Thursday, August 30, 2012

Football picks: Week 1

Each week during the football season, Sports Editor Mark Podolski will pick NFL, college and high school games.

This is the second year I'm putting my football knowledge (which isn't much) on the line. The only prediction from last season I'm patting myself on the back for was getting the winner and the score of the Division V state title game, won by Kirtland, 28-7, right.

The plan in 2012 is to try for two. Since the NFL season is a week away, we'll go with four college games and one high school. Here week go:



Boise State (+7.5) at Michigan State: The Spartans are generating buzz as having one of the nation's top defenses. I agree. Prediction: Michigan 27-13


Alabama vs. Michigan (+11) at Cowboys Stadium: Michigan should be very good in 2012 with QB Denard Robinson, but probably not as good as the Crimson Tide. Prediction: Alabama 28-24

Miami (Ohio) (+20.5) at Ohio State: Coach Urban Meyer wants his Buckeyes to be angry. Let's hope his team is better than the 6-7 record from last year first. Prediction: Ohio State 34-10

Ohio (+15.5) at Penn State: Many are saying the Bobcats are the best of the Mid-American Conference. You know what everyone is saying about Penn State football. Let the doom and gloom begin in Happy Valley. Prediction: Ohio 21-17



Mayfield at South: Last week, Kareem Hunt went video game on NDCL with 460 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. Mayfield needed overtime to beat Nordonia, and hopes to keep up with the Rebels' offense with its spread attack. The Wildcats' defense will be the key and must contain Hunt. Prediction: South 34-20

- Mark Podolski | @MPodo


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