• Hillhouse (4-7 in 2014) at Sheehan (3-8), 6 p.m.: Hillhouse has won 10 straight in this series, including a 40-21 victory last season.
Pooch’s pick: Hillhouse.
• Morgan (8-3) at North Branford (11-2), 6:30 p.m.: North Branford has won four of the last five meetings against the Huskies, including a 41-40 thriller in overtime last season. Peter Nye makes his debut as head coach at Morgan.
Pooch’s pick: Morgan.
• Branford (3-8) at Foran (6-5), 7 p.m.: Branford enters this season in search of its first winning season since 2009.
Pooch’s pick: Foran.
• Bunnell (6-5) at Masuk (7-4), 7 p.m.: Expectations are high this season at Bunnell. A road trip to Masuk, one of the SWC’s most consistent programs, might determine if the Bulldogs are ready for prime time or not.
Pooch’s pick: Bunnell.
• Fairfield Prep (7-4) at Notre Dame-West Haven (9-4), 7 p.m.: Behind senior quarterback Christian Lupoli and junior receiver Nico Ragaini, Notre Dame has been touted as the most talented team in the SCC.
Pooch’s pick: Notre Dame.
• Guilford (2-9) at East Haven (3-8), 7 p.m.: A contest that features two new head coaches. Mike Eagle moves from Morgan to Guilford, while Melvin Wells takes over with the Easties after spending the last eight seasons at Hyde.
Pooch’s pick: Guilford.
• Hamden (2-9) at Cheshire (8-3), 7 p.m.: Due to field renovations, Hamden hits the road for at least a month.
Pooch’s pick: Cheshire.
• Hand (5-6) at Amity (3-8), 7 p.m.: Former Amity standout Ted Czepiga coaches his first game at his alma mater.
Pooch’s pick: Hand.
• Kennedy (5-6) at Naugatuck (9-3), 7 p.m.: Craig Bruno enters his third season as Naugy head coach with an 18-5 record. The Greyhounds qualified for the Class L-Large state tournament last season before losing to Darien in the semifinals.
Pooch’s pick: Naugatuck.
• Law (5-6) at North Haven (9-3), 7 p.m.: North Haven is, by far, the most talented team in the SCC Division II.
Pooch’s pick: North Haven.
• New Milford (3-8) at Stratford (5-6), 7 p.m.: Behind quarterback Tyler Hansen, the Green Wave are expected to put up their fair share of points. How well New Milford performs on the other side of the ball may determine its fate this season.
Pooch’s pick: New Milford.
• St. Paul (6-5) at Derby (7-4), 7 p.m.: Derby has won its last four meetings against the Falcons. The Red Raiders have averaged 51.3 points per game during that stretch, while St. Paul has averaged 35.5.
Pooch’s pick: Derby.
• Watertown (1-10) vs. Seymour (7-4), at Oxford, 7:30 p.m.: Dual-threat quarterback Jaylen Kelley tossed 19 touchdown passes as a sophomore for Seymour. He’s poised to have an even better season this year.
Pooch’s pick: Seymour.
• Wilbur Cross (7-4) at Shelton (12-1), 7 p.m.: Dangerous opening game for Shelton. The Gaels are expected to be without the services of receivers Chris Kanios (shoulder) and Alex Kirk (left foot).
Pooch’s pick: Shelton.
• Xavier (9-3) at West Haven (6-5), 7 p.m.: The Rich Boshea era begins in West Haven. Boshea takes over for Ed McCarthy, who retired after compiling a state-record 332 victories.
Pooch’s pick: Xavier.
• CREC vs. Lyman Hall (1-10), at Sheehan, 10:30 a.m.: CREC, an Enfield-based magnet school, plays its first varsity game.
Pooch’s pick: Lyman Hall.
• Haddam-Killingworth (4-7) at Old Saybrook/Westbrook (0-11) noon: Former East Haven coach Mike Marone takes over an Old Saybrook/Westbrook program that has lost 14 games in a row.
Pooch’s pick: Haddam-Killingworth.
• Thames River (1-10) vs. Platt Tech (3-7) at Foran, noon: Jimmy Benjamin begins his first season as head coach at Platt Tech and takes on the formerly named St. Bernard/Norwich Tech.
Pooch’s pick: Platt Tech.
• Valley Regional/Old Lyme (13-0) vs. Hyde/Career/Whitney Tech (5-6), at Wilbur Cross, noon: Hyde begins its first season as a co-op with the addition of Career and Whitney Tech student-athletes.
Pooch’s pick: Valley Regional/Old Lyme.
• Cromwell/Portland (6-5) at Coginchaug (9-2), 1 p.m.: Cromwell/Portland coach Chris Eckert was suspended for the first week following the investigation of a hazing incident within the Panthers program.
Pooch’s pick: Coginchaug.
• Cheney Tech (8-3) vs. O’Brien Tech (0-10), at Shelton, 3 p.m.: The Condors will look to snap a 12-game losing streak dating back to 2013.
Pooch’s pick: Cheney Tech.