You may think that once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is the next big event.
I am here to tell you that you are wrong – dead wrong. We’ve got two days of football state title games, folks, so let’s not crank up the Christmas tunes too loud just yet.
Eight games gives me eight chances to feel smart by predicting each and every game. This is a slate of great games, so if you’re not doing anything on Friday and Saturday get yourself down to Ford Field.
Division 1: Catholic Central (13-0) vs. Cass Tech (13-0), Saturday 1 p.m.
This will be the fourth time since 2011 these two powers have met in the playoffs, and man do I love this matchup. This game could very well be an instant classic, but I’m going to have to go with the Technicians in this one. They have more Division I college talent on their team than Rutgers University. Pick: Cass Tech
Division 2: Walled Lake Western (12-1) vs. Martin Luther King (11-2), Friday 1 p.m.
Walled Lake Western has Mr. Do-It-All Cody White on their team, and I truly believe he’s the player of the year. He has enough talent to change the game, and he showed that with two touchdowns in last week’s 37-34 win over Lowell. Pick: Walled Lake Western
Division 3: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (9-4) vs. Muskegon (12-1), Saturday 7:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s is going for the three-peat here, going against the team they beat 7-0 in the 2014 state final. Don’t let the Eaglets four-loss record fool you – they’re still the real deal. Pick: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
Division 4: Detroit Country Day (13-0) vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Friday 7:30 p.m.
I was surprised to see Country Day topple River Rouge in its 20-14 semifinal win – the Panthers were as athletic as they come all over the field. I also don’t see them doing it again, especially against Catholic Central’s defense that’s just given up 10 points in the playoffs. Pick: Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Division 5: Menominee (12-1) vs. Grand Rapids West Catholic (11-2), Saturday 4:30 p.m.
West Catholic is getting greedy, going for its fourth consecutive state title. Menominee (AKA Basically Wisconsin) has also been the Falcons constant postseason victim, losing to them in the postseason every year since 2010. You know what? Every streak has to come to an end. Pick: Menominee
Division 6: Maple City Glen Lake (11-2) vs. Jackson Lumen Christi (11-2), Friday 4:30 p.m.
Jackson Lumen Christi is back in the state finals after taking a tough road to get there by beating two top-three teams in Schoolcraft and Millington. Maple City Glen Lake has been stout on defense, giving up just 10 points per game, but I think Jackson is ready to break through them. Pick: Jackson Lumen Christi
Division 7: Pewamo-Westphalia (13-0) vs. Detroit Loyola (11-2), Saturday 10 a.m.
Pewamo-Westphalia – however that’s pronounced – is a machine on both sides of the ball by averaging 47 points per game and giving up just eight points. And side note: I once got hit so hard against a Loyola player in a 2009 game (glory days) that my ears are still ringing. However, he didn’t hit me hard enough to swing my pick for this game. Pick: Pewamo-Westphalia
Division 8: Muskegon Catholic Central (13-0) vs. Ottawa Lake Whiteford (13-0), Friday 10 a.m.
Death. Taxes. Muskegon Catholic Central winning the Division 8 state title. They’ve pitched three straight shutouts heading into this game, so let’s make it four straight state titles. Pick: Muskegon Catholic Central