Good evening everyone. I have to admit that this Alabama/Oklahoma matchup is more interesting than I thought it would be. As I begin typing this post, the score is 17-17 with 9:31 left in the first half. I predicted that the Tide would win the game 41-17. Hmmm... And then again, the way that my bowl picks have been going, we shouldn't be shocked if the Sooners score the next eighty points. My 'Comprehensive Bowl Predictions (2013-2014)' entry is still there if you want to see predictions for the remaining bowl games, or final scores from the games that have already been played, etc... Tonight we have our predictions for the first round of this season's NFL playoffs (along with Joey's weekly basketball picks). I have been extremely lazy in soliciting more scores from celebrity experts (meaning that I have none), but we'll post their record again as a reminder of my negligence... Along with their record, I have the final tally of the resident experts for everything that preceded the bowl season and the NFL playoffs.
Celebrity Experts (Overall record of 103-86 on Bobcats and Longhorns games)
Alyssa (Last weekend 0-1/Overall record of 16-23 on Texans, Bobcats, & Longhorns games)
Joey (Overall record of 17-10 on Aggies, Bobcats, & Longhorns games)
Coach (Overall record of 13-11 on Bobcats & Longhorns games)
Coach's Ten Best Bets of the Week (Last weekend 6-3-1/Overall record of 85-89-6)
Again, I want to thank Alyssa for brightening up the blog, especially in light of the highly-unanticipated disappointment that the Texans were. Entering the season, it wouldn't have shocked me in the least if Houston had gone 13-3. Alyssa has her plate full up in Abilene and won't be joining us for the playoffs, but she has an open invitation to stop by anytime she wishes... :) Joey will continue to give us five favorite college basketball games of every weekend, and I'll join him in predicting college hoops with the start of the NCAA men's tourney, at which point we'll give you score predictions on every tourney game.
Speaking of basketball (and silky-smooth segues), live from the Palace Station Sportsbook in Las Vegas, here's Joey...
Joey's College Hoops Parlay Card (Last weekend 5-4/Overall record of 13-12 on the 13-14 season)
The parlay card gets a lot of action this weekend as the NFL starts its tournament, but we will start with our college basketball predictions. Conference play starts for most teams this week, and Oklahoma at Texas is one that should be a good one to watch. I think Oklahoma is a tad bit faster and should win this one on free throws at the end. Oklahoma 85 Texas 75
My alma mater New Mexico State travels to Arizona to play Grand Canyon - not much of a match-up problem for the Aggies. NMSU wins going away, 77-55.
Arkansas State hits the road in a key conference match-up (at Texas State). I think Arkansas State has a better back court and pulls away late. ASU 72 Texas St. 63
Air Force and UNLV both played on New Year's Day. Air Force took a heartbreaking one-point loss. I think the heartbreaks continue as UNLV is starting to play like the team in the preseason Top 25 projections. UNLV takes a big early lead and hangs on for the 63-56 victory.
Finally, Colorado State travels south to Albuquerque to take on the New Mexico Lobos. The Lobos play very well in front of the sixth man at Bob King Court. UNM wins in a high-scoring game, 87-80. That's it for the basketball parlay card this week. May all your tickets get cashed!
Oklahoma (+5 1/2) @ Texas -
New Mexico State/Grand Canyon
Arkansas State (-2) @ Texas State -
Air Force (+15) @ UNLV - (Under 143)
Colorado State (+12) @ New Mexico - (Over 142 1/2)
I will be back sometime before tipoff on Saturday to update the odds on Joey's basketball picks. Okay, now it's time for our football picks. We're going to handle the NFL playoffs just like we're handling the college bowl games here. We're going to give you score predictions for each game, and we'll track each pick straight-up, against the spread, and against the over/under (as of right now, like the 'bet' was being taken right now). Again, out of respect to Joey, I'll be posting the Stations Casinos odds for each game (if the odds differ) as of today.
Joey (8-3-1 during the 2014 NFL playoffs)
Straight Up - (3-1)
Against The Spread - (3-0-1)
Over/Under - (2-2)
Colts 31 Chiefs 24
Saints 38 Eagles 21
Chargers 24 Bengals 14
Packers 31 49ers 28
And now for my good luck photo. I went 6-3-1 with Andrea last week... :D
Coach (3-8-1 during the 2014 NFL playoffs)
Straight Up - (0-4)
Against The Spread - (1-2-1)
Over/Under - (2-2)
Saturday, January 4th
Kansas City (11-5) at Indianapolis (11-5) 3:35 p.m. CST NBC
Colts (-2 1/2) Over/Under (46 1/2)
Final Score: Indianapolis 45-44
The Colts beat the Chiefs 23-7 in Week 16 at Arrowhead on a very cold day. The Chiefs now have Dwayne Bowe returning to their lineup (and yes Megan, I still think of, "Somewhere..., over Dwayne Bowe..." EVERY TIME that I hear his name...) ;) Many of Kansas City's starters also had their own personal bye-week last week in San Diego, so my prediction is... Chiefs 31 Colts 13
Saturday, January 4th
New Orleans (11-5) at Philadelphia (10-6) 7:10 p.m. CST NBC
Eagles (-2 1/2) Over/Under (53 1/2)
Final Score: New Orleans 26-24
This game features a match-up of two Austin Westlake High School Quarterbacks - Drew Brees vs. Nick Foles. The Saints do not play well on the road, and they do not play well in cold weather, so my prediction is... Eagles 34 Saints 24
Sunday, January 5th
San Diego (9-7) at Cincinnati (11-5) 12:05 p.m. CST CBS
Bengals (-7) Over/Under (47)
Final Score: San Diego 27-10
The Bengals beat the Chargers 17-10 in Week 13 when these 2 teams met in San Diego. This is another case of a warm-weather team traveling to a colder climate, and an instance of a team who shouldn't even be in the playoffs (#steelers) going to play one who should, so my prediction is... Bengals 31 Chargers 10
Sunday, January 5th
San Francisco (12-4) at Green Bay (8-7-1) 3:40 p.m. CST FOX
49ers (-3) Over/Under (47)
Final Score: San Francisco 23-20
The 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28 back in Week 1 at Candlestick. Rodgers is back for Green Bay and it is supposed to be FRIGID at Lambeau on Sunday. I have to go with the weather and a low-scoring game in this one, so my prediction is... Packers 20 49ers 13
Have a great football weekend!