Football picks

Posted: September 18, 2009 in Odds and Sods

Just posted this at my other blog, The Grounds Crew, figured I’d do it here as well.

I missed out last week, but I’m going to try to do football picks from every week here on out. I’ll tackle college and the pros, and while I’ll mostly stick to the Top 25 college games, I’ll also pick a few of the more intriguing matchups.

Temple at 5 Penn State
Temple hasn’t beaten Penn State in Happy Valley since the FDR administration….
Penn State 56, Temple 7

11 Ohio State at Toledo
The Buckeyes will be mighty ticked after blowing a golden opportunity last week against USC….
Ohio State 38, Toledo 17

East Carolina at 24 North Carolina
East Carolina usually puts up a good fight against its Carolina brethren…
North Carolina 19, East Carolina 14

Eastern Michigan at 25 Michigan
The Wolverines get to stay in the AP poll another week…..
Michigan 35, Eastern Michigan 3

Duke at 22 Kansas
This would be one heck of a matchup in college basketball. Unfortunately, this isn’t college basketball….
Kansas 49, Duke 6

8 California at Minnesota
This might be closer than the 14-point line indicates, but Cal wins it….
California 27, Minnesota 17

North Texas at 4 Alabama
Saban’s squad wins in a laugher…..
Alabama 58, North Texas 7

3 USC at Washington
The Huskies actually will have the better quarterback in this one, as USC freshman Matt Barkley is out with an injury. Jake Locker is no slouch and former USC assistant Steve Sarkisian will turn this once proud program around. Probably not this week, though…
USC 31, Washington 14

18 Utah at Oregon
Oregon 38, Utah 27

Tulsa at 12 Oklahoma
The Sooners get back on track….
Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 13

19 Nebraska at 13 Virginia Tech
You have to give the Hokies a lot of credit, they’ve scheduled some tough non-conference opponents. This will help them out big time later in the year…
Virginia Tech 24, Nebraska 20

Tennessee at 1 Florida
Lane Kiffin ran his mouth, and while the Volunteers may eventually return to elite status in the SEC, it certainly won’t be this year. Look for the Gators to run it up…
Florida 55, Tennessee 10

17 Cincinnati at Oregon State
I’d usually go with the Pac 10 over the Big East, but Cincinnati is an up and coming power in a weak conference. Many people agree with me, as Oregon State started as a 2 1/2 point favorite, but now Cincinnati is favored by one…..
Cincinnati 35, Oregon State 23

Rice at 16 Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State flamed out big-time last week against Houston. They’ll get well in a hurry against Rice…..
Oklahoma State 48, Rice 12

La. Lafayette at 9 LSU
LSU romps….
LSU 58, La. Lafayette 10

Florida State at 7 BYU
The Seminoles’ porous pass defense gets lit up again. BYU’s favored by 7 1/2, doubt it will be that close….
BYU 41, Florida State 21

SE Louisiana at 5 Mississippi
Jevon Snead gets to pad some stats….
Mississippi 55, SE Louisana 6

23 Georgia at Arkansas
Bulldogs fall out of the rankings after this one….
Arkansas 31, Georgia 24

Texas Tech at 2 Texas
No Graham Harrell, no Michael Crabtree, no chance for Tech.
Texas 62, Texas Tech 27

Other non top 25 games
Navy at Pittsburgh
Navy nearly pulled off the upset at Ohio State, they get it here….
Navy 24, Pittsburgh 23

Northwestern at Syracuse
The Orange have played two Big Ten schools in the Greg Paulus era, nearly upsetting Minnesota and putting up a game effort against a much-better Penn State squad. They get their first win this week at the Carrier Dome….
Syracuse 24, Northwestern 21

Arizona at Iowa
Iowa’s favored by 6, I’m not buying it….
Arizona 31, Iowa 26

Buffalo at UCF
George O’Leary’s squad is the favorite at home, but Turner Gill has done one heck of a job at Buffalo….
Buffalo 28, UCF 27

And on to the pros….
Oakland (+3) at Kansas City
Raiders looked good in opening loss to Chargers. Take them here….
Raiders 28, Chiefs 24

Tennessee (-6 1/2) vs. Houston
Texans got stomped by the Jets and a rookie quarterback last week. Titans lost a tough overtime battle to the world-champion Steelers.
Titans 24, Texans 10

New England (-3 1/2) at N.Y. Jets
Beating the Texans was one thing for rookie Mark Sanchez. Topping Tom Brady and the Pats is another altogether….
Patriots 31, Jets 16

Cincinnati (+9) at Green Bay
Bengals were surprisingly good on defense last week against Denver. The Packers will win this at home but the Bengals will cover…
Packers 21, Bengals 14

Minnesota (-10) at Detroit
It’s a large point spread, but the Lions haven’t won since 2007. They won’t get off the schneid this week either…..
Vikings 38, Lions 12

New Orleans (pick em) at Philadelphia
This is an intriguing matchup, but if Donovan McNabb doesn’t play, I like the Saints. I still might have taken the Saints otherwise, but if Kevin Kolb starts, New Orleans wins….
Saints 27, Eagles 20

Atlanta (-6 1/2) vs. Carolina
Turnover machine Jake Delhomme plays himself out of a starting job this week….
Falcons 24, Panthers 7

St. Louis (+10) at Washington
The Rams are terrible, but I don’t see the Redskins’ offense putting up a lot of points, either…..
Redskins 23, Rams 14

Arizona (+3) at Jacksonville
Look for the NFC champs to rebound after a lackluster first week against the 49ers.
Cardinals 20, Jaguars 16

San Francisco (-1 1/2) vs. Seattle
Mike Singletary’s boys start the year 2-0 with another ugly win…..
49ers 17, Seahawks 14

Buffalo (-5) vs. Tampa Bay
Bills erase bad taste from opening chokefest against Pats….
Bills 27, Bucs 20

Cleveland (+3) at Denver
The Broncos didn’t look particularly good in their opener against the Bengals. Look for Brady Quinn and Braylon Edwards to find the chemistry lacking in last week’s game. Browns in an upset….
Browns 19, Broncos 14

San Diego (-3) vs. Baltimore
Ravens defense is tough, but look for Philip Rivers and the boys to win at home….
Chargers 24, Ravens 13

Pittsburgh (-3) at Chicago
Jay Cutler couldn’t have looked much worse in his debut. He’ll be better, but the Steelers are a better team than the Bears….
Steelers 21, Bears 13

N.Y. Giants (+3) at Dallas
Tony Romo did just fine without T.O. last week. But the Giants have a much better defense than Tampa Bay, and they’ll come after him with a fearless pass rush….
Giants 27, Cowboys 23

Monday night
Indianapolis (-3) at Miami
Just don’t think the Dolphins have the magic this season. They fall to 0-2 with this loss….
Colts 24, Dolphins 17

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