Twitter Picks for NFL Divisional Weekend

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
Saturday, 4:35 pm ET, FOX
Seattle: 11-5-1, NFC West champion, def. Detroit 26-6 last week
Atlanta: 11-5, NFC South champion, first round bye
Favorite: Falcons by 5

 

Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Saturday, 8:15 pm ET, CBS
Houston: 10-7, AFC South champion, def. Oakland 27-14 last week
New England: 14-2, AFC East champion, first round bye
Favorite: Patriots by 16

 

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, 4:40 pm ET, FOX
Green Bay: 11-6, NFC North champion, def. N.Y. Giants 38-13 last week
Dallas: 14-2, NFC East champion, first round bye
Favorite: Cowboys by 5

 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, 8:20 pm ET*, NBC
Pittsburgh: 12-5, AFC North champion, def. Miami 30-12 last week
Kansas City: 12-4, AFC West champion, first round bye
Favorite: Chiefs by 1

*Game moved from original time of 1:05 pm ET due to weather conditions

 

 

 

For what it’s worth…

Overall Record: 75-52-1
Last Week: 4-0
College Overall Record: 67-48
NFL Game of the Week: 8-4-1

Game of the Week: 10-5
Big Game Guarantee: 3-7
Upset of the Week: 4-6
Closer Than the Experts Think: 4-6
Not Closer Than the Experts Think: 7-3
Overhyped/Bad Spread Game: 5-5
Group of Five Game of the Week: 7-3
Is This Futbol?: 8-2
Is This Basketball?: 8-2
Toilet Bowl: 6-4
Miscellaneous: 5-5

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Twitter Picks for NFL Wild Card Weekend

Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans
Saturday, 4:35 pm ET, ABC/ESPN
Oakland:  12-4, Wild Card, AFC #5 seed
Houston:  9-7, AFC South Champion, AFC #4 seed
Favorite:  Texans by 4

 

Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
Saturday, 8:15 pm ET, NBC
Detroit:  9-7, Wild Card, NFC #6 seed
Seattle:  10-5-1, NFC West Champion, NFC #3 seed
Favorite:  Seahawks by 8

 

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, 1:05 pm ET, CBS
Miami:  10-6, Wild Card, AFC #6 seed
Pittsburgh:  11-5, AFC North Champion, AFC #3 seed
Favorite:  Steelers by 11

 

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 4:40 pm ET, FOX
N.Y. Giants:  11-5, Wild Card, NFC #5 seed
Green Bay:  10-6, NFC North Champion, NFC #4 seed
Favorite:  Packers by 5

 

 

For what it’s worth…

Overall Record: 71-52-1
Previous Week: 4-1
College Overall Record: 67-48
NFL Game of the Week: 4-4-1

Game of the Week: 10-5
Big Game Guarantee: 3-7
Upset of the Week: 4-6
Closer Than the Experts Think: 4-6
Not Closer Than the Experts Think: 7-3
Overhyped/Bad Spread Game: 5-5
Group of Five Game of the Week: 7-3
Is This Futbol?: 8-2
Is This Basketball?: 8-2
Toilet Bowl: 6-4
Miscellaneous: 5-5

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Twitter Picks for College Football Week Eight

Game of the Week

#6 Texas A&M (6-0) at #1 Alabama (7-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
Favorite:  Alabama by 18
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Texas A&M- 6th, Alabama- 1st

 

Big Game Guarantee

#23 Ole Miss (3-3) at #25 LSU (4-2)
Saturday, 9:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  LSU by 6
SOS Ranking:  Ole Miss- 20th, LSU- unranked

 

Upset of the Week

#19 Utah (5-1) at UCLA (3-4)
Saturday, 4:00 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  UCLA by 7
SOS Ranking:  Utah- 25th, UCLA- unranked

 

Closer Than the Experts Think

NC State (4-2) at #7 Louisville (5-1)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite:  Louisville by 19
SOS Ranking:  NC State- unranked, Louisville- 7th

 

Not Closer Than the Experts Think

TCU (4-2) at #12 West Virginia (5-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ABC/ESPN2
Favorite:  West Virginia by 6
SOS Ranking:  TCU- unranked, West Virginia- 17th

 

Bad Spread Game

#17 Arkansas (5-2) at #21 Auburn (4-2)
Saturday, 6:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Auburn by 9.5
SOS Ranking: Arkansas- 19th, Auburn- 24th

 

Group of Five Game of the Week

Memphis (5-1) at #24 Navy (4-1)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBSSN
Favorite:  Memphis by 2
SOS Ranking:  Memphis- unranked, Navy- 24th

 

Is This Futbol?

#10 Wisconsin (4-2) at Iowa (5-2)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Wisconsin by 3
SOS Ranking:  Wisconsin- 10th, Iowa- unranked

 

Is This Basketball?

#16 Oklahoma (4-2) at Texas Tech (3-3)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  Oklahoma by 14
SOS Ranking:  Oklahoma- 12th, Texas Tech- unranked

 

Toilet Bowl

Syracuse (3-4) at Boston College (3-3)
Saturday, 12:30 pm ET, ACCN
Favorite:  Boston College by 5
SOS Ranking:  both teams are unranked

 

Miscellaneous:  The Former NFL Coaches Meet

Illinois (2-4) at #3 Michigan (6-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, BTN
Favorite:  Michigan by 36
SOS Ranking:  Illinois- unranked, Michigan- 4th

 

NFL Game of the Week

Seattle Seahawks (4-1) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
Sunday, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite:  Cardinals by 2

 

For what it’s worth…

Overall Record:  45-38
Last Week:  10-2
College Overall Record: 43-34
NFL Game of the Week: 2-4

Game of the Week:  3-4
Big Game Guarantee:  3-4
Upset of the Week:  2-5
Closer Than the Experts Think:  3-4
Not Closer Than the Experts Think:  6-1
Overhyped/Bad Spread Game:  4-3
Group of Five Game of the Week:  6-1
Is This Futbol?:  5-2
Is This Basketball?:  6-1
Toilet Bowl:  3-4
Miscellaneous:  2-5

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Twitter Picks for NFL Wild Card Weekend

Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
Saturday, 4:30 pm ET, ESPN/ABC
Favorite: Chiefs by 3
Chiefs: 11-5, AFC 5th seed (Wild Card)
Texans:  9-7, AFC 4th seed (AFC West Champion)

 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, CBS
Favorite: Steelers by 3
Steelers: 10-6, AFC 6th seed (Wild Card)
Bengals: 12-4, AFC 3rd seed (AFC North Champion)

 

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, 1:00 pm ET, NBC
Favorite: Seahawks by 5
Seahawks: 10-6, NFC 6th seed (Wild Card)
Vikings: 11-5, NFC 3rd seed (NFC North Champion)

 

Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins
Sunday, 4:30 pm ET, FOX
Favorite: Redskins by 1
Packers: 10-6, NFC 5th seed (Wild Card)
Redskins: 9-7, NFC 4th seed (NFC East Champions)

 

 

And for my predictions for how the NFL Playoffs will play out…

 

Season to Date
Overall Record: 64-49
College Overall Record: 55-41
Game of the Week: 11-5
Big Game Guarantee: 31-17
Upset of the Week: 6-14
Closer Than the Experts Think: 7-6
NFL Game of the Week: 8-8

Twitter Picks for College Football Championship Saturday

Game of the Week

#5 Michigan State (11-1) at #4 Iowa (12-0)
Big Ten Championship Game, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, FOX
Favorite: Michigan State by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Michigan State- 4th, Iowa- 5th

 

Big Game Guarantee(s)

#10 North Carolina (11-1) vs #1 Clemson (12-0)
ACC Championship Game, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite: Clemson by 5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  North Carolina- 8th, Clemson- 1st

 

#18 Florida (10-2) vs #2 Alabama (11-1)
SEC Championship Game, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Saturday, 4:00 pm ET, CBS
Favorite: Alabama by 17
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Florida- 17th, Alabama- 2nd

 

#22 Temple (10-2) at #19 Houston (11-1)
AAC Championship Game
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite: Houston by 5
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Temple- 20th, Houston- 15th

 

Upset of the Week

#20 USC (8-4) vs #7 Stanford (10-2)
Pac-12 Championship Game, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Saturday, 7:45 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite: Stanford by 4
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  USC- 21st, Stanford- 7th

 

NFL Game of the Week

Seattle Seahawks (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (8-3)
Sunday, 1:00 pm ET, FOX
Favorite: Vikings by 2

 

Season to Date
Overall Record: 58-47
Last Week: 3-5
College Overall Record: 49-40
Game of the Week: 8-5
Big Game Guarantee: 28-17
Upset of the Week: 6-13
Closer Than the Experts Think: 7-6
NFL Game of the Week: 8-7

Twitter Picks for College Football Week 11

Game of the Week

#12 Oklahoma (8-1) at #6 Baylor (8-0)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC
Favorite:  Baylor by 3
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Oklahoma- 13th, Baylor- 4th

 

Big Game Guarantee(s)

#2 Alabama (8-1) at #17 Mississippi State (7-2)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
Favorite:  Alabama by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Alabama- 3rd, Mississippi State- 20th

 

#21 Memphis (8-1) at #24 Houston (9-0)
Saturday, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN2
Favorite:  Houston by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Memphis- 24th, Houston- 16th

 

Arkansas (5-4) at #9 LSU (7-1)
Saturday, 7:15 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  LSU by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Arkansas- unranked, LSU- 8th

 

#8 Oklahoma State (9-0) at Iowa State (3-6)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Oklahoma State by 14
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Oklahoma State- 5th, Iowa State- unranked

 

Upset(s) of the Week

#11 Florida (8-1) at South Carolina (3-6)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  Florida by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Florida- 10th, South Carolina- unranked

 

Oregon (6-3) at #7 Stanford (8-1)
Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  Stanford by 10
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Oregon- unranked, Stanford- 7th

 

Washington State (6-3) at #18 UCLA (7-2)
Saturday, 10:45 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite:  UCLA by 10
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Washington State- unranked, UCLA- 19th

 

Closer Than the Experts Think

Minnesota (4-5) at #5 Iowa (9-0)
Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, BTN
Favorite:  Iowa by 10
Stiles on Sports Ranking:  Minnesota- unranked, Iowa- 9th

 

NFL Game(s) of the Week

New England Patriots (8-0) at New York Giants (5-4)
Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, CBS
Favorite:  Patriots by 8

 

Arizona Cardinals (6-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
Sunday, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite:  Seahawks by 3

 

Minnesota Vikings (6-2) at Oakland Raiders (4-4)
Sunday, 4:05 pm ET, FOX
Favorite:  Raiders by 3

 

Season to Date
Overall Record: 42-31
Last Week: 4-5
College Overall Record: 36-27
Game of the Week: 7-3
Big Game Guarantee: 21-9
Upset of the Week: 3-10
Closer Than the Experts Think: 5-6
NFL Game of the Week: 5-4

Twitter Picks for College Football Week Seven

Game of the Week

#8 Florida (6-0) at #6 LSU (5-0)
Saturday, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite: LSU by 9
Stiles on Sports Ranking: Florida- 10th, LSU- 7th

 

Big Game Guarantee(s)

#17 Iowa (6-0) at #20 Northwestern (5-1)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, ABC/ESPN2
Favorite: Iowa by 2
Stiles on Sports Ranking: Iowa- 18th, Northwestern- 24th

 

#10 Alabama (5-1) at #9 Texas A&M (5-0)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, CBS
Favorite: Alabama by 4
Stiles on Sports Ranking: Alabama- 6th, Texas A&M- 9th

 

#7 Michigan State (6-0) at #12 Michigan (5-1)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite: Michigan by 8
Stiles on Sports Ranking: Michigan State- 4th, Michigan- 12th

 

USC (3-2) at #15 Notre Dame (5-1)
Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite: Notre Dame by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking: USC- unranked, Notre Dame- 14th

 

Upset(s) of the Week

#18 UCLA (4-1) at #15 Stanford (4-1)
Thursday, 10:30 pm ET, ESPN
Favorite: Stanford by 7
Stiles on Sports Ranking: UCLA- 15th, Stanford- 16th

 

#21 Boise State (5-1) at Utah State (3-2)
Friday, 9:00 pm ET, CBSSN
Favorite: Boise State by 10
Stiles on Sports Ranking: both teams are unranked

 

Closer Than the Experts Think

West Virginia (3-2) at #2 Baylor (5-0)
Saturday, 12:00 pm ET, FOX
Favorite: Baylor by 22
Stiles on Sports Ranking: West Virginia- unranked, Baylor- 5th

 

NFL Game(s) of the Week

Carolina Panthers (4-0) at Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
Sunday, 4:05 pm ET, FOX
Favorite: Seahawks by 7

 

New England Patriots (4-0) at Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Sunday, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
Favorite: Patriots by 9

 

Season to Date
Overall Record: 24-20
Last Week: 6-2
College Overall Record: 21-19
Game of the Week: 4-2
Big Game Guarantee: 13-7
Upset of the Week: 1-7
Closer Than the Experts Think: 3-4
NFL Game of the Week: 3-1