Some of you might think that this is Week 2 of the Football Season, but of course you would be wrong. College Ball got underway on Labor Day Weekend, so for Big Ern – this is Week 3 Boys and Girls!!
So let’s see how the ErnBlog Football Picks are going so far in 2013.
Ern went 5-4-1 picking College against the Spread in Week 1, and then went a mediocre 5-5 against a combination of NFL/College in Week 2 (4-1 in College and a horrible 1-4 in NFL).
So for the Season, Ern is an Overall 10-9-1 (1-4 in NFL and 9-5-1 in College).
So what’s on tap for Week 3:
College – Saturday, September 14, 2013:
Boston College at Southern California (14.5 pt Fav) 3:00 PAC-12 Network
USC giving over 2 Touchdowns to Boston College after LOSING at home to the Washington State Cougars last week? No way Jose! These Eagles are 2-0, and this is the Steve Addazio Era! Addazio knows big-time College Ball. Remember how he orchestrated that Florida Gators Offense of the Tebow years? Lane Kiffin (on the other hand) has been nothing but disappointing both in the SEC at Tennessee, and now in Southern California. Yeah, the Trojans may win this game (like they barely held onto that San Francisco Bowl a few years ago against the Eagles), but BC is not going away without a fight! Ever to Excel baby!
Ern’s Pick: Trojans 24, Eagles 22
#1 Alabama (7.5-pt Fav) at #6 Texas A&M 3:30 ESPN
We all remember what happened last season when the Aggies rolled into Tuscaloosa and put a whipping on the Tide. Sure the Tide made it close in the fourth, but that was the day when we all truly realized that Johnny Manziel had officially arrived, en route to the freshman’s Heisman Trophy. Now it’s the Crimson Tide cruising into College Station, looking almost unbeatable. This could be the wake-up call that Nick Saban’s boys need to get them charged for the brutal SEC schedule. This should be a good one. And I’ll get to watch it with Jimmy Pointek for the second year in a row!
Ern’s Pick: Crimson Tide 27, Aggies 24
Maryland (7.5-pt Fav) at Connecticut 7:30
I’m actually going to this game with Jimmy Pointek. Don’t know how he convinced me on this one? Notice how he didn’t invite me to the Michigan Game! Just kidding.
So Terrapins coach Randy Edsall (a former Boston College wide receiver and UConn head coach) returns to Storrs. The only two things I really know about this game is that Maryland sucks (they allowed BC to earn one of the Eagles two wins in 2012) and I’m going – so I wanna see a Huskies win!
Ern’s Pick: Huskies 27, Terrapins 20
#16 UCLA at #23 Nebraska (4.5-pt Fav) Noon ESPN
PAC-10 offensive-minded team travelling to the Great Plains to take on Big-12 Power and Size. I like the Cornhuskers any day of the week – especially Saturday in Lincoln!
Ern’s Pick: Cornhuskers 30, Bruins 17
#20 Wisconsin at Arizona State (5.5-pt Fav) 10:30 ESPN
The Wisconsin Badgers have decimated their opponents thus far in 2013 by a combined score of 90-0. Not only has the Wisconsin offense been explosive, they also haven’t surrendered ONE POINT on defense! Ern thinks the Badgers should be Ranked #2 right now behind Alabama.
And you mean to tell me the Arizona State Sun Devils are FAVORED over Wisconsin Saturday night in Tempe??? No way.
Ern’s Pick: Badgers 34, Sun Devils 14
National Football League – Sunday, September 15, 2013:
Dallas at Kansas City (2.5-pt FAV) 1:00 FOX
Sure, Kansas City won a game last week. They beat the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. And now, the Chiefs are FAVORED at home over a Cowboys team that won a key widely-viewed divisional opener over the Giants? Sorry oddsmakers!
Ern’s Pick: Cowboys 27, Chiefs 13
Miami and Indianapolis (2.5-pt Fav) 1:00 CBS
The Dolphins and Colts both won last night, both in close games that were probably tighter than they had to be. One image that Ern has of Miami this year is of a team that will struggle to win games outside of South Florida. The Big Ern has Miami going 7-9 this year for that very reason. I think this game will provide an example for that blueprint.
Ern’s Pick: Colts 31, Dolphins 17
San Diego at Philadelphia (7.5-pt Fav) 1:00 CBS
So here we go – We have that West Coast Team playing the early game on the road in the East Coast Time Zone – typically a disaster for the Pacific dwellers. However, in this case, the Chargers are just a better team than Philadelphia. Monday night’s offensive wizardry by Chip Kelly’s Eagles was a fluke, while on the same night – San Diego let one get away at the hands of the Texans. On Sunday afternoon, Ern thinks we get a better picture of 2013 Chargers Football with swing passes and pure athletes.
Ern’s Pick: Chargers 27, Eagles 20
San Francisco at Seattle (2.5-pt Fav) 8:30 NBC
This is where the rubber will meet the road in the 2013 NFC West. NBC’s got a thriller on its hands. Russell Wilson’s gonna make some moves in this one for the Seahawks, but in the end – Ern thinks Colin Kaepernick’s got a little bit extra. And besides, Ern’s benching RG3 in Fantasy this week, and giving Kaepernick the nod. So of course I’m picking San Fran!
Ern’s Pick: 49ers 23, Seahawks 20
Monday, September 16, 2013
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (6.5-pt Fav) 8:30 ESPN
The Steelers looked out to lunch on Sunday, letting the Tennessee Titans just vault into Heinz and wipe the turf with them? What’s that all about, Coach Tomlin?
On the other hand (despite their close loss in the Windy City), the Bengal Tigers look poised to make a run at the AFC Central in 2013 behind now seasoned third-year QB Andy Dalton.
Ern’s Pick: Bengal Tigers 27, Steelers 17