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A long time ago, the best prognosticating farm animal in the Western Hemisphere used to pick every area football every week. But over time, hearts were broken, feelings were hurt and The Pig was relegated to picking the winners of a measly 10 games per week.
But after some begging, old-fashioned bribing and overwhelming calls for more Pig this season, it has been decreed that Mr. Hatin' Bacon is back to give his legions of fans more greatness.
Concordia Lutheran at North Side. Both teams have something to prove in Week 1. The Cadets want to show they are still a threat in the SAC without David Morrison or Jon Poore. The Redskins are out to show they are a team that can continue to reload while competing for another SAC bell. The Pig says North Side by 12
Bishop Luers at Snider. This game is SUPPOSED to be a big one when it comes to the fight for the SAC title. Last year, it didn't turn out that way. The Knights have been waiting to get back on the field since last fall. Can they make a point that Bishop Luers is back on the map? Not yet. The Pig says Snider by 14
Northrop at East Noble. The most underrated program in the area? Try East Noble, the owner of 11 consecutive over-.500 seasons. That said, the Knights offended The Pig recently, and with that comes consequences. The Pig holds grudges. The Pig says Northrop by 30.
South Side at Bishop Dwenger. The Saints offense had some struggles in last week's scrimmage, but that is exactly what those things are for, to work out the kinks. The Pig thinks the Archers will need more than a scrimmage week to get going, although they have the right coach to bring pride back to South Side football. The Pig says Bishop Dwenger by 28.
Wayne at Anderson. Robert Brown leads Wayne to six wins. Robert Brown leaves Wayne for Anderson. Wayne routs Robert Brown's new team. The End. The Pig says Wayne by 23
New Haven at Heritage. One of the most even area rivalries over the last 15 years, with the Bulldogs holding a 9-8 edge since 1997. Neither getting much pub in preseason, but this could be the best game of Week 1. The Pig says New Haven by 6
Norwell at Leo. An opening kickoff return for a TD set the tone for this Week 1 game a year ago in a Leo rout. The Knights have the offensive personnel to hang, but can the defense get enough stops? The Pig says Leo by 11
Carroll at Goshen. One team is in rebuilding mode while the other has a roster full of non-Tranquills out to prove it is still stout with Drue and Justin. Not liking the Redskins' chances. The Pig says Carroll by 27
Huntington North at Homestead. This Week 1 tradition dates back to 1997, but is set to play its last installment for the near future. The Vikings would like nothing more than to end an eight-game losing streak against the Spartans. Sorry, not happening. The Pig says Homestead by 25
Woodlan at Eastside. So this Woodlan offensive line is huge eh? The Pig loves the bangers inside, but who replaces Jaylin Bennett? Let's see it Warriors … The Pig says Woodlan by 16
Churubusco at Lakeland. This traditional late-season NECC showdown moves to Week 1, with both teams looking to bank a big early victory. A lot of unknowns abound for 'Busco to begin 2014, will it come out swinging? The Pig says Lakeland by 2
Prairie Heights at Garrett. The poor Panthers are the first team to find out firsthand that the Railroaders returning to the NECC is a bad thing for many of the teams in the league. The Pig says Garrett by 32.
DeKalb at Angola. The Hornets downed the Barons by 14 in a sectional matchup last year. The Pig thinks the margin of victory will be larger to kick off 2014. The Pig says Angola by 20
Bellmont at Adams Central. These teams are similar in that no one ever mentions them as contenders in their respective leagues, but always impress over the course of the season. The Flying Jets need this one at home, with some heavies waiting on the sked in early September. The Pig says Adams Central by 7
Warsaw at Columbia City. With a new coach and a revamped defense, it is tough to figure just what to expect out of the Eagles in 2014. How about a win to kick off the season and pump some life into the program? Why not. The Pig says Columbia City by 4.
Delta at Jay County. The Patriots have begun the season with a loss to Delta for 17 straight seasons, although a 55-0 loss in 2011 ended up a forfeit victory. The Eagles are stout again, so chalk up No. 18. The Pig says Delta by 21
Northfield at Bluffton. D'Wayne Eskridge. Remember the name. Coach Hudgins grabs his first win with the Tigers in his first attempt with a big night from his RB. The Pig says Bluffton by 18
South Adams at Winchester. The Starfires have won this game each of the last three years to begin the season. With gluttony of returning starters on both sides of the ball, the streak goes to four. The Pig says South Adams by 5
Wawasee at Whitko. The last time Wawasee and Whitko did not play each other Week 1 was 1996, when The Pig was less than 10 years old, but already flawless. Neither team is flashy but can wear you down. Warriors seem stronger to start the year. The Pig says Wawasee by 14.
Central Noble at West Noble. The Cougars are taking steps in building a program under second-year coach Jeremy Yates. But this year will start off like the last 10 have, with a defeat. The Pig says West Noble by 17.