Thursday, September 15, 2011

Football picks No. 2

After a 4-1 week, correctly picking Mentor over St. Ignatius, underdog Michigan winning outright over Notre Dame, and easy covers by Alabama (over Penn State) and the Bengals (over the Browns), my lone slip-up was picking the Steelers to cover and win outright at Baltimore.

I was dead-wrong on that one. Let's see if we can go 5-0 for the week.


Madison at University: These 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon kickoffs have to be tricky for teams used to playing Friday nights, but the physical Blue Streaks seem like a determined group. PICK: Madison 28, University 17


Ohio State (+1) at Miami (Fla.): The Buckeyes will be without one of its best defensive players in Nathan Williams and that will make a difference. We'll find out about QB Joe Bauserman and if he's legit. No offense to the 25-year-old, but I don't think he is. Hope I'm wrong. PICK: Miami 17, Ohio State 10

Oklahoma at Florida State (+4): Bob Stoops and the Sooners have a history of coming up short in critical spots, and this game is critical for the race for the BCS national championship. I'm just not buying the Seminoles right now, and OU's offense is lethal. PICK: Oklahoma 33, Florida State 24


BROWNS at Indianapolis (+2.5): Really? The Browns are favorites at the Peyton Manning-less Colts? Really? PICK: Indianapolis 24, BROWNS 13

San Diego (+7) at New England: Tom Brady was awesome last Monday night against the Dolphins, and if this were a normal week for the Pats, I would say it's another easy win. On a short week, I'll take the Chargers to cover. PICK: New England 27, San Diego 21.

- Mark Podolski


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