Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
KIRBYVILLE (12-0) over ALTAIR RICE CONSOLIDATED (12-0)–This Class 2A Division I state semifinal game pits a pair of undefeated teams against each other for the right to play in next week’s game for all the marbles. The Wildcats ran into a feisty undefeated Arp team and needed a late touchdown and an interception to secure the victory. Things won’t be any easier this Friday in Humble, either.
NEWTON (9-3) over DAINGERFIELD (12-1)—This Class 2A Division II Regional final game will take place Saturday in Carthage. The Eagles needed three overtime periods to subdue a tough Franklin team. Daingerfield’s only loss came at the hands of Class 3A power Gilmer. The Eagles will have to play much better this week if they expect to advance to the state semifinals next week.
FRIENDSWOOD (10-1) over BEAUMONT CENTRAL (9-3)—The Jaguars won by the skin of their teeth last weekend, scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 1:12 left in the game to win 35-34 over Angleton. They may not be so fortunate this time.
OKLAHOMA (11-1) over MISSOURI (9-3)—As much as we would love the Tigers to win in their home state (Kansas City) Saturday, the Sooners are on a roll while Mizzou appears to be faltering near the end for this Big 12 title game. Texas Longhorn fans certainly will be rooting for Mizzou to pull off a huge upset.
ALABAMA (12-0) over FLORIDA (11-1)—This Southeastern Conference championship game should be an all-out war. Both teams have been red-hot; the Gators seem to have a prolific offense while the Crimson Tide has displayed a tenacious defense. We would like to see ‘Bama roll, but don’t count out the Gators.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS—Pearland (12-0) over Fort Bend Hightower (11-0), Katy (10-3) over La Porte (8-4), Longview (11-2) over Hewitt Midway (12-1), Lake Travis (13-0) over Killeen (9-4), Everman (13-0) over Stephenville (10-3), Dayton (11-1) over Brenham (8-4), Cuero (11-1) over Waco La Vega (11-2), Liberty Hill (13-0) over Bridgeport (12-0), Celina (10-3) over Kaufman (10-3), Gilmer (12-1) over Carthage (11-2), Giddings (10-3) over Bellville (12-1), Muleshoe (13-0) over Pilot Point (11-1), Refugio (13-0) over Blanco (13-0), Mart (11-2) over Junction (10-3).
COLLEGE—Louisiana Lafayette over Middle Tennessee State (Wed.), Rutgers over Louisville (Thurs.), Ball State over Buffalo (Mid-American Conference Championship—Fri.), Navy over Army, Connecticut over Pittsburgh, West Virginia over South Florida, California over Washington, USC over UCLA, Arizona over Arizona State, Cincinnati over Hawaii, Troy over Arkansas State, Florida International over Western Kentucky, Tulsa over East Carolina (Conference USA Championship), Virginia Tech over Boston College (ACC Championship).
PRO PICKS—San Diego over Oakland (Thurs.), Indianapolis over Cincinnati, Chicago over Jacksonville, Green Bay over Houston, Tennessee over Cleveland, Minnesota over Detroit, Baltimore over Washington, NY Giants over Philadelphia, New Orleans over Atlanta, Miami over Buffalo, NY Jets over San Francisco, Denver over Kansas City, Arizona over St. Louis, Pittsburgh over Dallas, New England over Seattle, Carolina over Tampa Bay (Monday Night).