Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over SILSBEE—The Mustangs looked a little shoddy in spots Friday night in their 33-7 victory over Royal Brookshire, but that’s to be expected with such a long layoff. This could be their toughest District 21-3A encounter, so if the ‘Stangs wish to keep their district winning streak alive, they will have to play better than last Friday night.
BRIDGE CITY over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Cards have had a very difficult time off the field in the last few weeks, but seem to be coming along okay on the gridiron. And they would like nothing better than to present Head Coach Cris Stump with his first District 21-3A victory of his coaching career. Let’s hope it happens!!!
NEDERLAND over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—The Bears have had a very difficult time getting untracked this season and doing it against a team like the Bulldogs will be a huge mountain to climb. Hopefully the Bears will do better than in the first two District 20-4A encounters.
HAMSHIRE-FANNETT over ORANGEFIELD—This would be a great time for the Bobcats to pull off an upset victory on the road. And it could very well happen, with the Longhorns holding a slight home-field advantage.
VIDOR over BEAUMONT OZEN—This could very well be the year the Pirates have been waiting for—returning to the state playoffs for the first time since 2000. However, the Panthers won’t be any pushovers, because they have an eye on a playoff berth, too. This should be a whale of a football game.
KOUNTZE over DEWEYVILLE—The Pirates are still licking their wounds from the blanking they received last week from East Chambers. Things don’t get much better this week for them either.
LAKE ARTHUR over VINTON—The Lions would like nothing better than to nab a big road win this week. But they will have to cut down on the mistakes and play sound football to do it.
MCNEESE STATE over TEXAS STATE—This will be a true test for the Cowboys to successfully defend their Southland Conference title against a really good team to start league play. The Cowboys had all they could handle last week at South Dakota State, winning 46-44 in overtime. Things won’t be any easier this week at Cowboy Stadium.
HIGH SCHOOL—Beaumont West Brook over Channelview, North Shore over Port Arthur Memorial, Beaumont Central over Lumberton, Port Neches-Groves over Livingston, Jasper over Diboll, Kirbyville over Shelbyville, Newton over Woodville, Buna over Warren, East Chambers over Hardin, Evadale over Burkeville, Hull-Daisetta over Chester, Colmesneil over Sabine Pass, West Hardin over High Island, Hemphill over San Augustine.
COLLEGE—Central Arkansas over Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana over Stephen F. Austin, Nicholls State over Northwestern State, Troy over Florida Atlantic (Tues.), Clemson over Wake Forest, Houston over UAB (both Thurs.), Louisville over Memphis (Fri.), Virginia over East Carolina, West Virginia over Syracuse, Iowa over Indiana, Illinois over Minnesota, Michigan State over Northwestern, Texas over Oklahoma, Army over Eastern Michigan, Iowa State over Baylor, Kentucky over South Carolina, Buffalo over Western Michigan, Vanderbilt over Mississippi State, Utah over Wyoming, Kansas State over Texas A&M, Central Michigan over Temple, Ohio State over Purdue, TCU over Colorado State, Missouri over Oklahoma State, Georgia over Tennessee, USC over Arizona State, Oregon over UCLA, Michigan over Toledo, Notre Dame over North Carolina, Auburn over Arkansas, Nevada over New Mexico State, Miami, O. over Northern Illinois, BYU over New Mexico, Oregon State over Washington State, Arizona over Stanford, Bowling Green over Akron, Kent State over Ohio, Rutgers over Cincinnati, Texas Tech over Nebraska, Kansas over Colorado, Penn State over Wisconsin, Miami over Central Florida, LSU over Florida, San Jose State over Utah State, Tulsa over SMU, Boise State over Southern Miss, UTEP over Tulane, Air Force over San Diego State, Fresno State over Idaho, Hawaii over Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky over Ball State, Arkansas State over Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee State over Florida International, Louisiana-Lafayette over North Texas, Georgia Tech over Gardner-Webb, Grambling over Alabama A&M.
PRO PICKS—New Orleans over Oakland, Baltimore over Indianapolis, NY Jets over Cincinnati, Tampa Bay over Carolina, Minnesota over Detroit, Atlanta over Chicago, Miami over Houston, Washington over St. Louis, Denver over Jacksonville, San Francisco over Philadelphia, Dallas over Arizona, Green Bay over Seattle, New England over San Diego, NY Giants over Cleveland (Monday Night). Byes– Buffalo, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.