No. 10 Hand (13-0) at No. 3 New Canaan (9-3), 6:30 p.m.: Teams have played four times in the playoffs but this is the first meeting during the regular season. Pucci’s pick: New Canaan.
Staples (10-1) at No. 1 Xavier (12-1), 6:30 p.m.: Staples coach Marce Petroccio was quoted as saying the Wreckers are facing the New York Giants in Week 1. If Xavier turns the ball over six times, Staples may have a chance. Pucci’s pick: Xavier.
Fairfield Warde (1-9 )at Foran (6-4), 7 p.m.: Warde has size, but can they contain the Lions’ potent offensive attack? Pucci’s pick: Foran.
Law (4-6 in 2012) vs. Harding (0-9) at Kennedy Stadium, Bridgeport, 7 p.m.: Jack Cochran will have Harding competitive at some point this season. Might be asking too much in Week 1. Pucci’s pick: Law.
Seymour (5-5) at Amity (4-6), 7 p.m.: Former Housatonic Division rivals square off in a non-league tilt. Pucci’s pick: Amity.
Hillhouse (11-2) at Darien (7-3), 4 p.m.: Only other meeting came in the 2008 Class M playoffs won by Darien. Pucci’s pick: Darien.
Bassick (1-9) at East Haven (1-9), 6 p.m.: One team will win as many games in Week 1 as they did all of last season. Pucci’s pick: Bassick.
Cheshire (6-4) at Ridgefield (8-2), 6 p.m.: Ridgefield has some veterans returning, Cheshire not so much. Pucci’s pick: Ridgefield.
Fairfield Ludlowe (5-5 )at Lyman Hall (0-10), 6 p.m.: Second-year Lyman Hall coach Rob Marone is still searching for his first win. Pucci’s pick: Fairfield Ludlowe.
North Haven (7-3) at Bridgeport Central (3-6), 6 p.m.: North Haven is known to run often, but QB Mike Halloran is capable of tossing the ball around. Pucci’s pick: North Haven.
No. 5 West Haven (8-3) at Greenwich (8-2), 6 p.m.: First meeting since hard-fought 2002 Class LL championship game. Pucci’s pick: West Haven.
Danbury (3-7) at Hamden (2-8), 7 p.m.: Danbury won 15-14 over the Green Dragons last season. Pucci’s pick: Danbury.
Fairfield Prep (6-4) at Stamford (2-8), 7 p.m.: Former Thanksgiving rivals will get reacquainted. Pucci’s pick: Fairfield Prep.
Trinity Catholic (8-3) at Sheehan (4-6), 7 p.m.: Not sure if Trinity Catholic can contain Sheehan’s spread attack. Pucci’s pick: Sheehan.
Trumbull (5-5) at Shelton (6-4), 7 p.m.: Shelton has talent to win many games. Now they just have to go out and prove it. Pucci’s pick: Shelton.
Wilbur Cross (2-8) at McMahon (6-4), 7 p.m.: Cross should be improved but McMahon returns a veteran squad. Pucci’s pick: McMahon.
Wilton (4-6) at Guilford (5-5), 7 p.m.: Could be one of the better seasons Guilford’s had in recent memory. Pucci’s pick: Guilford.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme (7-3) at Hyde (10-2), 4:30 p.m.: Valley Regional/Old Lyme should be one of the better teams in the Pequot Conference. Pucci’s pick: Valley Regional/Old Lyme.
Haddam-Killingworth (5-5) at North Branford (12-1), 6:30 p.m.: North Branford lost basically every starter from last season, when they advanced to Class S title game. Pucci’s pick: Haddam-Killingworth.
Housatonic/Wamogo (0-10) at Old Saybrook/Westbrook (5-5), 4:45 p.m.: The home team has a new coach, new attitude and committed to winning more games than last season. Pucci’s pick: Old Saybrook/Westbrook.
SMSA/University (3-7)at Coginchaug (3-7), 4:45 p.m.: Coginchaug is young, but has enough talent to win in Week 1. Pucci’s pick: Coginchaug.
Oxford (8-2) at Weston (9-3), 4 p.m.: Oxford fell just short of reaching the Class S playoffs last season. Wolverines have enough talent back to make another run at a postseason berth. Pucci’s pick: Oxford.
Brookfield (5-5) at Bunnell (3-7), 7 p.m.: Both teams should be improved from lackluster 2012 campaigns. Pucci’s pick: Brookfield.
Stratford (2-8) at Notre Dame-Fairfield (1-9), 7 p.m.: Nowhere to go but up for both programs. Pucci’s pick: Stratford.
Branford (5-5) at Woodland (8-4), 6:30 p.m.: Woodland QB Tanner Kingsley will attempt to break several passing records this season. Pucci’s pick: Woodland.
Naugatuck (6-4) at Crosby (1-9), 7 p.m.: The Craig Bruno era begins in Naugatuck, which has a good QB in junior Jason Bradley. Pucci’s pick: Naugatuck.
St. Paul (2-8) at Derby (6-4), 7 p.m.: Both teams offense our explosive, but the team that can play better defense will win here. Pucci’s pick: St. Paul.
Torrington (6-4) at No. 2 Ansonia (14-0), 7 p.m.: This one will be over by halftime. Heck, maybe even after the first quarter. Pucci’s pick: Ansonia.
Lewis Mills (0-10) at Morgan (5-5), 6:30 p.m.: Morgan could just be the sleeper team in the Pequot Conference. Pucci’s pick: Morgan.
Platt Tech (6-4) at Capital/Class./Achievement (10-1), noon: The tri-op has explosive speed and too many athletes for Platt Tech to contain. Pucci’s pick: Capital/Classical/Achievement.
O’Brien Tech (1-9) at Whitney Tech (0-10), 2 p.m.: Would be a great start for both programs to get a win in the first week. Pucci’s pick: O’Brien Tech.
Notre Dame-West Haven (4-6) at No. 8 St. Joseph (8-3), 1:30 p.m.: Other games in the SCC/FCIAC Challenge have gotten more hype, but this one could be a classic. Pucci’s pick: St. Joseph.