Predictions: Look for Mingus to push record to 3-2 with big win tonight

Mingus senior Jason Groth is the conference’s third-leading rusher, (410 yards) as he continues toward his first 1,000-yard season.

Mingus senior Jason Groth is the conference’s third-leading rusher, (410 yards) as he continues toward his first 1,000-yard season.

(2-2) Mingus Union High School football hosts Mojave High School, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23

Coming off a 35-14 thumping of Lee Williams on the road, Friday is homecoming for Mingus Union High School as the Marauders host Mojave High School.

Friday's pageantry should only be bettered by the Marauders' control of both sides of the ball, as Mingus should win and improve to 3-2 on the year.

Final score: Marauders 38 Mojave 20

(1-3) Camp Verde High School football at Tonopah Valley High School, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23

Last Friday's 34-6 loss to Kingman Academy was Camp Verde High School's closest game of the year.

Dealing with the suspension of head coach Steve Darby, assistant coach Jerome Rhoades will lead the team for the time being.

With a full week to prepare the Cowboys, Rhoades will lead Camp Verde to Tonopah Valley High School. Don't expect a win. But expect the Cowboys to fight until the end, and play a sound fundamental game to make their coaching staff proud.

Final score: Tonopah Valley 31 Cowboys 20

(2-1) University of Arizona football hosts (3-0) University of Washington, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

After a week one loss to BYU, the University of Arizona has won its past two games by scoring often and by playing a reasonably tight defense.

But the ninth-ranked University of Washington Huskies would like to break the Wildcats' modest winning streak - and they will. Unfortunately for the U of A, the game won't be all that close. Beating Grambling State and the University of Hawaii the past two weeks, though a confidence builder, will not prepare the Wildcats for the powerhouse coming into Arizona.

Final score: University of Washington 41 Wildcats 10

(3-0) Arizona State University football hosts (2-1) University of California, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

Facing the University of Texas San Antonio a week ago, Arizona State University surrendered 28 points, but scored 32.

This week, the Sun Devils take on Cal at home. The 2-1 Golden Bears have scored big each week, but they have also given up a lot of points. So don't expect a pitchers' duel of sorts, or of any sort. But do expect a close game.

Final score: University of California 44 Sun Devils 42

(1-2) Northern Arizona University football hosts (2-1) Eastern Washington University, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

Eastern Washington University likes to put points on the score board. For both teams. Their defense has been as porous this season as their offense has been plentiful.

With a 2-1 record, the Eagles travel to Flagstaff to take on a Northern Arizona University squad that last week won its first game of the year - and did it convincingly with a 73-3 shellacking of New Mexico Highlands.

Can the Lumberjacks even both their own record and their opponent's record on Saturday?

Yes. But it won't be easy.

Final score: Lumberjacks 38 Eastern Washington 31

(1-1) Arizona Cardinals at (0-2) Buffalo, 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25

Scoring 40 against Tampa Bay a week ago bodes well for Brice Arians' offense. But surrendering only seven points - and giving Buccaneers' quarterback Jameis Winston fits means more, especially when the Arizona Cardinals' all-star defense struggled in week one against New England.

Anyone looking for Buffalo to make things interesting on Sunday should pop in a video tape of the Bills' glory years back in the early 1990s. Odds are good that Carson Palmer and his receivers will score big Sunday in Buffalo, as will the running game.

In fact, expect one of those blowouts that has Cardinals' punter Drew Butler wishing that he had brought a book to work.

Final score: Cardinals 48 Buffalo 10

(63-88) Arizona Diamondbacks at (82-69) Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-25

A family reunion of sorts this weekend in Baltimore, as former Diamondbacks' Mark Trumbo, Michael Bourn and Wade Miley - and the rest of their Orioles' teammates host cellar dwelling Arizona this weekend.

The Orioles have plenty to play for, as they seek a wild card spot - possibly even a division title in the American League East.

For the Diamondbacks, it's mostly about finishing the season on a positive note, and making sure that star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finishes with a .300 batting average and more home runs than stolen bases.

Of course, crab cakes are also a suitable indulgence this weekend in Baltimore.

Baltimore sweeps the Diamondbacks.

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