Games This Week

CROSBY over WEST ORANGE-STARK—The Mustangs were hoping for a breather after being soundly defeated by Newton Friday night. But that’s not going to happen because undefeated Crosby is rated as the second-best Class 5A team in the Houston area. Crosby has defeated powerful Manvel, which slaughtered Sharpstown 67-0 Friday and is the No. 4 Class 5A school around Houston. As far as playing tough teams to get ready for district play, the Mustangs appear to have gone overboard in this category.

VIDOR over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—Things don’t get any easier for the Battlin’ Bears, who host the undefeated Vidor Pirates Friday night. LCM has had trouble lighting the scoreboard and with Vidor’s staunch defense, the Bears may have to wait another week for that.

SILSBEE over BRIDGE CITY—The Cards got off the “schneide” last week with their 13-6 victory over Anahuac, but things will be much tougher this week against Silsbee (0-3), which may be the best winless team in the state.

DEWEYVILLE over EVADALE—This could be a high-scoring game with both teams playing well and scoring enough points to win. The Pirates (2-1) will have to stiffen up their defense if they want to stop the visiting Rebels (2-0).

CHESTER over ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN—The Lions need to look good this week and next to get ready for the tough four-game district schedule.

LAMAR over SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA—Let’s hope the Cardinals don’t wait until they’re 28 points behind to start playing the brand of football they’re capable of. Northwestern State finally edged past Lamar 49-48 in a slugfest. But these Lions aren’t going to sit dormant and allow the Redbirds to score 28 straight points.

BYU over McNEESE STATE—Although the Cowboys are undefeated in Southland Conference play after beating Nicholls State 20-10 Saturday night, BYU is No. 25 in the AP Poll this week after the Cougars just got through knocking off Wisconsin–the No. 5 team in the nation–and shouldn’t be too worried about the Cowboys coming to Provo, Utah on Saturday. This appears to be another “sacrificial lamb” game for McNeese to fatten the athletic department’s wallet.

HIGH SCHOOL—West Hardin over Fred Good Samaritan Thursday); Huffman over Hardin-Jefferson, Huntington over Hamshire-Fannett, Beaumont Kelly over Kountze, Lumberton over Tomball Concordia Lutheran, Jasper over Livingston, Cushing over Hull-Daisetta, Timpson over West Sabine, High Island over Oakwood, Houston Lutheran North over Beaumont Legacy Christian.

COLLEGE—Temple over Tulsa Thursday); Central Florida over Florida Atlantic, Penn State over Illinois and USC over Washington State (all Friday); Iowa State over Akron, Sam Houston State over Nicholls State, Abilene Christian over Stephen F. Austin, North Carolina State over Marshall, Massachusetts over Charlotte, Michigan State over Indiana, Minnesota over Maryland, Ball State over Western Kentucky, Boston College over Purdue, Syracuse over Connecticut, Miami over Florida International, Pittsburgh over North Carolina, Florida State over Northern Illinois, Miami, O. over Bowling Green, Ohio State over Tulane, Clemson over Georgia Tech, Cincinnati over Ohio, South Florida over East Carolina, Notre Dame over Wake Forest, Toledo over Nevada, Virginia over Louisville, Western Michigan over Georgia State, Buffalo over Rutgers, Arizona over Oregon State, Oregon over Stanford, Florida over Tennessee, Mississippi State over Kentucky, Michigan over Nebraska, West Virginia over Kansas State, Ole Miss over Kent State, Southern Mississippi over Rice, Auburn over Arkansas, Oklahoma State over Texas Tech, Navy over SMU, Louisiana-Lafayette over Coastal Carolina, Arkansas State over UNLV, Texas over TCU (Upset Special), Oklahoma over Army, LSU over Louisiana Tech, Baylor over Kansas, Vanderbilt over South Carolina, Memphis over South Alabama, Utah State over Air Force, New Mexico State over UTEP, UT-San Antonio over Texas State, Troy over Louisiana-Monroe, Virginia Tech over Old Dominion, North Texas over Liberty, Georgia over Missouri, Alabama over Texas A&M, Wisconsin over Iowa, Washington over Arizona State, San Diego State over Eastern Michigan.

PRO PICKS—Cleveland over NY Jets (Thursday Night); Houston over NY Giants, Atlanta over New Orleans, Minnesota over Buffalo, Denver over Baltimore, Philadelphia over Indianapolis, Cincinnati over Carolina, Kansas City over San Francisco, Green Bay over Washington, Miami over Oakland, Jacksonville over Tennessee, LA Rams over LA Chargers, Chicago over Arizona, Seattle over Dallas, New England over Detroit (all Sunday); Tampa Bay over Pittsburgh (Monday Night Upset Special).