Thursday, September 6, 2012

Week 2 football picks

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

Last week was respectable with a 3-2 mark, but it's time for a 5-0 week, especially with the NFL season kicking off. Here were go:


Mentor at St. Ignatius: Last season, Mitch Trubisky and the Cardinals posted an impressive win in the regular season, but lost to the Wildcats in a Division I regional final. The jury is still out on how good Mentor is, but the buzz on the street is St. Ignatius is for real. The guess is this one will be Trubisky's shoulders, and I expect the senior to be up for the challenge. Pick: Mentor 24-23.


Central Florida (+18) at Ohio State: Like the Buckeyes, UCF is ineligible for postseason play, but that's where the similarities end. There's been plenty of preseason buzz about the Knights, but like many teams that venture into Ohio Stadium, it can be an eye-opening experience. Pick: Ohio State, 37-14

Florida at Texas A&M (+1.5): The Aggies will be playing their first-ever game as a member of the Southeastern Conference, and, at home, that should count for something. Pick: Texas A&M: 17-16


Eagles at Browns (+8.5): The Browns will likely have cornerback Joe Haden for this one, and that's huge. Just as important is having first-round pick Trent Richardson, who plans to play. Can QB Brandon Weeden make enough plays? Probably not. Pick: Eagles, 27-10.

Steelers (+1.5) at Broncos: Let the Peyton Manning lovefest begin! Pick: Broncos: 24-17.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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