Rich's Picks -- Week 7 predictions
Fremont Ross (2-4 overall, 0-3 TRAC) at Toledo Whitmer (4-2, 2-1) *
A year ago, when it needed to score an upset win to get its season back on track, Ross got one at home against Whitmer. But this Little Giants team is not the same as last year’s. Ross has struggled and, in light of last year’s loss, Whitmer will want to ensure those struggles continue. Whitmer 42, Ross 21
Norwalk (1-5, 0-3 NOL) at Bellevue (4-2, 2-0) *
The Redmen are averaging 112 more yards and 16 more points per game than the Truckers. Bellevue has won three in a row while Norwalk is riding a four-game losing streak. Bellevue 34, Norwalk 18
Oak Harbor (3-3 overall) at SJCC (0-6) *
Oak Harbor has good depth and plays a tough, physical brand of football. SJCC, on the other hand, is hurt and is forced to play younger, smaller players. The effort is there for the Crimson Streaks but sometimes effort alone isn’t enough. Oak Harbor 38, SJCC 16
Clyde (5-1 overall, 1-1 SBC) at Edison (6-0, 1-0) *
Edison is off to its best start since 1981, but the Chargers have yet to beat an elite program. Now is their chance. Clyde can get itself back into SBC title contention with Perkins’ loss last week. Look for the Fliers to take advantage. Clyde 26, Edison 18
Gibsonburg (6-0 overall, 3-0 TAAC) at Montpelier (2-4, 0-2) *
Gibsonburg is rolling, having scored 50 in each of its last two games and 42 or more in four of its last five. The Golden Bears should steam past the Locomotives Friday. Gibsonburg 45, Montpelier 20
Margaretta (2-4 overall) at Sandusky Perkins (5-1) *
This wouldn’t have been a good matchup for Margaretta even before Perkins’ 25-22 loss to Port Clinton last week. The Pirates will be in a foul mood and will take it out on the Polar Bears. Perkins 42, Margaretta 12
St. Mary Central Catholic (3-3 overall, 0-0 SRL) at Lakota (3-3, 0-0) *
SMCC enjoys the more balanced offense and its losses have come against teams with a combined record of 17-1. Lakota is still in the running for a playoff berth and a win over SMCC would go a long way in that regard, but I don’t see it happening. SMCC 26, Lakota 16
Lake (6-0 overall, 3-0 NBC) at Woodmore (2-4, 1-2) *
Lake has scored 45, 47 or 49 points in every game this year while its defense has four shutouts. It could be a rough one for the Wildcats. Lake 45, Woodmore 12
College: No. 13 Northwestern (5-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) at No. 18 Michigan (4-1, 1-0) *
Both defenses are playing very well and will want to force the opposing offense to beat it through the air. I’m not convinced Michigan has already turned a corner on the path back to being elite, but I see the Wolverines winning at home. Michigan 24, Northwestern 22.
NFL: Cleveland Browns (1-3) at Baltimore Ravens (1-3) *
While the division title appears Cincinnati’s to lose, the winner Sunday can still stay in the chase for a wildcard playoff berth. Josh McCown has been good enough to win the last two weeks but the defense and typical Browns shenanigans have cost them. The Ravens may not be as good as we’re used to them being, but they can still take care of the Browns. Baltimore 27, Cleveland 20.
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