I'll never solve the looming Y2K problem, but I am going to attempt to claim another victory for humankind in its ongoing struggle against computer technology. The challenge works like this: Computer whiz Noland Parry plugs some numbers into his fancy PC, which uses some top-secret formula to predict weekly winners of Utah high school football games according to his power rankings. Meantime, I simply close my eyes and randomly point to pick my winners. Hey, it worked last year. I beat Parry's Power Guide by five games (pat on the back, please). The tete-a-tech rematch begins tonight.

Parry's Power Guide to high school football

By Noland Parry

First week of the season

Favored team Rating Diff. Rating Underdog Genessy's guess

Region 5

EAST 68.0 27.5 40.5 Judge Mem. East

Murray 53.4 6.9 46.5 WOODS CROSS Murray

Olympus 68.1 21.6 46.5 CYPRUS Olympus

West 65.2 11.3 53.9 BOUNTIFUL Bountiful

Nonregion

*ALTA 71.8 20.4 51.4 Viewmont Alta

ALTAMONT 19.7 10.7 9.0 Duchesne Altamont

Bingham 61.2 17.7 43.5 COTTONWOOD Bingham

Bonneville 60.5 9.4 51.1 PL. GROVE Bonneville

Box Elder 67.8 21.8 46.0 BEAR RIVER Box Elder

BRIGHTON 73.8 13.0 60.8 Granger Granger

CLEARFIELD 58.4 18.1 40.3 Kearns Kearns

Copper Hills 37.5 0.9 36.6 TIMPANOGOS Timpanogos

*Delta 51.6 13.7 37.9 LONE PEAK Delta

EMERY 43.5 0.2 43.3 Cedar City Emery

*Fremont 55.2 8.1 47.1 LAYTON Layton

Grantsville 50.8 30.0 20.8 GRANITE Grantsville

*HIGHLAND 84.3 1.6 82.7 Skyline Skyline

Hillcrest 55.5 5.0 50.5 DAVIS Hillcrest

Hunter 55.8 0.8 55.0 AMERICAN FORKHunter

JORDAN 54.7 12.0 42.7 West Jordan Jordan

Juab 39.6 12.2 27.4 CANYON VIEW Juab

Lehi 43.6 0.7 42.9 PAYSON Lehi

LOGAN 51.4 9.8 41.6 Ben Lomond Logan

Manti 32.3 9.6 22.7 RICHFIELD Manti

Millard 36.8 5.7 31.1 HURRICANE Millard

Monticello 12.2 14.4 -2.2 SOUTH SEVIER South Sevier

Morgan 50.2 19.5 30.7 UNION Morgan

MTN. VIEW 65.2 16.7 48.5 Provo Mtn. View

North Sevier 21.3 3.3 18.0 GUNNISON North Sevier

NORTH SUMMIT 32.1 18.0 14.1 Park City North Summit

Northridge 52.6 19.7 32.9 ROY Northridge

OREM 75.5 1.2 74.3 Timpview Orem

PINE VIEW 36.3 1.6 34.7 North SanpetePine View

Rich 30.5 12.3 18.2 SOUTH SUMMIT Rich

Snow Canyon 50.4 31.4 19.0 BEAVER Snow Canyon

SPANISH FORK 63.6 13.8 49.8 Sky View Spanish Fork

SPRINGVILLE 59.7 11.6 48.1 Mtn. Crest Springville

TAYLORSVILLE 53.7 7.5 46.2 Dixie Taylorsville

Tooele 32.2 1.9 30.3 WASATCH Tooele

Uintah 45.7 18.2 27.5 CARBON Uintah

Weber 50.7 13.4 37.3 OGDEN Weber

* Game on Thursday

Home team in CAPS; 1998 by Noland Parry

Last year: Jody Genessy 334-101 (76.8 percent); Power Guide 329-106 (75.6 percent)