Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over JASPER—When two undefeated 3-0 teams lock horns, two things usually happen—one remains undefeated while the other’s dreams of an perfect season goes out the window. The Bulldogs have had more success than most teams visiting Orange County, but the Chain Gang Defense will see that it doesn’t happen this time.
COLDSPRING over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—The Bears have had two weeks to prepare for this tough opponent, but that probably isn’t enough for a team that just knocked off La Marque, the Houston area’s No. 1 Class 3A team, 27-21 in overtime. The Bears will have to wait at least another week for their first victory of the season.
ORANGEFIELD over BEAUMONT KELLY—The Bobcats have suffered three straight drubbings and it’s time the shoe goes on the other foot. But the visiting Bulldogs are thinking the same way, so the ‘Cats had better play one of their best games.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over KATY FAITH WEST—The Lions are on a roll and hope the good football continues so they can boast about an unblemished 4-0 record after this Friday night contest before the home crowd.
VINTON over PICKERING—This game is not only the start of district play but it also is the Lion’s Homecoming for all the exes. Vinton posted a 2-1 worksheet going into district competition, with last Thursday night’s 14-7 setback at Oberlin in the rain the only blemish on the Lions’ 2012 record.
LAMAR over LANGSTON—The Cardinals got behind 28-0 in the first half and just couldn’t rally against the tough Rainbow Warriors in Honolulu last week who stomped the Redbirds 54-2. But the Cards should fare much better at home Saturday night and even their record at 2-2.
McNEESE STATE over SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA—The Pokes jump into Southland Conference play with a nice national ranking for their 3-0 record against some pretty fair competition including an impressive 35-21 victory at Weber State Saturday. But they begin SLC competition on the road at Hammond against a 0-3 bunch of hungry Lions.
HIGH SCHOOL—Hamshire-Fannett over Liberty, Silsbee over Livingston, East Chambers over Hardin-Jefferson, Buna over Hemphill, Port Arthur Memorial over Houston Bellaire, Beaumont West Brook over Houston Chavez, Hardin over West Hardin, Hull-Daisetta over Lovelady, Warren over Sabine Pass, West Sabine over Terrell, High Island over Baytown Christian, Brenham over Waller, Crosby over Dayton, Barbers Hill over C.E. King, Huffman over Houston St. Thomas, Humble Summer Creek over New Caney, Angleton over Alief Taylor, Shepherd over Diboll, Splendora over Stafford. Lufkin over Longview, La Marque over Lamar Consolidated and Colmesneil over Evadale (both Sat.).
COLLEGE—Buffalo over Kent State (Wed.); Boise State over BYU, Alabama State over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Thurs.); Baylor over Louisiana-Monroe (Fri.); Central Arkansas over Sam Houston State, Texas State over Stephen F. Austin, Northwestern State over Mississippi Valley State, Nicholls State over Evangel, UT-San Antonio over Northwestern Oklahoma, TCU over Virginia, Texas A&M over South Carolina State, Oklahoma over Kansas State, Northern Illinois over Kansas, Marshall over Rice, Wisconsin over UTEP, Troy over North Texas, Air Force over UNLV, Tennessee over Akron, Alabama over Florida Atlantic, Alabama A&M over Texas Southern, Alabama State over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas State over Alcorn State, Oregon over Arizona, Arizona State over Utah, Arkansas over Rutgers, Wake Forest over Army, LSU over Auburn, South Florida over Ball State, Virginia Tech over Bowling Green, USC over California, Iowa over Central Michigan, Clemson over Florida State, Washington State over Colorado, Utah State over Colorado State, Connecticut over Western Michigan, Duke over Memphis, North Carolina over East Carolina, Michigan State over Eastern Michigan, Florida over Kentucky, Louisville over Florida International, Tulsa over Fresno State, Georgia over Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech over Miami, Nevada over Hawaii, Wyoming over Idaho, Illinois over Illinois, Jackson State over Southern, West Virginia over Maryland, Miami, O. over Massachusetts, Notre Dame over Michigan, Minnesota over Syracuse, Ole Miss over Tulane, Mississippi State over South Alabama, South Carolina over Missouri, Navy over VMI, Nebraska over Idaho State, New Mexico State over New Mexico, North Carolina State over The Citadel, Northwestern over South Dakota, Ohio over Norfolk State, Ohio State over UAB, UCLA over Oregon State, Penn State over Temple, Pittsburgh over Gardner-Webb, San Diego State over San Jose State, Western Kentucky over Southern Miss, Toledo over Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State over Chattanooga, Youngstown State over Northern Iowa, North Dakota over Sacramento State.
PRO PICKS—New York Giants over Carolina (Thurs.); Houston over Denver, Dallas over Tampa Bay, Chicago over St. Louis, San Francisco over Minnesota, Detroit over Tennessee, New Orleans over Kansas City, Washington over Cincinnati, NY Jets over Miami, Buffalo over Cleveland, Indianapolis over Jacksonville, Philadelphia over Arizona, San Diego over Atlanta, Pittsburgh over Oakland, Baltimore over New England; Seattle over Green Bay (Monday Night Upset Special).