Games This Week October 8-10

WEST ORANGE-STARK over HAMSHIRE-FANNETT—The Mustangs are trying to land on their feet and recover from the trauma caused by the loss of their offensive leader. The Mustangs are always favored to win District 21-3A and still are today by most estimates. But the road will be tougher and the ‘Stangs will become stronger with each game. They’ll win this one, but probably not as easily as in the past.

BRIDGE CITY over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Cards have been eagerly awaiting the start of district play and should be raring to get off to a flying start. But they must understand all six teams have that same optimism of making the state playoffs and are just as ready. The Big Red must just keep on doing what they’ve been doing and they’ll be all right.

—This is the way most of the Figurin’ Filberts have this game coming out, but the Bobcats certainly aren’t buying into that theory. An upset victory over the defending champion Tigers is just what the ‘Cats need to jump- start their district schedule. And it very well could happen.

LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BEAUMONT CENTRAL—This game will serve as an early showdown with both teams sporting unblemished 2-0 worksheets in District 20-4A warfare. However, the Bears boast a 5-0 overall ledger while the Jags stand at 3-2. This all means absolutely nothing as both teams grapple to come out of Bear stadium with 3-0 district marks. The Bears have been finding ways to win and come up with another Friday night.

VIDOR over BEAUMONT OZEN—The Panthers are desperate to get that first District 20-4A victory and would like nothing better than to do it on the road. The Pirates faced another desperate team last week in Lumberton and came out on the short end of the scoreboard. They must not let that happen again.

SAN AUGUSTINE over DEWEYVILLE—This District 10-2A opener begins a grueling series of road trips for the Pirates to places virtually unknown from previous seasons. Hopefully that won’t be a problem, but it certainly could be difficult for them.

—This is the time of the season when the going gets tough as the Lions hit the road for this loop opener.

—If the Cowboys have any hope of winning the Southland Conference championship this fall, the Lumberjacks are probably the team favored to win it. The Pokes will have to play better than they did in last week’s 24-7 win over Northwestern State where the combined personal foul penalties were in double figures.

LAMAR over LANGSTON—The Cards should be able to hang tough with a team like this rather than most of the members of the Southland Conference. But it still takes playing a good game to notch a victory against any collegiate opponent.

—PNG over Lumberton, Nederland over Livingston, Beaumont West Brook over Baytown Sterling, Port Arthur Memorial over North Shore, Kirbyville over Huntington, Jasper over Center, Newton over Woodville, East Chambers over Hardin, Anahuac over Buna, Kountze over Warren, Colmesneil over West Sabine, West Hardin over Lovelady, Evadale over Burkeville, Hull-Daisetta over High Island, Beaumont Kelly over Houston St. Pius, Beaumont Legacy Christian over Huntsville Alpha Omega, Barbers Hill over North Forest, Dayton over Baytown Lee, Crosby over C.E King.

—Nebraska over Kansas State (Thurs.), Connecticut over Rutgers and Oklahoma State over Louisiana-Lafayette (both Fri.), Sam Houston State over Nicholls State, Texas State over Southeastern Louisiana, Central Arkansas over Northwestern State, Texas Tech over Baylor, Arkansas over Texas A&M, Wisconsin over Minnesota, Syracuse over South Florida, Illinois over Penn State, Ohio State over Indiana, Michigan State over Michigan, Louisville over Memphis, Cincinnati over Miami, O., Boston College over North Carolina State, Clemson over North Carolina, Georgia Tech over Virginia, Temple over Northern Illinois, Wake Forest over Navy, West Virginia over UNLV, Western Michigan over Ball State, Georgia over Tennessee, Vanderbilt over Eastern Michigan, Utah over Iowa State, Missouri over Colorado, Virginia Tech over Central Michigan, Bowling Green over Ohio, Southern Mississippi over East Carolina, Air Force over Colorado State, Kent State over Akron, Alabama over South Carolina, Florida over LSU, TCU over Wyoming, Washington over Arizona State, UCLA over California, Notre Dame over Pittsburgh, Army over Tulane, Miami over Florida State, Utah State over Louisiana Tech, Nevada over San Jose State, BYU over San Diego State, Oregon over Washington State, Arizona over Oregon State, Auburn over Kentucky, Northwestern over Purdue, Mississippi State over Houston, New Mexico over New Mexico State, Stanford over USC, Boise State over Toledo, SMU over Tulsa, UTEP over Rice, Fresno State over Hawaii, Arkansas State over North Texas, Florida International over Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic over Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama State over Grambling, Prairie View over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jackson State over Alabama A&M, Southern over Mississippi Valley State.

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