Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK over KIRBYVILLE—If this matchup wasn’t canceled by Hurricane Ike last year, one of these teams wouldn’t have gone into the state playoffs undefeated like they both did. That’s not a problem this season as only the Mustangs are undefeated for this game at Dan Hooks Stadium Friday night and they’ll be that way on Saturday morning, too!

LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BRIDGE CITY—This game is a perfect setup for a huge upset to take place as the undefeated (2-0) Cardinals meet the Bears, who have lost 16 straight games. The Cards should win if they don’t come into this game overconfident, but the Bears will battle them tooth and nail to get that first win for Head Coach Randy Crouch.

ORANGEFIELD over LIBERTY—After splitting two games on the road, Orangefield opens the season in the friendly confines of Bobcat Stadium against a team that can really light up the scoreboard. However, the Bobcats will have to play better than against Buna if they want to win this home opener against the high-scoring Panthers.

VIDOR over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Pirates are on a nice roll, living up to the expectations of the preseason prognosticators who picked them to win District 20-4A. The Hawks are a decent team, but won’t be any match for the potent Pirates.

HEMPHILL over DEWEYVILLE—This should be a contest between two evenly-matched teams with 1-1 records. We’ll give the Hornets the home-field advantage in a game that should be decided by less than a touchdown.

VINTON over SOUTH CAMERON—The Tarpons usually have a very sound football program and will come to town ready to get after it. The Lions generally play well at home and will hopefully be ready for this Thursday night encounter.

APPALACHIAN  STATE over MCNEESE STATE—The Cowboys had to score 15 points in the fourth quarter to barely nip a relatively weak Henderson Sate team 27-24 in Lake Charles Saturday night. Hopefully they were looking ahead to this road trip against a team with more feathers in its cap than even the Cowboys boast.

HIGH SCHOOL—East Chambers over Hamshire-Fannett, Lumberton over Silsbee, PNG over Texas City, Nederland over Waller, Spring Westfield over Beaumont West Brook, Port Arthur Memorial over Houston Nimitz, Anahuac over Texas City Lutheran, Barbers Hill over San Augustine, Buna over Tarkington, Newton over Diboll, Hardin over Shepherd, Evadale over Kountze, New Waverly over West Hardin, Galveston O’Connell over Sabine Pass, High Island over Beaumont Legacy (all Fri.), Beaumont Central over Galveston Ball and Beaumont Kelly over Houston Furr (both  Sat.)

COLLEGE—Georgia Tech over Clemson (Thurs.), Colorado over Toledo (Fri.), North Carolina over Connecticut, West Virginia over East Carolina, Penn State over Syracuse, Virginia Tech over Marshall, Michigan State over Central Michigan, Northwestern over Eastern Michigan, Iowa State over Iowa, Auburn over Mississippi State, Army over Duke, Wisconsin over Fresno State, Stanford over Wake Forest, Georgia over South Carolina, Tennessee over UCLA, BYU over Tulane, Oregon over Purdue, Texas over Wyoming, Navy over Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame over Michigan, Washington over Idaho, UAB over SMU, Pittsburgh over Buffalo, TCU over Virginia, Boston College over Kent State, Texas Tech over Rice, Air Force over Minnesota, Washington State over Hawaii, Indiana over Western Michigan, Missouri over Bowling Green, Kansas over UTEP, Southern Mississippi over Central Florida, Oklahoma State over Houston, Boise State over Miami, O., LSU over Vanderbilt, Tulsa over New Mexico, USC over Ohio State, Utah over San Jose State, Oregon State over UNLV, Nebraska over Arkansas State, Alabama over Florida International, South Florida over Western Kentucky, Florida over Troy, North Texas over Ohio, Memphis over Middle Tennessee State, Kansas State over Louisiana-Lafayette.

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