Fearless picks MHS in a shootout

By Steve Sell
September 02, 2016

Fearless Forecaster’s unfavorable numbers rival those of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Yet, here he is again. For nearly 40 years, Fearless has been picking AVCTL, area, KCAC and Big 12 football games.

Fearless’ season goal is always 80 percent, which about matches his age and IQ. While there’s been considerable clamor for him to be replaced, he keeps turning up like a bad penny.

FF always fears opening week because of the uncertainty factor. So don’t look for him to be highly successful right out of the chute.

• AVCTL DIVISION III •

• McPherson 35, Buhler 28 — Fearless believes the Bullpups are catching the Crusaders at just the right time. MHS is a veteran team while Buhler is immediately counting on some of last year’s JV stars to duplicate their performances at the varsity level.

• Augusta 38, Winfield 14 — Don’t look past Augusta. It could very well challenge for the Division III title.

• Maize South 48, Circle 7 — Ouch. Tough way for the T-Birds to be welcomed into Division III. A fine how do you do.

• Andale 20, Andover Central 14 — This is one of the Top 5 games in Kansas on opening night.

• AREA •

• Hesston 26, Garden Plain 16 — The Swathers avenge last year’s playoff loss to the Owls.

• Solomon 44, Canton-Galva 24 — The Eagles get one of their toughest opponents out of the way early.

• Trinity Catholic 21, Inman 14 — This is one that could go the other way. Inman alum Lance Sawyer may pull a rabbit out of his hat to begin his career at his alma mater.

• Marion 21, Moundridge 7 — Jeremiah Meeks at Moundridge is the area’s other new coach. The Wildcats have some good athletes in the skill positions.

• Halstead 26, Smoky Valley 13 — Halstead was 12-1 and has some good players back. Stopping the potent Dragon running game is priority No. 1.

• Little River 32, Centre 24 — On paper this game appears to be a tossup.

• KCAC •

 • Nebraska Wesleyan 31, McPherson College 14 — The Bulldogs look to be much improved, but questions still linger about the offense — especially in the line.

• Missouri State 52, Southwestern 7 — A huge step up for the Moundbuilders.

• Kansas Wesleyan 31, Briar Cliff 21 — Matt Drinkall has engineered quite a turnaround in Salina.

• Morningside (Iowa) 45, Ottawa 28 — Morningside is ranked No. 3 in the country and is a national championship contender.

• Concordia (Neb.) 42, Saint Mary 31 — The Spires will be involved in a lot of shootouts this year.

• Tabor 21, Dakota Wesleyan 20 — A matchup of ranked teams. We’ll see which one is overrated.

• Northwestern College 24, Sterling 21 — The Warriors typically start slow before picking up steam.

• Doane 28, Friends 14 — Quarterback question marks surround the Falcons.

• Hastings 40, Bethany 23 — The Swedes are one of the real mystery teams in the KCAC. Like Friends, play at the quarterback spot is uncertain.

• Midland 33, Bethel 27 — The Threshers are thought to be on the cusp of the KCAC's upper division. Midland was 1-10 last year, but did play some teams tough.

• BIG 12 •

• Kansas 31, Rhode Island 20 — If KU doesn’t win this game, it’s another 0-12 season.

• Stanford 31, Kansas State 24 — Bill Snyder will find a way to keep it close.

• Baylor 52, Northwestern State 31 — Art Briles may be gone, but not his offensive philosophy.

• Iowa State 20, Northern Iowa 17 — The Cyclones don’t have many chances to win, but this is one of them.

• Oklahoma 49, Houston 33 — Oklahoma will get pushed by a Houston team that wants to show it’s Big 12 worthy.

• Oklahoma State 51, Southeastern Louisiana 14 — The Cowboys made sure to get an easy win in their opener.

• TCU 48, South Dakota State 10 — TCU should be down some, but it’s getting a lot of preseason praise.

• Notre Dame 33, Texas 21 — Texas coach Charlie Strong is on the hot seat.

• Texas Tech 62, Stephen F. Austin 34 — The Red Raiders can name their score.

• West Virginia 31, Missouri 28 — Lots of uncertainty surrounding Missouri.


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