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! Check out the Draftkings welcome offer to see how you can win big and find many bonuses.

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 6

Lines as of 10/22/2020

It was a good week for both my dad and I, but a better one, as has been the case all season long, for my dad who added to his lead over me going 7-3 to my 6-4. Those roles would have been reversed had WVU not allowed Kansas to return a kickoff for a touchdown 92 yards after going up 38-10 and covering the spread with a minute left… As Al Bundy would say, “Good one, God.”

Dad’s record of 31-19 vs the spread is as good as any experts I’ve seen across the net. I do plan on carving into that lead over me this week, though…


NCAA Football Games

Saturday, October 24th


#3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) at Pitt Panthers (3-2)

Game Time: 3:30 PM, at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA.

Vegas Line: Notre Dame -10.5

The Pick: PSN: Pitt | MJD: Pitt

Notre Dame barely beat Louisville last week. Pitt’s defense is still one of the best in the NCAA. It’s the Irish unstoppable rushing attack vs Pitt’s immovable run defense. This is just the type of game Pitt finds a way to hang around and steal, but Joey Yellen and the Pitt offense will have to stop kicking field goals and start finding the endzone.

#8 Penn State Nittany Lions (0-0) at Indiana Hoosiers (0-0)

Game Time: 3:30 PM at Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN.

Vegas Line: Penn State -6.5

The Pick: PSN: Indiana | MJD: Penn State

First game for both teams this year and Penn State is missing some studs in this one. Indiana always seems to give the Nittany Lions fits at home.


West Virginia Mountaineers (3-1) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-3)

Game Time: 5:30 PM at Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX.

Vegas Line: WVU -3.5

The Pick: PSN: WVU | MJD: Texas Tech

WVU with an excellent chance of winning their third straight against a subpar Texas Tech squad.


#18 Michigan Wolverines (0-0) at #21 Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0)

Game Time: 7:30 PM at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN.

Vegas Line: Michigan -3.5

The Pick: PSN: Minnesota | MJD: Minnesota

Michigan might have had a better chance to win this game with Joe Milton at quarterback had they played a creampuff to start the season and got some experience on his resume. I don’t like their odds on the road vs Minnesota, even with a top tier defense.


#9 Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0) at #16 SMU Mustangs (5-0)

Game Time: 9:00 PM at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX.

Vegas Line: SMU -2.5

The Pick: PSN: SMU | MJD: SMU

The Mustangs will find a way to please their home fans with a victory over the top 10 Bearcats.



Sunday, October 25th

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0) at Tennessee Titans (5-0)

Game Time: 1:00 PM at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN.

Vegas Line: Tennessee -1.5

The Pick: PSN: Pittsburgh | MJD: Pittsburgh

Prepare the ice baths after these two physical teams meet up. For as good as Derrick Henry is, he hasn’t faced a defense like this all season. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers will rise above the challenge this week and set up a showdown with their rivals from Baltimore next week.

Carolina Panthers (3-3) at New Orleans Saints (3-2)

Game Time: 1:00 PM at Superdome, New Orleans, LA.

Vegas Line: New Orleans -7.5

The Pick: PSN: Carolina | MJD: New Orleans

WR Michael Thomas is questionable yet again, and that means another close game for Drew Brees and the Saints, who might even lose outright to the up and down Panthers, who hope to see Christian McCaffrey back next week.


Dallas Cowboys (2-4) at Washington Football Team (1-5)

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

Vegas Line: Washington -1.5

The Pick: PSN: Dallas | MJD: Dallas

This is the edge of the cliff for Andy Dalton and the Cowboys. A loss here would be devastating to a pathetic Washington squad. The again, the NFC East sucks and no matter who loses, that team will still be in contention for a division title. First one to six wins wins it outright?

Green Bay Packers (4-1) at Houston Texans (1-5)

Game Time: 1:00 PM at NRG Stadium, Houston, TX.

Vegas Line: Green Bay -3.5

The Pick: PSN: Green Bay | MJD: Green Bay

The Packers were humiliated last week against the Bucs, so my guess is they’ll be out to make amends vs a Houston team that always finds a way to lose.


Buffalo Bills (4-2) at NY Jets (0-6)

Game Time: 1:00 PM at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ.

Vegas Line: Buffalo -13.5

The Pick: PSN: Buffalo | MJD: Buffalo

The Bills have dropped two straight after starting off 4-0. No problem… we have the solution to their problems, at least temporarily… the New York Jets, everybody’s punching bag!

Against All Odds Pick Results

MJD: Last Week: 7-3 | Overall: 31-19    —   (.620)

PSN: Last Week: 6-4 | Overall: 24-26    -7   (.480)


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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