Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over PORT NECHES-GROVES—The Mustangs’ vaunted Chain-Gang defense pitched a zero in their season’s lid-lifter against another District 20-4A member last week. The Indians have plenty of returning players from last year’s successful team, but so does the ‘Stangs. Despite the fact the game will be at the Indians’ Reservation, the Mustangs historically always find a way to beat PNG.
SILSBEE over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—The Battlin’ Bears must find some offensive punch if they expect to compete against some of the area’s more successful high school football teams. Besides, the Tigers are riled up about losing a heart-breaking one-point decision to PNG last week and will make the Bears pay.
VIDOR over BRIDGE CITY—The Cards had a very difficult time against a powerful Class 2A team last week at Newton and things should be twice as tough hosting another team picked to reach the state playoffs, this time in Class 4A. The Pirates already look in mid-season form and will be difficult to contend with.
JASPER over ORANGEFIELD—This will be another road game against a team expected to reach the state playoffs in a couple of months. However, playing these tough teams before the district schedule begins will be very beneficial to the Bobcats a few weeks from now. And there’s no guarantee the Bulldogs aren’t susceptible to Ol’ Man Upset.
DEWEYVILLE over EVADALE—The Pirates are coming off a big win against a team they should have won big against. But these Rebels will present a much more formidable opponent who lost last week and is bound and determined to even their record at the expense of the Pirates.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over HOUSTON EMERY WEINER—Don’t know much about the Lions’ opponent on Saturday night in Houston, but they should come through in a high-scoring game.
LAMAR over PRAIRIE VIEW A&M—The Cards didn’t do zilch in their first contest against a Division I team since bringing football back last year. But their offense that was stymied by the Ragin’ Cajuns should break loose this week in the Big Red’s home opener.
MCNEESE STATE over MCMURRY—The Cowboys surprised many last week with their 27-21 victory over Division I Middle Tennessee State. The roll should continue big-time Saturday in their home opener at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles.
HIGH SCHOOL—Kirbyville over Buna, Anahuac over Hamshire-Fannett, Splendora over Hardin-Jefferson, Beaumont West Brook over Beaumont Central, Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont Ozen, Barbers Hill over Lumberton, Nederland over Goose Creek Memorial, Beaumont Legacy over The Village, Tarkington over Hardin, Kountze over Hull-Daisetta, Newton over Liberty, Shepherd over Woodville, West Hardin over Sabine Pass, High Island over Alvin Christian, Humble over Channelview, La Porte over South Houston, Pearland over Kempner, Crosby over Willis, Dayton over Livingston, Cleveland over Madisonville, Coldspring over Navasota, Huffman over Houston Worthing, La Marque over Texas City.
COLLEGE—Cincinnati over Pittsburgh (Thurs,) Utah over Utah State (Fri.), Central Arkansas over Murray State, Nicholls State over South Alabama, Northwestern State over Arkansas-Monticello, Sam Houston State over Incarnate Word, South Dakota State over Southeastern Louisiana, SMU over Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech over Texas State, UT-San Antonio over Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas over New Mexico, Florida over Texas A&M, Miami over Kansas State, Kansas over Rice, Oklahoma over Florida A&M, Oklahoma State over Arizona, Florida International over Akron, Alabama over Western Kentucky, Illinois over Arizona State, Arkansas over Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis over Arkansas State, San Diego State over Army, Auburn over Mississippi State, Clemson over Ball State, Boston College over Maine, Bowling Green over Idaho, Brigham Young over Weber State, Buffalo over Morgan State, California over Southern Utah, Ohio State over Central Florida, Michigan State over Central Michigan, Colorado over Sacramento State, Colorado State over North Dakota State, North Carolina State over Connecticut, Stanford over Duke, South Carolina over East Carolina, Eastern Michigan over Illinois State, Middle Tennessee over Florida Atlantic, Florida State over Savannah State, Oregon over Fresno State, Georgia over Missouri, Georgia Tech over Presbyterian, Louisiana Tech over Houston, Indiana over Massachusetts, Iowa over Iowa State, Kentucky over Kent State, Troy over Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU over Washington, Louisville over Missouri State, Marshall over Western Carolina, Maryland over Temple, Miami, O. over Southern Illinois, Minnesota over New Hampshire, Ole Miss over UTEP, Ohio over New Mexico State, Wisconsin over Oregon State, Virginia over Penn State, Notre Dame over Purdue, Rutgers over Howard, Nebraska over UCLA, Nevada over South Florida, North Carolina over Wake Forest, North Texas over Texas Southern, Northern Illinois over Tennessee-Martin, Northwestern over Vanderbilt, San Jose State over UC-Davis, USC over Syracuse, Tennessee over Georgia State, Wyoming over Toledo, Tulsa over Tulane, UNLV over Northern Arizona, Virginia Tech over Austin Peay, Washington State over Eastern Washington, Western Michigan over Eastern Illinois.
PRO PICKS—New York Giants over Dallas (Wed.), Houston over Miami, Chicago over Indianapolis, Philadelphia over Cleveland, Detroit over St. Louis, Atlanta over Kansas City, Minnesota over Jacksonville, New Orleans over Washington, NY Jets over Buffalo, New England over Tennessee, Seattle over Arizona, Green Bay over San Francisco, Carolina over Tampa Bay, Denver over Pittsburgh, Baltimore over Cincinnati and San Diego over Oakland (both Monday Night).