Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over KENNEDALE (at Nacogdoches)—The Mustangs were hunting high and low for quality competition and came up with this team that is Class 4A and was a Division I semifinalist last year. The Mustangs are ranked No. 1 in 4A and will still be that way after the Kennedale game.
HOUSTON ST. PIUS over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—The Battlin’ Bears used last week’s bye to heal up and sharpen up their game which has been improving each week. But they will be facing one of the best parochial schools in the Houston area which is undefeated after five games. LC-M may be biting off more than it can chew in this match-up.
ORANGEFIELD over DIBOLL—The Bobcats will be facing a school the same size as they are which won its first game of the season last week against a quality team from Cleveland. The Bobcats snapped their three-game losing streak with a big homecoming victory over Beaumont Kelly. Diboll will be a much stiffer test, so the Bobcats had better not read their press clippings about their last win very long.
VIDOR over LUMBERTON—Last week the Pirates proved they were the “real deal” with their gutsy victory over Nederland, a team they hadn’t defeated in 35 years. The Pirates can’t lose their great focus against the Raiders this week and must keep on truckin’ towards the November playoffs.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over CLEAR LAKE CHRISTIAN—The Lions came up with an impressive 19-14 victory over Chester last week and need to keep that momentum rolling again Friday night.
LAMAR over SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA—If the Cardinals expect to post their first victory of the season Saturday night in Beaumont, they will have to eliminate mistakes and play harder than they have been playing so far. The Lions will not be a pushover, so the Big Red needs a great performance to get that first win.
McNEESE STATE over NICHOLLS STATE—The Colonels came within a whisker of beating the Georgia Bulldogs in their first game of the season and would love to take down the Cowboys in Lake Charles Saturday night. The Colonels have always given the Pokes all they could handle and this Southland Conference game should be no different.
HIGH SCHOOL—Hamshire-Fannett over Beaumont Kelly, Jasper over Hardin-Jefferson, Port Arthur Memorial over Nederland, Port Neches-Groves over Baytown Lee, Beaumont Central over Beaumont Ozen, Beaumont West Brook over The Woodlands College Park, Woodville over Kirbyville, Kountze over Trinity, Coldspring over Warren, High Island over Richland Springs, Beaumont Legacy Christian over First Baptist Pasadena.
COLLEGE—Houston over Connecticut, Texas Tech over Kansas (Both Thurs.); Stanford over Washington, BYU over Toledo (Both Fri.); Central Arkansas over Abilene Christian, Western Kentucky over Houston Baptist, Texas State over Incarnate Word, Sam Houston State over Stephen F. Austin, Alabama over Kentucky, Ohio State over Rutgers, Louisville over Clemson, Michigan over Wisconsin, Michigan State over Indiana, Texas A&M over South Carolina, Tennessee over Georgia, Florida State over North Carolina, Miami over Georgia Tech, Baylor over Iowa State, Nebraska over Illinois, Oklahoma State over Texas, San Diego State over South Alabama, Ole Miss over Memphis, Utah over California, TCU over Oklahoma, Navy over Air Force, Kent State over Akron, Texas Southern over Alabama A&M, Alabama State over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas over Alcorn State, Appalachian State over Georgia State, UCLA over Arizona, USC over Arizona State, Auburn over Louisiana-Monroe, Northern Illinois over Ball State, Boise State over Utah State, Boston College over Buffalo, Bowling Green over Eastern Michigan, Central Florida over East Carolina, Central Michigan over Eastern Michigan, Old Dominion over Charlotte, Cincinnati over South Florida, Colorado over Oregon State, Colorado State over Wyoming, Duke over Virginia, Florida over Vanderbilt, Florida International over Florida Atlantic, Fresno State over UNLV, Grambling State over Prairie View A&M, Nevada over Hawaii, Idaho over Troy, Northwestern over Iowa, Jackson State over Mississippi Valley State, West Virginia over Kansas State, New Mexico State over Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech over UTEP, LSU over Missouri, Pittsburgh over Marshall, Purdue over Maryland, Massachusetts over Tulane, Ohio over Miami, O., North Texas over Middle Tennessee, Penn State over Minnesota, New Mexico over San Jose State, Wake Forest over North Carolina State, Notre Dame over Syracuse, Oregon over Washington State, Southern Mississippi over Rice, Temple over SMU.
PRO PICKS—Cincinnati over Miami (Thursday Night); Houston over Tennessee, Indianapolis over Jacksonville, Carolina over Atlanta, Seattle over NY Jets, Chicago over Detroit, New England over Buffalo, Washington over Cleveland, Baltimore over Oakland, Denver over Tampa Bay, Arizona over LA Rams, San Diego over New Orleans, Dallas over San Francisco, Pittsburgh over Kansas City; Minnesota over NY Giants (Monday Night).