Week 11 football picks
A 2-3 weeks puts the season mark at 21-28-1, so let's go:
Mentor vs. St. Ignatius, Saturday: Conventional wisdom says whatever goes up (Mentor's stock can't be higher than it is right now), must go down ... unless that team has the best player in the state in QB Mitch Trubisky. Somehow, the Cardinals find a way to get it done the second week in a row. PICK: Mentor, 38-35.
Ohio State (+3) at Wisconsin, Saturday: The fact that the game is being played at Camp Randall Stadium has to be the only reason why the Badgers are favored in this one. Buckeyes roll here. PICK: Ohio State, 31-17.
USC at UCLA (+4), Saturday: Have you seen the Trojans' defense this season? Still in rivalry games, anything can happen. The Bruins win ... barely. Take USC and the points. PICK: UCLA, 41-38.
Browns (+7.5) at Cowboys, Sunday: This is the spot where most are saying the Browns don't have a shot. We'll go the other way, at least for a cover. PICK: Cowboys, 24-21.
Ravens (+3.5) at Steelers, Sunday: It will be tough for Pittsburgh without its leader and QB Ben Roethlisberger. PICK: Ravens, 23-14.
- Mark Podolski | @MPodo