THE nice thing about having children is that when they reach a certain age, they usually become great sources of information.
It's hard not to, considering by the time they hit 12 or so, they somehow know everything.
So when I found myself unable to pick a winner in the Warren G. Harding-Howland game, I knew where to turn.
My daughter, Erin, is never shy about giving advice. Sometimes, I don't even have to ask.
A few of her greatest hits:
So, of course, when I called home to consult her on tonight's big game, I got this:
''You're the sportswriter. Which team is better?''
Thanks, Erin. Love you, too.
But before the obligatory, ''Gotta go, Dad,'' she said, ''Pick Howland.''
''Because we live there,'' she said. ''Duh.''
The meeting between the Raiders and the Tigers - both 2-0 - is just part of the season's first huge football weekend, but it's not the only big high school matchup:
There are big college matchups, including No. 12 Miami vs. No. 2 Ohio State. They will meet at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday in a rematch of the 2002 BCS national championship. YSU will host Butler in its home opener at 6 on Saturday night.
Other big games include No. 18 Penn State at No. 1 Alabama, No. 17 Florida State at No. 10 Oklahoma (a battle between Seminoles defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and his brother Bob, the Sooners' head coach), No. 22 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina and Michigan at Notre Dame.
The weekend concludes with the first Sunday of the NFL season. The Browns visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Steelers host the Atlanta Falcons.