Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Mustangs appear to be back on course for another run at the state playoffs. But there still is plenty of work to do with the main chore focused on continuing to play winning football, something that temporarily left them a few weeks ago.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over LUMBERTON—A victory here will give the Battlin’ Bears a great stepping stone to end the season next week with a couple of wins for a .500 record and go into the off-season with a great positive attitude. But the Raiders also are fighting for the pride of finishing the regular season with a pair of victories.
BRIDGE CITY over ORANGEFIELD—Both teams suffered district losses last week, so this game very well could be for the final playoff berth in District 21-3A. This is also the biggest rivalry of the season for both teams with the Buzzie Gunn Trophy awarded to this game’s winner. The only advantage perhaps is the home field for the Cardinals.
VIDOR over NEDERLAND—The Bulldogs are showing some signs of coming out of their funk and have the home field advantage Friday night. The Pirates need a win to clarify their playoff position.
WELSH over VINTON—This is the Lions’ homecoming so if they ever wanted to play their best game of the year, it would have to be in front of the exes and former Lion football players. However, this has been a tough, distressing season for Vinton and the Greyhounds will be gunning to continue the Lions’ woes.
MCNEESE over NICHOLLS STATE—The Colonels have always been a thorn in the side for the Cowboys, so the trip to Thibodaux will not be a picnic for the Pokes. But at this stage in the season, the cream always rises to the top, so the Cowboys should emerge victorious.
HIGH SCHOOL—Silsbee over Hamshire-Fannett, Beaumont Central over Livingston, PNG over Beaumont Ozen, Galena Park North Shore over Baytown Lee, Beaumont West Brook over Baytown Sterling, Port Arthur Memorial over Channelview, East Chambers over Kountze, Buna over Hardin, Anahuac over Warren, Woodville over Hemphill, Kirbyville over San Augustine, Newton over Shelbyville, Burkeville over Sabine Pass, Evadale over Chester, West Hardin over Hull-Daisetta, Colmesneil over High Island.
COLLEGE—East Carolina over Memphis (Tues.), Virginia Tech over North Carolina (Thurs.), West Virginia over South Florida (Fri.),Sam Houston State over Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin over Texas State, Southeastern Louisiana over Central Arkansas, Connecticut over Rutgers, Cincinnati over Syracuse, Boston College over Central Michigan, Ohio over Ball State, Virginia over Duke, Iowa over Indiana, Purdue over Wisconsin, Miami over Wake Forest, Florida State over North Carolina State, Northern Illinois over Akron, Ohio State over New Mexico State, Georgia Tech over Vanderbilt, Texas A&M over Iowa State, Ole Miss over Auburn, Arkansas over Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan over Kent State, Nebraska over Baylor, Tulsa over SMU, UTEP over UAB, Boise State over San Jose State, Florida over Georgia, Toledo over Miami, O., Oregon State over UCLA, Navy over Temple, California over Arizona State, Michigan over Illinois, Colorado over Missouri, Oklahoma over Kansas State, Texas over Oklahoma State, Nevada over Hawaii, TCU over UNLV, Penn State over Northwestern, Air Force over Colorado State, Idaho over Louisiana Tech, Fresno State over Utah State, Kentucky over Mississippi State, Kansas over Texas Tech, San Diego State over New Mexico, Notre Dame over Washington State, Tennessee over South Carolina, USC over Oregon, Houston over Southern Mississippi, Utah over Wyoming, LSU over Tulane, Michigan State over Minnesota, Clemson over Coastal Carolina, Louisville over Arkansas State, Florida International over Louisiana-Lafayette, Western Kentucky over North Texas, Middle Tennessee State over Florida Atlantic, Grambling over Mississippi Valley State, Troy over Louisiana-Monroe, Central Florida over Marshall (Sun.), Buffalo over Bowling Green (Tues.).
PRO PICKS—Denver over Baltimore, Chicago over Cleveland, Houston over Buffalo, Green Bay over Minnesota, Indianapolis over San Francisco, NY Jets over Miami, Detroit over St. Louis, Dallas over Seattle, San Diego over Oakland, Tennessee over Jacksonville, Arizona over Carolina, NY Giants over Philadelphia, New Orleans over Atlanta (Monday Night). Bye week for Cincinnati, Kansas City, New England, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington.