Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK (8-2) over COLDSPRING(8-2) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Huffman—This seems to be the traditional match-up in the opening round of the state playoffs each year. And we can’t predict the outcome will be any different than in previous years as long as the Mustangs continue to play sound football on both sides of the line.
BRIDGE CITY (7-3) over CLEVELAND (9-1) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Memorial—The Cardinals will have to play inspired football to pull off this upset over a Cleveland bunch that has suffered only one setback this season.
DAYTON (7-2) over VIDOR (7-3) Saturday 7:30 p.m. at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville—The Broncos usually bring a high-powered team that also is pretty salty on defense to the playoffs and aren’t used to getting ousted in the first round. The Pirates will have to control the clock with their potent running game and play some sound defense to get to the next round.
MCNEESE STATE over TEXAS STATE—The Cowboys are really rolling offensively, popping the Sam Houston defense for 63 points last Saturday. However, the Pokes’ defense allowed 42 points to the Bearkats, which isn’t very good. This game probably won’t be another shootout, but the Cowboys had better make some defensive improvements or they may be out of the playoff picture prematurely.
STATE PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS—Class 5A (Division I)—Beaumont West Brook (7-3) over Deer Park Sat. 1 p.m. at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown. (Division II)—La Porte (6-3) over Port Arthur Memorial (6-4) Sat. 1 p.m. at Pasadena Memorial.
Class 4A (Division I)—Crosby (8-2) over Nederland (5-5) Sat. 2 p.m. at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Conroe; Beaumont Central (7-3) over Goose Creek Memorial (7-3) Fri. 7:30 p.m. at Babe Zaharias Stadium in Beaumont. (Division II)—Port Neches-Groves (10-0) over Barbers Hill (5-5) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown. Class 3A (Division I)—Gilmer (10-0) over Jasper (8-2) Saturday 3 p.m. at Rose Stadium in Tyler; Silsbee (6-4) over Huffman (5-5) Sat. 7 p.m. at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown. Class 2A (Division I)—Kirbyville (8-2) over Corrigan-Camden (8-2) Saturday 7:30 p.m. at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin. (Division II)—Newton (9-1) over Buffalo (7-3) Thursday 7:30 p.m. at Indian Stadium in Groveton; New Waverly (8-2) over Woodville (5-5) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
HIGH SCHOOL (Regular Season)—Buna over Anahuac (Thurs.).
COLLEGE—Buffalo over Ohio (Tues.), Central Michigan over Toledo (Wed.), Bowling Green over Miami, O., Northern Illinois over Ball State and Rutgers over South Florida (all Thurs.), Temple over Akron and Cincinnati over West Virginia (both Fri.), Boston College over Virginia, Northwestern over Illinois, Louisville over Syracuse, Ohio State over Iowa, Wisconsin over Michigan, Penn State over Indiana, Michigan State over Purdue, Wake Forest over Florida State, Clemson over North Carolina State, Georgia Tech over Duke, Kentucky over Vanderbilt, Texas over Baylor, Virginia Tech over Maryland, Western Michigan over Eastern Michigan, Tennessee over Ole Miss, BYU over New Mexico, Nebraska over Kansas, UAB over Memphis, Colorado over Iowa State, UCLA over Washington State, Boise State over Idaho, SMU over UTEP, Pittsburgh over Notre Dame, USC over Stanford, California over Arizona, Oregon over Arizona State, Missouri over Kansas State, Oklahoma over Texas A&M, Utah State over San Jose State, Nevada over Fresno State, Rice over Tulane, Air Force over UNLV, Oregon State over Washington, Florida over South Carolina, Alabama over Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi over Marshall, Miami over North Carolina, Oklahoma State over Texas Tech, TCU over Utah, Georgia over Auburn, Houston over Central Florida, LSU over Louisiana Tech, San Diego State over Wyoming, Hawaii over New Mexico State, Florida Atlantic over Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe over Western Kentucky, Arkansas over Troy, Florida International over North Texas, Middle Tennessee State over Louisiana-Lafayette, East Carolina over Tulsa (Sun.).
PRO PICKS—San Francisco over Chicago (Thurs.), NY Jets over Jacksonville, Denver over Washington, Cincinnati over Pittsburgh, Tennessee over Buffalo, Minnesota over Detroit, New Orleans over St. Louis, Atlanta over Carolina, Miami over Tampa Bay, Oakland over Kansas City, Arizona over Seattle, Philadelphia over San Diego, Dallas over Green Bay, New England over Indianapolis, Baltimore over Cleveland (Monday Night). Bye Week for Houston and NY Giants.