Kaz’s fearless forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over HARDIN-JEFFERSON: This is a game between two teams unbeaten in three District 21-3A games this season, but that’s about where the equality ends. The Mustangs are undefeated over the long haul of both this season and in all 27 district games. We envision the win total to jump to 28 straight.
ORANGEFIELD over BRIDGE CITY: This game is just the opposite of the game above with both teams being winless in District 21-3A play. However this is a huge rivalry with the winning team receiving the prestigious Buzzy Gunn Trophy. The Bobcats have the home field advantage, which may be the only edge in this very even match-up.
LUMBERTON over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE: This used to be the game the Bears had a good chance of winning, but not any more. The Raiders have become a force to be reckoned with in District 20-4A and currently are in a three-way tie for first place. It looks as if the Bears will remain winless for another week.
VIDOR over NEDERLAND: This game will be like the Super Bowl for these two teams because the loser will most likely be erased from the playoff picture. The Pirates are quietly having a superb season at 5-2, but with the three top teams in District 20-4A all sitting at 4-1, Vidor is in a “must win” situation against a very formidable foe.
MCNEESE STATE over SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA: It will be simply a matter of too little, too late for our Cowboys, whose two three-point losses in Southland Conference games eliminates them from any postseason playoff hope. The Pokes’ defense needs to improve because they have allowed twice as many points as usual.
HIGH SCHOOL: Silsbee over Hamshire-Fannett, Beaumont Central over Livingston, Port Neches-Groves over Beaumont Ozen, Port Arthur Memorial over Channelview, Carthage over Diboll, Center over Huntington, Jasper over Rusk, Woodville over Hemphill, Newton over Shelbyville, Kirbyville over San Augustine, Buna over Hardin, East Chambers over Kountze, Anahuac over Warren, Burkeville over Colmesneil, High Island over Chester, Hull-Daisetta over Sabine Pass, West Hardin over Evadale, Beaumont West Brook over Baytown Sterling.
COLLEGE: Buffalo over Ohio, Houston over Marshall (both Tues.), South Florid over Cincinnati (Thurs.), Sam Houston State over Stephen F. Austin, Texas State over Northwestern State, Nicholls State over Central Arkansas, Texas over Texas Tech, Texas A&M over Colorado, Missouri over Baylor, Oklahoma over Nebraska, Kansas over Kansas State, Oklahoma State over Iowa State, Bowling Green over Kent State, Indiana over Central Michigan, Air Force over Army, Louisville over Syracuse, Virginia over Miami, West Virginia over Connecticut, Illinois over Iowa, Northwestern over Minnesota, Wake Forest over Duke, Ole Miss over Auburn, San Diego State over Wyoming, Western Michigan over Eastern Michigan, Arkansas over Tulsa, Notre Dame over Pittsburgh, Fresno State over Louisiana Tech, Hawaii over Utah State, South Carolina over Tennessee, Florida over Georgia, USC over Washington, California over Oregon, Navy over Temple, Purdue over Michigan, Michigan State over Wisconsin, Clemson over Boston College, San Jose State over Idaho, BYU over Colorado State, Stanford over Washington State, Boise State over New Mexico State, Mississippi State over Kentucky, Florida State over Georgia Tech, LSU over Tulane, TCU over UNLV, Southern Mississippi over UAB, Rice over UTEP, Utah over New Mexico, Arizona State over Oregon State, Western Kentucky over North Texas, Alabama over Arkansas State, Louisiana Lafayette over Florida International, Troy over Louisiana-Monroe, Grambling over Mississippi Valley State, East Carolina over Central Florida (Sun.).
PRO PICKS: Minnesota over Houston, Jacksonville over Cincinnati, Tampa Bay over Kansas City, Baltimore over Cleveland, Buffalo over NY Jets, Arizona over St. Louis, Chicago over Detroit, Tennessee over Green Bay, Denver over Miami, Atlanta over Oakland, NY Giants over Dallas, Philadelphia over Seattle, New England over Indianapolis, Pittsburgh over Washington (Monday Night). Bye Week for Carolina, New Orleans, San Diego and San Francisco.