Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
WEST ORANGE-STARK over NEDERLAND — The Mustangs should be a three touchdown underdog in this season opener, but it seems like every time they travel to Bulldog Stadium they manage to pull out an upset victory. Let’s see if history is on their side once again.
LIBERTY over BRIDGE CITY — We know Head Coach Cris Stump is chomping at the bit to get that first win as the Cardinal head man after suffering through an 0-10 season last year. That maiden victory is not far away, but it just might not happen Friday night against a scrappy Panther team.
EAST CHAMBERS over ORANGEFIELD — Despite the fact the Bobcats should be much improved over last season and are playing a team from the Class 2A ranks, the Buccaneers are one of the better small schools around Southeast Texas. Hopefully the home field advantage will be beneficial in the ‘Cats’ pursuit of an opening-season victory.
VIDOR over BEAUMONT KELLY — The Pirates staged a great comeback to tie West Orange-Stark 14-14 in their final scrimmage Friday night. If that adrenaline is still flowing the Pirates should take down the feisty Bulldogs Friday night.
DEWEYVILLE over SABINE PASS — If the Pirates go into this season lid-lifter with the wrong attitude, it could be a long night for them. But if everything goes right, the Pirates should be 1-0 when the night ends.
NORTH CAROLINA over MCNEESE STATE — This game is what we refer to a McNeese’s “sacrificial lamb” contest where the Cowboys sacrifice the welfare of the players for a big Division I payday. This could be the only game the Cowboys lose all season and they might surprise the big boys by giving them all the competition the Tar Heels can stand.
HIGH SCHOOL — Beaumont West Brook over Beaumont Ozen, Port Neches-Groves over Barbers Hill, Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont Central.
COLLEGE: UTEP over Buffalo, Vanderbilt over Miami, O., South Carolina over North Carolina State, Wake Forest over Baylor, Oregon State over Stanford, Troy over Middle Tennessee State (All Thursday), Army over Temple, Rice over SMU (both Friday), Michigan over Utah, Syracuse over Northwestern, Ole Miss over Memphis, Wyoming over Ohio, Wisconsin over Akron, Nebraska over Western Michigan, Oregon over Washington, Tulsa over UAB, TCU over New Mexico, Mississippi State over Louisiana Tech, Boston College over Kent State, Washington State over Oklahoma State, Minnesota over Northern Illinois, Pittsburgh over Bowling Green, Florida over Hawaii, Virginia Tech over East Carolina, Missouri over Illinois, Michigan State over California, USC over Virginia, Clemson over Alabama, Arizona over Idaho, UNLV over Utah State, Indiana over Western Kentucky, Auburn over Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Mississippi over Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas over Florida Atlantic, Kansas over Florida International, Texas A&M over Arkansas State, Kansas State over North Texas (All Saturday), Louisville over Kentucky, Colorado over Colorado State (Both Sunday), Rutgers over Fresno State, Tennessee over UCLA (Both Monday).