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Oct. 5/6 Picks

Dan Kasper:  

Ohio State at Northwestern: Could the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State have started any better then an undefeated record going back to last year? And how bout this Northwestern Wildcat team? This is easily Northwestern's biggest game post 1996 Rose Bowl. If Northwestern wants to show the world they are a legitimate team, they need a win in this game. But, the same could also be said for Ohio State. If they want to leap frog teams like Alabama, Oregon, and Clemson, they need to dominate this game. I predict an Ohio State win, but not in dominating fashion. 30-20 Buckeyes.

Lions at Packers - The Lions are coming to Lambeau where they havent won a game since 1991 after beating the Chicago Bears last week and taking over first place in the NFC North division. They face a Packers team that is looking to avenge a disappointing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 3 and look for the Packers to do so. The Packers will be more healthy with Clay Matthews, Eddie Lacy, and Jermichael Finley returning. But probably more important, is Morgan Burnett will be making is regular season debut. He is the quarterback of the Packers defense and his return will help shore up a sketchy pass defense. The Packers cant afford to go 1-3 and look for them to be very focused and determined. Packers win 31-20

Texans at 49ers: Both teams stand at 2-2 and both teams really need to win this game. The Texans are currently in second place in their division behind the Indianapolis Colts and the 49ers are behind the Seattle Seahawks. The Texans are coming off a tough overtime loss to the Seahawks the week before and the 49ers are coming off a beat down of the St. Louis Rams. This game should be dominated by defense as the Texans rank number one in total defense and the 49ers rank number three in total defense. Even though the 49ers will be missing pass rush specialist Aldon Smith, I just dont trust quarterback Matt Schaub in games like these. 49ers win 20-14.

Fitz:

Ohio state is going to roll 34-17

Packers are going to keep the home wining streak alive, but not by much. Packers 28-21 And Texans are going to bounce back after that embarrassing loss last week 21-16

Erik Austin:

This Northwestern team is one to lose a little sleep at night over...and presents a different challenge than Wisconsin did to the Bucks. More "slight of hand". This one is gonna be fun to watch, especially if Braxton Miller is anywhere near as good as last week. 41-40, Buckeyes. 

Detroit hasn't won at Lambeau since Don Majkowski was relevant. I don't see it happening in 2013 either. I'm not nearly as high on this Green Bay outfit as some...too many issues. That said, #12 doesn't allow them to slide to 1-3. 27-21, Packos.

It's become pretty obvious that the cheat code has been discovered on Colin Kaepernick...and it doesn't help that he has a receiving core like that of the Blugolds. The Texans need a win just as badly, and I think they surprise Sunday. 20-17, Texans.

Luc Anthony:

OSU 38 Northwestern 24: Even though Northwestern was a preseason top 25 team (and not one of those "surprise 4-0" teams), OSU is gonna be too strong. This feels like a hyped-up match-up in lieu of any other strong games this weekend, hence the Saturday Night Football presence.

Packers 28 Lions 24: Uncomfortably close for the Pack at home against Detroit, as tends to happen, but Rodgers will overcome the Suh/Fairly line.

49ers 31 Texans 17: Drought period for Houston, San Fran gets back on track.

Mike Ness:

This matchup has the potential to be a shootout. Two major factors in this game will affect each other. Reggie Bush, and... the weather. Usually it's not until November we begin to use the weather at Lambeau Field as a game changer, but we're expecting on-and-off showers throughout the game, which could be the saving grace for the Packers defense. They, like many other defenses, have no answer for Reggie Bush. For a guy like Reggie who's used to playing in a dome or in sunny Miami, this weather could take away the hard-cuts and some burst potential. The Packers also struggle against great defensive lines; the Lions ferocious front four is mostly responsible for the league's 5th best defense in forcing turnovers. With all of that, we have to look at the NFL's most prized position, the QB. Rodgers gets the nod on this one, and he won't lose two in a row. Packers 35 - Lions 27

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