Cowboy’s Sixshooter 10/24/18

Playoffs have started in some states.  In others, teams are still fighting for a playoff spot.  Many games mean far more than just a win, or loss, on a team’s record.  Get out there and cheer for a team.  They need to know their efforts have been noticed- even if they don’t make the playoffs.

1. Kansas
Moscow at Golden Plains
6:00 PM Thursday Oct 25

These teams faced off earlier this year, and Golden Plains came out on top 53-25.  They are 12 point favorites in this rematch, but it’s tough to beat a team twice in the same season.
Moscow has only lost two games, by a total of 17 points, since their loss to Golden Plains- and both of those teams are still in it.  I’m taking Moscow by 8.

Note: Kansas has three playoff rounds. Only six teams make it, and two of those get a bye in round 1.

2. Alabama
Chilton at Conecuh Springs
7:00 PM Friday Oct 26

This is the semi-final round in Alabama, and these teams matchup pretty well.  Chilton lost to Conecuh Springs by four earlier this season, but they have improved.  This time Conecuh Springs is a 17 point underdog. I think Chilton can pull it off, but I expect the score to be a lot closer than that.

3. Texas
White Deer at McLean
7:30 PM Friday Oct 26

McLean has been sitting in the top spot of our national rankings for most of this season.  They have earned a mercy rule win in all but one game.  This team is big, strong, and have some speed.
White Deer is at number seven, and they have plenty of speed.  Their only loss was on a wet field and came at the hands of another highly ranked team.
It’s an interesting matchup.  To win, White Deer will have to find a way to get into open field where their speed has an advantage.  That’s going to be a challenge because McLean’s defense is tough.
Our spreads have McLean winning by 45.  I think that’s likely, but I won’t be surprised if White Deer makes this one last four quarters.

4. Colorado
Fleming at Idalia
7:00 PM Friday Oct 26

We have seen a lot of movement in the Colorado rankings this season because of close games between upper level teams.  This one could create more movement. In our state rankings, Fleming is at number four and Idalia is at six.  Only three points separate them, so it’s anybody’s game.  I’m going with the underdog and picking Idalia to win.

5. Nebraska
Cody-Kilgore at Deshler
3:00 PM Friday Oct 26

This is a first round of the Nebraska playoffs, so it’s a huge game for both teams.  Deshler is a 10 point favorite, but I’ll always be a fan of the underdog.  I don’t know enough about either team to justify my pick, but I’m making it anyway.  My gut says Cody-Kilgore gets the win in a very close game.

6. Texas
Amherst at Whitharral
7:30 PM Friday Oct 26

Sixmania spreads show Whitharral as a zero point favorite.  The actual number is 0.07 points.  Basically, these teams are so closely matched that anything can happen.  Whoever comes up short in this one probably won’t make the playoffs.  I’m going to take Whitharral in barn-burner.