Christopher’s Picks: Week 4

Christopher’s Picks: Week 4

I lost all of the Sunday afternoon and prime time games last week, but still finished 9-7. I’m 29-19 for the season. Here are my Week 4 picks:

New York Giants over Washington

I predicted that this one would be close, but instead we got another Thursday night blowout. Washington fans also got a harsh reminder of why Kirk Cousins was the backup.

Chicago over Green Bay

Through three games,…

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Christopher’s Picks: Week 3

My picks for the week. A few may surprise you.

After another 10-6 week, I’m now 20-12 for the season. Here are my picks for this week:

Atlanta over Tampa Bay

I wasn’t expecting this big of a win. Atlanta is more of a middle of the pack team now and Tampa Bay made them look unstoppable. It won’t be that easy for them going forward.

San Diego over Buffalo

I’m still not sold on the Bills. San Diego is riding the waves of a huge home win over…

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Christopher’s Picks: Week 2

Christopher’s Picks: Week 2

Last week I went 10-6. Not a bad first week at all. Here are my picks for this week:

Baltimore over Pittsburgh

Thought about changing the pick before I made it Sunday night. Glad I didn’t now. They haven’t had the best week by any means, but Baltimore is still  the better team here.

Miami over Buffalo

Neither team will have an easier go of it this week than they had last week, but I think that…

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Christopher’s Picks: Week 1

*Revives blog* Picks for the week.

As always, it’s important to take the first games of the season with a grain of salt. While teams that start the season on the losing end tend to miss the postseason, teams’ true identities usually don’t reveal themselves until later in the season.

During Week 1 of the 2013 season, both Carolina and San Diego began the season on the losing end. San Diego’s came at the hands of Houston, no less.…

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Christopher’s Picks: NCAA Tournament Second Round (Thursday)

Christopher’s Picks: NCAA Tournament Second Round (Thursday)

The reason that March Madness has such a large national appeal? Well besides the fact that the 68 teams participating represent 33 states (including D.C.), it’s the upsets.

Every year, the tournament has its fair share of double digit seeds knocking off a top teams and making a memorable runs to the Sweet 16 (or further). Last year’s Cinderella team was 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast, who upset…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 16

The final five conference finals before tonight’s tournament announcement.

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Selection Sunday is just hours away, but there are still five more automatic bids to give out for the tournament. By this point, the Selection Committee has either finished or is very close to deciding the field of 68.

Looking at the slate of games today, the Sun Belt final is the only game with do-or-die tournament implications. Only the winner of that game will make it in. The other four…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 15

Conference Tournament Finals: March 15

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Selection Sunday is only a day away and 13 of the 68 teams have already punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. But by the end of the day, 14 more teams will have won their conference tournaments and earned automatic bids to the Big Dance.

There’s a mix of both small, mid-major, and major conferences awarding bids, so there will be a few teams losing today and still making it into the field…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 12

Conference Tournament Finals: March 12

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The automatic bids continue to fly in, as four went dancing last night. In the Horizon League, the Milwaukee Panthers clinched their first tournament appearance since 2006 by beating Wright State 69-63. Tournament favorite North Dakota State won the Summit League title by beating IPFW 60-57 and will make their second tournament appearance.

Over in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga beat BYU…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 10

Conference Tournament Finals: March 10 (Go Tribe!)

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Championship Week continues tonight as three more automatic bids will be earned. Like last night, the chances of a team earning an at-large bid are nonexistent. The Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) was a multi-bid conference just a few years ago, but the recent losses of VCU, Old Dominion, and George Mason have put an end to those days. The MAAC earned two NCAA bids in 2012, but will not do so…

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Conference Tournament Finals: March 9

Conference Tournament Finals: March 9

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With college basketball’s regular season essentially over, it’s time for Championship Week. From now until next Sunday, 30 teams will earn automatic bids into the NCAA Tournament by winning their conference tournament. Just like last year, I’m here to help you keep track of all the madness.

Quick side note: 32 total automatics bids will be awarded this year. The Ohio Valley crowned their…

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