The Bear River and Nevada Union football teams will be seeking their first league victories in home games tonight that will probably be mud fests.
Bear River has lost only one league game while the Miners are already 0-3, and I expect the Bruins to get their first league win against Foothill, the only school in the league with a worse season record. Of course, I thought they would have little trouble beating Lincoln last week, and we know how that turned out.
The Miners, of course, have lost 22 straight league games, and tonight figures to be number 23 when they host No. 2-ranked Folsom, fresh off a thrashing of then No. 1 Del Oro.
NU supporters insist the junior-dominated team is getting more competitive, implying the pay-off will come next season when these kids are seniors. Well, yes and no. Last year’s team would have been 40 to 45 underdogs against Folsom, while this year’s edition is only 27.5 point dogs. Four touchdowns leaves plenty of room for improvement if they’re going to be competitive.
Since neither team has a dynamic passing game, the weather will keep the scores down but won’t determine the results.
In Sierra Foothill League games, I project:
–Folsom over Nevada Union by 27.5 points;
–Oak Ridge over Granite Bay by 20 points;
–Del Oro over Rocklin by 12 points.
In Pioneer Valley League games, I project:
–Bear River over Foothill by 12.5 points;
–Colfax over Lincoln by 8 points;
–Center over Place by 10 points.
If you’re looking for some college action, here are three games I think are winners:
–Notre Dame (-3) over Stanford;
–Ohio State (-10.5) over Wisconsin;
–Utah (-7.5) over Oregon State.
I also like these four NFL games:
–Chicago (-1.5) over Jacksonville;
–Atlanta (+6) over Seattle;
–Dallas (+4) over Green Bay;
–Indianapolis (+3) over Houston.
NOTE: The college and NFL point spreads are the consensus numbers from VegasInsider.com at 11 a.m. this morning. The high school numbers are my projections of the margin of victory.
SCOREBOARD: I went 3-2 on the high school games last week, bringing the season record to 8-3, 73 percent. Bear River let me down and 4-1 Colfax lost to 1-4 Placer, another reminder of why they play the games.