Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks

Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks

Are you a degenerate gambler? Perhaps you’re someone who picks games against the spread just for fun and to see how smart you really aren’t? If this describes you, or if you just like to be entertained by a crazy sports columnist, you’re in luck, because you’ve stumbled across Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks, a weekly post from the start of the football season, all the way to the Super Bowl, where me, Mike Drakulich (PSN), the man behind Pittsburgh SportsNation, takes on my father, Michael J. Drakulich (MJD), in picking NCAA and NFL games against the Vegas line!

I cover both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers during the season for the fabulous!

Normally, we always include the local teams here in Western Pennsylvania, which are Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, and the Pittsburgh Steelers among our weekly picks. This gives me the chance to take shots at the opposing teams I really dislike, enraging certain readers, and adding delight to my busy weekends.

All in all, both my dad and I are pretty good at picking these games, but don’t take our word for it. You’re on your own when you place your bets, so don’t blame us if you lose… but you can share your winnings with us if you wish.

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 2020-21 Against All Odds Champion?

Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks Week 3

Lines as of 10/1/2020

Bounce back week for both my dad and I, each going over .500, but dad gaining two games on me in the early season standings, as he went 8-2 to my 6-4 effort.


NCAA Football Games

Saturday, October 3rd


NC State Wolfpack (1-1) at #24 Pitt Panthers (3-0)

Game Time: Noon at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA.

Vegas Line: Pitt -13.5

The Pick: PSN: NC State | MJD: Pitt

Reverse psychology here… Pitt has screwed me twice by not covering the spread, when in both games they should have done so easily. The Panther defense is lights out and shouldn’t allow many points at all to the Pack. Question is, will Pitt’s offense finally start firing on all cylinders and go for the kill this week? I say Pitt by 10, but now that I’ve gone against them, they’ll win by 20.


Baylor Bears (1-0) at West Virginia Mountaineers (1-1)

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

Vegas Line: Baylor -2.5

The Pick: PSN: Baylor | MJD: WVU

WVU, like Pitt, kicked me right in the acorns last week by getting heel stomped by Oklahoma State. Baylor looked good in their opener, so that doesn’t bode well for Mountaineer fans and their below average team. No couch bonfires today.


#12 UNC Tar Heels (1-0) at Boston College Eagles (2-0)

Game Time: 3:30 PM at Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Vegas Line: UNC -13.5

The Pick: PSN: Boston College | MJD: Boston College

UNC squashed Syracuse, and now face an undefeated Eagles squad, who aren’t too good, but they should be able to hang around against a Tar Heels team that hasn’t played since September 12th.

#7 Auburn Tigers (1-0) at #4 Georgia Bulldogs (1-0)

Game Time: 3:30 PM at Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA.

Vegas Line: Georgia -7.5

The Pick: PSN: Auburn | MJD: Georgia

Superb early season match-up of two top ten teams. This one will go down to the wire, especially with Georgia playing quarterback carousel.

Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) at #1 Clemson Tigers (2-0)

Game Time: 8:00 PM at Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC.

Vegas Line: Clemson -27.5

The Pick: PSN: Clemson | MJD: Clemson

Thought about going with the dog getting that much, but Clemson and Trevor Lawrence will roll in prime time under the lights in Death Valley.



Sunday, October 4th

Indianapolis Colts (2-1) at Chicago Bears (3-0)

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

Vegas Line: Indianapolis -2.5

The Pick: PSN: Chicago | MJD: Indianapolis

Separated by conferences, but still regional rivals, I like Chicago to make Indy eat that line, especially with Nick Foles taking over at QB for da Bears.

Cleveland Browns (2-1) at Dallas Cowboys (1-2)

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

Vegas Line: Dallas -4.5

The Pick: PSN: Cleveland | MJD: Dallas

I know, you’re thinking what the hell, is he seriously picking the Browns here? Yes, I am, as Dallas will be under a tremendous amount of pressure, and I see this game being decided by three points or less.


Seattle Seahawks (3-0) at Miami Dolphins (1-2)

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

Vegas Line: Seattle -6.5

The Pick: PSN: Seattle| MJD: Miami

Seattle travels cross country to fry some fish. I like Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to make sushi out of the Dolphins.

Baltimore Ravens (2-1) at Washington Football Team (1-2)

Game Time: 1:00 PM at FedEx Field, Landover, MD.

Vegas Line: Baltimore -12.5

The Pick: PSN: Baltimore | MJD: Baltimore

The Ravens should be in a foul mood after getting clubbed like a baby seal by the Chiefs. Lamar Jackson excels against chump teams and when things really aren’t on the line.


NY Giants (0-3) at LA Rams (2-1)

Game Time: 4:05 PM at SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA.

Vegas Line: LA Rams -12.5

The Pick: PSN: LA Rams | MJD: LA Rams

Poor Rams have an awesome new stadium but a jagoff for a governor, just like the one here in PA. Jared Goff and the Rams will pulverize the hapless Giants.

Against All Odds Pick Results

MJD: Last Week: 8-2 | Overall: 12-8    —   (.550)

PSN: Last Week: 6-4 | Overall: 9-11    -3   (.450)


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

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