Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals Monday Night Football Pick: This should be a great game despite the record differences these two teams hold going into this Monday Night Football divisional rivalry game. Anytime you get the Bengals and Steelers together, you’re likely in for a show – and adding Terrell Owens to the Bengals side of things can only add for more, you guessed it, popcorn. So just get ready for the show!
The Bengals have lost 4 of their games by 8 points or less, meaning all they needed was a touchdown and conversion to tie or win the game late. They’ve been competitive with everyone outside of Week 1’s loss to New England.
Everybody is giving the Steelers this game because of the Bengals early season struggles but this is still a talented football team on both sides of the ball, and quite honestly, if it wasn’t for Carson Palmer’s absolutely erratic arm, they’d probably have a couple more wins and be over .500 on the season. Any time now I expect Carson to figure it out, because I know from his past that the consistency and accuracy is there somewhere. He just needs to stop pressing, throwing the football in packs of defensive backs, and get to those drop downs earlier.
Unfortunately for him, and the main reason why I think the Steelers will eventually cover the spread (even though I expect a close game throughout) is that Pittsburgh isn’t the easiest team to find your self against. They hit harder than anyone else, and they get places faster all over the football field. A couple big plays from the defense should get the Steelers the touchdown cover they need to make me a winner. In the end the Steelers are just better.
NCAA Free Picks REVIEW: Week 10 2010 Free College Football Picks: There was one point on Saturday where I was 9-0 with a couple Pac-10 games and the Arkansas/South Carolina game yet to go. I usually do well in the Pac-10 and I liked my chances with South Carolina at home – shoot, I thought I was going 12-0 on Saturday. Well, I didn’t go undefeated, but 10-2 on Saturday, 13-4 overall for Week 10 – well, that’s not half bad! Here’s the review…
#16 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (+10.5) @ South Florida Bulls (WIN)
I thought this one would end up being way too close to bet against 10.5 points either way. I was right on the button as it came down to a one-point contest. Rutgers lost, but they still won if you know what I mean.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ #22 Virginia Tech Hokies (-12) (Loss)
Va Tech handed me one of my few losses in Week 10, but they still won. In fact, almost every one of my losses was within a few points.
Buffalo Bulls @ Ohio Bobcats (-15) (WIN)
Everyone was right about the Bobcats! Well 90% of “experts” and 73% of the public, anyway. We just slipped a quick one on them here, it was closer than we all expected, but we ended up winners by a couple points.
Western Michigan Broncos (+3.5) @ Central Michigan Chippewas (Loss)
Speaking of a couple points, the Broncos lost by 4. Crushing. How does that always happen? Nobody wins by 4, 3 is a much more common difference in a game – yet every time I get 3.5 the loss is by 4. Ridiculous.
Central Florida Knights (-2) @ Houston Cougars (WIN)
Central Florida won on the road against a very competitive Houston club. The Cougars fought back from a 23-10 halftime deficit, but still ended up losing by a touchdown. Yay, me!
Minnesota Golden Gophers (+24.5) @ Michigan State Spartans (WIN)
It was getting hairy, but the early offensive struggles from the Spartans and that late Minnesota touchdown sealed it. It’s nice to get 24.5 points, that’s for sure. The Spartans won 31-8. The math says, “That’s good enough!”
Illinois Illini (+3) @ Michigan Wolverines (WIN)
The Illini looked like the better team, but Michigan pulled it out in OT. I thought for sure I’d either push or win this game when the Illini won or Michigan won by a field goal after accidentally stopping Illinois. But that’s not how it went, in the 3rd OT each team has to go for 2. Michigan got theirs while Illinois couldn’t get it done. They lost by 2, but they still won… Right?
#21 Baylor Bears @ #19 Oklahoma State Cowboys (-7) (WIN)
The Cowboys killed the Bears, weird. Baylor showed their struggles against good teams again, hardly being competitive from the outset.
Washington Huskies @ Oregon Ducks (-28.5) (WIN)
Well, 35 points was harder to cover I’m sure, but 53 (Oregon’s score) minus 16 (Washington’s score) still equals 37 and I’m pretty sure a 37 point win covers a 35 point spread. The Huskies actually played pretty well in this game, or it would have been 70-0. Seriously. I was impressed with the Dawgs and they might just get a couple more wins going forward.
Hawaii Warriors @ #4 Boise State Broncos (-21) (WIN)
This game went exactly how I thought it would as the Hawaiin offense really struggled against a defensive talent they had not faced all season. The Broncos dominated this game because they are one of the best teams in all the land.
North Carolina Tar Heels (+10.5) @ #24 Florida State Seminoles (WIN)
The Tar Heels won outright, further muddying the ACC waters. All these teams do is beat each other when they really shouldn’t have a chance. North Carolina must be really well coached or just extremely resilient.
#3 TCU Horned Frogs (-4.5) @ #4 Utah Utes (WIN)
It was nice to see my road chalk work out so nicely. TCU truly is a great team, and I hope they at least get the chance to prove that during a bowl season that doesn’t match them up against Boise State. Santa, can you at least give me that this season?
California Golden Bears @ Washington State Cougars (+15) (WIN)
Oh, those pesky Cougars almost pulled out a Pac 10 victory, something that would truly be huge for this struggling program. But they had to settle for playing well and giving Cal a game, and, oh yeah, covering for me!
#18 Arkansas Razorbacks @ #19 South Carolina Gamecocks (-3) (Loss)
Arkansas came on in and ousted the Gamecocks – handing me one of my worst losses of the week, and, get this, my first Saturday loss of the day – (I had run off 9 straight Ws before that L).
#6 Alabama Crimson Tide @ #10 LSU Tigers (+6.5) (WIN)
LSU won outright, using their tough defense to slay the favored Crimson Tide by a field goal.
#15 Arizona Wildcats (+9.5) @ #13 Stanford Cardinal (Loss)
Stanford throttled the Cardinal, easily covering the spread. I thought the Wildcats’ defense would put up more of a fight, but Stanford’s balanced attack was too much, and Andrew Luck showed why I think he’s the best pro prospect in the country.
Arizona State Sun Devils (+6) @ USC Trojans (WIN)
I thought I had taken one on the chin when USC went up a couple touchdowns. However, the Sun Devils fought back and actually took the lead – only to lose by a field goal in the end. But as I like to say, they still won for me!
13 wins is a nice number, and I needed one of these weekends!