Saturday, 7 January 2012
NFL Picks Wild Card Playoffs sponsored by Studio Yukupo and NCAA College Football Picks Bowl Week 3
That's why I take such joy in seeing a team loaded with idiots and villains like the Jets flop so miserably. I can't get enough of that - not to say that Greg McElroy did the right thing talking about it. That's the worst kind of profiteering - setting himself up for a career in media as he knows his football career won't get off the ground.
Picks after the jump.
Home Team listed in CAPS
(*) = Line Differential
Bengals (+3) at TEXANS
Lions (+10.5) at SAINTS
Falcons (+3) at GIANTS
Steelers (-8.5) at BRONCOS
Chris picks: Bengals, Lions, Falcons, Broncos
I pick: Texans, Saints, Falcons, Broncos
Big edge Houston. I don't believe in Cincinnati, they have not proven themselves in big games. Houston lost three straight to end the season but have a better running game and the home advantage. I give the Lions no shot against the Saints. Although Stafford is approximately three times as good as Cam Newton, their defense might be even worse right now. In the Superdome, New Orleans is unbeatable by a team that can only throw.
I have no idea what to think of the next game, I thought earlier in the week that the Giants would absolutely crush the Falcons, out of their dome and element with the Giants coming back into peak condition but Atlanta has a little resiliency, can run the ball through walls and the Giants might get a big head about last week's win over the Cowboys. In the last game of the day, Denver should be able to keep it close and limit the game to a 10-3 loss.
Bowl Week Three
Home Team listed second in CAPS
vs = Neutral Site game
(*) = Line Differential
[*] = National Ranking
(*) = Awesome Name of Bowl Game
 Penn State (+5.5) vs  Houston
 Michigan State (+3.5) vs  Georgia
 Nebraska (+2) vs  South Carolina
(Capital One Bowl)
Ohio State (+2) vs Florida
(Progressive Gator Bowl)
 Wisconsin (+6) vs  Oregon
 Oklahoma State (-3.5) vs  Stanford
(Tostitos Fiesta Bowl)
 Michigan (-2.5) vs  Virginia Tech
(Allstate Sugar Bowl)
 Clemson (-3.5) vs  West Virginia
(Discover Orange Bowl)
 Kansas State (+7.5) vs  Arkansas
(AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic)
Pittsburgh (-3.5) vs SMU
(BBVA Compass Bowl)
Northern Illinois (+1.5) vs Arkansas State
I pick: Houston, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Stanford, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Kansas State, SMU, Northern Illinois
I can't believe Bill O'Brien went to Penn State, that place is still a mess. Georgia should have won that one easily but got lazy late in the game. Doesn't bode well for next season. South Carolina squashed Nebraska as their respective form in the season indicated would happen. Why did I pick OSU? Stupid. I thought maybe a new hire would give them a mental boost. I thought Wisconsin would be able to hold Oregon close and they did but just missed covering. Darn? Nah, Oregon winning that one is fine by me.
Oklahoma State made a believer out of me with their win in the Fiesta Bowl. Probably a season too late though now that Weeden and Blackmon are both on the way out. I didn't think Michigan was good enough to win a BCS game but Virginia Tech didn't show up for the big one yet again. I thought that Clemson would pull a Clemson but didn't think it would be that bad. At least UW doesn't have that points against record anymore. I thought Arkansas might have a lay-off let-down but they rallied pretty well. Let's see how they progress next year. I don't know too much about SMU but I know for sure that I don't like Pittsburgh with all their problems. I know nothing about the last two teams but NIU has more street cred. Perhaps?