Games This Week

WEST ORANGE-STARK (7-2) over LIBERTY (5-5) Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Provost-Umphrey Stadium on Lamar University campus in Beaumont—The Mustangs are determined to get past the first round of the state playoffs, unlike last year when they were bounced out by Coldspring in this opening round. The Panthers need to bring their “A” game to be able to compete with the Mighty Mustangs.

COLDSPRING (9-1) over BRIDGE CITY (7-3) Friday 7:30 p.m. at Falcon Stadium in Huffman—The Cardinals are in the same exact situation that faced the Mustangs at this time last year—same time, same place, same opponent. Coldspring is a very polished and well-coached team. The Cards will have to play better than they did Friday night against Orangefield.

LAMAR over SOUTH DAKOTA—The Cards let one slip through their fingers Saturday in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome and lost 23-17 to Georgia State, after leading 17-13 on a 54-yard interception return by Ryan Clark. The Cards are playing better and will try to win one Saturday for the home town fans against South Dakota.

MCNEESE STATE over TEXAS STATE—The Cowboys remain in a three-way tie for first place in the Southland Conference with Stephen F. Austin and Northwestern State, who all won last week. The Pokes will be playing their final home game against Texas State Saturday in hopes of winning the SLC.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS—Huffman (8-2) over Silsbee (6-4), Kirbyville (10-0) over Brownsboro (6-4) both Thursday; Beaumont Central (7-3) over Galena Park (7-3), Nederland (5-5) over Crosby (4-6), Port Neches-Groves (6-4) over Barbers Hill (7-3), Anahuac (8-2) over Jefferson (6-4), Newton (7-3) over White Oak (5-5), Bryan Brazos Christian (5-5) over Beaumont Legacy Christian (5-5) all Friday; Beaumont West Brook (7-3) over Pasadena Dobie (8-2), Port Arthur Memorial (7-3) over Pasadena Memorial (6-4), Normangee (7-3) over Hull-Daisetta )5-5), Burkeville (5-3) over Bartlett (3-7) and Milano (7-3) over High Island (4-5) all Saturday.

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

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