GRIDIRON GURUS: Week 18

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Tarleton State hosts Midwestern State for first FCS Homecoming game in Stephenville; UMHB faces Louisiana College looking to secure berth in ASC Championship

Battling longtime NCAA Division II Midwestern State, the Tarleton State Texans will play their first Homecoming game as a NCAA Division I program at 6 p.m. Saturday in Stephenville’s Memorial Stadium.

While the Texans (3-2) have enjoyed success in a loaded spring schedule, Midwestern State (1-0) plays an abbreviated spring football schedule after the Lone Star Conference unanimously voted to postpone football operations in the fall. Coming off an impressive 37-15 rematch victory over Dixie State, Tarleton State enters the sixth week of its inaugural season in NCAA Division I after having its regularly slated fall football slate postponed due to COVID-19.

Looking to earn a berth in the American Southwest Conference Championship game with a win, the Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders (3-0) will host ASC East second place Louisiana College (2-1) at noon Saturday in Belton’s Crusader Stadium. In the regular season finale, a UMHB win also clinches at least a share of the ASC East Division title.

Other FCS games feature Alabama A&M (2-0) at Prairie View A&M (2-0), Southern (1-1) visiting Texas Southern (0-1), Southeastern La. (2-1) traveling to Incarnate Word (2-0), Lamar (1-2) hosting Sam Houston State (2-0), and Northwestern State (0-2) taking on McNeese State (0-3).

In Division III, the ASC features Hardin-Simmons (3-0) visiting Sul Ross State (0-3), and Howard Payne (1-2) hosting McMurry (1-2).

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

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.

For the record, Gridiron Gurus’ friendly battle for bragging right during the “real” fall football season came down to the final game of the season, the Super Bowl. With both Wade and Brett amazingly tied after picking 245 games going into Super Bowl LV, Wade correctly picked Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to upset Brett’s choice and favorites, the Kansas City Chiefs. Congrats, Wade.

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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