Thursday, November 10, 2011

Week 10 football picks

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

A respectable 3-2 week puts the season mark at 25-19, so let's go.


Mentor vs. Solon at Byers Field: The Cardinals dismantled the Comets the last time these teams met. Solon is a bit healthier this time around for the second round of the playoffs, so it should be more competitive, but in the end, Mentor has much too much offense. PICK: Mentor 34, Solon 21


Ohio State at Purdue (7.5): For a team that can't throw the ball a lick, it's difficult to lay more than a touchdown, especially on the road. The feeling here is it's a bit closer than Vegas predicts. PICK: Ohio State 27, Purdue 21

Nebraska at Penn State (3.5): My commentary of the week: This game should not be played at Beaver Stadium. The Nebraska brass is already saying its fearful for its team and fans on Saturday. Considering the actions of the student body after Joe Paterno was fired late Wednesday night, I can't blame it for feeling that way. As for a pick, I'm going with the team with no distractions. PICK: Nebraska 17, Penn State 7


St. Louis (+2.5) at Browns: Expect Rams running back Steven Jackson to gash the Browns defense, just like all backs have this season. With a healthy Sam Bradford taking snaps, I'll take St. Louis outright. PICK: St. Louis 21, Browns 10

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (+3): Are the Bengals for real? I'm a believer, but this is the big-time in the AFC North. Cincy is close, but not there yet. PICK: Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 17

- Mark Podolski


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