Fearless picks 'Pups, 'Dogs to win first games

By Steve Sell
September 16, 2016

Ouch.

Fearless Forecaster was 17-7 in last week’s games, though he’s claiming "foul" about the Oklahoma State-Central Michigan game that was stolen from the Cowboys due to the officials blowing the final-second call.

Fearless was stunned that Circle ended its 36-game losing streak against Winfield and also missed on the victories by Smoky Valley and Little River. Also missed were two KCAC games as Ottawa continued its slide and Saint Mary rolled past Friends, which raised some eyebrows in the KCAC. 

The other Big 12 game missed was TCU, which blew a late lead and wound up losing to Arkansas in overtime.

Fearless is now a desultory 39-15 on the season as it's obvious he's just not as sharp as previous years.

• AVCTL DIVISION III •

• McPherson 45, Winfield 7 — Winfield is catching the angry Bullpups at the wrong time.

• Augusta 49, Circle 7 — The Orioles will soon be playing the tough part of the schedule.

• Buhler 33, Wichita Collegiate 21 — Always an entertaining game.

• Maize South 30, KC Washington 14 — South is a sound team, but probably wasn’t as good as Buhler.

• Andover Central 35, Abilene 28 — This game will tell us a lot about both teams.

• Last week — 3-1. Season — 6-2.

• AREA •

• Canton-Galva 38, Peabody 34 – Time for the Eagles to get into the win column after playing two powerhouses the first two weeks.

• Hesston 26, Larned 7 — The Swathers also get their first win.

• Little River 38, Wakefield 22 — The Redskins improve to 2-1.

• Smoky Valley 24, Haven 12 — The Vikings make it two straight.

• Ell-Saline 31, Moundridge 14 — The tough schedule continues for the Wildcats.

• Sterling 42, Inman 32 — The Teutons may not be winning, but their games are entertaining.

• Last week — 4-2. Season — 8-4.

• KCAC •

• McPherson College 31, Southwestern 21 — Paul Mierkiewicz picks up his first win at Mac.

• Bethany College 24, Bethel 14 — The Swedes break through with their first victory of the season as they’ll get their offense untracked.

• Tabor 28, Ottawa 21 — Big showdown the first week of conference play. 

• Kansas Wesleyan 33, Sterling 24 — The other big showdown of the opening week of KCAC play.

Friends and Saint Mary are idle.

• Last week — 3-2. Season — 11-4.

• BIG 12 •

• Memphis 59, Kansas 20 — The Jayhawks’ defense is like operating against air.

• Kansas State 42, Florida Atlantic 13 — This is more like it in terms of scheduling. Bill Snyder is not a big fan of the Big 12 having to play a non-conference game against another Power 5 Conference school.

• Baylor 44, Rice 20 — The Bears struggled for a bit last week.

• TCU 42, Iowa State 17 — The Horned Frogs gave one away against Arkansas.

• Ohio State 28, Oklahoma 26 — Best game of the weekend in college football. OU losing to Houston two weeks ago took away a bit of the hype.

• Oklahoma State 31, Pittsburgh 28 – The Panthers are coming off an emotional win over Penn State while the Cowboys were robbed. Wide range of emotions.

• Texas 33, California 28 — This could be a danger zone for the ‘Horns. Don't be surprised if this winds up being an upset special.

• Texas Tech 48, Louisiana Tech 36 — Giving up 36 would be a huge improvement for the Red Raiders, who were plundered for 68 points last week by Arizona State.

West Virginia is open.

• Last week — 7-2. Season — 14-5.


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