Fearless Forecaster turns 39 this year.
Fearless has been providing high school, area school, KCAC and Big 12 football picks for nearly four decades, sometimes hitting big and more often than not missing big.
But through it all, he’s become a staple on Friday (or Thursday if the schedule dictates like this week) during the football season. Fearless’ goal every year is 80 percent, which probably is an unfair expectation. But he prides himself on researching every game, though in the end it’s his gut doing the picks.
• AVCTL DIVISION III •
McPherson 17, Buhler 14 — It could come down to the golden toe of Drew Labertew. There’s no question the Crusaders have the advantage in the lines. It's a fascinating matchup of Buhler's offense against the Bullpup defense.
Augusta 28, Winfield 7 — A nice way for Augusta to ease into the season.
Andale 32, Andover Central 14 — New coach for Andale, but same results.
Maize South 45, Circle 13 — The Mavericks tune up for next week's showdown with McPherson High with a rousing victory.
• McPHERSON AREA •
Trinity Catholic 27, Inman 20 — The Teutons finished strong last year. This will be a good measuring stick. The teams played a wild shootout last year.
Marion 21, Moundridge 7 — Marion has a good group of returnees from a team that finished 7-2 last year.
Solomon 42, Canton-Galva 28 — The Eagles are terribly young, including three sophomores in the line. But they have some offensive weapons.
Halstead 27, Smoky Valley 21 — The Dragons were a 30-point winner last year, but this year’s game will be much more competitive.
Hesston 35, Garden Plain 27 — What a donnybrook this should be. These two teams are never separated by more than a score.
Centre 38, Little River 32 — A key turnover may decide the outcome.
• KCAC •
McPherson College 35, Texas Wesleyan 28 — Talk about an unknown opponent. Texas Wesleyan hasn’t played a game in 75 years. You have to believe a team that’s been together will have more continuity.
Morningside College 38, Tabor 24 — The Bluejays would put the KCAC on the map if they could somehow pull off an upset of the No. 4 team in the nation.
Midland 33, Friends 21 — The Falcons are an unknown as they’re the only KCAC team with a new coach.
Bethany 36, Briar Cliff 27 — The Swedes could be the most improved team in the KCAC.
Dakota Wesleyan 24, Saint Mary 14 — Dakota is picked to finish in the GPAC Top 3.
Dordt College 30, Bethel 21 — Bethel may be the most unknown team in the KCAC.
Hastings College 34, Southwestern 13 — The Builders are picked last in the KCAC.
Sterling 45, Doane 42 — There will be no shortage of points in this one.
Northwestern Iowa 33, Ottawa 29 — Both schools have strong traditions.
Kansas Wesleyan 39, Concordia 35 — The Coyotes are seething after being upset on the road.
• BIG 12 •
Oklahoma State 42, Tulsa 21 — The Cowboys may be the top challenger to Oklahoma for Big 12 supremacy along with Kansas State.
Texas 35, Maryland 24 — The Longhorns prevail in Tom Herman's debut.
Texas Tech 62, Eastern Washington 35 — Same old story at Tech — all offense, no defense.
Baylor 52, Liberty 14 — They don't come any softer.
Kansas 42, Southeast Missouri 28 — If KU doesn't win this one, David Beaty is going to feel the seat getting warm.
Kansas State 58, Central Arkansas 14 — There's a feeling in the gut that Kansas State is going to have a magical year.
Iowa State 23, Northern Iowa 21 — Always competitive between these in-state rivals.
TCU 51, Jackson State 21 — Got to think TCU has too much offense.
Virginia Tech 36, West Virginia 35 — Down to the wire. The teams look to be dead even.
Oklahoma 38, UTEP 16 — The post-Bob Stoops era begins.