Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Playoff Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK (11-1) over CARTHAGE (12-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Butch Thomas Stadium in Beaumont—The Mustangs were underdogs only one other time—when they played Port Neches-Groves at The Reservation Sept. 7—and almost came back to win that game. These Bulldogs from Carthage are favored by 16 points but that only fires up the Mustangs to play harder because the try to live by their motto “Refuse to Lose.”
McNEESE STATE (10-2) over JACKSONVILLE STATE (10-3)—The Cowboys used last week’s bye to heal from the bumps and bruises inflicted during the regular 12-game season. The Gamecocks slaughtered Samford 55-14 in last week’s first-round of the Football Championship Subdivision Tournament, but they have a rested and hungry bunch of Cowboys to contend with in Lake Charles in a winner-take-all contest that kicks off Saturday at 6 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS—Corrigan-Camden (13-0) over Waskom (13-0), Tenaha (10-1) over Bremond (12-0), Pearland (11-1) over Cy-Fair (11-1), Lake Travis (11-1) over A&M Consolidated (9-2), Katy (13-0) over Manvel (12-1), Houston Stratford (11-2) over Dawson (11-2), George Ranch (13-0) over Brenham (12-1), Stephenville (11-1) over Lubbock Cooper (11-2), Kilgore (11-0) over Tyler Chapel Hill (8-4), La Grange (12-0) over Gonzales (9-4), Fairfield (13-0) over Rockdale (9-4), Franklin (13-0) over White Oak (12-1), Cameron Yoe (12-1) over Hallettsville (13-0), Refugio (12-1) over East Bernard (12-0), Mart (9-3) over Bosqueville (10-3), Thorndale (10-1) over Shiner (9-3).
COLLEGE—Louisville over Cincinnati (Thurs.); MAC Championship Northern Illinois over Bowling Green (Friday); Connecticut over Memphis, Rutgers over South Florida, Baylor over Texas, Louisiana-Lafayette over South Alabama, Central Florida over SMU, Oklahoma State over Oklahoma, Conference USA Championship Marshall over Rice, SEC Championship Missouri over Auburn, ACC Championship Florida State over Duke, PAC-12 Championship Arizona State over Stanford, Big 10 Championship Ohio State over Michigan State, Mountain West Championship Fresno State over Utah State.
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (Saturday’s Second Round)—Southeastern Louisiana (10-2) over Sam Houston State (9-4), Fordham (12-1) over Towson (10-2), Montana (10-2) over Coastal Carolina (11-2), Maine (10-2) over New Hampshire (8-4), Eastern Illinois (11-1) over Tennessee State (10-3), North Dakota State (11-0) over Furman (8-5), Eastern Washington (10-2) over South Dakota State (9-4).
PRO PICKS—Houston over Jacksonville (Thursday Night); Green Bay over Atlanta, Baltimore over Minnesota, Kansas City over Washington, Tampa Bay over Buffalo, Pittsburgh over Miami, Philadelphia over Detroit, Cincinnati over Indianapolis, Oakland over NY Jets, New England over Cleveland, Denver over Tennessee, Seattle over San Francisco, NY Giants over San Diego, Arizona over St. Louis, New Orleans over Carolina; Dallas over Chicago (Monday Night).