Queb's Picks: Big games on tap opening week
The 2013 college football season kicked off last week and was filled with everything from Top 20 matchups (LSU vs. TCU and Georgia vs. Clemson) and overtime victories (Fresno State over Rutgers) to monumental upsets (McNeese over South Florida, Eastern Washington over Oregon State, North Dakota State over Kansas State, ect.).
While that was enough to wet the whistle for many, the real action begins this weekend with the start of the 2013 high school football season.
And with both leagues finally in full swing, that also means one other thing - the start of the 2013 Crowley Post-Signal Football Contest.
The contest, which has been dominated in recent years by Don Kernan and Kye Cantey, is once again open to all who wish to participate and match wits with the two gurus and potentially unseat last year’s champion, Cantey.
Is it in the cards for annual contenders Michael LeJeune, Elton Bourque, Brent Theunissen or Ed Dartez?
Could it possibly come down to one of the father-son duos like Doug and Easton LaCombe, Joseph and Ben Lormand or Steven and William Primeaux?
Maybe it’s the year for my buddy, Andrew Sarver.
Only time will tell, but it is sure to be an interesting year.
With that said, it’s time for the first week’s picks:
Starting on the prep scene, I’m taking each of the five Acadia Parish schools to start the season with victories.
Notre Dame will have a tough task against Class 4A LaGrange, but I have a feeling that in the end, it will come down to who does all the little things right and who makes the least amount of mistakes.
Typically, that’s the Pios.
Crowley High will also be challenged in the opener after replacing Sarah Reed with Wossman of Monroe. The Wildcats will be very athletic, no doubt, but the Gents have shown drastic improvement on the defensive side of the ball.
If the offense continues to make strides, I see the Gents winning this one with a few late scores in the second half.
Iota suffered a few injuries in the scrimmage and jamboree, but the Bulldogs should be back to near full strength on Friday when they travel to Oberlin. The Bulldogs showed that they can move the ball in the jamboree, both on the ground and through the air. I have them slipping away with a close victory in this one.
I also have both Rayne and Church Point coming away with victories this week.
Rayne moved the ball virtually at will against Iota in the jamboree due to their size and speed and I don’t think it will be any different Friday when they play host to St. Edmund.
Church Point, on the other hand, struggled at times offensively - four turnovers - against Crowley High in their jamboree contest. However, I have no doubt that coach (John Craig) Arceneaux will have those bugs worked out come game Friday and the Bears will cruise past Beau Chene.
In other prep action I’m taking Jennings over St. Martinville, DeRidder over Westlake, Acadiana over Northside, Comeaux over Cecilia, Westgate over Carencro and Breaux Bridge over New Iberia.
In the college ranks, I’m going with the two Louisiana schools to pick up victories as well.
It is pretty evident why I’m taking LSU. I mean, they are playing UAB.
Louisiana Lafayette, however, is a bit more risky take. Yeah, I know Kansas State suffered a blow last week against FCS champion North Dakota State and they will be up to show their home fans that it was a fluke.
But for some reason I think the Cajuns will play more like they did late in the season last year rather than the way they played last week.
I’m also taking Georgia over South Carolina. No way the Bulldogs go 0-2 to start the season.
Of course I’m taking my team, Michigan, to beat the Fighting Irish while I’m also taking Oklahoma over West Virginia, Oregon over Virginia, Northwestern over Syracuse and Florida over Miami.