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Last updated 9/11/2018 at Noon
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over NEWTON—The Mustangs are in danger of losing their second straight home game in a decade. They shouldn’t let that happen, but the Newton Eagles come to town boasting state championships, too. This game should be as close as the Nederland game two weeks ago—but with different results.
JASPER over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—The Battlin’ Bears seem to go from one tough team to another, with no relief in sight. The Bulldogs have looked very impressive so far this season and should only get better at the expense of the punchless Bears.
BRIDGE CITY over ANAHUAC—The visitors should be excited to have an opponent that hasn’t won a game yet this season and has scored only one touchdown in the process. Perhaps the friendly home field will inspire the Cardinals against this Class 3A foe.
SHEPHERD over ORANGEFIELD—The undefeated Bobcats are hunting in another Class 4A team’s territory, this time at Shepherd which is also undefeated. And they surely won’t be as accommodating as Livingston was last week. An upset victory is just what the ‘Cats need to make this season one of their best.
VIDOR over CONROE CANEY CREEK—The Pirates enjoyed an early open week which gives them much more time to prepare for their opening home game as an undefeated team.
DEWEYVILLE over KOUNTZE—The Pirates evened their early record last week with a 36-0 shutout at Colmesneil and want to keep the streak alive against the visiting Lions.
ORANGE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN over HOUSTON EMERY/WEINER JV—The Lions open their season Friday at home and hope to treat their ardent supporters to a victory.
LAMAR over NORTHWESTERN STATE—Both teams have the same thing in common—they each were annihilated in their respective “sacrificial lamb” game against a major university for their big money game. The Cards have the home field advantage which hopefully will be enough.
McNEESE STATE over NICHOLLS STATE—Although the Cowboys will be at least a touchdown underdog, this will be their first home game and they want to play exceptionally well and pull off an upset. The Colonels are coming off fine performances against Kansas and Tulane and could very well be down for a “small” school like McNeese, which incidentally drubbed Houston Baptist 51-34 Saturday.
HIGH SCHOOL—Houston Lamar over Beaumont West Brook, Nederland over Silsbee, East Chambers over Hamshire-Fannett, Woodville over Hardin-Jefferson, Buna over Coldspring, Corrigan-Camden over Kirbyville, Hardin over Houston-KIPP, West Hardin over Warren, Hull-Daisetta over Sabine Pass, Liberty over Livingston, West Sabine over Hemphill, Evadale over Galveston-O’Connell, Beaumont Legacy Christian over Houston Lutheran North, Tarkington over Beaumont Kelly (all Friday); Port Neches-Groves over Tomball, Port Arthur Memorial over Beaumont United, Houston Furr over Lumberton (all Sat.).
COLLEGE—Boston College over Wake Forest and Utah State over Tennessee Tech (both Thurs.); Memphis over Georgia State (Fri.); Sam Houston State over North Dakota, Incarnate Word over Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian over Houston Baptist, Central Arkansas over Southeastern Louisiana, Tennessee over UTEP, Indiana over Ball State, Maryland over Temple, Florida International over Massachusetts, Miami over Toledo, army over Hawaii, Penn State over Kent State, Central Florida over North Carolina, Old Dominion over Charlotte, Florida State over Syracuse, Oklahoma over Iowa State, Nebraska over Troy, Rutgers over Kansas, Virginia Tech over East Carolina, Georgia Tech over Pittsburgh, Notre Dame over Vanderbilt, Virginia over Ohio, Michigan over SMU, Appalachian State over Southern Miss, Boise State over Oklahoma State, Wisconsin over BYU, West Virginia over North Carolina State, Minnesota over Miami, O., Auburn over LSU, Illinois over South Florida, Northern Illinois over Central Michigan, Clemson over Georgia Southern, New Mexico over New Mexico State, UAB over Tulane, Florida over Colorado State, Houston over Texas Tech, Kansas State over UT-San Antonio, Arkansas over North Texas, Oregon over San Jose State, Alcorn State over Texas Southern, Florida Atlantic over Bethune-Cookman, The Citadel over Charleston Southern, William & Mary over Elon, Bowling Green over Eastern Kentucky, Cincinnati over Alabama A&M, Iowa over Northern Iowa, Duke over Baylor, Colorado over New Hampshire, Buffalo over Eastern Michigan, Oregon State over Nevada, Alabama over Ole Miss, Alabama State over Kennesaw State, Tulsa over Arkansas State, California over Idaho State, Washington State over Eastern Washington, UNLV over Prairie View A&M, South Alabama over Texas State, Georgia over Middle Tennessee, South Carolina over Marshall, Missouri over Purdue, Northwestern over Akron, Kentucky over Murray State, Mississippi State over Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas A&M over Louisiana-Monroe, Louisville over Western Kentucky, USC over Texas, Arizona State over San Diego State, Ohio State over TCU, Washington over Utah, UCLA over Fresno State.
PRO PICKS—Baltimore over Cincinnati (Thursday Night); Philadelphia over Tampa Bay, Houston over Tennessee, Washington over Indianapolis, Green Bay over Minnesota, New Orleans over Cleveland, Kansas City over Pittsburgh, Miami over NY Jets, Atlanta over Carolina, LA Chargers over Buffalo, LA Rams over Arizona, San Francisco over Detroit, Denver over Oakland, New England over Jacksonville, Dallas over NY Giants (all Sunday); New England over Jacksonville (Monday Night).