The ups, downs of picking

Oct. 25, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

After a pair of solid weeks, the ol’ ball coach had a bit of a stumble this past week.

TJCA lost and R-S Central came out on top which translated to a pair of prep losses.

Don’t even get me started on the college game.

There is bad and then there are my picks from last week … awful.

Here’s hoping for a little redemption this week:


CREST AT EAST RUTHERFORD: The Cavaliers surprised a lot of people .. me included .. with their win over Draughn last week. They could really use a win over a very tough Crest team. The East defense held strong last week but Draughn is certainly not Crest. Crest by 14.


CHASE AT KINGS MOUNTAIN: Speaking of surprises, Chase knocking off North Gaston last week was a big one … at least for me. Kings Mountain is on the ropes and not playing to form. Chase has a great chance to steal away a road win and I think they can do it. Chase by 10.


R-S CENTRAL AT EAST BURKE: While last week’s game against Kings Mountain was winnable for the Hilltoppers, this week may be even more so. The biggest thing here is overcoming the hostile crowd at East Burke. The Hilltoppers have all the cylinders firing and a road win would be yet another confidence booster. R-S by 7.


TJCA AT BESSEMER CITY: The Gryphons should be more than mad after last week’s upset loss at Community School of Davidson. Some weapons could be back in the lineup for TJCA which will make a difference. TJCA by 14.


NO. 12 UCLA AT NO.3 OREGON: UCLA is reeling after its loss to Stanford last week (yup, I did get that one right). Now, they head to the Pond to face the Ducks. Autzen Stadium is brutal to play, especially at the end of October. Look for two losses in a row for the Bruins. Oregon by 21.


NO. 21 SOUTH CAROLINA AT NO. 5 MISSOURI: The Tigers have surprised most everyone in the college football world, especially after their home win over Florida. South Carolina, on the other hand, disappointed a lot of people last week. Missouri by 10.


PENN STATE AT NO. 4 OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes are bound to lose at some point under Urban Meyer. It almost happened last week against Iowa. The Nittany Lions have only won two of the last five against Ohio State but both of those wins have come in Columbus. Here’s a long shot. Penn State by 7.


PITTSBURGH AT OAKLAND: In all honestly, neither of these teams are that good. Pittsburgh has rebounded after a putrid start and Oakland, as has been the case in recent seasons, is just bad. I would give some home field advantage to Oakland but it certainly isn’t what it used to be. Pittsburgh by 10.


CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY: Someone would have slapped me if I told them the Chiefs would be the last undefeated team in the league heading into week 8. Nonetheless, here they are using a balanced offense with a stout defense. Kansas City is tough at home and Cleveland is just 1-2 outside of Ohio this season. Kansas City by 7.



SEATTLE AT ST. LOUIS: The Rams are without quarterback Sam Bradford and that’s not good for St. Louis, especially going up against a tough Seahawk defense. The line has Seattle by 12 and I like the odds. Seattle by 17.