With the weekend upon us and the mid-week games in the books, I attempt to keep the winners coming Saturday. There's a few interesting matchups and some games that are really tough to judge because some teams just haven't played well at all and others have been able to surprise some people. Well, I'm 2-0 to start the week off so let's see if we can keep it going with what might be an  unpopular pick and one I may regret to start off with.

#13Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0) vs Pittsburgh (0-2)
Location: Heinz Field - Pittsburgh,PA
Favorite: Virginia Tech (-10) O/U: 45

I know this may sound strange given whats happened so far this season, but I think Pittsburgh actually have a decent chance to not only cover, but win outright. It's not a huge rivalry game and they don't play each other often, but when they do, the underdog seems to prevail more often than not. I won't ramble on and spit out numbers, but you get the point. I'm on the Panthers to cover the 10 and also like the under.

Sportsking Picks: Pittsburgh (+10)
Sportsking Picks: Under-45

Western Michigan (1-1) vs Minnesota (2-0)
Location: TCF Bank Stadium AKA 'The Gopher Hole'-Minneapolis,MN
Favorite: Minnesota (-3) O/U: 55.5

Fact: Minnesota likes to put up big points on the MAC teams, although this number seems a little high, but that's due to the play of both offenses so far. The Broncos have issues beating Big Ten teams, especially on the road and they won't do it tomorrow .Take the Gophers

Sportsking picks: Minnesota (-3)

UL Monroe (1-0) vs Auburn (0-2)
Location: Jordan Hare Stadium - Auburn,AL
Favorite: Auburn (+15) O/U:53.5

OK, I'm taking this one simply because I like the story it would make if they did it again. Plus, this isn't the same Auburn team of the last few years and the Warhawks actually have a pretty potent offense. Imagine if they could actually knock off SEC teams in consecutive weeks? And while  I don't necessarily think they will win, even though I hope they do, I do think they will cover the 15 points and I am also riding the under 53.5.

Sportsking picks: UL Monroe (+15)
Sportsking picks: Under-53.5


-Maryland (+3)
-Northern Illinois (-3.5)


With both the NFL and NCAA Football seasons underway and some games in the books, it's time to get back into sharing my winning picks with everyone. Normally, I will provide matchup information, spreads, stats, and some analysis with my picks, but as my time is limited right now due to my actual job, I will simply post the games I like with not as much info. So lets go!

Chicago Bears (1-0) vs Green Bay Packers (0-1)
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Favorite: Packers (-5.5)  O/U : 51.5

Really like what the Bears have done in the off-season and I was impressed by their Week 1 performance as were many other people, but is this the year they finally meet expectations? It may or may not be, but let's not forget that while the Packers did lose in Week 1, they lost to a team that many have picked to make it to the Super Bowl and Chicago played a 2-14 disaster of a team with a rookie QB who threw 3 INT's. I don't expect Green Bay to lose 2 straight at home & if you think I'm wrong, consider this: They're last home loss before Week 1 was an OT loss to the Dolphins on Oct.17, 2010 and the last time they lost 2 straight at home was on Nov.30 and Dec.7, 2008. That was also the same year that Aaron Rodgers took over from Brett Favre and they won only 6 games all season. Green Bay has won the last 4 meetings head to head, and 6 of the last 7. My initial thought was that the Bears may keep it close enough to get the cover, but I'm now leaning strongly towards the Packers.

Sportsking Picks: Packers -5.5 
Not taking the total personally, but If I were: Under is 8-1 in the last 9 head to head meetings, Over is 5-0 in Bears games after they win the previous game and the over is 4-0 in the Packers last 4 overall.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0) vs South Florida Bulls (2-0)
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Favorite: South Florida (7.5) O/U: 44

While South Florida has exploded on offense so far this season, the Scarlet Knights defense seems to like playing against the Bulls, as do the rest of the team as proved by them winning 5 of the last 6 games head to head. Most experts say the South Florida offense will pour it on again this week, but
I disagree. USF are 0-8 ATS in last 8 games on Thursday and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games. I'm riding with the Scarlet Knights tomorrow night to get it done in Florida and go 3-0 for the first time in 5 years.

Sportsking Picks: Rutgers +7.5


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Thursday Sept.8/11-NFL-Week 1
New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers (-4) T:47

Packers have won  5 of the last 7 head to head meetings between these two teams and the Saints have just 1 win at Lambeau ('06) in about 20 years. Should be a close game, but we give the edge to the defending champs. The total is curiously low at 47 (at time of posting) for two teams who are known for putting up points. In fact, the last time the Saints and Packers played to an under against each other was in 1993. We expect the number to climb slightly as we approach kick-off time as the money pours in on the over, so the under just might be worth a look, but its an awful big risk considering the high flying offences of both teams, but it's something to consider.
OUR PICK: Packers (-4)
OUR PICK: Over-47

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