Colorado Preps Pick'em: Week 6

Each week we'll take three intriguing matchups and put our knowledge to the test with some predictions. If you think your team's game is one of the best on the schedule, let us know in the comments or on Twitter @CParishESPNHS and we'll put it up for debate.

(Ranks based on this week's state rankings)

Rock Canyon (4-1) vs. No. 1 Valor Christian (5-0)

Valor Christian has had a brutal schedule before starting its normal 4A slate, and now the Eagles face off against one of the hottest teams in the classification. Rock Canyon has won four straight since a season-opening loss to Montrose. Look for junior RB Eric Williams to lead the way — he's scored 14 times this season. He also leads the team in tackles and is tied for the team lead in sacks. But Valor Christian, which cracked the POWERADE Southwest Regional rankings this week, looks like far and away the best team in Colorado. PREDICTION: Valor Christian 27, Rock Canyon 14

No. 3 Grandview (5-1) vs. Cherokee Trail (4-2)

Cherokee Trail's two losses have come in a one-point loss without star QB Thomas Singleton and against three-time reigning champ Mullen on ESPNU. Since then the Eagles have been on fire, and they've scored 56 points in each of their last two wins. A matchup against Grandview is a great way for the team to show the team is back on track. But Grandview is playing as well as anyone in the state. Following a season-opening loss to top-ranked Valor, the Wolves have been perfect. They've outscored their opponents by a 71-13 margin over the last two games. It'll be closer than you think. PREDICTION: Grandview 24, Cherokee Trail 21

Bear Creek (3-2) vs. No. 9 Arapahoe (5-0)

You can't really fault Bear Creek for its 3-2 record. After a tough loss to Eaglecrest, the Bears looked to rally against Mullen, which is never an easy game. But after back-to-back losses, the Bears have a third tough contest against unbeaten Arapahoe. The Warriors have outscored opponents 172-23 this season, but Bear Creek might be the team's best opponent. The schedule is brutal for the Warriors, too — after Bear Creek, Arapahoe plays Columbine and Mullen. You don't see many 5-0 teams with must-win games, but this could be one of them. PREDICTION: Arapahoe 30, Bear Creek 24

Previous Record: 10-6