Thursday, September 13, 2012

Week 3 football picks

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

Major hall-of-shame performance this week, going 1-4. The season mark stands at 4-6, so a turnaround is badly needed. Here we go:


Aurora at Chagrin Falls: This matchup has turned into a heck of a rivalry the past few seasons. The Tigers are 3-0, but have had some shaky moments. PICK: Aurora, 17-10


Michigan State (+2.5) at Notre Dame: The Spartans' defense is elite and so is running back Laveon Bell. PICK: Michigan State, 23-10

USC at Stanford (+6.5): The Cardinal has won three of their last four vs. the Trojanns. Expect Stanford to slow the game with its rushing attack, but that might not last long. PICK: USC 34-17


Browns (+10) at Bengals: The odds should be with Brandon Weeden, who can't possibly be this bad two weeks in a row. He'll improve, but it won't be enough for a win. PICK: Bengals, 27-13

Bears (+6.5) at Packers: Green Bay can't afford to start 0-2, so expect urgency from Aaron Rodgers and Co. PICK: Green Bay: 31-27.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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