to make it more challenging. As fun as that was, I don't think they will try it again.
HONONEGAH 49, BELVIDERE 12
• MCFARLAND at CLINTON: McFarland is nearly certain to finish the regular season with a 9-0 record. I don't believe the Cougars have the firepower to take down the Spartans.
MCFARLAND 49, CLINTON 14
• EVANSVILLE-ALBANY at BIG FOOT: The Chiefs should improve to 3-4 on the season after defeating the hapless Blue Devils, who found a way to lose to Whitewater last week.
BIG FOOT 42, EVANSVILLE-ALBANY 20
• BRODHEAD-JUDA at WHITEWATER: The Whippets are no longer winless, but they still shouldn't be much of a match for a Cardinals team that is playing better of late. The Cards have dropped three straight, but have been competitive against playoff teams in Turner and East Troy.
BRODHEAD-JUDA 35, WHITEWATER 13
• HORICON-HUSTISFORD at PARKVIEW. The Vikings losing skid has reached 14 games, and it's not likely to stop Friday night.
HORICON 49, PARKVIEW 6.