BUCKHANNON – With the final week of the regular-season already here for the high school football season, the Fearless Football Forecast battle remained steady this week as both I and my counterpart, Shea Phillips, Number One Auto Sales Manager, both went 3-2 last week.
For the season, I still hold a five-game lead over Shea as I own a 32-11 record while Shea is 27-16.
Now onto our games this week!
Elkins (4-3) at Nicholas County (3-5)
Elkins of course picked this game up with Nicholas County after their game with our Bucs was canceled because of the COVID-19 map. Elkins couldn’t be anymore on the playoff bubble than what they are this week as they are just one spot outside the playoffs in Class AA at 17th. It appears a win will get Elkins as Lincoln already lost this week and they have Robert C. Byrd Friday as the Cougars started the week 16th.
Of course, finishing that low means, you get to play one of the top teams in the state in that first round, but just making the playoffs is half the battle.
I think Elkins gets the win and gets in the playoffs.
Duane: Elkins, 28-21; Shea: Elkins, 21-7.
Lewis County (4-5) at Grafton (3-6)
Lewis County was gift-wrapped two forfeit wins and it still looks like they won’t make the playoff this year. The Minutemen sit at No. 19 but its hard to see them moving up three spots in a week considering Grafton doesn’t offer a lot of bonus points. Stranger things have happened, but I think Lewis County wins the game but misses out on the playoffs.
Duane: Lewis County, 29-22; Shea: 28-14.
Bridgeport (5-1) at Morgantown (3-2)
Not many teams could add Morgantown and have it be a step-down in schedule. Bridgeport was set to face No. 4 Musselman while Morgantown was to face off with No. 8 Spring Mills. Both teams have a lot to play for. With a win, No. 7 Bridgeport secures themselves of a home game in the first-round while No. 12 Morgantown will simply secure a playoff spot with a win. Depending on how things play out, a loss could potentially knock the Mohigans out of the top 16. Morgantown put 69 points on University last week, but I don’t think they will be able to get past the Indians this week.
Duane: Bridgeport, 21-14; Shea: Bridgeport, 35-28.
Massachusetts (0-1) at Marshall (5-0)
Marshall moved up to No. 16 in the latest rankings, that is quite impressive. As an Independent, UMass was only able to schedule three games this year after initially announcing they were going to cancel their fall season. Their first game was three weeks ago when they dropped a 41-0 decision to Georgia Southern. The Herd should have no troubles on Saturday. By they way, did you know that Shea actually met Matthew McConaughey on the set of We Are Marshall?
Duane: Marshall, 38-3; Shea: 48-0.
West Virginia (4-2) at Texas (4-2)
Both teams gave us shocking wins last week. WVU upset 16th-ranked Kansas State at home while Texas bounced No. 6 Oklahoma State on the road by a 41-34 score. Believe it or not, with every team in the Big 12 now having a loss in conference, that opened the door for both teams to get back in the hunt for a spot in the Big 12 title game. West Virginia usually plays Texas well but I think the Longhorns gets the win.
Duane: Texas, 24-13; Shea: WVU, 28-27.