Big Games: Kaz’s Fearless Football Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over HARDIN-JEFFERSON—The Mustangs have regained their status as the District 21-3A champions after a one-year hiatus but still have this final game remaining on their regular schedule before the playoffs. This is a game where the Mustangs shouldn’t show their first-round playoff opponent much, but still must keep their game sharp for those upcoming state playoffs.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over NEDERLAND—Although the Battlin’ Bears are pretty sure of a playoff berth, the Bulldogs are on the bubble and desperately need a victory Friday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. This game could be another scoring contest, with both teams very capable of lighting up the scoreboard.
BRIDGE CITY over ORANGEFIELD—The Cardinals showed they had trouble stopping the run against West Orange-Stark, so the ground-oriented Bobcats should give them just as much trouble. If the Cards win they are in the playoffs while Orangefield must win by at least five points to get into the post-season.
VIDOR over LIVINGSTON—The Pirates will be playing mostly for pride and the opportunity to eliminate the Lions from any possible playoff berth.
DEQUINCY over VINTON—It’s been a long, hard season for the Lions and hopefully they will give an effort that will be something on which to build for next year.
GEORGIA STATE over LAMAR—Georgia State was barely nipped by South Alabama last weekend and South Alabama put a pretty good-sized knot on the Cardinals’ head a couple weeks ago. The Redbirds need to have two good halves of football to be competitive against these opponents outside of the Southland Conference.
MCNEESE STATE over SAM HOUSTON STATE—The Cowboys still have an outside shot at winning the Southland Conference championship so they must keep winning and hope things fall in the right place for them.
HIGH SCHOOL—Silsbee over Hamshire-Fannett, Beaumont Central over Port Neches-Groves, Lumberton over Beaumont Ozen, Beaumont West Brook over La Porte, North Shore over Channelview, Kirbyville over Center, Jasper over Diboll, Anahuac over Hardin, Buna over Woodville, Newton over Kountze, East Chambers over Warren, Hull-Daisetta over West Sabine, Crosby over Barbers Hill, Goose Creek Memorial over Baytown Lee, Dayton over C.E. King, Beaumont Kelly over Houston Christian, Burkeville over Sabine Pass, Evadale over High Island, Cleveland over Tarkington, Coldspring over Liberty, Shepherd over Splendora, Port Arthur Memorial over Baytown Sterling and The Woodlands Christian over Beaumont Legacy Christian (both Sat.).
COLLEGE— South Florida over Rutgers (Wed.), Ohio over Buffalo and Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech (both Thurs.), Western Michigan over Central Michigan and Houston over Central Florida (both Fri.), Stephen F. Austin over Nicholls State, Texas State over Central Arkansas, Northwestern State over Southeastern Louisiana, Oklahoma State over Baylor, Texas over Kansas State, Oklahoma over Texas A&M, Missouri over Texas Tech, Nebraska over Iowa State, Colorado over Kansas, Air Force over Army, Miami over Maryland, North Carolina State over Clemson, Virginia over Duke, Syracuse over Louisville, Iowa over Indiana, Michigan over Illinois, Boston College over Wake Forest, Penn State over Northwestern, Wisconsin over Purdue, Michigan State over Minnesota, Florida State over North Carolina, South Carolina over Arkansas, Florida over Vanderbilt, Ball State over Akron, BYU over UNLV, Tulsa over Rice, Boise State over Hawaii, Temple over Kent State, Utah State over New Mexico State, East Carolina over Navy, Oregon over Washington, Southern Mississippi over Tulane, Stanford over Arizona, TCU over Utah, Fresno State over Louisiana Tech, UAB over Marshall, Nevada over Idaho, California over Washington State, Wyoming over New Mexico, Oregon State over UCLA, Alabama over LSU, Tennessee over Memphis, SMU over UTEP, San Diego State over Colorado State, USC over Arizona State, Ole Miss over Louisiana-Lafayette, Western Kentucky over Florida Atlantic, Florida International over Louisiana-Monroe, Troy over North Texas, Alabama A&M over Alcorn State, Jackson State over Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff over Mississippi Valley State, Georgia over Idaho State, Grambling over Concordia, Kentucky over Charleston Southern.
PRO PICKS—Chicago over Buffalo, Houston over San Diego, New Orleans over Carolina, Minnesota over Arizona, Atlanta over Tampa Bay, NY Jets over Detroit, Baltimore over Miami, New England over Cleveland, NY Giants over Seattle, Oakland over Kansas City, Indianapolis over Philadelphia, Green Bay over Dallas, Pittsburgh over Cincinnati (Monday Night). Bye Week for Denver, Jacksonville, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tennessee and Washington.