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Last updated: Thu. Sep. 04, 2014 - 01:02 am EDT

The Pig's Picks: Week 3

Celebrity life takes a back seat this week

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As many of you know, prognosticating is a glamorous business. That is pretty obvious when you get a look at this hunk of ham.

The parties are great and the attention from groupies is intoxicating. And the food, oh the food …

But Thursday is when The Pig takes a break from the glitz and glamour that is a huge part of football prognostication and gets to work.

In Week 3 we really delve into the conference races, with the NHC and ACAC kicking off their respective league schedules.

In the SAC, we finally get a local look at Wayne, who may as well have been playing on the moon the last two weeks in terms of locale.

Let's get these picks out of the way, The Pig has some photos he needs to delete off “The Cloud” before they appear online…

Concordia Lutheran at Wayne. The last time the Cadets played a speedy, athletic team, it whipped North Side on its home turf. Here's thinking this week will not be the same result. Keion Powers is the real deal at QB for the Generals. The Pig says Wayne by 15

North Side at Bishop Dwenger. The Redskins have win two of the last three in the series, but let a big lead slip away against the Saints a year ago at home. North Side looked improved against Delta, but the Saints appear to be in mid-season form despite a host of new contributors. The Pig says Bishop Dwenger by 7

Northrop at Snider. Now the top-ranked team in Class 5A, the Panthers will get a stiff test … next week against Penn. The Pig says Snider by 33

South Side at Bishop Luers. Another “revenge game” for the Knights after falling to South in overtime last year. Going to be a long season for the Archers. The Pig says Bishop Luers by 29.

Carroll at Norwell. Two teams with a lot of question marks entering conference play, with the Chargers looking for a QB to emerge and Norwell praying everyone can stay healthy for four quarters. Piercen Harnish is The Pig's selection for most valuable to his team. The Pig says Carroll by 3

East Noble at Homestead. The Pig was looking forward to catching this game of 2-0 foes, but the Knights fell apart late against Warsaw last week. Now, it is shaping up to be another Logan Ormsby-Ben Skowronek clinic. The Pig says Homestead by 16

New Haven at DeKalb. Oh, the games Baron football and The Pig play. That's 2-for-2 DeKalb is when being picked to lose by the master himself. How about another challenge to Coach Pete Kempf and his boys? The Pig says New Haven by 15

Bellmont and Columbia City. These are the two programs that are constantly ignored in the NHC, and after this week one of them is going to be 3-0. Bellmont's defense has been impressive thus far, leading the Braves to another win. The Pig says Bellmont by 5

Adams Central at Leo. The Pig is officially off the Flying Jets bandwagon. He talked them up in preseason and has picked them to win twice only to be let down. The reward for that is a visit to Leo-Cedarville. Good luck with that. The Pig says Leo by 22

Bluffton at South Adams. The last five games in this series have been won by the road team. With top-notch analysis like that, how can The Pig pick against it? The Pig says Bluffton by 5

Fort Recovery (OH) at Jay County. This out-of-state matchup isn't as exciting as when the Patriots played a team from Ontario, Canada a season ago, but it will have to do. Patriots could start piling up wins here prior to a late-September matchup with Woodlan. The Pig says Jay County by 14

Heritage at Woodlan. The Patriots have won five straight in the series and beat a solid (yet shorthanded) Norwell team on the road last week. But Woodlan is out to show its just as good even without Debo Woods, Jaylin Bennett and others lost to graduation. The Pig is going the Warriors here, and is afraid what the Heritage Grillers are going to do to him. The Pig says Woodlan by 2

Richmond at Huntington North. The Vikings hadn't been shut out since 2010 prior to last week's 10-0 loss to Carroll. Richmond has developed into a solid football program under Coach Matt Holeva, but Huntington North has some frustrations to work off. The Pig says Huntington North by 14

Garrett at Churubusco. The Pig was counting on the Railroaders marching their way through the NECC on the way to a big school division crown. Last week's loss to DeKalb has The Pig thinking … it still happens. Good thing 'Busco is in the small school division. The Pig says Churubusco by 1

Southwood at Whitko. Southwood knocked off state-ranked Oak Hill a week ago, but the Wildcats are due for a win. Why? Well, because The Pig says so. The Pig says Whitko by 4

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