This week’s college football forecast

There are a lot of games to choose from for area college football enthusiasts.

Cal Lutheran (1-1) at Redlands (2-0), 7 p.m.

Transfer U comes in to take on the Bulldogs in what should be one of the biggest games in the SCIAC this season. Cal Lutheran has looked more potent on offense than Redlands which tends to start slowly but wake up in the third quarter. The Bulldogs can’t afford a slow start in this one. The running game must also do better than it has in the first two games. Slight edge to the visiting Kingsmen in this one.

La Verne (0-2) at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2-0), 7 p.m.

A turning point game for both programs. CMS has played considerably weaker foes than the Leopards to this point. La Verne has lost 13 straight games and this a foe that shouldn’t be out of its class if it wants to make a leap to respectability, CMS has looked solid but they haven’t played anyone yet. Have to call this one for the Stags.

Pomona-Pitzer (0-2) at Chapman (0-2), 7 p.m.

Two teams still looking to get into the win column. The Sagehens need to improve on defense because Jake Caron and R.J. Maki can’t carry the team. Chapman can also be a tough place to win. We’re probably looking at a Panther victory.

In the community college ranks . . .

Riverside (2-1) at Chaffey (3-1), 6 p.m.

The Panthers have been lucky. Coach Carl Beach is the first to admit that and in this one he doesn’t have room for error. Riverside is back on the way up and has some talented game-breakers. Chaffey has won some low-scoring games so trading touchdowns with the Tigers might be tough.  Give RCC the edge, based on previous results.

Citrus (1-2) at San Bernardino Valley (1-2), 6 p.m.

The first Emerson Bowl with SBVC’s Kevin Emerson facing his former team. He wants this one bad. His team wants it too. If Kristin James hangs on to the ball, it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll go with the Wolverines at home.

Victor Valley (0-3) at Desert (1-3), 6 p.m.

The Rams have been beaten up physically by top-notch nonconference foes. They have the talent to win this one but coach Dave Hoover is worried about his team’s mental state after the tough start. If the Rams lose this one it’s going to be a very long season. If they can pull one out, it should them some momentum heading into conference play. Because of uncertainty at the quarterback position I have to go with Desert.