Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over KIRBYVILLE—What a difference a year has made for the Wildcats, who were beating every opponent they faced at this time last year, including the Mustangs, and haven’t been able to scratch the win column yet this year. However, the Mustangs have only been able to win once in four tries, but should double their victory total after this game.

LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BEAUMONT OZEN—The Panthers had to go double-overtime last week to finally defeat cross-town rival Beaumont Central for the first time in three years, while the Bears’ defense stopped a two-point conversion try by Lumberton to preserve a two-point victory and remain undefeated after five games. The Battlin’ Bears have the home-field advantage in this one.

VIDOR over LUMBERTON—Both teams came out on the short end of close games last week and need a victory to remain prominent in the playoff picture. The Pirates will be playing in front of the friendly fans at home.

ORANGEFIELD over JASPER—This win will be categorized as a big upset if the Bobcats can pull it off. The visiting Bulldogs have lost a couple of really close games and want to post a big win before district play begins next week. The Bobcats have had two weeks to get ready for this contest.

CHESTER over ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN—This is the first home game ever for the Lions as they take on a school that dropped down to six-man football after playing 11-man for years. Hopefully the Lions will show them how it’s done in Orange County and post a big upset.

LAMAR over SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA—The Cardinals’ arch-rival McNeese Cowboys downed the Lions by three touchdowns Saturday night in Lake Charles and we don’t believe the Pokes are 21 points better than the Redbirds, who should also chalk up a victory against these visitors from Hammond.

MCNEESE over NORTHWESTERN STATE—Both teams opened their respective Southland Conference schedule with victories last weekend. The Cowboys blew out Southeastern Louisiana 48-27 while the Demons blanked Nicholls State 34-0 in Thibodaux. This will be an important SLC battle Saturday in Natchitoches.

HIGH SCHOOL—Livingston over Beaumont Central, Nederland over PNG, Newton over East Chambers, Anahuac over Kountze, Woodville over Warren, Buna over Hardin, Galveston O’Connell over Burkeville, West Hardin over High Island, Colmesneil over Sabine Pass, West Sabine over Mount Enterprise, Beaumont Kelly over Houston Christian, Barbers Hill over Baytown Lee, Dayton over Galena Park, Cleveland over Splendora, Coldspring over Shepherd, Huffman over Tarkington, Lufkin over Atascocita (Sat.), Katy over Houston Strake Jesuit, Brenham over Waller.

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

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