Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over ORANGEFIELD—Despite the fact the Mustangs were huge winners in their opening game of District 21-3A play at Hamshire-Fannett, the caliber of competition has increased tremendously for Friday’s Homecoming clash against Orangefield. The Bobcats came within a whisker of upsetting the defending district champion Silsbee Tigers, perhaps looking ahead to this cross-county rivalry with WO-S. The Mustangs had better be ready.

BRIDGE CITY over SILSBEE—We’re predicting this huge upset simply because the Cardinals will be ready for anything the Tigers throw at them. And if Silsbee thinks it can steamroll the three District 21-3A members from Orange County, the Tigers had better think again.

LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over VIDOR—This game could very well be decided on a turnover, missed extra point or just the wrong play being called. Both of these teams realized that another loss could be disastrous. The Pirates have already started their new winning streak and the Bears are anxious to begin theirs.

GROVETON over DEWEYVILLE—The Pirates are playing in a stadium where many Groveton victories and district titles occurred. Deweyville is out to even its district record and would also score a big upset in the process.

PICKERING over VINTON—Things are not getting any easier in district play for the Lions.

LAMAR over SOUTH ALABAMA—Now that the Cardinals are playing .500 football, they better understand that this week’s opponent will be much better than Langston, which got shut out by the Big Red defense. However, scoring only two touchdowns like the Cards did last week might not be nearly enough to subdue this week’s foe.

LSU over McNEESE STATE—The Tigers shouldn’t need any of the magic that has pulled them through their last two victories by the skin of their teeth. This game should provide an easy win for LSU and a nice payday for our Cowboys.

HIGH SCHOOL—Hardin-Jefferson over Hamshire-Fannett, Livingston over Lumberton, Central over Nederland, Beaumont West Brook over North Shore, Port Arthur Memorial over Channelview, Jasper over Huntington, East Chambers over Anahuac, Kountze over Buna, Newton over Warren, Hardin over Woodville, Hull-Daisetta over Colmesneil, West Sabine over West Hardin, Burkeville over High Island, Coldspring over Cleveland, Huffman over Splendora, Liberty over Shepherd, Houston St. Thomas over Beaumont Kelly, Beaumont Legacy Christian over The Woodlands Christian, Port Neches-Groves over Beaumont Ozen (Sat.).

COLLEGE—Central Florida over Marshall (Wed.), Kansas State over Kansas and West Virginia over South Florida (both Thurs.),Cincinnati over Louisville (Fri.),  Sam Houston State over Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin over Central Arkansas, Texas State over Nicholls State, Nebraska over Texas, Missouri over Texas A&M, Baylor over Colorado, Oklahoma State over Texas Tech, Oklahoma over Iowa State, Miami over Duke, Syracuse over Pittsburgh, Rutgers over Army, Central Michigan over Miami, O., Clemson over Maryland, Michigan State over Illinois, Purdue over Minnesota, North Carolina State over East Carolina, Georgia over Vanderbilt, South Carolina over Kentucky, Florida over Mississippi State, Alabama over Ole Miss, Temple over Bowling Green, Ball State over Eastern Michigan, Ohio over Akron, Colorado State over UNLV, Notre Dame over Western Michigan, Northern Illinois over Buffalo, North Carolina over Virginia, SMU over Navy, USC over California, Florida State over Boston College, Iowa over Michigan, Oregon State over Washington, Virginia Tech over Wake Forest, Idaho over Louisiana Tech, TCU over BYU, UTEP over UAB, Arizona over Washington State, Utah over Wyoming, Toledo over Kent State, Southern Mississippi over Memphis, Houston over Rice, Tulsa over Tulane, Ohio State over Wisconsin, Auburn over Arkansas, Boise State over San Jose State, Air Force over San Diego State, Fresno State over New Mexico State, Nevada over Hawaii, Indiana over Arkansas State, Georgia Tech over Middle Tennessee State, Troy over Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe over Western Kentucky, North Texas over Florida International, Grambling over Alcorn State, Jackson State over Southern.

PRO PICKS—San Diego over St. Louis, Houston over Kansas City, Baltimore over New England, New Orleans over Tampa Bay, Atlanta over Philadelphia, NY Giants over Detroit, Chicago over Seattle, Green Bay over Miami, Pittsburgh over Cleveland, NY Jets over Denver, Oakland over San Francisco, Dallas over Minnesota, Indianapolis over Washington, Tennessee over Jacksonville (Monday Night). Bye Week for Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina and Cincinnati.