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Last updated 9/17/2019 at Noon
Games This Week
WEST ORANGE-STARK over CROSBY--I picked a Mustangs upset victory last week without realizing they would fumble three times and fall for that age-old hook- and-ladder play, which was the one Newton used to win the game.
The ‘Stangs return home and will decide Friday night against Crosby whether they are a championship team or not.
I still have faith in them!! VIDOR over LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE—This inter-county battle features two teams that appear to be headed in different directions as the hosting Pirates rebounded nicely from their last-second defeat on opening day while the Bears have been sliding backward since their opening victory over Woodville.
But meeting all these playoff-bound teams definitely will help the Battlin’ Bears when district play rolls around.
SILSBEE over BRIDGE CITY—The visiting Tigers came up with a huge win last week at Nederland and appear to be on their way to another fine season.
The Cardinals are also coming off a big victory over Anahuac and are ready to have a good season.
DEWEYVILLE over EVADALE—This Pirate win must be categorized as an upset because Evadale is off to a good start and should be headed for the playoffs in two months.
The Pirates did a good job of chalking up a road win at Kountze last week and are hoping for another Friday night.
LAMAR over SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA—This Southland Conference opener should tell the Cardinals exactly where they are headed this season when they travel to Hammond to meet the Lions, who are stronger than Lamar’s first two foes but not nearly as strong as the Texas Aggies.
McNEESE STATE over ABILENE CHRISTIAN—The Cowboys have always had a hard time against this team and Saturday night should be no different.
The Pokes rung up a pair of close victories over Southern and Alcorn State (17-14) and hopefully will be able to do the same in their opening Southland Conference contest.
HIGH SCHOOL—Orangefield JV over Sabine Pass (Thursday); Jasper over Livingston, Hamshire-Fannett over Huntington, Huffman over Hardin-Jefferson, Beaumont Kelly over Kountze, Cushing over Hull-Daisetta, Beaumont Legacy Christian over Lutheran North, Lumberton over Tomball Concordia, West Hardin over Tomball Rosehill.
COLLEGE—Houston over Tulane (Thursday); Louisiana Tech over Florida International and Boise State over Air Force (both Friday); Sam Houston State over Incarnate Word, Houston Baptist over Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin over Nicholls State, Hawaii over Central Arkansas, Boston College over Rutgers, Coastal Carolina over Massachusetts, Central Florida over Pittsburgh, Temple over Buffalo, New Hampshire over Rhode Island, Ole Miss over California, LSU over Vanderbilt, Alabama over Southern Mississippi, Tennessee over Florida, North Carolina over Appalachian State, Louisville over Florida State, Miami over Central Michigan, Mississippi State over Kentucky, The Citadel over Charleston Southern, Grambling State over Alabama State, Alcorn State over Prairie View A&M, East Carolina over William & Mary, North
Carolina State over Ball State, Virginia over Old Dominion, Clemson over Charlotte, Georgia over Notre Dame, Indiana over Connecticut, Iowa State over Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan over Wisconsin, Michigan State over Northwestern, Louisiana-Lafayette over Ohio, Troy over Akron, Kent State over Bowling Green, Ohio State over Miami, O., Missouri over South Carolina, Kansas over West Virginia, Nebraska over Illinois, SMU over TCU, Auburn over Texas A&M, Wyoming over Tulsa, Baylor over Rice, Georgia State over Texas State, Arkansas State over Southern Illinois, Texas over Oklahoma State, Arkansas over San Jose State, UTSA over North Texas, Nevada over UTEP, Idaho over Eastern Washington, Washington over BYU, New Mexico State over New Mexico, Oregon over Stanford, Arizona State over Colorado, Fresno State over Sacramento State, Colorado State over Toledo, Washington State over UCLA, San Diego State over Utah State.
PRO PICKS—Jacksonville over Tennessee (Thursday Night); Dallas over Miami, Minnesota over Oakland, Buffalo over Cincinnati, Baltimore over Kansas City, Indianapolis over Atlanta, Detroit over Philadelphia, Green Bay over Denver, New England over NY Jets, Tampa Bay over NY Giants, Carolina over Arizona, Houston over LA Chargers, Seattle over New Orleans, San Francisco over Pittsburgh, LA Rams over Cleveland (All Sunday); Chicago over Washington (Monday Night).