Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over BRIDGE CITY—The winner of this huge Saturday game will have the inside track to the District 21-3A championship, although the season isn’t even half over in league play. The Cards have been playing very well while the Mustangs are playing inspiring football, often bending but not breaking. The winner will earn a well-deserved victory.
ORANGEFIELD over HAMSHIRE-FANNETT—The Bobcats need to be wary because the Longhorns may be eyeing this game as perhaps the only chance they will have to avoid being winless in district play by stopping a one-dimensional offense.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over PORT NECHES-GROVES—Playing in big games seems to be what the Battlin’ Bears do best. The odds are really stacked against the underdog Bears, with the game also taking place in the renovated Reservation.
BEAUMONT CENTRAL over VIDOR—The undefeated Jaguars have been pulling out the close wins when the chips were down and should give the Pirates all they can handle on their home field. The Pirates really need an upset win to jump back into the District 20-4A race as it winds down.
NEW WAVERLY over DEWEYVILLE—The Pirates need to make a late run at a District 10-2A playoff berth and will have the home fans pulling for them to do it Friday night in Pirate Stadium.
SOUTH BEAUREGARD over VINTON—Things don’t get any easier for the Lions in this tough district.
MCNEESE STATE over SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA—The Cowboys are coming off a great performance against one of the nation’s best football teams. The Pokes gave LSU all they could handle and made a good showing despite the 32-10 loss. The Lions will see just exactly how improved the Cowboys are since earlier in the season.
HIGH SCHOOL—Silsbee over Hardin-Jefferson, Lumberton over Nederland, Livingston over Beaumont Ozen, Beaumont West Brook over Port Arthur Memorial, North Shore over LaPorte, Baytown Sterling over Channelview, Kirbyville over Jasper, Anahuac over Woodville, Newton over Hardin, East Chambers over Kountze, Buna over Warren, Hull-Daisetta over West Hardin, Groveton over San Augustine, Barbers Hill over Galena Park, Huffman over Cleveland, Shepherd over Tarkington, Splendora over Liberty, Corrigan-Camden over Hemphill, Baytown Lee over C.E. King, Crosby over Goose Creek Memorial, Dayton over North Forest, Magnolia over Waller, La Marque over Ball, Evadale over Sabine Pass, Houston St. Pius over Beaumont Kelly, Galveston O’Connell over Beaumont Legacy Christian, Brenham over Northbrook (Sat.).
COLLEGE—Oregon over UCLA (Thurs.), Cincinnati over South Florida (Fri.), Stephen F. Austin over Sam Houston State, Texas State over Northwestern State, Central Arkansas over Nicholls State, Texas over Iowa State, Texas A&M over Kansas, Texas Tech over Colorado, Baylor over Kansas State, Oklahoma State over Nebraska, Missouri over Oklahoma, Notre Dame over Navy, Louisville over Connecticut, Virginia Tech over Duke, Miami over North Carolina, Clemson over Georgia Tech, Boston College over Maryland, East Carolina over Marshall, Temple over Buffalo, Iowa over Wisconsin, Penn State over Minnesota, Ohio State over Purdue, Michigan State over Northwestern, Pittsburgh over Rutgers, West Virginia over Syracuse, Illinois over Indiana, South Carolina over Vanderbilt, Ole Miss over Arkansas, Miami, O. over Ohio, BYU over Wyoming, Mississippi State over UAB, SMU over Houston, Kent State over Bowling Green, Western Michigan over Akron, Northern Illinois over Central Michigan, Arizona over Washington, California over Arizona State, Alabama over Tennessee, Auburn over LSU, Idaho over New Mexico State, Hawaii over Utah State, Utah over Colorado State, Stanford over Washington State, Virginia over Eastern Michigan, Kentucky over Georgia, Central Florida over Rice, Toledo over Ball State, Fresno State over San Jose State, TCU over Air Force, UTEP over Tulane, San Diego State over New Mexico, Louisiana-Lafayette over Western Kentucky, Arkansas State over Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State over Louisiana-Monroe, Grambling State over Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State over Texas Southern.
PRO PICKS—Pittsburgh over Miami, Cincinnati over Atlanta, Kansas City over Jacksonville, Philadelphia over Tennessee, Washington over Chicago, New Orleans over Cleveland, Baltimore over Buffalo, San Francisco over Carolina, St. Louis over Tampa Bay, Seattle over Arizona, New England over San Diego, Denver over Oakland, Minnesota over Green Bay, Dallas over NY Giants (Monday Night). Bye Week for Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis and NY Jets.