College Football and NFL Picks: Staff Selections

Football picks for this weekend from the staff with one little twist. Here at, publishing Wednesday makes for some fun lines and fun times. Last week was pretty good for the staff. 

John Ryan is still in front after another solid week. Kevin Spain, Larry Henry and I are battling it out at the bottom, and it’s one heck of a race. 

This week, four college football and three from the NFL and a special bonus World Series pick is headed your way.

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Here are the games and all selections are against the spread.

Games Kevin Spain John Ryan Larry Henry Chris Wassel
Notre Dame at Syracuse Notre Dame Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse
Florida vs. Georgia Florida Florida Georgia Georgia
Oklahoma St. at Kansas St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St.
Kentucky at Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Kentucky Tennessee
New England at NY Jets New England N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets
San Francisco at LA Rams San Francisco San Francisco L.A. Rams San Francisco
Houston vs Philadelphia(WS) Houston Philadelphia Houston Houston
After Week 8 Record 22-20-2 28-14-2 21-21-2 22-20-2

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Notre Dame at Syracuse (-2.5)

Saturday, Noon ET, ABC

Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina

Notre Dame and Syracuse face off on Saturday as the Orange try to bounce back after a close loss at Clemson last week. 

Can Syracuse regain its form and beat a Notre Dame team trying to salvage its season? Or will the Fighting Irish finally show some fight?

Florida vs. Georgia (-22.5)

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Yes, Florida and Georgia play again, but this time on a “neutral” site in Jacksonville. The “World’s Largest Cocktail Party” will be interesting as Georgia tries to remain undefeated. Meanwhile, Florida wants to pull off the upset in the worst way. 

The other question is can Bulldogs’ quarterback Stetson Bennett get himself back into the Heisman Race? Yes, the door has opened somewhat.

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Oklahoma State at Kansas State (-1.5)

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX

Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas

Oklahoma State bounced back against Texas last week but faces another ranked opponent in Kansas State. 

Who will play quarterback for Kansas State is one question. The other is, can the Cowboys steal a win in Manhattan?

One cannot say the Big 12 is dull. 

New England (-1.5) at NY Jets 

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Wait, so the New York Jets are 5-2, at home, and for the 21st time in a row, still underdogs to the New England Patriots? Yes, that is true. 

Could the Jets pull off a win against a New England team looking for answers? It all depends on how Breece Hall’s replacement does. Zach Wilson can always use a hand against a team he and New York has been haunted by for more than a decade. 


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San Francisco 49ers (-1.5) at Los Angeles Rams 

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX

SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California

This seems crazy, but Los Angeles is an underdog at home again versus San Francisco. 

Can Los Angeles get above .500, or will San Francisco get back to .500 in the division no one wants to win?

Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies

World Series Prediction

This is a special World Series prediction as the Astros go up against the Phillies starting Friday night. Philadelphia defeated San Diego, Atlanta, and St. Louis to win the NL pennant. Meanwhile, Houston disposed of the New York Yankees and Seattle.

Houston has not lost a game all postseason, while Philadelphia keeps finding ways to win. This should be a fun series. 


Bryce Derouin is out this week. His record after eight weeks is 24-18-2.

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