|Monday, November 12, 2012 11:42 AM|
I am going to have Dave Boninsegna incarcerated for continuing to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth — perhaps the entire cosmos! — and beat me again!
I went 8-4 — not too bad but definitely NOT GOOD ENOUGH!! I was 4-2 in each category to better my mark to 46-38: 22-20, 24-18.
There is not guest picker this week.
Here are the games.
OKLAHOMA STATE: West Virginia was an “It” team not too long ago but a couple of losses have brought them back to earth. Since this battle is in Stillwater, where the winds can be very unnerving if you’re not used to them (edge to Okies there), give the Cowboys the “W”.
LSU: Bayeaux Bengals very nearly — probably should have — upset the Tide. They may be prime for an upset but MSU got destroyed by Texas A&M at home; they are not the team to do it.
ALABAMA: Read above for LSU. Tide may be primed for upset bid but not in Tuscaloosa. Aggies are playing very well but not sure they can handle the spotlight like this on the road.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Another upset bid here. However, this one is legit. Irish have played close to the vest — like last week against Pitt — and have gotten many, many breaks to go their way. At some point, that won’t continue and Chestnut Hill can be an upset bid waiting to happen. Pick here says it happens in a low-scoring affair.
TCU: Another potential upset special. K-State is another surprise team but if quarterback Collin Klein isn’t up to his usual play for Wildcats after head injury, Horned Frogs can spring the upset. Plus, K-State is plus-20 in turnovers, another one of those stats that tends to even out. Give the Fort Worth home team the edge here.
DETROIT: One of the premier playmakers in the NFL, Minnesota’s Percy Harvin, is doubtful. That means All-Day Petersen is going to get more attention from the Lion defense.That will force Christian Ponder to play better than he has and others to step up. Detroit gets big win in the Metrodome.
CHICAGO: My only concern in this pick is if Charles Tillman doesn’t play for Da Bears because his wife-mate-spouse is giving birth. Still, I like Chicago to get a big win in Soldier Field on Veterans Day.
PHILADELPHIA: Two very disappointing teams. Both teams’ head coaches are on the hot seat. Methinks Eagles will play harder for Andy Reid than Cowboys for “coach” Jason Garrett.
TAMPA BAY: I just changed my mind on this pick. Doug Martin gives Buccaneers a serious running game to go with a solid passing game. Chargers will score points, too, but not enough.
NEW ORLEANS: Atlanta 8-0. Saints fighting for what’s left of playoff lives. I believe they have a little more incentive in this one.
DENVER: Panthers playing better as of late, especially Cam Newton. Broncos seem on verge of playoff run behind Peyton Manning and improving defense. Road team gets this one.
Oregon State: Any chance these teams have of catching unbeaten and second-ranked Oregon in the Pac-12 North standings likely hinges on winning this game; Stanford is coming off a hard-fought overtime loss to Notre Dame, while Oregon State beat Arizona State. Stanford is unbeaten at home this season but the Beavers play well on the road; let’s take the Beavers to give its their first home loss of the year.
LSU: LSU still feels the sting of its last-minute loss to top-ranked Alabama 21-17; the Tigers should have an easier time this Saturday against Mississippi State, State has been blown out in their last two games, including a 38-7 loss to Bama. LSU gets big-time win.
Alabama: This could be a good test for Alabama ... could be but probably not. The Tide is rolling and it will roll over the Aggies on Saturday.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish (9-0) haven’t been undefeated this late in a season since winning their first 10 games in 1993 and with the Eagles coming in just a bad team; who picked this one for us to choose (Editor’s Note: I did!!!!)? The Irish win by four touchdowns.
Kansas State: Kansas State is pushing towards national championship title hopes; they should make a step closer this week with the Horned Frogs. I think they come away with an impressive win at TCU.
Chicago: This game couldn’t be any more even as two of the NFL’s top teams meet Sunday night at Soldier Field when the Texans try to prevent the Bears from winning seven straight games for the first time in six years. A possible Super Bowl preview?? Such a toss-up game; let’s go with the home team.
Dallas: Philadelphia tries to avoid dropping five straight for the first time under coach Andy Reid when it hosts Dallas, which has lost four of five. With both teams struggling, maybe Jerry Jones wont get locked out of the locker room this week. Between the two, the Eagles are struggling just a bit more; I’ll take Dallas to get the win.
Tampa Bay: The San Diego Chargers have the same record and are also just outside the playoff picture but they haven’t looked much like a contender lately. The surging Buccaneers try to win for the fourth time in five games Sunday when they host the underachieving Chargers. The Chargers have lost 4 of their last 5 and go on the road to Tampa where the Buccs have won 3 of their last 4. Tampa Bay get the win this week at home.
New Orleans: In what could be a high-scoring affair at the Superdome, the Falcons look to remain unbeaten when they face a Saints team trying for a fourth win in five games. Atlanta (8-0) is running away with the NFC South, ahead of second-place Tampa Bay by four games -- the largest division lead in the league. However, the Saints are starting to make a comeback; this could be the week that the Falcons get loss number one. New Orleans hands the Falcons their first loss of the season.
Denver: Peyton Manning vs. Cam Newton. Manning and the Broncos are really starting to hit their stride; they get another win this week in Carolina.