Another weekend of football is upon us and its time for some more picks...
Recapping last weekends picks. We went 6-4 combined. 4-2 in the college ranks and came out even in NFL action (2-2).
So let's get down to this weekend's action.
I like Michigan State on the road -1.5 at Northwestern. Javon Ringer and Co. will end the Wildcats' 5-0 run and I wouldn't be surprised if Ringer carries the ball between 35 and 40 times.
I'll go with Indiana at home +5.5 points against Iowa. Iowa was gritty against the Spartans last weekend, but I like the Hoosiers at home. The Hoosiers can play, but are young. If they get solid quarterbacking, they should be able to pick up this Big 10 match up.
Let's go with Illinois to cover the -12.5 at home against Minnesota. The Illini offense is potent, and their defense should be able to hold up against a Minnesota team struggling to find its identity.
I like UNC at home -7.5 against Notre Lame. I mean Dame. The Tar Heels have been playing inspired football all year long. Butch Davis has the defense playing at a high level right now. As long as their QB play is solid, they should take down an improving Irish team.
My upset special for the week is Wisconsin at home under the lights +5.5 against Penn State. Logic says that there is no way the Badgers can lose twice at home in back-to-back weeks. The intensity will be there after losing their 16-game home winning streak last weekend to the Buckeyes. And the band will be back and give them the boost they need.
And finally in the big game in Dallas, I am going with the Texas Longhorns +7 to upend the Sooners. This game will be high octane offense all day. In the end Colt McCoy will show his vast improvement and lead his team to the big victory over hated rival Oklahoma. This is a win that could validate McCoy's so-far-quiet career in the big games for the Longhorns.
I like Carolina to go on the road +1 and take down the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. The Buccaneers are a solid football team. But the Panther offense is clicking both running and throwing the football, and their defense dominates the run. If Garcia struggles to throw the ball for the Bucs, it will be a long day.
My upset special for Sunday is the Cincinnati Bengals +6 at the New York Jets. The New York Bretts can throw the ball and score, however, their pass defense struggles. This was evident in their game against Arizona when Brett Favre threw six touchdowns and the game was still relatively close. If Carson Palmer gets it going early with Ocho Cinco and T.J. Whosyourmama, the Jets could be in for a fight.
I will go with Green Bay +2 at Seattle. The Packers need to bounce back after dropping three straight. And with QB concerns in Seattle this should be a good game for them to do so. Aaron Rodgers should have time to throw, and the D should be able to make some plays against the Hawks.
Finally, I am taking the Cleveland Browns +9 at home on Monday Night versus the New York Football Giants. I look for the Browns to finally get the offense going on Monday with the arrival of Donte Stallworth on the field, and as long as the defense can contain the passing game, they should be able to keep this close. The Browns have already lost twice at home, more than all of last year. This is a season maker for them and could turn the season around with a victory.
Those are my picks. This should be a good weekend to just sit back and relax and keep the remote close by.
On Tuesday, we will review the weekend and look at where the MLB playoffs stand. See you then.