Lakeville South (2-0) at Eden Prairie (2-0), 7 p.m.
Picking against the Cougars is foolish, a lesson that was re-enforced last week. So we will not make that mistake again. But Eden Prairie, which also opened the season with two dominant performances to open, could provide Lakeville South with a stiff test in a potential Prep Bowl preview. Our pick: Lakeville South 27, Eden Prairie 14
Cretin-Derham Hall (0-2) at St. Thomas Academy (2-0), 7 p.m.
Cretin-Derham Hall’s early-season schedule is the same this year as it was last — absolutely brutal. Spring Lake Park, Mahtomedi and St. Thomas Academy represent three of the top programs Class 5A has to offer. Such a slate hasn’t been kind to the Raiders thus far in Steve Walsh’s first season as head coach, but the Raiders can take solace in knowing more favorable matchups are to come. Our pick: St. Thomas Academy 34, Cretin-Derham Hall 10
Rosemount (2-0) at Lakeville North (1-1), 7 p.m.
Last week’s shutout loss against its crosstown rival again begs the question for the Panthers: Can they find ways to score against elite defenses? They’ll have another chance to answer that question this week against Rosemount, which shut out Lakeville North last fall. The Irish defense has yet to allow a single point in any of the first three quarters this season. Our pick: Lakeville North 10, Rosemount 7
Johnson (0-2) at Highland Park (1-1), 6 p.m.
The Scots and Governors allowed a combined 23 points last week — and yet neither came away with a victory. Both St. Paul schools will look to get their respective offenses going in this intracity showdown. Our pick: Highland Park 21, Johnson 9
Menomonie (2-2) at Hudson (3-1), 7 p.m.
It comes as no surprise that after an 0-2 start in nonconference games, the Mustangs rebounded by opening the conference slate with consecutive victories. While River Falls looks to be the Big Rivers Conference favorite after its win over Hudson last week, one of these two teams can maintain strong positioning with a win this week. Our pick: Hudson 14, Menomonie 13
Last week: 3-2