Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks

Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks

Anyone can pick the winners of football games. It’s a different animal when you are choosing against the Vegas odds. Here, my dad, Michael J. Drakulich (MJD), and I, Mike Drakulich (PSN), put our money where our mouths are weekly, in Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks! From the opening weekend of the NCAA football season through the Super Bowl, I take on my father in picking NCAA and NFL games against the Vegas Odds. 

I cover 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 the best five Bowl games of the week 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?

The Curse of Bowl Season continues… another 4-6 week for me, but this time, dad goes 6-4 and now takes a one game lead in the standings with just four weeks of Against All Odds left.

This week could get very interesting as we differ on six games! It’s the last of the Bowl games until the National Championship on January 13th.

Hope you all had a great Christmas, as my family and fellow Orthodox Serbs are waiting for ours on January 7th!

Catch you all next week and may you all have a Happy New Year!


Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks

Lines as of 12/30/2019

NCAA Football

Tuesday, December 31st

Liberty Bowl

Kansas State Wildcats (8-4) at #23 Navy Midshipmen (10-2)

Game Time: 3:45 p.m. at Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN.

Line: Navy -2.5

Pick: PSN: Navy | MJD: Navy

Navy runs like a possessed Forrest Gump, and they alter their game plan for no one. It’s here we are and try and stop us. Kansas State has more talent, but you can’t overtake the heart of the Middies. Navy completes a great season with a Liberty Bowl victory.


Alamo Bowl

Texas Longhorns (7-5) at #11 Utah Utes (11-2)

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. at Alamodome, San Antonio, TX.

Line: Utah -7.5

Pick: PSN: Utah | MJD: Texas



Wednesday, January 1st

Citrus Bowl

#14 Michigan Wolverines (9-3) at #13 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2)

Game Time: 1:00 p.m. at Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL.

Line: Alabama -6.5

Pick: PSN: Alabama | MJD: Alabama



Outback Bowl

#18 Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2) at #12 Auburn Tigers (9-3)

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

Line: Auburn -7.5

Pick: PSN: Minnesota | MJD: Auburn



Rose Bowl

#8 Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) at #6 Oregon Ducks (11-2)

Game Time: 5:00 p.m. at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA.

Line: Wisconsin -3.5

Pick: PSN: Wisconsin | MJD: Oregon



Sugar Bowl

#7 Baylor Bears (11-2) at #5 Georgia Bulldogs (11-2)

Game Time: 8:45 p.m. at Superdome, New Orleans, LA.

Line: Georgia -5.5

Pick: PSN: Georgia | MJD: Georgia


NFL Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 4th

#5 Buffalo Bills (10-6) at #4 Houston Texans (10-6)

Game Time: 4:35 p.m. at NRG Stadium, Houston, TX.

Line: Houston -3.5

Pick: PSN: Houston | MJD: Buffalo



#6 Tennessee Titans (9-7) at #3 New England Patriots (12-4)

Game Time: 8:15 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA.

Line: New England -4.5

Pick: PSN: Tennessee | MJD: New England


Sunday, January 5th

#6 Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at #3 New Orleans Saints (13-3)

Game Time: 1:05 p.m. at Superdome, New Orleans, LA.

Line: New Orleans -8.5

Pick: PSN: New Orleans | MJD: Minnesota


#5 Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at #4 Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)

Game Time: 4:240 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Stadium, Philadelphia, PA.

Line: Seattle -2.5

Pick: PSN: Seattle | MJD: Seattle



Pick Results

MJD: Last Week: 6-4 | Overall: 92-83   —   .517

PSN: Last Week: 4-6 | Overall: 91-84  -1   .537


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

Author Profile

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From Midland, "The Basketball Capital of Pennsylvania", located 35 miles NW of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River. This former steel town was home to storied athletes such as Dave Alston, Norm Van Lier, Simmie Hill, and the legendary 1965 Midland High School Basketball Team.

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