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?

Well, like the Baltimore Ravens, my season ended earlier than I expected it to… Dad, for the 2nd year in a row, and 4th time overall, is the Against All Odds 2019-20 Champion.

Bout all I have left to do is hit the century mark in wins, and to do that, I’ll need to win two out the three remaining games left.

After this week, we’ll be off until Super Bowl week where we will conclude this year’s edition of Against All Odds and refresh our brains until next August.

Dad continues to have a kick-ass season, putting up a stellar record of 102-88, a healthy 14 games above .500… about the only expert I saw with a better record was Will Brinson from, who currently has a record of 135-115, good for a winning percentage of .540, with dad just slightly behind at .536!


Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks

Lines as of 1/18/2019


Sunday, January 19th

AFC Championship Game

#6 Tennessee Titans (11-7) at #2 Kansas City Chiefs (13-4)

Game Time: 3:05 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO.

Line: Kansas City -7.5

Pick: PSN: Tennessee | MJD: Kansas City

For awhile last week, it looked as if we were headed for a AFC South Championship game, as Houston was trouncing Kansas City 24-0. I decided to take atrip to Calcutta, Ohio, to get some gas and some dinner for the family. As I walked through the door upon my return, I went straight to the kitchen past the TV and didn’t even think to look at the score. Then the wife said, “Hey husband! It’s 34-24 Chiefs!”, to which I responded with, “Get the (bleep) outta here! What??”

Sure enough, the Chiefs had come storming back, before ultimately crushing Houston 51-31.

The Titans went into Baltimore and shoved the Raven’s arrogance right down their throats, clubbing Baltimore 28-12. Derrick Henry has been an absolute beast this post season.

So, what are we in store for this Sunday? For one, I believe that the Titans defense is better than what Houston offered up. The big question is how the Chiefs are going to stop Henry.

There will be no blowout in this one. This will be a ten round bloodbath in which the survivor will survive because of two things…

Kansas City has a better balanced offense, especially with Patrick Mahomes, and… it’s just the Chiefs and Andy Reid’s time to shine.

Chiefs win, but don’t cover.



NFC Championship Game

#2 Green Bay Packers (14-3) at #1 San Francisco 49ers (14-3)

Game Time: 6:40 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA.

Line: San Francisco -7.5

Pick: PSN: San Francisco | MJD: Green Bay

The last time these two met, it was a beat down of epic proportions, as the 49ers trounced the Packers 37-8.

I have doubted San Francisco over and over all year. I’m finally a believer, especially since the Packers are a charlatan of a team, and are nowhere near as good as their 14-3 record indicates. Jimmy Garappolo has become a pretty good quarterback, and the Niners have one of the best weapons in all of the NFL in tight end George Kittle, plus a killer defense.

Niners will pound Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay yet again.


Pick Results

MJD: Last Week: 2-3 | Overall: 102-88   —   .536

PSN: Last Week: 1-4 | Overall: 98-92  -4   .515


Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks History

2019 Champion: MJD

2018 Champion: MJD

2017 Champion: PSN

2016 Champion: MJD

2015 Champion: MJD

2014 Champion: PSN

2013 Champion: PSN

Author Profile

Mike DrakulichYour source for Pittsburgh sports!
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.

There's nowhere on earth that is more dedicated to its sports teams like Western Pennsylvania and the city of Pittsburgh. The passion and pride of Pittsburgh's fan base is second to no one. From the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA football and basketball, to W.P.I.A.L. high school sports, "The City of Champions" has it all!

As Editor of Pittsburgh SportsNation, Mike Drakulich provides top notch opinions and coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pitt Panthers football & basketball, Robert Morris Colonials basketball, and Duquesne Dukes basketball, as well as all sports teams that represent Western Pennsylvania, including WPIAL High School Football.

For a refreshing view of sports, mixed with humor and uncensored opinions, check out Pittsburgh SportsNation today on Facebook, Twitter @PghSportsNation and videos with over 1,000,000 views on YouTube!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: