Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over HAMSHIRE-FANNETT–Both teams have only suffered one loss so far this season, but that’s pretty much where the similarities stop. The Mustangs have played much tougher competition and appear to be in mid-season form. The Longhorns are eager for an upset in front of their home fans, but it’s not going to happen this Friday night.
LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over LIVINGSTON–LCM has yet to leave the friendly confines of Bear Stadium so far this year and should take advantage of the home field for this District 20-4A opener against the Lions, who also have played only two games so far this season.
BRIDGE CITY over BUNA–The Cardinals are hoping to open District 21-3A warfare with a win over these scrappy Cougars. The Redbirds had an open date last week which should help heal some of the bumps and bruises suffered in the first three games.
SILSBEE over ORANGEFIELD–The Bobcats have the bad luck of facing the team many picked to win this district and on the Tigers’ home field to boot. But the ‘Cats have already shown earlier this season that they can take down a favored opponent, so that would be a great way to start District 21-3A play.
NEDERLAND over VIDOR–The Pirates also drew the team favored to win District 20-4A for their opening opponent. But Vidor has been playing well in the early season and it should carry over in this big game at Nederland Friday night.
DEWEYVILLE over HULL-DAISETTA–The Pirates will have to play hard on the road Friday night if they want to remain undefeated. But they’ve been putting up big numbers and the defense has been very stingy so far this season.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over LAKE JACKSON BRAZOSPORT CHRISTIAN (Sat.)–This opponent will be much saltier than the Mount Carmel team the Lions disposed of rather handily 62-13 by using the 45-point mercy rule. The game is set to kick off 5 p.m. Saturday at Lion’s Field.
LAMAR over GRAMBLING STATE–This should be a pretty evenly-matched contest as the Cards’ strive for their first win on the road this year before swinging into Southland Conference competition next month.
McNEESE STATE over NORTHERN IOWA–This final non-conference game for the Cowboys 4 p.m. Saturday in Cedar Rapids will be a battle of the unbeatens. The Pokes, who drubbed Weber State 43-7 last week, will risk their perfect 4-0 record to play the heavily-favored Panthers (3-0) who have chalked up impressive victories over Iowa State (28-20), Drake (45-14) and Northern Colorado (26-7).
HIGH SCHOOL—Beaumont Central over Beaumont Ozen, Port Neches-Groves over Lumberton, Port Arthur Memorial over Deer Park, Kirbyville over Anahuac, East Chambers over Woodville, Hardin over Kountze, Newton over Warren, Beaumont Legacy over Sabine Pass, Houston Kinkaid over Beaumont Kelly, Cleveland over Tarkington, Coldspring over Shepherd, Liberty over Splendora, Humble Summer Creek over Crosby, Dayton over C.E. King, Barbers Hill over Kingwood Park, Humble over New Caney Porter, La Marque over Houston St. Pius (Thurs.).
COLLEGE— Tulsa over Iowa State and Georgia Tech over Virginia Tech (both Thurs.); BYU over Middle Tennessee, Utah State over San Jose State (Both Fri.); Sam Houston State over Eastern Washington, Nicholls State over Arkansas Tech, Northwestern State over Langston, Stephen F. Austin over Prairie View, Alabama over Ole Miss, Oregon over California, Clemson over Wake Forest, Ohio State over Wisconsin, Stanford over Washington State, Georgia over LSU, Florida State over Boston College, Texas A&M over Arkansas, Oklahoma State over West Virginia, South Carolina over Central Florida, Oklahoma over Notre Dame, Miami over South Florida, Washington over Arizona, Florida over Kentucky, Arizona State over Southern Cal, Air Force over Nevada, Missouri over Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech over Army, Boise State over Southern Mississippi, Oregon State over Colorado, Colorado State over UTEP, Duke over Troy, North Carolina over East Carolina, Fresno State over Hawaii, Bowling Green over Akron, Ball State over Toledo, Western Michigan over Kent State, Houston over UT-San Antonio, Temple over Idaho, Illinois over Miami, O., Minnesota over Iowa, Louisiana-Monroe over Tulane, North Carolina State over Central Michigan, Navy over Western Kentucky, UNLV over New Mexico, San Diego State over New Mexico State, Pittsburgh over Virginia, Northern Illinois over Purdue, Rice over Florida Atlantic, TCU over SMU, Tennessee over South Alabama, Wyoming over Texas State, Vanderbilt over UAB, Connecticut over Buffalo.
PRO PICKS—San Francisco over St. Louis (Thursday Night); Seattle over Houston, Kansas City over NY Giants, Baltimore over Buffalo, Tampa Bay over Arizona, Indianapolis over Jacksonville, Cincinnati over Cleveland, Chicago over Detroit, Pittsburgh over Minnesota, Tennessee over NY Jets, Oakland over Washington, Dallas over San Diego, Denver over Philadelphia, New England over Atlanta, New Orleans over Miami (Monday Night). Open Week—Carolina and Green Bay.