I love the summer time the best, but when fall comes king football helps get me pumped up like millions of other Americans.  The high schools begin Thursday night-- the weather is warm, the sun is shining at the kick off-- life is good.  Our award winning Sports Blitz begins airing on the football nights at 11:15.  Other big games to watch include Sexton at Holt where the visitors hope to end a six game losing streak to the Rams and may well do just that in grand style.  I still think Sexton is by far the most talented team in the area.

    Everett may be next and the Vikings should beat Waverly and look for Everett senior quarterback Reggie Williams to have an enormous seasons.  Everett and Sexton meet October 24th in the season's final regular season game and they both might be 8-0 which would be super.

     Okemos is at Mason.  Okemos has 30 seniors but no returnees on defense.  Mason was 1-8 last year but has made the play offs four of the past six years.  Somehow I think Okemos pulls out a close low scoring game.

     East Lansing is at Haslett.  It's a toss up.  I pick East Lansing because I think the Trojans are more consistent as a bigger team with more speed-- but few teams go to Haslett and beat the Vikings on their own field.  I'm not sure if Haslett's quarterback questions are fully solved.

     Michigan State leaves Friday for Saturday night's game at Cal.  The Bears and Spartans were each 7-6 last season.  It's a big deal for Cal to play at home and that's why MSU is a touchdown underdog.  I am not sure if MSU has enough veteran players, especially at the skilled positions and in the secondary to pull this one out.  But it could be close.  And in Ann Arbor, until Michigan loses at home, I still think the Wolverines, no matter who plays and who's the coach, will win over Utah.  The visitors have won nine of their last 11 and trounced UCLA ini a bowl game last fall-- but Michigan is still my pick.

     Let the season begin.  And furthermore-- the Lions 3-0 pre season record is not a fluke.  Opening regular season games-- at Atlanta, home to Green Bay and at San Francisco, are all winnable-- whether that happens or not, we'll see.


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