The first round is already over and now it's time to engage:
Xavier 31, Denmark 17 - Denmark hasn't won anything since the Peace of Westphalia, I think. And the mighty Hawks are playing on Rocky Bleier Field, so woe betide the visitors.
ACTUAL RESULT: XAVIER 28, DENMARK 7. Now all they have to do is cruise through Belgium and outflank the Maginot Line. Or maybe beat the Kettle Moraine Lutheran/New Holstein winner.
St. Norbert 56, Beloit 0 - St. Norbert is nationally ranked. My beloved Bucs are just rank.
ACTUAL RESULT: ST. NORBERT 55, BELOIT 9. The Green Knights allow my Bucs a courtesy flush, apparently. But the Bucs are still swirling the bowl.
Wisconsin 41, Indiana 27 - Back to reality for the Badgers, who face yet another pesky spread offense squad. Indiana has some weapons, but I suspect the Badgers have more, especially on their home field.
ACTUAL RESULT: WISCONSIN 33, INDIANA 3. Bucky finally seems to be playing the way they were predicted to play. Of course a trip to Columbus could disabuse me of that notion in a hurry....
Green Bay 31, Denver 21 - My beloved Packers haven't won in Denver since 1971, if I remember correctly. This time the Broncos don't appear to have a quarterback, though. The Packers do.
ACTUAL RESULT: GREEN BAY 19, DENVER 13. Turns out I was wrong - the Packers had never won in Denver. Until now, that is -- Brett Favre exorcises another ghost. Now it's time to do it in Kansas City, another place where the Packers have never won.
Local high school picks:
Mounds View 31, Roseville 24 - Roseville is better than their record, but they aren't going to beat the Mustangs. An all-District 621 final could be in the offing.
ACTUAL RESULT: MOUNDS VIEW 21, ROSEVILLE 14. The Mustangs hold up their end of the bargain.
Irondale 35, White Bear Lake 27 - The Bears (Go Bears) would usually be favored in this matchup, but Irondale has been winning games impressively all season long. Won't stop tomorrow night.
ACTUAL RESULT: WBL 23, IRONDALE 22. Go Bears, I guess. Knights had a chance to win it late, but fumbled at the WBL 12. A sad end to an otherwise excellent season.