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Riz's Pigskin Picks Week 9 (Oct. 12-13)

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

I was 13-2 in my predictions for Week 8, 9-1 for high school games and 4-1 on college contests. No contestants beat or tied my record last week. One had a 12-3 record and several others were at 11-4.

My record at the median point of the contest is 91-29; Julie Bundy leads all contestants at 92-38.

We have seven weeks left in the contest and here are my picks for Week 9. Good luck with your predictions.

High School Football (all games Friday)

Game 1: Shenandoah at Monroe Central

Both teams are ranked in the top 10 of their respective classes, both are 7-1 and 2-0 in the MEC, and both have lost their only game against other teams ranked in the top 10. The Golden Bears are at home while the Raiders are on a roll. Shenandoah wins.

Game 2: Northeastern at Hagerstown

The Tigers can win the TEC title outright or at least share a piece of it with a victory. The Knights still have a chance to share the conference title with a win. Both teams recently got walloped by Shenandoah in shutout wins for the Raiders. Hagerstown wins a close contest.

Game 3: Centerville at Knightstown

The Panthers can win the TEC title outright or at least share a piece of it with a victory. The Bulldogs still have a chance to share the conference title with a win. Centerville lost big to Shenandoah while Knightstown has the Raiders where it wants them – off the schedule. The Panthers have Jose Olivo and will prevail in a tight game.

Game 4: New Castle at Greenfield-Central

Now that the New Pal game has been played, the Trojans can go back to winning football games, which they will do on the road against the winless Cougars, although Greenfield played Delta tough for a half before losing big.

Game 5: Tri at Union County

The Titans played pretty well at home on their Senior Night last Friday against Hagerstown and had a chance to win at the end. I don’t think the host Patriots want to lose their Senior Night game, so I predict Union County will win in Liberty.

Game 6: Cambridge City Lincoln at South Decatur

The Golden Eagles went 0-8 in the TEC, but played well at times including a two-point double overtime loss to Winchester last Friday. The Cougars are 2-6, but their only victories have been against winless Edinburgh and Trinity Lutheran, who called it quits for the season with low numbers after a 0-3 start. Lincoln gets the win at Westport.

Game 7: Hobart at Lowell

Both the Brickies (7-1) and host Red Devils (6-2) have lost to Andrean and Lowell also lost by four points to Class 6A Portage. Hobart has the better offense and the Red Devils the better defense. In a close contest, I predict the Red Devils to win this battle for second place in the Northern Crossroads Conference

Game 8: Columbus East at Bedford-North Lawrence

The 6-2 Olympians have won six in a row after a pair of losses totaling seven points to open the season. The Stars have won seven straight since a loss to Martinsville to open the season. The victor wins the Hoosier Hills Conference title, and I predict that will be Columbus East.

Game 9: Eastern Greene at North Central (Farmersburg)

The Thunderbirds are a cinch to win because that is the mascot for both schools. EG, last year’s Class A state runner-up, is 5-2 while NC-Farmersburg is 7-1 with the only loss at Class 3A Maconaquah. The victor wins the Southwest Conference and I believe that will be North Central.

Game 10: Mishawaka at Penn

The visiting Cavemen are 7-1 with their only loss by three points at Chicago Marist while the Kingsmen also are 7-1 with their only loss to Birmingham Rice (Michigan). The victor wins the Northern Indiana Conference title and I think that will be Penn in this crosstown battle.

College Games (all games Saturday)

Game 11: Iowa at Indiana

IU needs this victory after a 1-2 start in the Big Ten, but its defense will have to find a way to stop the Hawkeyes, who scored 48 points in a win at Minnesota last Saturday. I pick the Hoosiers to win Saturday in Bloomington.

Game 12: Purdue at Illinois

The Boilermakers seem to play pretty well when they make the short trip over the state line to Champaign, and I pick Purdue to pick up the win over the host Illini.

Game 13: Pittsburgh at Notre Dame

After they defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg last Saturday, the Fighting Irish won’t have many problems beating the Panthers in South Bend.

Game 14: Ball State at Central Michigan

I want the Cardinals to win, but until they prove they can win a MAC game on the road, I guess I’ll pick the host Chippewas to win in Mt. Pleasant.

Game 15: Arkansas vs. Mississippi in Little Rock

Since I had a cup of coffee in the PhD program at Ole Miss many years back, I’m picking the Rebels to beat the Razorbacks at this neutral site about halfway between the two universities.

David Risley is the sports editor at The Courier-Times


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The contest will last 15 weeks (outcomes of 225 games predicted) and will consist of high school and college games. The individual who submits the most total correct picks over the 15 weeks will receive a special prize.

The name of every participant who makes more correct picks each week than Sports Editor David Risley will be published in the paper each week.