Texas high school playoffs are here, in case you haven't heard. As the UIL Bi-District and TAPPS Area rounds open up, there are 100 games to pick through, which includes the two deep-dive previews with Waxahachie Life over Palestine and Euless Trinity topping Arlington Lamar.
Through 284 games this year, my prediction record stands at 206-78 (.725) after a 40-8 (.833) record last week. In this space, we're going to pick the other 99 games on this weekend's calendar involving DFW teams. Another week like last week would put my over that 75 percent correct on the year.
6A Bi-District Picks
Flower Mound over Keller
DeSoto over Dallas Skyline
Arlington Martin over San Angelo Central
Southlake Carroll over Lewisville
Duncanville over South Grand Prairie
Allen over Sachse
Rockwall over Killeen Harker Heights
Prosper over Wylie
Mesquite over Killeen Shoemaker
Arlington over Richland
Denton Guyer over Hebron
Cedar Hill over Richardson Pearce
Arlington Bowie over Weatherford
Flower Mound Marcus over Keller Central
Mansfield Summit over Lake Highlands
Lakeview Centennial over Jesuit
McKinney over Naaman Forest
There are 48 regular season games to pick this year and the chances of a 75 percent prediction record is slim-to-none. It would require a 45-3 record the last two weeks of the year, and I'm 100% sure I'll get more than three wrong this week. I went 19-5 last week, which is 79.2 percent right, missing big time on DeSoto beating Mansfield Summit, Dallas Carter beating Dallas Hutchins and Dunne knocking off Lynch.
Below are the 22 other games of note that I'll try my best at predicting a winner for in addition to the deeper-dive games for Thursday and Friday:
Keller Central clinching a playoff spot and eliminating Keller Timber Creek; Prestonwood bouncing back and beating Bishop Lynch at home.
The first two games are Thursday night matchups; the next 19 are Friday night games; last one is Saturday. There are a lot of playoff implications in these games as well, so hold onto you butts, because here...we...go. Week 10 picks!
Grapevine (5-3, 2-2) vs. #2 Denton Ryan (8-0, 5-0)
Ryan is in. There's no doubt about that. Grapevine has work to do. It is in fourth right now and owns the tie-breaker over Denton, which is a game. Grapevine can clinch with a win and a Heritage win or a Denton loss. However, it'll have to wait a week as Ryan rolls here at home.