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We’ve come to one of my favorite weeks of the year.

I’ve always enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. Not just because of the food, but because it’s a time to sit back and reflect on all the positive things in our lives that we typically take for granted.

Don’t get me wrong, though, the food is awesome.

My wife made fried turkey last year…changed my life. Plus, Thursday is a day full of football leading into a weekend chocked full of even more football.

It’s awesome.

Anyone who’s still playing football this week has a lot to be thankful for. This is elite eight (for classes 4A through 8A) and the final four (for classes 1A through 4A), so this is the cream of the crop that’s left.

I had a very rough week in round two. I wasn’t happy with the fact that I struggle to barely get about .500 by going 6-5. There’s one thing that I learned because of my down week: always trust your initial instincts. In two games, I changed my initial – what I call – “skeleton picks” – and both times it came back to haunt me.

Moving on to round three only means that the games are going to get even tougher to pick – especially because now I have to study tons of film on opposing teams just like the South Florida coaches do because I want to be as familiar with the other teams as I possibly can.

At the expense of sounding like a broken record; I’ll remind players, coaches and fans again that attention to small details means the difference between winning and losing at this point.

Every point counts – ask McArthur – and games can turn on “inches”. An inch too far, an inch too short, an inch too far left or right, and you’ll find yourself crying into your leftover collard greens come Friday night.

Because a majority of the South Florida teams are playing against teams from around the state, I want to wish the Miami-Dade and Broward county teams the best of luck and I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Get yourself some fried turkey and thank me later.

Record last week: 6-5
Playoff record: 26-7
Season record: 461-75 (.860 Correct Pick Percentage)

Eight games picked this week with three games in the Bald Predictions spotlight.

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