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Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks Week 5

Welcome to Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks Week 5! From the opening weekend of the NCAA football season through Super Bowl LII, Mike Drakulich (PSN), the man behind Pittsburgh SportsNation, takes on his father, Michael J. Drakulich (MJD), in picking NCAA and NFL games against the Vegas spread. 

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To appease the taste buds of Pittsburgh’s local coverage area, Pitt, Penn State, and West Virginia, when they are playing, will always be on the docket among the NCAA games chosen, as will the Pittsburgh Steelers for NFL games.

Once Bowl Season arrives, we’ll bring you ALL 42 games and then continue throughout the conclusion of the NFL Playoffs.

Itchy vs Scratchy. Black Spy vs White Spy. Cheers vs Gary’s Old Towne Tavern. History is full of rivalries, but none are better than father vs son! Who will rise above the other this season and become the 2017-18 Against All Odds Champion?

First down week all year as I went 5-5 for the week. I had started off 4-1 on Saturday before the NFL went haywire on me on Sunday. My dad gained a game on me in the standing posting a 6-4 record in his picks. For now, I hold a five game lead in the standings. This week, we differ on four games. I hope everyone is enjoying this blazing hot September like we are in Western Pa, as may I remind any complainers of the December weather that lurks ahead! Have a great weekend and see you next week!


Lines as of 9/29/2017

NCAA Football

Saturday, September 30th

Rice Owls (1-3) at Pitt Panthers (1-3), 12:00 pm | Line: Pitt -20.5

Pick- PSN: Pitt | MJD: Pitt

If Pitt’s offense can’t find a way to light the scoreboard up this week, it’s never going to happen.

Indiana Hoosiers (2-1) at #4 Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0), 3:30 pm | Line: Penn State -17.5

Pick- PSN: Indiana | MJD: Penn State

Indiana has a knack of hanging in games. Penn State won on a last second touchdown last week at Iowa. 17.5 might be stretching it for the Nittany Lions here.


#7 Georgia Bulldogs (4-0) at Tennessee Vols (3-1), 3:30 pm | Line: Georgia -7.5

Pick- PSN: Tennessee | MJD: Tennessee

I realize that Georgia is #7 and all, but Tennessee isn’t a bad squad. Handing the home team 7.5 in a rivalry seems like a win to me.

Miami (OH) Red Hawks (2-2) at #22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-1), 5:00 pm | Line: Notre Dame -20.5

Pick- PSN: Notre Dame | MJD: Notre Dame

The Irish impressed me in burying Michigan State last week. They should no issues carving up Miami (OH) at home.


#2 Clemson Tigers (4-0) at #12 Virginia Tech Hokies (4-0), 8:00 pm | Line: Clemson -7.5

Pick- PSN: Virginia Tech | MJD: Clemson

Should be a great game. Handing the Hokies 7.5 in Blacksburg isn’t usually a good idea if you’re betting against them, even if the opponent is Clemson.



Sunday, October 1st

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (2-1), 1:00 pm | Line: Pittsburgh -2.5

Pick- PSN: Pittsburgh | MJD: Pittsburgh

Both teams were shocked last week by lesser teams. The Steelers seemed more interested in what where they were going to be for the National Anthem than they were in executing plays against a subpar Bears team. Baltimore was crushed overseas by Jacksonville 44-7. Time to see what the Steelers are truly made of here.

Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) at Cleveland Browns (0-3), 1:00 pm | Line: Cincinnati -3.5

Pick- PSN: Cincinnati | MJD: Cincinnati

In some betting circles, the Browns were actually favorites against the Colts last week. Lol. Two teams meet in trying to escape the AFC North basement. Cleveland’s spot in 4th is still etched in stone…

LA Rams (2-1) at Dallas Cowboys (2-1), 1:00 pm | Line: Dallas -7.5

Pick- PSN: LA Rams | MJD: Dallas

The Rams offense is surprisingly good this year, and that’s why I’ll take them getting 7.5 against an average Dallas team.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) at NY Jets (1-2), 1:00 pm | Line: Jacksonville -3.5

Pick- PSN: Jacksonville | MJD: Jacksonville

Not quite what sure what to make of Jacksonville yet, but I’m willing to bet the Jets won’t make it two wins in a row, even if the game is at home for them.

Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) at LA Chargers (0-3), 4:05 pm | Line: EVEN

Pick- PSN: Philadelphia | MJD: LA Chargers

The San Di–I mean Los Angeles Chargers can’t buy a break. Another loss, heartbreaker or not, and the season is kaput! I wonder how moron owner Dean Spanos is feeling watching his relocated team barely fill a 27,500 seat stadium over what he had in San Diego?

Pick Results

PSN: Last Week: 5-5 | Overall: 19-11    —    .633

MJD: Last Week: 6-4 | Overall: 14-16  -5    .466


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