Welcome to Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks- Week 17! 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 40 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?
I used to enjoy watching all of the Bowl games. Gave me some football to watch night in and night out when most of my TV shows are on Winter break.
Now I hate em.
A 3-7 week, 2-8 by my dad, saw me gain a game in the standings by one but also watching my once spectacular record fade away. For the season, I am now 84-66, which is still pretty good, but I’ve gone 11-19 the past three weeks, and that has me boiling mad.
This week we have 17 Bowl games lined up through next Thursday night, and three NFL games this Sunday.
Perhaps I can get back on track…
Lines as of 12/21/2017
Friday, December 22nd
Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
UAB Blazers (8-4) at Ohio Bobcats (8-4)
12:30 pm | Line: Ohio -6.5
Pick- PSN: Ohio | MJD: Ohio
If I could pick a Bowl I’d wanna be other than in the College Football Playoffs, the Bahamas is a pretty good choice. I like Ohio to cover.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID.
Central Michigan Chippewas (8-4) at Wyoming Cowboys (7-5)
4:00 pm | Line: Wyoming -3.5
Pick- PSN: Wyoming | MJD: Central Michigan
Yes, the field you will be watching this game is blue, so don’t think you’re tripping on acid or anything. Dad and I differ on this one, dad going with Antonio Brown’s Chippewas from Central Michigan.
Saturday, December 23rd
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL.
Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-6) at South Florida Bulls (9-2)
12:00 pm | Line: South Florida -2.5
Pick- PSN: South Florida | MJD: Texas Tech
I’ve never known Alabama to be such a destination spot, but man, do they get a lot of Bowl games. South Florida looks to cap off a great season.
Armed Forces Bowl
Armon Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX.
San Diego State Aztecs (10-2) at Army Black Knights (9-3)
3:30 pm | Line: San Diego State -6.5
Pick- PSN: San Diego State | MJD: San Diego State
Want to play a drinking game? Chug a beer every time Army runs the ball. Just kidding… Blutarski from Animal House wouldn’t survive that challenge.
Dollar General Bowl
Laad-Peoples Stadium, Mobile, AL.
Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-4) at Toledo Rockets (11-2)
7:00 pm | Line: Toledo -6.5
Pick- PSN: Toledo | MJD: Toledo
Another game in Alabama… Just a gut feeling Toledo rockets past the Mountaineers.
Sunday, December 24th
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI.
Fresno State Bulldogs (9-4) at Houston Cougars (7-4)
8:30 pm | Line: Houston -2.5
Pick- PSN: Houston | MJD: Fresno State
I mentioned the Bahamas as a pretty good spot to be in for a Bowl… checking out Magnum, Higgins and the lads in Hawaii ain’t a bad place either.
Tuesday, December 26th
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX.
Utah Utes (6-6) at West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5)
1:30 pm | Line: Utah -6.5
Pick- PSN: Utah | MJD: Utah
WVU has a wounded offense and that won’t be a good thing when they meet the Utes. “A what…? did you say utes?”
Quick Lane Bowl
Ford Field, Detroit, MI.
Duke Blue Devils (6-6) at Northern Illinois Huskies (8-4)
5:15 pm | Line: Duke -4.5
Pick- PSN: Duke | MJD: Duke
You can step outside Ford Field and even other sports in Detroit nowadays and not worry about being mugged as much when Axel Foley was running around town. Why Duke? Why not?
Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ.
Kansas State Wildcats (7-5) at UCLA Bruins (6-6)
1:30 pm | Line: Kansas State -2.5
Pick- PSN: UCLA | MJD: Kansas State
This game could go either way, but I’ll go with the better quarterback in this one….
Wednesday, December 27th
Independence Bowl, Shreveport, LA.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (8-4) at Florida State Seminoles (6-6)
1:30 pm | Line: Florida State -14.5
Pick- PSN: Florida State | MJD: Southern Miss
Florida State has had a nightmare season. Can they end 2017 on a high note and set the tone for 2018? I think so.
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY.
Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5) at Boston College Eagles (7-5)
5:15 pm | Line: Iowa -2.5
Pick- PSN: Iowa | MJD: Boston College
Can’t go against Iowa in those Steelers knockoffs….
Foster Farms Bowl
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA.
Arizona Wildcats (7-5) at Purdue Boilermakers (6-6)
8:30 pm | Line: Arizona -3.5
Pick- PSN: Arizona | MJD: Arizona
This game should as exciting as watching season highlights of the Cleveland Browns.
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX.
Texas Longhorns (6-6) at Missouri Tigers (7-5)
9:00 pm | Line: Missouri -1.5
Pick- PSN: Missouri | MJD: Texas
My, how far the Longhorns have fallen.
Thursday, December 28th
Navy Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD.
Virginia Cavaliers (6-6) at Navy Midshipmen (6-6)
1:30 pm | Line: Navy -1.5
Pick- PSN: Virginia | MJD: Navy
This will be a tight game, but I think Virginia will spring the upset in Annapolis.
Camping World Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL.
No.22 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) at No.19 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3)
5:15 pm | Line: Oklahoma State -6.5
Pick- PSN: Virginia Tech | MJD: Virginia Tech
I’ve seen both teams in action up close and personal… should be a great game that comes down to the wire. Tech will cover…
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA.
No.18 Washington State Cougars (9-3) at No.16 Michigan State Spartans (9-3)
9:00 pm | Line: Washington State -2.5
Pick- PSN: Michigan State | MJD: Washington State
Could be a shootout in which who has the ball last wins. I like Sparty here.
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX.
No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (9-4) at No.15 TCU Horned Frogs (10-3)
9:00 pm | Line: TCU -2.5
Pick- PSN: TCU | MJD: TCU
I see TCU handing the Cardinal their lunch in this one… big time.
Sunday, December 24th
Buffalo Bills (8-6) at New England Patriots (11-3)
1:00 pm | Line: New England -13.5
Pick- PSN: Buffalo | MJD: Buffalo
The Patriots, fresh off of having last week’s game against the Steelers handed to them by the NFL, faces a Bills team with their backs against the wall… could be upset city and karma here.
LA Rams (10-4) at Tennessee Titans (8-6)
1:00 pm | Line: LA Rams -6.5
Pick- PSN: LA Rams | MJD: LA Rams
The Rams went up to Seattle last week and beat the hell out of the Seahawks… I doubt they’ll be intimidated by Titans fans.
Monday, December 25th
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) at Houston Texans (4-10)
4:30pm | Line: Pittsburgh -9.5
Pick- PSN: Pittsburgh | MJD: Pittsburgh
The Steelers figure to be an angry bunch, and the woeful Texans could be in for a very long day in this Christmas Day affair.
PSN: Last Week: 3-7 | Overall: 84-66 — .560
MJD: Last Week: 2-8 | Overall: 67-83 -17 .446
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