Weekly staff football picks

  • Updated: October 25, 2012 - 10:05 PM

The big boys -- Class 6A -- begin their postseason tonight. On paper, most first-round games look like mismatches, but there are a few that should be dandies.

A 2-1 showing on Tuesday gives Jim a slight edge in the season record at 19-15. David, known for his strong postseason pushes, is at 17-17.

Section 3: Lakeville South (4-4) at Rosemount (4-4), 7 p.m.

Jim says: When it plays mistake-free, Lakeville South can compete with anyone. Witness the Cougars' 49-14 romp over top-seeded Prior Lake in Week 2. But turnovers have been a bugaboo, including four in a 12-0 loss to Rosemount on Oct. 5. Coach Larry Thompson will have those mistakes cleaned up.

Pick: Lakeville South 22, Rosemount 12

David says: That 12-0 loss came at Lakeville South. This time, the Cougars must travel to Rosemount. Overwhelmed last week by Lakeville North, the Irish saw a three-game win streak snapped. But guys are getting healthy and in position and the Irish should prevail.

Pick: Rosemount 24, Lakeville South 21

Section 4: Woodbury (3-5) vs. Cretin-Derham Hall (6-2), at Univ. of St. Thomas, 7:30 p.m.

Jim says: Looks like whatever was ailing Cretin through the early weeks of the season has been resolved. After a 2-2 start, the Raiders renewed their commitment to the run and have since averaged 48.5 points game.

Pick: Cretin-Derham Hall 36, Woodbury 16

David says: Even after a 48-20 drubbing by Cretin in Week 7, Royals coach Andy Hill believed his team could play with the Raiders. Another reason for hope, tailback Quaran Al-Hameed returned from injury last week.

Pick: Woodbury 28, Cretin-Derham Hall 21

Section 6: Minnetonka (3-5) at Hopkins (5-3), 7 p.m.

Jim says: Hopkins' three losses have come to Eden Prairie, Edina and Wayzata, all among the top seven in Class 6A. If quarterback J.T. DenHartog has time to throw, the Royals are tough to beat. And if he doesn't, he can win games with his legs.

Pick: Hopkins 33, Minnetonka 24

David says: Minnetonka lost in Week 8 on a last-second touchdown, a game that included a 91-yard DenHartog touchdown run. Something tells me the Skippers won't allow the young man to run quite so free this time.

Pick: Minnetonka 21, Hopkins 20

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Chicago WSox - S. Carroll 12:05 PM
NY Yankees - H. Kuroda
Tampa Bay - J. Hellickson 12:07 PM
Toronto - M. Buehrle
Detroit - B. Farmer 12:10 PM
Minnesota - Y. Pino
Seattle - C. Young 12:35 PM
Boston - B. Workman
Baltimore - B. Norris 1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks
San Francisco - T. Lincecum 3:05 PM
Washington - J. Zimmermann
Houston - C. McHugh 6:05 PM
Cleveland - D. Salazar
St. Louis - S. Miller 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - D. Buchanan
Atlanta - E. Santana 6:10 PM
Cincinnati - M. Leake
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez 6:10 PM
Milwaukee - W. Peralta
San Diego - A. Cashner 7:10 PM
Arizona - V. Nuno
Miami - T. Koehler 7:10 PM
Colorado - J. Lyles
Detroit - J. Verlander 7:10 PM
Minnesota - T. May
Kansas City - J. Guthrie 7:25 PM
Texas - N. Tepesch
LA Angels - C. Wilson 8:05 PM
Oakland - J. Lester
NY Mets - J. deGrom 8:10 PM
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke
Carolina 7 FINAL
New England 30
NY Giants 35 FINAL
NY Jets 24
Jacksonville 12 FINAL
Detroit 13
Oakland 21 FINAL
Green Bay 31
Chicago 6 FINAL
Seattle 34
Tampa Bay 3:30 PM
Buffalo
Tennessee 6:00 PM
Atlanta
Dallas 6:00 PM
Miami
Washington 6:30 PM
Baltimore
New Orleans 7:00 PM
Indianapolis
Minnesota 7:00 PM
Kansas City
St. Louis 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Houston 8:00 PM
Denver
San Diego 8/24/14 3:00 PM
San Francisco
Cincinnati 8/24/14 7:00 PM
Arizona
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:00 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
UCF 8/30/14 7:30 AM
Penn State
Chicago 6:00 PM
Toronto FC
Montreal 6:00 PM
Red Bull New York
Chivas USA 6:30 PM
New England
Houston 6:30 PM
Columbus
D.C. 7:30 PM
Sporting Kansas City
Vancouver FC 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Montreal 16 FINAL
Winnipeg 24
Toronto 3:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 8/24/14 2:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/24/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 2:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Indiana 4:00 PM
Washington
Minnesota 6:00 PM
San Antonio

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