The interesting thing about doing 20 picks each week is that it’s the picks that you miss that stick with you.
I was 15-5 last week, but looking back I ask myself: “Self, what in the world made you think that Burnsville would beat Rosemount (a 35-6 romp for Rosemount)? And Self, why did you think that Concordia Academy could hold down DeLaSalle (Islanders running back Reggie Gandy rushed for 359 yards in a 48-40 DeLaSalle victory)?”

The two picks that have me hovering over the flip-flop switch this week are Champlin Park over Blaine (Blaine just might be the most complete team in the state) and Eagan over Eastview (Eastview has scored only seven total points in two games, so the Lightning have a reason to be a little ornery).
One more thing: Kudos to Grand Rapids, which I pick to beat Detroit Lakes this week. The Thunderhawks are 2-0 and have outscored their opponents 90-0. They have to give up a point sometime, don’t they?
Jim last week: 15-5
Jim’s two-week tally: 31-9
Metro Top 10
No. 1. Cretin-Derham Hall 44, Roseville 12
No. 2. Eden Prairie 40, Mpls. Washburn 7
No. 9. Champlin Park 30, No. 3. Blaine 27
No. 4. Wayzata 33, No. 10 Edina 17
No. 5. Mounds View 28, Woodbury 14
No. 6. Totino-Grace 37, Spring Lake Park 7
No. 7. Rogers 24, Cambridge-Isanti 14
No. 8. Rosemount 21, Prior Lake 10
Games that interest me
Eagan 24, Eastview 17
Glencoe-Silver Lake 26, Delano 16
Mpls. Southwest 38, Mpls. North 16
Norwood Young America 25, Belle Plaine 19
Orono 27, Dassel-Cokato 26
St. Thomas Academy 22, Mahtomedi 8
South St. Paul 30, Duluth East 14
White Bear Lake 29, East Ridge 22
Glencoe-Silver Lake 26, Delano 16
Some love for the outstate
Albany 34, Mora 24
Brainerd 28, Sartell 20
Grand Rapids 32, Detroit Lakes 21
Luverne 40, Jackson County Central 20