Thursday, September 20, 2012

Week 4 football picks

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

It couldn't get worse than a 1-4 mark two weeks ago, right? Wrong. How about 0-5? Yikes. That puts the season record at 4-11. How pitiful. This is the week to turn it around. Here we go:


Kirtland at Cuyahoga Heights: This is usually one of the best small-school rivalries in Northeast Ohio every season. Both teams are 4-0, but the Hornets have had the Redskins' number lately. PICK: Kirtland, 31-10


Michigan (+3.5) at Notre Dame: The Irish defense was nasty in a win at Michigan State. Has Michigan recovered from that humbling loss to Alabama on opening night? The Wolverines have beaten Notre Dame seven straight times. PICK: Michigan, 21-20

Clemson (+13.5) at Florida State: The Seminoles rolled through two cupcakes, then hammered ACC foe Wake Forest while Clemson has look decent. This could be FSU's first step back to relevancy in terms of the national championship race, but don't count on the Tigers. PICK: Florida State, 34-28


Bills at Browns (+3): This is must-win territory for the Browns, who can't afford an 0-3 start, not with trips to Baltimore and the Giants in Weeks 4 and 5. The good news is QB Brandon Weeden and RB Trent Richardson looked good last week. PICK: Browns, 27-24

N.Y. Giants at Panthers (+2.5): This will be Cam Newton's first appearance on national TV. Don't bet against the multi-talented QB. PICK: Panthers, 34-31

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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