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February 11, 2021

GRIDIRON GURUS: Week 13

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: In wake of Super Bowl LV, football continues as NCAA FCS teams join Division III squads for unprecedented spring season

PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: In wake of Super Bowl LV, football continues as NCAA FCS teams join Division III squads for unprecedented spring season

With the unusual and unprecedented becoming the norm in our pre-COVID-19 pandemic world, football season continues on through February and beyond as the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) kicks off Saturday with a single game while Division III moves into Week 2 of the first-ever college football spring season with a full slate of matchups.

Throughout the spring, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus prognosticators will select NCAA FCS and Division III college football games featuring Texas teams.

Playing in its first season as a Division I college football program, the Tarleton State Texans kickoff the spring season by hosting the McNeese State Cowboys at 7 p.m. Saturday in Stephenville’s Memorial Stadium. Coming off back-to-back NCAA Div. II Lone Star Conference championships, the Texans (11-1 in 2019) matchup evenly against McNeese State (7-5 in 2019), which last won the FCS Southland Conference title in 2015.

In Division III action, the winter weather storm event across Texas may wreak havoc with the schedule, causing postponements and cancellations as Howard Payne (0-1) attempts to rebound from a heartbreaking 39-38 loss Texas Lutheran when Yellow Jackets visit Hardin-Simmons Saturday in the season-opening at Abilene’s Shelton Stadium. In the meantime, Trinity and East Texas Baptist will aim for opening the season with back-to-back wins as Trinity (1-0) visits Millsaps (0-1) and East Texas Baptist (1-0) hosts Belhaven (0-1).

Coming off an impressive 41-0 victory over Belhaven last week, the perennial national powerhouse Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders (1-0) – playing a five-game, conference-only schedule – will have an open date this week.

This season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel consists of newcomer Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), while Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton, The Sports Buzz photographer David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 spring football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the unprecedented spring football games.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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