WEST ORANGE-STARK over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—Last year’s cross-town rivalry was a great defensive battle with the Mustangs’ renowned Chain Gang Defense winning out by not allowing the Bears into the end zone. Friday night’s encounter promises to be just as exciting with the Battlin’ Bears having the home- field advantage. However, they will need much more offense to pull off the upset.

NEWTON over BRIDGE CITY—This game should be a tremendous test for both teams that are picked to be playoff bound this season. In fact, the No. 1-ranked Eagles have been tabbed by many preseason prognosticators to be the Class 2A state champion. This could be one of the sternest tests the Redbirds face this fall and an opening-game victory will really set the stage for a great Bridge City season.

ORANGEFIELD over EAST CHAMBERS—The Buccaneers are another Class 2A team that is expected to have a big season, so the Bobcats had better not think this will be just a walk in the park. In fact, if Orangefield comes out of this game victorious, it should be categorized as an upset.

VIDOR over SANTA FE—The Pirates looked in mid-season form during their scrimmages against Orangefield and West Orange-Stark and should be ready to rumble when the bell rings Friday night at Santa Fe.

DEWEYVILLE over SABINE PASS—The Pirates had a very successful season last year finishing 8-3 and are returning seven offensive starters and six on defense, so they should be ready to launch another winning season on Saturday.

ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over PROVISION ACADEMY—The Lions made it all the way to the state semifinals last season and will need to get some youngsters ready to play varsity football in a hurry Saturday night at Alvin because they lost two-thirds of their starters from last season’s 10-3 team.

LAMAR over OKLAHOMA PNAHANDLE STATE—The Cardinals are hoping to throw the football a lot more this year than last season and open up their offense more in this initial contest Saturday night at Provost-Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont. Head Coach Ray Woodard evaluated this year’s training camp as the best since he’s been the Big Red’s head man.

SOUTH FLORIDA over McNEESE STATE—The Cowboys are starting the 2013 season with a “big money game” in which they take on a Division I school at their place for some big bucks. It would be a huge feather in the Cowboy’s hat if the Pokes could pull off a huge upset Saturday night.

HIGH SCHOOL—Port Neches-Groves over Silsbee, Hardin-Jefferson over Anahuac, Hamshire-Fannett over Splendora, Center over Buna, Beaumont West Brook over Beaumont Ozen (Sat.), Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont Central, Goose Creek Memorial over Lumberton, Nederland over Crosby, West Sabine over Beaumont Kelly, Beaumont Legacy over Deweyville JV (Thurs.), Evadale over Warren, Shepherd over Kountze, West Hardin over Burkeville, Cleveland over Kirbyville, Jasper over Liberty, Hull-Daisetta over Hardin, Brazosport over High Island, Woodville over New Waverly, Lufkin over Tyler, Dayton over Elkins, Tarkington over Huntington, Coldspring over C.E. King, Huffman over Houston Kashmere.

COLLEGE—South Carolina over North Carolina, Missouri State over Northwestern State, Central Arkansas over Incarnate Word, Southeastern Louisiana over Southeast Missouri State, Minnesota over UNLV, Bowling Green over Tulsa, Central Florida over Akron, Utah over Utah State, Ole Miss over Vanderbilt, Fresno State over Rutgers, USC over Hawaii (all Thurs.); Michigan State over Western Michigan, Miami over Florida Atlantic (both Fri.); Oregon over Nicholls State, Sam Houston State over Houston Baptist, Weber State over Stephen F. Austin, Prairie View A&M over Texas Southern, Texas Tech over SMU, Wisconsin over Massachusetts, Michigan over Central Michigan, Ohio State over Buffalo, North Carolina State over Louisiana Tech, Maryland over Florida International, Iowa over Southern Illinois, Notre Dame over Temple, BYU over Virginia, Alabama over Virginia Tech, Troy over UAB, Cincinnati over Purdue, Kentucky over Western Kentucky, Marshall over Miami, O., Oklahoma State over Mississippi State, Oklahoma over Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss over Texas State, Texas over New Mexico State, Florida over Toledo, Arkansas over Louisiana-Lafayette, Auburn over Washington State, North Texas over Idaho, Penn State over Syracuse, Nebraska over Wyoming, New Mexico over UT-San Antonio, Georgia over Clemson, LSU over TCU, Washington over Boise State, UCLA over Nevada (all Sat.); Northwestern over California, Louisville over Ohio (both Sun.); Colorado State over Colorado, Florida State over Pittsburgh (both Mon.).