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By Joe Kazmar
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Kaz's Fearless Forecast


Last updated 9/6/2022 at 4:15pm

Games This Weekend

WEST ORANGE-STARK over PORT NECHES-GROVES—The Mustangs had a real “gut check” last week against the LCM Bears with many of their fans believing they were very lucky to escape with a win. This week’s match-up with the Indians looks even tougher. The ‘Stangs had better remember the “good ole days” when complacency was just a hard word to spell.

LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE over BRIDGE CITY—Both teams played very well last week with the Battlin’ Bears almost pulling off the upset over the Mighty Mustangs and the Cardinals presenting Head Coach Cody McGuire with his first Bridge City victory. This game could be close, but probably won’t be.

ORANGEFIELD over SHEPHERD—The Bobcats ran into a buzz-saw last week, getting their early-season reality check. And they had better be careful this week to avoid back-to-back losses. I look for Head Coach Josh Smalley to see that does not happen.

VIDOR over BRAZOSPORT—The Pirates need to hit the victory column for the first time this season and play like the defending district champions they are.

DEWEYVILLE over WEST HARDIN—This looks like a tough opponent on the road against this gritty Oiler squad. The Pirates must overcome their early-season mistakes.

SMU OVER LAMAR—The Cardinals showed some positive signs of being a good team this season but they will more than have their hands full in this “sacrificial lamb” game against the Mustangs where the Redbirds make a humongous payday.

RICE over McNEESE STATE—My Cowboys lost 40-17 to a good small college team in Montana State. This week they are playing their “sacrificial lamb” game against a not-so-good big school. The Owls probably prevail, but it certainly would be a feather in their helmets if the ‘Pokes upset Rice.

HIGH SCHOOL—Beaumont West Brook over deer Park, Alvin over Beaumont United, Silsbee over Nederland, East Chambers over Hardin-Jefferson, Hamshire-Fannett over Coldspring, Jasper over Newton, Huffman over Needville, Nacogdoches over Lumberton, Kountze over Evadale, Garrison over Warren, Woodville over Liberty, Trinity over Hardin, New Waverly over Anahuac, Crockett over Buna, Corrigan-Camden over Kirbyville, Chester over mount Carmel, Apple Springs over High Island, KIPP Houston over Sabine Pass, Concordia Lutheran over Beaumont Kelly, Beaumont Legacy Christian over Brazos Valley Christian.

COLLEGE---Alabama over Texas. Ohio State over Arkansas State, Notre Dame over Marshall, Texas A&M over Appalachian State, Utah over South Utah, Michigan over Hawaii, Oklahoma over Kent State, Baylor over BYU, Oregon over Eastern Washington, Oklahoma over Arizona State, North Carolina State over Charleston Southern, Southern Cal over Stanford, Michigan State over Akron, Miami over Southern Mississippi, Pittsburgh over Tennessee, Wisconsin over Washington State, Arkansas over South Carolina, Florida over Kentucky (Upset Special), Ole Miss over Central Arkansas, Wake Forest over Vanderbilt, Cincinnati over Kennesaw State, Houston over Texas Tech, Abilene Christian over Prairie View, Tulane over Alcorn State, Clemson over Furman, Grambling State over Northwestern State, Houston Baptist over Lindenwood, Indiana over Idaho, San Diego State over Idaho State, Nevada over Incarnate Word, Purdue over Indiana State, Temple over Lafayette, Villanova over Long Island, Louisiana-Monroe over Nicholls State, Sam Houston State over Northern Arizona, Wyoming over Northern Colorado, Washington over Portland State, Georgia over Samford, Louisiana Tech over Stephen F. Austin, Florida Atlantic over Southeastern Louisiana, TCU over Tarleton State, North Texas over Texas Southern, Rutgers over Wagner, Utah State over Weber State, Georgia Tech over Western Carolina, Minnesota over Western Illinois.

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


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