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 LIV, 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?

Blah… that about describes the Steeler passing game behind the shackled Mason Rudolph, Pitt’s 2nd half offensive performances, and the last two weeks in making picks.

Another week, another 5-5 record… still, that’s good enough to be ten games above .500 as we head down the stretch run in Against All Odds. Dad is eight games over .500 and still trails me by two games in the standings.

We’ll be out early next week, Tuesday night, as both Pitt and the Steelers play next Thursday night.

Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks Week 11

Lines as of 11/6/2019

NCAA Football

Saturday, November 9th

#4 Penn State Nittany Lions (8-0) at #17 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-0)

Game Time: Noon at TFC Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN.

Line: Penn State -7.5

Pick: PSN: Minnesota | MJD: Minnesota

Tough test for Penn State on the road up in the frigid air of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are out to prove they are for real. Penn State will not cover this spread… but, that doesn’t mean they’ll take the loss… or does it?


Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-5) at West Virginia Mountaineers (3-5)

Game Time: Noon at Mountaineer Field, Morgantown, WV.

Line: Texas Tech -2.5


WVU almost stunned undefeated Baylor last week, and now they look to build off of that performance. They will be at home and they should be pretty miffed to be dogs in their own house, so what the hell, go Mountaineers!


#2 LSU Tigers (8-0) at #3 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0)

Game Time: 3:30 pm at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Line: Alabama -6.5

Pick: PSN: LSU | MJD: Alabama

Thee game of the year in college football. Winner stays in the playoff hunt and the loser… probably stays in the playoff hunt, because God forbid SEC teams don’t get preferential treatment. Regardless of whether Tua Tagovailoa plays or not, I think Bama is in for more than they can handle with LSU’s high powered offense. The Tigers finally take down the Tide for the first time since 2011.

#19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (5-3)

Game Time: 3:30 pm at Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA.

Line: Wake Forest -2.5

Pick: PSN: Wake Forest | MJD: Virginia Tech

Can Wake Forest keep their winning ways going? Can VaTech build off their narrow loss to Notre Dame? My guess is the Hokies hang around for awhile before the Demon Deacons pull away in the 4th quarter.

#15 Notre Dame (6-2) at Duke Blue Devils (4-4)

Game Time: 7:30 pm at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC.

Line: Notre Dame -7.5

Pick: PSN: Notre Dame | MJD: Notre Dame

This game will probably see plenty of scoring, but eventually, the cream will rise to the top. The Irish will take care of business and cover by double digits.



Sunday, November 10th

Detroit Lions (3-4-1) at Chicago Bears (3-5)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL.

Line: Chicago -2.5

Pick: PSN: Detroit  | MJD: Detroit

Detroit had had some bad luck despite Matt Stafford’s excellent play. Persistence pays off and the Lions steal one in Chicago.

Baltimore Ravens (6-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH.

Line: Baltimore -9.5

Pick: PSN: Baltimore | MJD: Cincinnati

Will the Ravens suffer a letdown after clobbering the Patriots last week? Nah… no way, right?

Atlanta Falcons (1-7) at New Orleans Saints (7-1)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at Super Dome, New Orleans, LA.

Line: New Orleans -12.5

Pick: PSN: New Orleans | MJD: New Orleans

The sleep walking Falcons head into New Orleans to get pasted by Drew Brees who should really have his mojo going in his 2nd game back returning from his thumb injury. This may get ugly, and fast.

Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)

Game Time: 1:00 pm at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL.

Line: Tampa Bay -4.5

Pick: PSN: Tampa Bay | MJD: Arizona

Two teams with sub-par records but somewhat exciting offenses. Expect a shootout in this tilt, with the Bucs making the cover behind the receiving hands of Mike Evans.


LA Rams (5-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)

Game Time: 4:25 pm at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA.

Line: LA Rams -3.5

Pick: PSN: Pittsburgh | MJD: Pittsburgh

This may be a game where Pittsburgh covers, but loses the game. Everything depends on how well Mason Rudolph plays. The Steelers offense cannot expect to be successful if the coaching staff keeps Rudolph shackled. If Rudolph can start finding his groove and hit some receivers downfield, Pittsburgh will move to 5-4.

Pick Results

PSN: Last Week: 5-5 | Overall: 55-45  —   .555

MJD: Last Week: 5-5 | Overall: 53-47   -2   .533


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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