Oct. 19/20 Picks

Dan Kasper:  Wisconsin vs Illinois - The Badgers jumped back into the rankings after an impressive performance last week against Northwestern. They now face an Illinois team that is coming off a bye and had extra time to prepare for the Badgers. Will it help? Doubt it. The Illini are at the bottom of the country in interceptions and sacks, so if Badger quarterback Joel Stave wanted to have a great game, this would be the one. Badgers 35 Illinois 21

Clemson vs Florida State - This game has the potential to dampen one of these teams national championship hopes. Clemson comes in the game ranked third and the Seminoles are ranked 5th. A close game, but I think Florida States offense has the edge. Florida State 20 Clemson 17

Browns vs Packers - The Packers might not even have 46 players dress for this game because they have been bit with the injury bug that bad. With Cobb out until at least week 15, expect the Packers to use tight end Jermichael Finley in the receiver position. Finley needs to have some huge games down the stretch to not only help the Packers, but help his impending free agency at the end of the year. Even though the Packers might be shorthanded, I see Aaron Rodgers putting the team on his back and leading them to victory. Packers 27 Browns 13

Vikings vs Giants - A Monday Night Football game that features a combine win total of just one game. This has the makings to be a great game! The Vikings will be starting their third quarterback of the young season already in Josh Freeman, but will be without the services of safety Harrison Smith, which will hurt an already struggling secondary. The Giants also have their problems in the running game. They just signed Peyton Hillis and when your team has Hillis and Brandon Jacobs as your running backs, you know you are struggling. I'm riding the Giants train again, because they have to win sometime, right? Giants 28 Vikings 27.

Broncos vs Colts - One of the most talked about regular season games in recent history. Its like Brett Favre returning back to Lambeau as a Viking for the first time. As if the media hasn't hyped this game enough, there has been some commenting from the Colts owner Jim Irsay about Peyton Manning and the previous regime that are rubbing some people the wrong way. The Colts struggled big time against the Chargers this past Monday on third down defense. If they continue to do that against Peyton, Peyton will have a field day. Broncos 38 Colts 20

Mike Ness:  WI VS ILL ------------ There is hope for Bucky yet; now back in the top 25, and traveling to face a team in Champaigne, Illinois that has the ability to show some flash. Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase on paper looks better than opposing QB Joel Stave, but the problem will be the Badgers hard-nosed defense, which only gives up 13.2 points-per-game. Compare that to Illinois' 27.6 points given up per game. Wisconsin is hoping WR Jared Abbrederis will be back, but even if he's not, they can rely on Melvin Gordon to keep pounding the rock and putting up video game numbers. (9.7 yards per carry - Insane) Badgers 38 Illinois 17

Clemson vs. Florida State ------------------------------- If you had to watch just one game this week, this is the one. Hopes of winning the ACC Title and being in the run for the National Title are on the line. The Tigers are the underdogs in this one at home following a close one vs Boston College. Third down was a problem for them, and I see that trend continuing while facing an elite Seminoles secondary. FSU 31 Clemson 20

Packers vs. Browns ------------------------ I'll be the one to bring up the commonly said statement... "The Packers can only beat themselves in this one." Even while factoring in nearly depleted Packer pass rush, the Browns don't have much of anything going for them on offense. The Browns do, however, have some great pieces on defense. It will be a tough day for Aaron Rodgers to adjust to an offense without Cobb or Jones (might as well eliminate Jordy Nelson from the game as well, Browns CB Joe Haden can cover anybody). But the Pack will still manage to get it done, thanks to a much improved run defense. Packers 23 Browns 10

Vikings vs. Giants --------------------- This will be the game to finally, sort of, shut the New York media up. Each side of the ball for both teams has been severely underwhelming this entire season, but none looks worse off than the Vikings defense, now without pro-bowl caliber safety Harrison Smith. Eli can still throw and be clutch, Cruz and Nicks can still catch. I can't imagine Josh Freeman wowing anybody in his first start wearing purple (except for the 60 yard incompletions (hey, a Vikings QB can throw it 60 yards!)) Maybe Adrian Peterson can put the team on his back once again, the Giants are ranked 26th in run stopping. Either way, it won't be pretty for a Monday night.

Giants 17 Vikings 16

Fitz:  Wisconsin 42 Illinois 24

Clemson 28 Florida State 20

Packers 27 Browns 19

Vikings 28 Giants 19

Broncos 54 Colts 21

Luc Anthony:  Wisconsin 38 Illinois 10

Clemson 35 Florida State 33

Packers 20 Browns 15

Giants 28 Vikings 17

Broncos 38 Colts 30

Erik Austin:  Wisconsin will continue to flex their muscle and I believe they are determined to run the ball, and the table. 44-7, Bucky... 

Is this the week Clemson "pulls a Clemson"..? I don't think so...not at home and in the spotlight. 28-13, Tigers. 

The beleaguered Packers limp back to Lambeau to face a bruising Browns outfit. There's no way Aaron Rodgers loses toBrandon Weeden. 21-17, Packos. 

In what I believe will be a very entertaining game dispite the miserable records...give me the G-men to get off the schnide, 17-14. 

The National Game of the Week should be a doozy. I think it's personal for Peyton, and that's a terrifying thing for a pretty darn good Colts defense...44-31, Broncs.