Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Week 12 football picks

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

Not a good week at all, going 1-4, and the only right pick was Michigan! This is the week to turn it around and improve on that overall record of 29-25.


Kirtland vs. Bucyrus Wynford: Wynford rallied from a 27-0 deficit to win its regional final game, 56-48, in overtime. It's probably not a good idea to fall behind by 27 points against this stingy Kirtland defense. The Hornets seem determined to finish this season in historic fashion. PICK: Kirtland 31, Winford 10


Ohio State (7.5) at Michigan: The Buckeyes can't throw the ball, and the defense is struggling too. Then, there's that Urban Meyer thing lingering. OSU plays with pride and toughness, but it's not enough to bring home a win. Take the points though. PICK: Michigan 26, Ohio State 20

LSU at Arkansas (12.5): Don't sleep on the Razorbacks, who have won three of the last four in this series, including a 50-48 shocker when LSU won the BCS title in 2007. Arkansas has plenty of firepower to score an upset, but the Tigers' defense is nasty. LSU wins, but Arkansas covers. PICK: LSU 34, Arkansas 31


Green Bay at Detroit (+6): The Packers are 10-0 and the Lions are 7-3, but something tells me Detroit wants this landmark victory to tell the NFL we're legit. Upset special on turkey day. PICK: Detroit 38, Green Bay 37

Browns (+7.5) at Cincinnati: The Browns showed improvement on offense last week, but can they do it two weeks in a row? The feeling is no. PICK: Cincinnati 21, Browns 13.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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