Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks

Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks

Welcome to Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks! From the opening weekend of the NCAA football season through Super Bowl LIII, 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 line. 

Mike Drakulich covers both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers during the season for!

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 2019-20 Against All Odds Champion?

Week three of Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks has been cemented into the books… Like last edition, I went 6-4 on the week and my dad went 5-5. Both of us could’ve seen better or even worse records if it weren’t for some curious calls and unbelievable endings.

What shall this week bring for both of us?


Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks Week 4

Lines as of 9/19/2019

NCAA Football

Saturday, September 21st

#11 Michigan Wolverines (2-0) at #13 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0)

Game Time: Noon at Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI.

Line: Wisconsin -3.5

Pick: PSN: Wisconsin | MJD: Wisconsin

The Badgers have been on fire and the narrow escape by Michigan over Army worries me greatly. It pains me to take Wisconsin over my beloved Wolverines, but I just don’t trust them to come up big here.


Southern Miss Eagles (2-1) at #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0)

Game Time: Noon at Bryant Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Line: Alabama -34.5

Pick: PSN: Alabama | MJD: Alabama

This, by all accounts, should and will be a slaughter… question is, will ‘Bama screw me and not make the cover again like they did last week or will they open a can of whoop ass by over 35 here? I’ll try my luck again with the Crimson Tide.

#15 UCF Knights (3-0) at Pitt Panthers (1-2)

Game Time: 3:30 pm at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA.

Line: UCF -13.5

Pick: PSN: Pitt | MJD: Pitt

Pitt is at home, and the Panthers made everyone eat that ridiculous 17.5 spread last week at Penn State, a game that they should have won outright. UCF has scored 30+ points in 29 consecutive games. Both that streak and their winning streak will be coming to end end this Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field. H2P.

West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1) at Kansas Jayhawks (2-1)

Game Time: 4:30 at Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS.

Line: WVU -4.5

Pick: PSN: WVU | MJD: Kansas

The Mountaineers surprised a few people last week by taking care of N.C. State. Now they have a good chance of making it a winning streak vs everyone’s favorite patsy, Kansas.

#7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0) at #3 Georgia Bulldogs (3-0)

Game Time: 8:00 pm at Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA.

Line: Georgia -13.5

Pick: PSN: Georgia | MJD: Notre Dame

Notre Dame will enter this game with big dreams, but will leave Sanford Stadium experiencing nightmares. Dawgs all da way here.


Sunday September 22nd

Miami Dolphins (0-2) at Dallas Cowboys (2-0)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.

Line: Dallas -21.5

Pick: PSN: Dallas | MJD: Dallas

Miami has taken over for Cleveland as the league’s doormat. Up next to fry the Fish are the Cowboys. Get the yellow tape ready…

Denver Broncos (0-2) at Green Bay Packers (2-0)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI.

Line: Green Bay -7.5

Pick: PSN: Green Bay | MJD: Green Bay

The hapless Broncos travel to Lambeau where they will get plenty of tasty cheese and an asskicking to boot. It’s off to the glue factory for these horses.

Baltimore Ravens (2-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO.

Line: Kansas City -6.5

Pick: PSN: Kansas City | MJD: Kansas City

The Ravens get their first true test of the year, and will will go as badly as expected. Patrick Maholmes and the Chiefs are gonna scalp Baltimore.

NY Jets (1-1) at New England Patriots (2-0)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA.

Line: New England -22.5

Pick: PSN: New England | MJD: New England

The Jets are down to… someone at QB… it’s the 3rd stringer and his name is Luke Falk. These Jets will be grounded and pounded. This will get ugly.

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-0)

Game Time: 4:25 pm at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA.

Line: San Francisco -6.5

Pick: PSN: Pittsburgh | MJD: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s season hangs in the balance as Mason Rudolph takes over for the injured Ben Roethlisberger. Free Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick joins the Steelers secondary via trade as well.

Pick Results

PSN: Last Week: 6-4 | Overall: 17-13  —   .566

MJD: Last Week: 5-5 | Overall: 13-17   -4   .433


Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks History

2018 Champion: MJD

2017 Champion: PSN

2016 Champion: MJD

2015 Champion: MJD

2014 Champion: PSN

2013 Champion: PSN

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