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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. Pepsi vs Coke. 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 2023-24 Against All Odds Champion?
Like the Steelers, both my dad and I have yet to find our footing when choosing games this year. Last week, for the third week in a row, I went 2-3, good enough to take a one game lead over my dad, who was 1-4.
For the year, I am at 6-9, with dad at 5-10.
Next week we will go full slate of games to choose at ten.
Against All Odds Lines as of 9/21/2023
Saturday, September 23rd
Texas Tech (1-2) at West Virginia (2-1)
Game Time: 3:30 PM | Venue: Mountaineer Field, Morgantown, WV.
Vegas Line: Texas Tech -6.5
The Pick: MPD: Texas Tech | MJD: Texas Tech
WVU won’t have the luck of facing an offensively inept team this week.
#24 Iowa (3-0) at #7 Penn State (3-0)
Game Time: 7:30 PM | Venue: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA.
Vegas Line: Penn State -14.5
The Pick: MPD: Iowa | MJD: Iowa
Penn State has been the one team that has lead me to three wins on the year… they are playing pretty good, but Iowa always gives them a tough game, so handing the Hawkeyes 14.5 points will work for me.
#17 North Carolina (3-0) at Pitt (1-2)
Game Time: 8:00 PM | Venue: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA.
Vegas Line: North Carolina -7.5
The Pick: MPD: UNC | MJD: UNC
Until Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi gets his head out of his arse, Pitt won’t find any success on offense, as Phil Jurkovec has had his chances in three games of futility. If Christian Veilleux doesn’t start or get into this game, it will be a massacre and a possible mutiny by the crowd at Acrisure Stadium. If Narduzzi thought the boos were loud against Cincinnati, he has a big surprise coming Saturday night.
Sunday, September 24
Tennessee (1-1) at Cleveland (1-1)
Game Time: 1:00 PM | Venue: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH.
Vegas Line: Cleveland -3.5
The Pick: MPD: Tennessee | MJD: Cleveland
Cleveland and Deshaun Watson are in trouble without Nick Chubb. Watson has been inept and that spells trouble vs a Titans team that pounds the ball behind Derrick Henry. I like Tennessee to control the clock and take this game in a physical battle.
Pittsburgh (1-1) at Las Vegas (1-1)
Game Time: 8:20 PM | Venue: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV.
Vegas Line: Las Vegas -2.5
The Pick: MPD: Pittsburgh | MJD: Pittsburgh
Mike Tomlin is just as stubborn not firing Matt Canada as Pat Narduzzi is continuing to start Phil Jurkovec at quarterback. Yes, the 49ers have a great defense, and the Browns aren’t too bad themselves, as evidenced by their demolition of the Bengals in week one. Now Kenny Pickett and Canada’s woeful offense face off against the Raiders, who have a below average defense, especially defending the pass.
If the Steelers can’t get their offensive game right vs this team…
Against All Odds Pick Results
MPD: Last Week: 2-3 | Overall: 6-9 —
MJD: Last Week: 1-4 | Overall: 5-10 -1
Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks History
2022-23 Champion: MPD
2021-22 Champion: MJD
2020-21 Champion: MJD
2019-20 Champion: MJD
2018-19 Champion: MJD
2017-18 Champion: MPD
2016-17 Champion: MJD
2015-16 Champion: MJD
2014-15 Champion: MPD
2013-14 Champion: MPD
(MJD leads series 6-4)
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