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Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks Week 4

Every week, Mr. Pittsburgh SportsNation, Mike Drakulich, takes on his father, MJD, in choosing 10 games against the spread. Pitt, Penn State, and West Virginia, if they are playing, will always be on the slate among the five NCAA games chosen, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, covered by Mike Drakulich for, will be included alongside 4 other exciting NFL match-ups.

Improvement! Well, sort of. Last week saw my picks go a pedestrian 5-5, which is better than 3-6-1 I guess. Watching Pitt blow a 10 point lead against Iowa, costing me one game was bad enough. Watching Seattle march the ball down the field against Denver in overtime last week, when Denver was getting 5.5 points, was like a mule kick to the groin, as the Seahawks scored the game ending touchdown.

This week Pitt takes on Akron,who was thrashed by Marshall last week. James Connor, the nations leading runner, should be in control all game. Pitt needs to start utilizing more weapons than just Connor and Tyler Boyd, though. I’m nervous about taking Penn State with such a large spread, since they won’t be playing the Washington Generals this week. Boston College, which whipped USC up in Chestnut Hill, shouldn’t have a problem covering against an average Colorado State team. Syracuse has been an enigma all year, so who knows what team will show upon Saturday night in New Jersey. I still like the Irish in this one. Duke has been blowing out every opponent it’s had all year. It’s facing a much tougher challenge in Miami. The Hurricanes aren’t that spectacular, so with a 7 point advantage, I like Duke to cover, if not win this game outright.

The Steelers ran the ball down Carolina’s throats last week. You can expect more of the same against Tampa, who was slaughtered by Atlanta. By the way, will there ever be  any Thursday Night Football games that don’t suck? Baltimore and their backfield has to be salivating about entering Sunday’s game against Carolina. While I don’t see a repeat performance of what the Steelers did to the Panthers on the ground last week by the Ravens, I do see Baltimore covering at home. Tennessee is way to young to handle what Andrew Luck and the Colts will bring to the table. Colts cover easily. Jacksonville, the league’s whipping boy, gets to face a hot Phillip Rivers. Chargers will have a field day offensively. Minnesota is in disarray. Adrian Peterson is gone, Matt Asiata is terrible, and they turn to a talented rookie in Teddy Bridgewater. Atlanta will take this one with no problem.


Lines as of 9/26/2014


(3-0) Pitt (-20) OVER Akron (1-2) / MJD picks Pitt

(3-0) Penn State (-9.5) OVER Northwestern (2-1) / MJD picks Penn State

(3-1) Boston College (-9.5) OVER Colorado State (2-1) / MJD picks Colorado State

(3-0) 8 Notre Dame (-9.5) OVER Syracuse (2-1) *At MetLife Stadium  / MJD picks Notre Dame

(4-0) Duke (+7) OVER Miami (2-2) / MJD picks Duke


(2-1) Pittsburgh (-7.5) OVER Tampa Bay (0-3) / MJD picks Pittsburgh

(2-1) Baltimore (-3) OVER Carolina (2-1) / MJD picks Baltimore

(1-2) Indianapolis (-7.5) OVER Tennessee (1-2) / MJD picks Indianapolis

(2-1) San Diego (-13.5) OVER Jacksonville (0-3) / MJD picks San Diego

(2-0) Atlanta (-2.5) OVER Minnesota (1-2) /MJD picks Atlanta

*Home Teams in BOLD


Pick Results:

PSN: Last Week: 5-5 / Overall: 13-16-1

MJD: Last Week: 4-6 / Overall: 16-13-1

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