Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week 7 football picks

Each week, Sports Editor Mark Podolski picks five games, four against the spread: one high school, two college and two NFL.

Boo, boo, boo!!!

I booing myself, and I deserve it after an 1-4 week puts the season mark at 17-13. It has to get better, right?


Benedictine at NDCL: Both teams need this win to bolster their playoff hopes. Let's go with the home team. PICK: NDCL 21, Benedictine 17


USC (+9) at Notre Dame: USC QB Matt Barkley should have no problem moving the ball on the Irish, but the Notre Dame should be able to throw and run. Expect a close game. PICK: Notre Dame 27, USC 24

Wisconsin at Michigan State (+8): The Spartans were the only team to beat the Badgers last season, but with QB Russell Wilson this is a different Wisconsin offense. Take the Badgers to win, but the Spartans to cover at home. PICK: Wisconsin 28, Michigan State 23


Seattle (+3) at Browns: No Joe Haden? No Peyton Hillis? A disgruntled Josh Cribbs? Good luck trying to figure out the Browns. PICK: Seattle 14, Browns 10

Pittsburgh at Arizona (+3.5): The last time the Steelers played the Cardinals, they won the Super Bowl. That's not on the line here. The last time Pittsburgh played at Arizona in the regular season was in 2007, with the Cardinals winning, 21-14. Upset special here. PICK: Arizona 21, Pittsburgh 14

- Mark Podolski


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