Michigan Preps Pick'em: Playoffs Week 2

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 ESPNHS State Rankings)

Canton (8-2) vs. No. 2 Detroit Catholic Central (9-1)

Yesterday we told you about Canton's thrilling revenge victory over Plymouth. But as it happens in the postseason, the schedule never gets easier; now it's time to face the state's No. 2 team in the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings. Detroit C.C. has avenged its only loss of the year and appears to be peaking at just the right time. The outcome will lie in which teams show up; Canton has proven it can win close games but shouldn't rely on a battle of wits at the end of the game against a dynamic Shamrocks squad that can score and shut down opposing offenses and might be the state's most balanced team. PREDICTION: Detroit Catholic Central 17, Canton 13

Brother Rice (6-4) vs. No. 1 Harrison (10-0)

Last week we asked if Brother Rice was the best 5-4 team of all time, and the Warriors responded with a convincing 34-8 win over a very good North Farmington team. They have a chance to make an even bigger statement this weekend by knocking off the defending D-2 champs. Harrison may go into this game without the services of senior QB Jake Vento, but the team still has more than enough talent to win. It just won't be easy against a Brother Rice team which has simply fallen on the wrong end of some very close games against the state's best teams. PREDICTION: Harrison 27, Brother Rice 21

Muskegon (8-2) vs. Lowell (9-1)

Losing to a very good Grand Rapids Christian team was the only blemish for Lowell, and now Gabe Dean and company want to show they're good enough to keep pressing through the state tourney. But Muskegon has other plans. The Big Reds have an offense capable of dropping 50+ on any given night, but a defense that is strikingly average. But average won't cut it against Lowell, a team that outscored its opposition, 340-129 this season. Muskegon's better than its 8-2 record, but Lowell's better than its 9-1 record, too. PREDICTION: Lowell 37, Muskegon 24

Previous Record: 18-10