Games This Week

NEDERLAND over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—It seems like every time we pick the Battlin’ Bears to lose, they pull off a big upset victory. So we’re using reverse psychology and saying the Bulldogs will win this game Friday.

SILSBEE over BRIDGE CITY—The Cards need to pull of a big upset of their own against these Tigers who are picked to be one of the three teams to make the state playoffs next month.

ORANGEFIELD over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Bobcats are coming off a huge District 21-3A win and would love to stay tied at the top of the league standings after this difficult Friday night encounter in front of the hometown fans.

VIDOR over LUMBERTON—The Pirates got back on the winning track last week and need to stay on that road that eventually will lead to the state playoffs. But they had better not overlook the Raiders, who also desperately need a win this Friday night.

DEWEYVILLE over CORRIGAN-CAMDEN—The Pirates are coming off of a very successful pre-district schedule, but starting Friday, the remainder of the games will be for the District 12-2A championship. Friday’s foe has had a tough time so far this season, but they are ready to start district play with a clean slate, so the Pirates need to continue their winning ways.

VINTON over EAST BEAUREGARD—The Lions had a real tough outing last week as Rosepine overwhelmed them 43-12, leaving Vinton winless in three district contests. However, East Beauregard is in the same predicament, having failed to win in their six outings so far this season. But they are looking to end that status, so the Lions must be on their toes at Dry Creek Friday night.

LAMAR over McMURRY—The Cards are coming off a pair of tough Southland Conference losses and will be looking forward to taking a break from SLC play. But if those silly mistakes continue, the Redbirds will make their fans at Provost-Umphrey Stadium unhappy Saturday.

McNEESE STATE over CENTRAL ARKANSAS—The Cowboys have had two weeks to prepare for this important Southland Conference game at Louis Bonnette Field in Lake Charles. Central Arkansas is fresh off a 34-14 victory over Nicholls State and stands at 2-1 in league play. The Pokes have split their two SLC contests.

HIGH SCHOOL—Buna over Hamshire-Fannett, Ozen over Livingston, Beaumont Central over PNG, Beaumont West Brook over Deer Park, Port Arthur Memorial over North Shore, Kountze over Warren, Newton over East Chambers, Kirbyville over Hardin, Anahuac over Woodville, Houston St. Pius over Beaumont Kelly, Beaumont Legacy over Galveston O’Connell, Evadale over Sabine Pass, Jasper over New Orleans Cohen, Hull-Daisetta over Normangee, Lovelady over West Hardin, Lufkin over The Woodlands, Baytown Sterling over Channelview, Brenham over Montgomery, Dayton over Humble, Humble Summer Creek over Kingwood Park, Barbers Hill over New Caney Porter, Huffman over Cleveland, Shepherd over Tarkington, Coldspring over Splendora, La Marque over Sweeny, High Island over Katy Faith West (Sat.).

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

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