Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks

Against All Odds

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. 

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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 2019-20 Against All Odds Champion?

Week four of Against All Odds went pretty good for my dad and I, as we both went 7-3. Late touchdowns given up by the Patriots and Chiefs cost each of us a 9-1 record. I must also give props to Notre Dame going into Georgia and not getting blown away.

This week West Virginia is off, so that gives us an extra NCAA game to play with, and we decided to head to Norman, Oklahoma and put one of WVU’s main rivals on the board. The beating they give to Texas Tech will probably serve warning to Mountaineer fans on what to expect when the two meet.


Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks Week 5

Lines as of 9/25/2019

NCAA Football

Friday, September 27th

#12 Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0) at Maryland Terrapins (2-1)

Game Time: 8:00 pm at Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD.

Line: Penn State -7.5

Pick: PSN: Maryland | MJD: Penn State

Before everyone on here goes crazy accusing me of hating Penn State (oh, I do) and always choosing against them, take notice that Maryland is averaging 71 points per game at home. Now I realize that the Terps haven’t played the caliber of team yet like the Nittany Lions, but still, this team can put points up on the scoreboard. This is also PSU’s first road game of the year.

I’m sure the Lions will find a way to win, but the Turtles will cover.


Saturday, September 28th

Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1) at #6 Oklahoma Sooners (3-0)

Game Time: Noon at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK.

Line: Oklahoma -26.5

Pick: PSN: Oklahoma | MJD: Oklahoma

Oklahoma looks to lower the boom upon the visiting Red Raiders.

Delaware Blue Hens (3-1) at Pitt Panthers (2-2)

Game Time: 12:30 pm at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA.

Line: Pitt -27.5

Pick: PSN: Pitt | MJD: Pitt

As long as Pitt doesn’t get caught napping while looking ahead to the resumption of it’s ACC schedule next week, they should roll quite easily. The defense is just too good to allow Delaware to put up many points, and the offense is getting better every week.

#1 Clemson Tigers (4-0) at UNC Tar Heels (2-2)

Game Time: 3:30 at Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC.

Line: Clemson -26.5

Pick: PSN: Clemson | MJD: Clemson

The Tigers will continue to roll as they visit Mack Brown and his Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.

#5 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0)

Game Time: 7:30 pm at Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE.

Line: Ohio State -16.5

Pick: PSN: Ohio State | MJD: Nebraska

Thee Ohio State is giving up a whopping 16.5 points on the road to Nebraska, but this is a game where you can impress the voters with a blowout win, especially while in Lincoln. Every game counts, so the Buckeyes will have to have all cylinders firing in this one to cover. I think they will.



Sunday September 29th

New England Patriots (3-0) at Buffalo Bills (3-0)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at New Era, Orchard Park, NY.

Line: New England -6.5

Pick: PSN: New England | MJD: New England

The Bills have impressed everyone by starting off 3-0. Are they for real? We’ll know by 4 pm this Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) at Detroit Lions (2-0-1)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at Ford Field, Detroit, MI.

Line: Kansas City -5.5

Pick: PSN: Kansas City | MJD: Kansas City

A match-up of teams with no losses, one much better than the other. That will show in the scoreboard. KC by a touchdown or better.

LA Chargers (1-2) at Miami Dolphins (0-3)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL..

Line: LA Chargers -16.5

Pick: PSN: LA Chargers | MJD: LA Chargers

The Chargers had better get the engine running and soon. Are the Dolphins just what the doctor ordered? Yep…

Cleveland Browns (1-2) at Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD.

Line: Baltimore -6.5

Pick: PSN: Baltimore | MJD: Cleveland

Big game for both teams. The Ravens can put a stranglehold on the division, and the Browns are in danger of seeing their season go down in flames.

Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3)

Game Time: 8:15 pm at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA.

Line: Pittsburgh -4.5

Pick: PSN: Pittsburgh | MJD: Pittsburgh

Like the Browns, it’s put up or shut-up time for Pittsburgh. Enough of the excuses, just play up to the talents this team has, and good things will happen.

Pick Results

PSN: Last Week: 7-3 | Overall: 24-16  —   .566

MJD: Last Week: 7-3 | Overall: 20-20   -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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