Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks Week 7

Welcome to Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks Week 7! 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 EVERY Bowl Game 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 2018-19 Against All Odds Champion?

If you’re a fan of both the Pitt Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, last weekend was a pretty good two days.

If you’re a fan of Against All Odds, you saw both myself and my dad get a good kick to the ribs, as we both went a numbing 2-8 for the week.

That, my friends, just plain sucks.

It’s been a crazy year in the NFL, and honestly, it’s been brutal getting a good gage on any team besides Kansas City and the LA Rams.

When you get knocked down, all you can do is get back up and fight back. With a record of 14-21, I lead my dad by one game on the year.

Let’s see if one, or both of us can get back on track in a major way in week seven. It’s going to be interesting, if anything, as my dad and I differ on seven games this week.


Lines as of 10/11/2018

NCAA Football

Saturday, October 13th

Pitt Panthers (3-3) at #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0), 2:30 pm

Line: Notre Dame -21.5

Pick: PSN: Pitt | MJD: Pitt

Pitt bounced back nicely last week by coming back twice to beat Syracuse. Now they face the Irish whom they’ve upset more than when Notre Dame was favored heavily. I doubt Pitt can win, but I do see them hanging close and not being buried by the spread of 21.5…


Michigan State Spartans (3-2) at #8 Penn State Nittany Lions (4-1), 3:30 pm

Line: Penn State -13.5

Pick: PSN: Penn State | MJD: Michigan State

Penn State should be in a foul mood after choking away that game vs Ohio State two weeks ago. Michigan State just isn’t that good either, in my humble opinion.

#7 Washington Huskies (5-1) at #17 Oregon Ducks (4-1), 3:30 pm

Line: Washington -3.5

Pick: PSN: Washington | MJD: Oregon

The Huskies have a big road test when they face the Ducks. Tough place to play, but I think Washington has the tools to win and make the cover.

#2 Georgia Bulldogs (6-0) at #13 LSU Tigers (5-1), 3:30 pm

Line: Georgia -7.5

Pick: PSN: Georgia | MJD: LSU

LSU has a chance at redemption after being punked by Florida last weekend. Unfortunately for the Tigers, I see a two game losing streak in their future.

#6 West Virginia Mountaineers (5-0) at Iowa State Cyclones (2-3), 7:00 pm

Line: WVU -6.5


Can’t say how impressed I am with WVU these days. Ranked sixth in the Nation, the Mountaineers should be fine before heading into their bye week. Will Grier must’ve suffered the Against All Odds Cover Jinx last week as he turned the ball over four times last week vs Kansas and cost me a cover by the Mountaineers.




Sunday, October 14th

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-1), 1:00 pm

Line: Cincinnati -1.5

Pick: PSN: Pittsburgh | MJD: Pittsburgh

The Steelers awakened last week and pounded the Falcons to bits at Heinz Field. Now they get to get some momentum going before their bye against a team they’ve tormented over and over. Expect that trend to continue, as I see Ben Roethlisberger and the Steeler offense putting up some big numbers in this one. Expect the WiFi to be a strong connection this week between Big Ben and Antonio Brown.


LA Chargers (3-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-2-1), 1:00 pm

Line: EVEN

Pick: PSN: LA Chargers | MJD: Cleveland

Cleveland proved me both right and wrong last week. I know they’ve improved, but I was wary of their ability to find ways to win close games. They did, ever so barely with that quail that was kicked in OT to give the Browns their 2nd win of the year. That said, I think Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense will be a bit too much for the Browns to overcome this week.

Carolina Panthers (3-1) at Washington Redskins (2-2), 1:00 pm

Line: EVEN

Pick: PSN: Carolina | MJD: Washington

Toss up in this one, and I’ll go with who I think has the better team top to bottom here… Cam Newton will take the Panthers to 4-1.

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3), 4:25 pm

Line: Jacksonville -2.5

Pick: PSN: Jacksonville | MJD: Dallas

The Jags were pounded last week and now face a heavy road test in Dallas. I think Jacksonville’s defense harasses Dak Prescott just enough to escape with the much needed away victory.

Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at Tennessee Titans (3-2), 4:25 pm

Line: Baltimore -2.5

Pick: PSN: Baltimore | MJD: Tennessee

Baltimore choked away all the momentum they had after beating Pittsburgh the week before. If you can explain Tennessee to me, please do. Somehow, the Ravens will win.

Pick Results

PSN: Last Week: 2-8 | Overall: 14-21   —   .400

MJD: Last Week: 2-8 | Overall: 13-22  -1   .371


2017 Champion: PSN

2016 Champion: MJD

2015 Champion: MJD

2014 Champion: PSN

2013 Champion: PSN

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