PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 16 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the 16th edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 15 was an average week in terms of excitement but we continued to learn a lot about who the playoffs and who may be in or out. Many teams are already looking into the offseason, but there are a lot of clubs who are still in the picture and are looking to make a strike. So as we head into the final stretch run of the season and beyond, playoffs are the thing on these teams minds as they continue to crunch the numbers on their path to the postseason.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion.

Here’s the updated standings through 15 weeks of action!

  1. Tristan Beckmann (144-79)
  2. Brian Willis (143-80)
  3. Obstructed Viewer (141-82)
  4. Ian Cusick (134-89)
  5. Alex Levin (133-90)
  6. Chris Chastain (130-93)
  7. Eric Jensen (122-101)
  8. PSF (109-114)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the week 16 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Tennessee Titans over Washington Redskins.

Los Angeles Chargers over Baltimore Ravens.

Indianapolis Colts over New York Giants.

Miami Dolphins over Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cleveland Browns over Cincinnati Bengals.

Dallas Cowboys over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Chicago Bears over San Francisco 49ers.

Los Angeles Rams over Arizona Cardinals.

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the 16th week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Philadelphia Eagles over Houston Texans. Alex Levin and Ian Cusick were the only writers who picked the Texans to win.

Green Bay Packers over New York Jets. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Jets to win.

Minnesota Vikings over Detroit Lions. Tristan Beckmann and Obstructed Viewer were the only writers who picked the Lions to win.

New England Patriots over Buffalo Bills. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Bills to win.

New Orleans Saints over Pittsburgh Steelers. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the Steelers to win.

Denver Broncos over Oakland Raiders. Tristan Beckmann and Obstructed Viewer were the only writers who picked the Raiders to win.

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for week 16’s games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Carolina Panthers over Atlanta Falcons. Tristan Beckmann, Alex Levin, and Chris Chastain all picked the Falcons to win.

Seattle Seahawks over Kansas City Chiefs. Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Chris Chastain all picked the Chiefs to win.

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IT’s BACK: Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0

I cannot believe that it’s finally here! It’s about that time of year where I start cooking up those NFL Mock Drafts and the people come to love them! Welcome to Version 1.0 of my 2019 NFL Mock Drafts, which I’ve newly improved with added analysis for all 32 first round projections. I’ve been scouting some of the top prospects over the last week or so and I’ve got a pretty good feel on who I like transitioning to the NFL more so than who I don’t like in that aspect.

This year’s draft class is loaded with interior defensive lineman as ten of them have first round grades from me, yet they all don’t even go off the board in round 1. Before we start, I’m going to discuss the elephant in the room. No, I didn’t put Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in my board, because I feel like he’s still going to the MLB. But if Murray does choose football, he’d be the 1st or 2nd quarterback off the board in this draft class. NFL teams aren’t going to get their hopes up right now though as everything is merely just speculation.

With all of that said, it’s time to unveil the first version of my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, as we’ll start with the Raiders and end with the Packers, here we go!

1. Oakland Raiders (2-14):

Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa

Bosa was an absolute beast on the edge at Ohio State, and we would’ve gotten more of a glimpse of him if he hadn’t suffered a season ending injury earlier in the season. Bosa has the size, speed, and physical technique that should allow his game to translate quickly into the NFL stage and let him make an impact on whoever drafts him.

2. San Francisco 49ers (2-14):

Alabama DL Quinnen Williams

Williams is a guy who has jumped up everybody’s board with a tremendous breakout season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He’s been the leader of their defense and he can truly wreak havoc inside the line. He’s an impactful interior lineman with a bright future if the right team drafts him.

3. Arizona Cardinals (3-13):

Alabama OT Jonah Williams

Williams is a disciplined offensive tackle with a lot of experience at Alabama while protecting Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. He shows great technique for a tackle in this day and age of the league, and he is the strong, smart, and quick twitch tackle that an NFL team will love to have protecting the edge.

4. New York Jets (3-13):

Houston DL Ed Oliver

Oliver was a lot of people’s preseason number one pick, but he’s fallen a bit due to a sudden struggle to make an impact when rushing passers. Oliver makes his impact against the run and most NFL teams would drool at the Houston product as a guy to plug up the middle of the defensive line and shut down opposing running backs.

5. Detroit Lions (5-11):

Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen

Allen took home plenty of hardware in terms of the College Football Awards this past week, but let’s not act like it’s undeserved. Allen was a force on the Kentucky defense and was arguably the best defensive player in all of college football in 2018. He will be able to play as both an edge rusher or an outside linebacker if the team that drafts him needs it.

6. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11):

Oregon QB Justin Herbert

Herbert could definitely shake up the draft class by returning to Oregon for 2019, but right now I’ve got him declaring for the draft. Therefore, he’s the best QB in the draft and it’s not really close. Herbert is a young passer who still has a lot of room to develop, but could be the next great quarterback in this league.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

LSU CB Greedy Williams

Williams’ combination of great size at 6’3 with solid speed and high football IQ help him become the consensus top cornerback in the draft class. He’s smart in coverage and has consistently shown an ability to absolutely clamp down on opposing receivers. He’s a superstar shutdown corner in the making.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-10):

Michigan DL Rashan Gary

Gary can play everywhere on the defensive line and the team that drafts him will get a big versatile player. He will make an impact in stopping the run game while also putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Despite some injury concerns, the Michigan star is a surefire first round selection as of now.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

LSU LB Devin White

White is a Deion Jones type linebacker. He is the fastest linebacker in the draft class and shows some of the quickest instincts I’ve seen in quite a while from a linebacker. He is strong, powerful, and has improved every aspect of his game in the 2018 season. He’s a do it all linebacker who will immediately improve the defense of the team who drafts him.

10. Washington Redskins (6-10):

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

Haskins and the next quarterbacks selected are mildly apart, as Haskins is way more talented in terms of his arm strength and accuracy than anyone else in the draft besides Justin Herbert. Haskins still has a shot to be the first QB taken in the draft too, but we will have to watch the pre-draft process. He’s a legitimate quarterback with the tools to develop into a Patrick Mahomes type thrower of the football. Yeah, I said it.

11. Cleveland Browns (6-9-1):

Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry

Harry is a playmaking freak of nature, and he is neck and neck with AJ Brown for the title of best WR in this draft class. Harry has unreal size at 6’4, and it seems like he can jump up and go get the ball from anywhere. He’s no slouch running either, as he’s displayed solid speed at Arizona State that should allow him to separate from some of the league’s best cover corners.

12. Buffalo Bills (7-9):

Ole Miss WR AJ Brown

Brown is the type of deep threat and playmaker that NFL teams are looking for nowadays. He’s got a solid frame at 6’1 and 230 pounds but doesn’t lack in the speed department. He’ll be a redzone threat immediately in the NFL on any team with his tough hands and outstanding route-running ability. He can fight through traffic as well, which is why he comes off the board early at number 12.

13. Miami Dolphins (7-9):

West Virginia QB Will Grier

Will Grier faces a lot of question marks due to playing against poor Big 12 defenses, but he’s got the potential to be a really good quarterback in this league. He’s likely a project for the first year, but with the way teams throw their first round QBs into the fire nowadays, I wouldn’t be surprised if Grier’s a Week 1 starter.

14. New York Giants (7-9):

Missouri QB Drew Lock

Drew Lock probably is the most further developed along out of the quarterbacks in the draft class, but his potential just doesn’t compare to theirs. He’s got pocket passer type size at 6’4 and 225 pounds, and he’s got an incredible arm with strength and accuracy always on display. He’s not afraid to hurl one deep and he’s certainly what NFL teams would call an aggressive deep ball thrower.

15. Carolina Panthers (7-9):

Alabama S Deionte Thompson

Thompson is one of the best all around players in this draft class. He’s been the center fielder for the Crimson Tide defense for a few seasons now and he’s ready to make the jump to the NFL. He has an unruly combination of speed, range, length, and instincts that should allow him to dominate on the back end of any defense in the pros.

16. Green Bay Packers (7-8-1):

Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell

Ferrell is always the guy that everyone tends to forget about on that historic Clemson defensive line. He’s experienced and has been a leader for the Tigers throughout his career. He’s got the length at 6’5 to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL and he also displays outstanding power to move around the offensive line.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8):

Ole Miss OT Greg Little

Little is a bit of a more raw offensive tackle prospect than most would expect from a guy going in the first round, but he’s shown flashes of his great potential at Ole Miss that cannot be overlooked. He’s a competitor and a dominant run blocker who will need to improve in the pass blocking aspect of his game. But Little’s outstanding athleticism, frame, and strength should help him become a weekly starter in the NFL.

18. Tennessee Titans (8-8):

Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown

Marquise Brown is a well-known commodity in college football perhaps due to his dominance at the WR position but also to his nickname Hollywood. He’s probably the fastest wideout in the draft, and he’s earned the Hollywood tag. He will be a popular pick in the new age NFL and he will undoubtedly be a day 1 deep threat in the league. He’s the closest thing to Tyreek Hill in this draft and a lot of teams would love that type of player on their team.

19. Indianapolis Colts (9-7):

Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons

Simmons has some off the field concerns that NFL teams may not like, but he’s one of the most talented players in this defensive line heavy draft class. He’s a great impact pass rusher from the interior of the defensive line and he could develop into a future All-Pro if drafted by the right team.

20. Baltimore Ravens (9-7):

Alabama LB Mack Wilson

Yet another Alabama player goes off the board as linebacker Mack Wilson is selected. Wilson is fast, strong, and agile enough to cover nearly any tight end in the NFL. He’s a great player against the run, but Wilson can also step back into coverage and make plays in the passing defense as well. He will immediately slot into a significant role for the team that selects him.

21. Minnesota Vikings (9-6-1):

Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence

I saw my fair share of Dexter Lawrence in his career at Clemson when they played my Louisville Cardinals. He’s a big inside guy who plays tough against the run, but he’s still developing into being an every down pass rusher. He has an excellent combination of size at 6’4 and 340 pounds with some incredible game-wrecking power. He still needs to work on his moves to generate pressure as well, but he’s a good bet to develop into a Pro Bowl defensive lineman.

22. Denver Broncos (10-6):

Georgia CB DeAndre Baker

DeAndre Baker shouldn’t be available at 22, but Denver will be oozing if he is. He’s a physical man coverage cornerback who can compete with the best of the best. He’s an agile 5’11 guy with good tackling abilities as well as the instincts to match up with a lot of guys in the league.

23. Seattle Seahawks (11-5):

Iowa TE Noah Fant

Fant is a modern NFL tight end, with the ability to take the field on all three downs as a blocker and pass catcher. He is still developing into being an effective blocker at his position, but he’s miles ahead of any other tight end in the class. He shows flashes of great speed and looks like a complete red zone threat on the tapes he has at Iowa. Fant will be an easy choice for a team looking for a tight end on Day 1.

24. Los Angeles Chargers (11-5):

Ohio State DL Dre’mont Jones

Often overshadowed by Nick Bosa, Jones is a beast in his own right who would be gone way earlier if not for being in the midst of a defensive line heavy class. He’s a great inside pass rusher with solid technique and has a good amount of athleticism for a big man. In the long run, he could be a steal at #24 for the Los Angeles Chargers.

25. Oakland Raiders (via DAL) (9-7):

Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf

Metcalf is as close as N’Keal Harry as they come, yet he’s coming off the board 14 picks later. He’s got the lovable combination of size and speed as he’s 6’4 and 230 pounds. He’s a true outside receiver who has a tremendous nose for the football. He can go up and get it when Derek Carr really needs him to, and hearing that’ll be something Jon Gruden will love the sound of.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1):

Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen

Trayvon Mullen is a poor man’s Greedy Williams. He’s got solid size at 6’1 and shows great quickness on the field in tape. He could easily be off the board in the first ten picks or still be on the board during the last ten picks, but I think Mullen is definitely not falling out of the first round, barring a disappointing NFL combine showing.

27. Oakland Raiders (via CHI) (11-5):

Washington CB Byron Murphy

Murphy was also a breakout player in 2018 who a lot of people did not have ranked highly on their draft boards. After watching his tape, I can see why he’s now so highly touted. Murphy is going to play more slot than outside due to his small frame at 5’11 and 182 pounds, but he’s not to be messed with. He makes plays and can shutdown opposing wideouts if asked to do so. He’s got great fundamental cornerback techniques that should help him ease into a starting role in Week 1.

28. Houston Texans (12-4):

West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste

Cajuste is a guy who helped protect Will Grier for a long time at WVU, and he’s another guy who looks like he’s ready to make the jump to the pros, at least according to his tape. He’s powerful and big, but he can still move well like some of the best tackles in the league. He displays tremendous technique and should be able to dominate opposing edge rushers with all of this on his side.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (13-3):

Florida State EDGE Brian Burns

Brian Burns was a disruptive edge defender at Florida State and a lot of that has to do with his outstanding 6’5 frame. He’s not a thick bodied edge defender like most, as he only sits at 235, but he more than makes up for it with his generational athletic abilities as an impact player off the edge. He should do well rushing the passer in the NFL.

30. Los Angeles Rams (14-2):

Clemson DL Christian Wilkins

The Rams defensive line hasn’t been all of what was expected of it in the preseason, but Wilkins is the type of player billed to help patch those troubles up. He’s a versatile defensive lineman who has consistently shown an ability to disrupt the run game and pass game with his interior technique. He’s a proven winner out of college as well, which is always a nice bonus for NFL teams.

31. New England Patriots (13-3):

Alabama DL Raekwon Davis

Raekwon Davis is a physical freak of nature at 6’7 and 316 pounds. He has a lot of room for growth as player and a person but he’s developed a ton already under Nick Saban. He’s a solid defender against the run and he’s becoming a top flight interior pass rusher as we speak. He’s got the speed that will help set him apart from this loaded interior defensive line class.

32. Green Bay Packers (via NO) (14-2):

Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Arcega-Whiteside is the final pick in the first round but he’ll step into a role alongside Davante Adams where he’s bound to get looks from Aaron Rodgers. He’s not the fastest receiver in the class, but he’s long at 6’2 and he can go get the ball anywhere. He’s got a terrific catch radius, and he’ll need to use that to his advantage if he wants to keep up in this league.

PSF NFL Weekly Pick’Em: Week 12 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the 12th edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 11 was an absolute slugfest for most of our writers, and they’ll look to continue their hot streaks on the stretch run as we head into Week 12 and beyond. We had a lot of fun in Week 11, as the Rams and Chiefs put together one of the greatest games in NFL history. If you missed it, I’d highly recommend finding some time to watch it to indulge in some great football with two high powered offenses. But as we head into the final stretch run of the season and beyond, the theme of high-powered offense is the norm of this 2018 NFL season.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion.

Here’s the updated standings through 11 weeks of action!

  1. Brian Willis (105-55)
  2. Tristan Beckmann (102-58)
  3. Obstructed Viewer (101-59)
  4. Ian Cusick (95-65)
  5. Alex Levin (94-66)
  6. Chris Chastain (93-67)
  7. PSF (90-70)
  8. Eric Jensen (84-76)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the week 12 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Dallas Cowboys over Washington Redskins.

New England Patriots over New York Jets.

Baltimore Ravens over Oakland Raiders.

Los Angeles Chargers over Arizona Cardinals.

Houston Texans over Tennessee Titans.

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the 12th week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Chicago Bears over Detroit Lions. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the Lions to win.

New Orleans Saints over Atlanta Falcons. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the Falcons to win.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers over San Francisco 49ers. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the 49ers to win.

Philadelphia Eagles over New York Giants. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Giants to win.

Carolina Panthers over Seattle Seahawks. Chris Chastain and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked the Seahawks to win.

Pittsburgh Steelers over Denver Broncos. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked the Broncos to win.

Indianapolis Colts over Miami Dolphins. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the Dolphins to win.

Minnesota Vikings over Green Bay Packers. Tristan Beckmann and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked the Packers to win.

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for week 12’s games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Jacksonville Jaguars over Buffalo Bills. Tristan Beckmann, Eric Jensen, and Obstructed Viewer all picked the Bills to win.

Cleveland Browns over Cincinnati Bengals. Ian Cusick, Obstructed Viewer, and Pro Sports Fandom all picked the Bengals to win.

PSF College Football Weekly Pick’em: Week 8 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the eighth edition of the PSF College Football Weekly Pick’em. It’s been an incredible season already and it feels unreal to say that it is already Week 8 of the college football season. Week 7 was once again a very interesting week for the landscape and outlook towards the rest of the year. There were many upsets, with Auburn going down to Tennessee at home, LSU dominating #2 Georgia to place itself firmly in the college football playoff conversation, Oregon knocking #7 Washington out of the playoff picture, and Iowa State upsetting a previously undefeated West Virginia team. There were so many more too, but we’ve got stuff to get to. With all of that said, this sets up another exciting week of action-packed college football for us! Your favorite writers are set to pick tons of this week’s games, and hopefully gain ground in the overall standings.

Each week of the season, the crew will pick a select group of games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. If you need a reminder of how this format works, I’ll discuss that here. Points will be rewarded each week based on the weekly standings (based on everybody’s weekly record). One note of importance is that one point is still rewarded for each correct pick (excluding Game of the Week picks, which are worth three points).

And don’t forget to check out all of our writers on Twitter:

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Travis Calvin (@GSPTCal)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@obstructedview2)

Now before we unveil the picks for all of this week’s action, let’s take a closer look at the standings through seven weeks of play!

1. Tristan Beckmann (127 PTS)

2. Travis Calvin (113 PTS)

3. Chris Chastain (112 PTS)

4. Brian Willis (105 PTS)

5. Obstructed Viewer (100 PTS)

6. Eric Jensen (99 PTS)

7. Heath Kyser (84 PTS)

8. Ian Cusick (76 PTS)

Now let’s get the ball rolling with the game picks that everyone agreed on for some of the week 8 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Stanford over Arizona State.

(Thu. 10/18, 9:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, STAN -2.5)

#9 Oklahoma over TCU.

(Sat. 10/20, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC, OKLA -7.5)

Duke over Virginia.

(Sat. 10/20, 12:30 p.m. EST, ACC, DUKE -7.5)

#1 Alabama over Tennessee.

(Sat. 10/20, 3:30 p.m. EST, CBS, ALA -29.5)

#18 Penn State over Indiana.

(Sat. 10/20, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC, PSU -14.5)

#5 LSU over #22 Mississippi State.

(Sat. 10/20, 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, LSU -6.5)

#12 Oregon over #25 Washington State.

(Sat. 10/20, 7:30 p.m. EST, FOX, WSU -2.5)

Now let’s look at the game picks that most of the staff agreed on for the week 8 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

#6 Michigan over #24 Michigan State. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked #24 Michigan State to win.

(Sat. 10/20, 12:00 p.m. EST, FOX, MICH -7.0)

#2 Ohio State over Purdue. Obstructed Viewer was the only writer who picked Purdue to win.

(Sat. 10/20, 7:30 p.m. EST, ABC, OSU -13.5)

Now let’s look at the game picks that the staff had a lot of mixed feelings on for some of the week 8 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Auburn over Ole Miss. Eric Jensen, Heath Kyser, and Obstructed Viewer all picked Ole Miss to win.

(Sat. 10/20, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, AUB -4.0)

The writers split on Colorado @ #15 Washington. Tristan Beckmann, Eric Jensen, Brian Willis, and Obstructed Viewer all picked #15 Washington to win. Chris Chastain, Travis Calvin, Ian Cusick, and Heath Kyser all picked Colorado to win.

(Sat. 10/20, 3:30 p.m. EST, FOX, WASH -15.5)

#3 Clemson over #16 NC State. Chris Chastain, Eric Jensen, and Heath Kyser all picked #16 NC State to win.

(Sat. 10/20, 3:30 p.m. EST, ESPN, CLEM -17.0)

The writers split on USC @ Utah. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, Heath Kyser, and Obstructed Viewer all picked Utah to win. Travis Calvin, Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Brian Willis all picked USC to win.

(Sat. 10/20, 8:00 p.m. EST, PAC12, UTAH -6.5)

PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 4 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the fourth edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 3 was an absolute standings nightmare for most of our writers, and they’ll look to bounce back as we head into Week 4 and beyond. The Bills pulled off one of the greatest upsets in NFL history by dominating the Vikings 27-6. The Lions defeated the Patriots to push Tom Brady and company to a 1-2 record. And the Dolphins are still undefeated? The NFL has been all sorts of crazy so far this season and I expect a lot to settle itself out over the next few weeks.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion. Here’s the updated standings through three weeks of action!

Standings:

1. Chris Chastain (28-20)

2. Brian Willis (27-21)

3. Ian Cusick (26-22)

4. Tristan Beckmann (25-23)

T5. Alex Levin (24-24)

T5. Tim (24-24)

T7. Heath Kyser (21-27)

T7. Eric Jensen (21-27)

9. Alex Mueller (20-28)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the fourth week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Jacksonville Jaguars over New York Jets.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, JAX -7.5)

Los Angeles Chargers over San Francisco 49ers.

(Sun. 9/30, 4:25 p.m. EST, CBS, LAC -10.0)

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the fourth week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Los Angeles Rams over Minnesota Vikings. Brian Willis and Chris Chastain were the only writers who picked the Vikings to win.

(Thu. 9/27, 8:20 p.m. EST, FOX, LAR -7.0)

Philadelphia Eagles over Tennessee Titans. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked the Titans to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, PHI -4.0)

Houston Texans over Indianapolis Colts. Ian Cusick and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked the Colts to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, IND -1.0)

Green Bay Packers over Buffalo Bills. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Bills to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, GB -10.0)

Chicago Bears over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ian Cusick and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked the Buccaneers to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, CHI -3.0)

Atlanta Falcons over Cincinnati Bengals. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Bengals to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, ATL -5.5)

Cleveland Browns over Oakland Raiders. Tristan Beckmann and Chris Chastain were the only writers who picked the Raiders to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 4:05 p.m. EST, FOX, OAK -2.5)

New Orleans Saints over New York Giants. Obstructed Viewer was the only writer who picked the Giants to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 4:25 p.m. EST, CBS, NO -3.5)

Kansas City Chiefs over Denver Broncos. Tristan Beckmann and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked the Broncos to win.

(Mon. 10/1, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN, KC -4.5)

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for the fourth week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

New England Patriots over Miami Dolphins. Eric Jensen, Obstructed Viewer, and Chris Chastain all picked the Dolphins to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, NE -6.5)

Detroit Lions over Dallas Cowboys. Chris Chastain, Brian Willis, Alex Levin, and Ian Cusick all picked the Cowboys to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, DAL -3.0)

Seattle Seahawks over Arizona Cardinals. Tristan Beckmann, Obstructed Viewer, and Alex Mueller all picked the Cardinals to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 4:05 p.m. EST, FOX, SEA -3.0)

Pittsburgh Steelers over Baltimore Ravens. Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Chris Chastain all picked the Ravens to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC, PIT -3.0)

PSF College Football Weekly Pick’em: Week 5 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Man, this upcoming week of college football has incredible potential to be the best week of the young season to date. It’s been an incredible season already and there are is so much more action to go, with multiple ranked matchups headlining the Week 5 slate. Week 4 was very interesting, similar to the first three weeks. We saw ranked teams such as Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, and Virginia Tech go down without a fight. Alabama continued to assert their dominance with a win over a ranked Texas A&M team and Stanford continued to represent the PAC-12 on a national stage, squeaking out an overtime victory against 19th ranked Oregon. With all of that said, this sets up another exciting week of action-packed college football for us! Your favorite writers are set to pick tons of this week’s games, and hopefully gain ground in the overall standings.

Each week of the season, the crew will pick a select group of games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. If you need a reminder of how this format works, I’ll discuss that here. Points will be rewarded each week based on the weekly standings (based on everybody’s weekly record). One note of importance is that one point is still rewarded for each correct pick (excluding Game of the Week picks, which are worth three points).

And don’t forget to check out all of our writers on Twitter:

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Travis Calvin (@GSPTCal)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@obstructedview2)

Now before we unveil the picks for all of this week’s action, let’s take a closer look at the standings through three weeks of play!

1. Tristan Beckmann (79 PTS)

2. Travis Calvin (73 PTS)

3. Brian Willis (71 PTS)

4. Chris Chastain (69 PTS)

5. Eric Jensen (59 PTS)

6. Obstructed Viewer (55 PTS)

7. Heath Kyser (52 PTS)

8. Ian Cusick (50 PTS)

Now let’s get the ball rolling with the game picks that everyone agreed on for some of the week 5 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

#19 Miami (FL) over North Carolina.

(Thu. 9/27, 8:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, MIA -18.0)

#2 Georgia over Tennessee.

(Sat. 9/29, 3:30 p.m. EST, CBS, UGA -31.5)

#19 Oregon over #24 California.

(Sat. 9/29, 10:30 p.m. EST, FS1, ORE -2.5)

#6 Oklahoma over Baylor.

(Sat. 9/29, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC, OKLA -23.5)

#13 UCF over Pittsburgh.

(Sat. 9/29, 3:30 p.m. EST, ESPNU, UCF -13.5)

#5 LSU over Ole Miss.

(Sat. 9/29, 9:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, LSU -12.0)

Now let’s look at the game picks that most of the staff agreed on for the week 5 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

#11 Washington over #20 BYU. Ian Cusick and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked #20 BYU to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 8:30 p.m. EST, FOX, WASH -17.5)

#4 Clemson over Syracuse. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked Syracuse to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC, CLEM -24.0)

#18 Texas over Kansas State. Travis Calvin and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked Kansas State to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 3:30 p.m. EST, FS1, TEX -9.0)

#14 Michigan over Northwestern. Tristan Beckmann and Travis Calvin were the only writers who picked Northwestern to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 4:30 p.m. EST, FOX, MICH -14.0)

#23 Mississippi State over Florida. Heath Kyser and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Florida to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 6:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, MSST -8.0)

Now let’s look at the game picks that the staff had a lot of mixed feelings on for some of the week 5 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

The writers split on #12 West Virginia and #25 Texas Tech. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, Heath Kyser, and Obstructed all picked #12 West Virginia to win. Travis Calvin, Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Brian Willis all picked #25 Texas Tech to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2, WVU -3.5)

The writers split on #22 Duke and Virginia Tech. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, Eric Jensen, and Heath Kyser all picked #22 Duke to win. Travis Calvin, Ian Cusick, Brian Willis, and Obstructed all picked Virginia Tech to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2, DUKE -5.0)

The writers split on #7 Stanford and #8 Notre Dame. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, Heath Kyser, and Obstructed all picked #8 Notre Dame to win. Travis Calvin, Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Brian Willis all picked #7 Stanford to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 7:30 p.m. EST, NBC, ND -5.5)

#17 Kentucky over South Carolina. Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Heath Kyser were the writers who picked South Carolina to win.

(Sat. 9/29, 7:30 p.m. EST, SECN, UK -1.0)

The PSF Game of the Week:

#4 Ohio State @ #9 Penn State

(Sat. 9/29, 7:30 p.m. EST, ABC, OSU -3.5)

It will be a madhouse at University Park In Pennsylvania on Saturday night. The fourth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes are taking on another test this season with a road battle against conference rival and the ninth ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. This game certainly has the potential to be the game of the year in college football. These two teams don’t like each other and the winner of this battle may very well be on their way to a bid in the Big Ten Championship game and perhaps a College Football Playoff berth.

Urban Meyer will be back for his second game of the season and is in for a tough challenge against James Franklin’s Nittany Lions. Both teams are undefeated and have dominated all of their opponents up to here, so we will know a lot more about them after seeing them go head to head. Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins has looked like a stellar quarterback and is making a case for the Heisman early on. The Nittany Lions’ Trace McSorley is a veteran quarterback who we’ve all seen and know how talented he can be. Saquon Barkley is in the NFL now, and while that obviously hurts Penn State a lot, they’ve got a talented running back in Miles Sanders who is filled with potential.

J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber Jr. headline the Ohio State running game and both will see significant action on Saturday night. They both are extremely talented and can be beneficial to changing the pace against Penn State’s defense. Nick Bosa will be our for the Buckeyes and that is certainly a major loss, and a big thing to watch will be how the Ohio State defense plays without their leader. I’m also intrigued by whether Penn State’s relatively young defense can handle the high flying offensive attack of Ohio State.

I think that this matchup will end up being decided by the defenses, and even with Bosa out, I think Ohio State has a better defense than Penn State. I think that they almost certainly have a better offense than the Nittany Lions as well. I’m taking Ohio State in a close battle going down to the wire. #4 Ohio State 26, #9 Penn State 23.

Other Staff’s Picks:

Travis Calvin: #9 Penn State 31, #4 Ohio State 28.

Chris Chastain: #4 Ohio State 29, #9 Penn State 15.

Ian Cusick: #9 Penn State 38, #4 Ohio State 31.

Eric Jensen: #4 Ohio State 35, #9 Penn State 28.

Heath Kyser: #9 Penn State 38, #4 Ohio State 31.

Brian Willis: #9 Penn State 48, #4 Ohio State 43.

PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 3 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the third edition of the PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 2 was filled with surprises and teams that shocked us. It was not the prettiest week for our pick’em staff. But that’s okay because Week 3 is where everybody will bounce back, hopefully! Ryan Fitzpatrick is the biggest story in football right now alongside Patrick Mahomes II, whom both are playing incredible football as the quarterbacks of their respective squads. We learned a lot about many teams, but as this season goes on, we will continue to learn more. Week 3 is upon us, and the fans are pumped. This is undoubtedly the greatest time of the year!

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is returning for its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  •  Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  •  Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  •  Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  •  Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
  •  Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  •  Alex Mueller (@ProSportsFandom)
  •  Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  •  Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion. Here’s the updated standings through two weeks of action!

Standings:

T1. Chris Chastain (20-12)

T1. Alex Mueller (20-12)

3. Tristan Beckmann (18-14)

T4. Brian Willis (17-15)

T4. Alex Levin (17-15)

T4. Ian Cusick (17-15)

T6. Heath Kyser (16-16)

T6. Eric Jensen (16-16)

T6. Tim (16-16)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the third week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Green Bay Packers over Washington Redskins.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, GB -3.0)

Minnesota Vikings over Buffalo Bills.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, MIN -16.5)

Jacksonville Jaguars over Tennessee Titans.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, JAX -1.0)

Kansas City Chiefs over San Francisco 49ers.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, KC -6.5)

Los Angeles Rams over Los Angeles Chargers.

(Sun. 9/23, 4:05 p.m. EST, CBS, LAR -7.0)

Chicago Bears over Arizona Cardinals.

(Sun. 9/23, 4:25 p.m. EST, FOX, CHI -5.5)

New England Patriots over Detroit Lions.

(Sun. 9/23, 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC, NE -7.0)

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the third week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Cleveland Browns over New York Jets. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the New York Jets to win.

(Thu. 9/20, 8:20 p.m. EST, NFLN, CLE -3.0)

Philadelphia Eagles over Indianapolis Colts. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Indianapolis Colts to win.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, PHI -6.5)

Miami Dolphins over Oakland Raiders. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked the Oakland Raiders to win.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, MIA -3.0)

Houston Texans over New York Giants. Chris Chastain and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked the New York Giants to win.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, HOU -6.0)

Dallas Cowboys over Seattle Seahawks. Brian Willis was the only writer who picked the Seattle Seahawks to win.

(Sun. 9/23, 4:25 p.m. EST, FOX, SEA -1.5)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Pittsburgh Steelers. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked the Pittsburgh Steelers to win.

(Mon. 9/24, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN, PIT -1.5)

Now let’s see the game picks that everyone has mixed views on for the third week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

New Orleans Saints over Atlanta Falcons. Tristan Beckmann, Alex Levin, and Obstructed Viewer were the writers who picked the Atlanta Falcons to win.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, ATL -3.0)

Baltimore Ravens over Denver Broncos. Tristan Beckmann, Eric Jensen, and Chris Chastain were the writers who picked the Denver Broncos to win.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, BAL -5.5)

Cincinnati Bengals over Carolina Panthers. Tristan Beckmann, Ian Cusick, and Obstructed Viewer were the writers who picked the Carolina Panthers to win.

(Sun. 9/23, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, CAR -3.0)

PSF College Football Weekly Pick’Em: Week 3 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

What an exciting second week of college football! That’s one way to describe how the college football landscape was shaken up last week. There were highlights, upsets, insane endings, and we learned a lot more about a lot of major programs. We learned that Kevin Sumlin and Arizona may not be a contender in the PAC-12 after all. We learned that Stanford is the favorite in the PAC-12, after a dominating win over USC. Georgia is still a top five team in the nation, going on the road into South Carolina and trouncing the then-24th ranked Gamecocks 41-17. Another top five team in Clemson went on the road and barely squeaked out a win over Texas A&M. Those were just some of the biggest games of the week. But regardless, it’s week 3 of the season and that means another week of college football pick’em with your favorite writers. There are some exciting games on tap for the third week of the season and the pick’em standings will start to sort themselves out as time rolls on.

Each week of the season, the crew will pick a select group of games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. If you need a reminder of how this format works, I’ll discuss that here. Points will be rewarded each week based on the weekly standings (based on everybody’s weekly record). One note of importance is that one point is still rewarded for each correct pick (excluding Game of the Week picks, which are worth three points).

And don’t forget to check out all of our writers and experts on Twitter:

▪ Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)

▪ Travis Calvin (@GSPTCal)

▪ Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)

▪ Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)

▪ Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)

▪ Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)

▪ Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)

▪ Tim (@obstructedview2)

Now before we unveil the picks for all of this week’s action, let’s take a closer look at the standings through two weeks of play!

1. Chris Chastain (42 pts)

2. Tristan Beckmann (40 pts)

3. Travis Calvin (35 pts)

T4. Obstructed Viewer (33 pts)

T4. Brian Willis (33 pts)

6. Eric Jensen (32 pts)

7. Ian Cusick (28 pts)

8. Heath Kyser (23 pts)

Now let’s get the ball rolling with the game picks that everyone agreed on for some of the week three games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Boston College over Wake Forest.

(Thu. 9/13, 7:30 p.m. EST, ESPN, BC -6.5)

#5 Oklahoma over Iowa State.

(Sat. 9/15, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC, OU -17.5)

#19 Michigan over SMU.

(Sat. 9/15, 3:30 p.m. EST, BTN, MICH -35.5)

#1 Alabama over Ole Miss.

(Sat. 9/15, 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, ALA -21.0)

#4 Ohio State over #15 TCU.

(Sat. 9/15, 8:00 p.m. EST, ABC, OSU -12.5)

Now let’s take a look at some of the games in which a majority of our staff agreed on the pick but one or two staff writers had other plans. (The predicted winners are noted in bold)

Syracuse over Florida State. Eric Jensen and Ian Cusick were the only writers who picked Florida State to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, FSU -3.5)

Missouri over Purdue. Ian Cusick and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Purdue to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 7:30 p.m. EST, BTN, MIZ -7.0)

#22 USC over Texas. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked Texas to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 8:00 p.m. EST, FOX, TEX -3.5)

#10 Washington over Utah. Obstructed Viewer was the only writer who picked Utah to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 10:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, WAS -6.5)

A few of the Week 3 games are mixed in terms of predictions from our staff, but let’s see what our staff thinks about those very few games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

The writers split on Duke and Baylor. Travis Calvin, Eric Jensen, Heath Kyser, Brian Willis all picked Duke to win. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, Ian Cusick, and Obstructed Viewer all picked Baylor to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 3:30 p.m. EST, FS1, BAY -6.5)

#24 Oklahoma State over #17 Boise State. Chris Chastain, Ian Cusick, and Eric Jensen were the writers who picked #17 Boise State to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 3:30 p.m. EST, ESPN, OKST -3.0)

Houston over Texas Tech. Tristan Beckmann, Travis Calvin, and Ian Cusick were the writers who picked Texas Tech to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 4:15 p.m. EST, FOX, HOU -1.0)

UCLA over Fresno State. Tristan Beckmann, Travis Calvin, and Heath Kyser were the writers who picked Fresno State to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 10:30 p.m. EST, FS1, UCLA -1.0)

The PSF Game of the Week:

#12 LSU @ #7 Auburn

(Sat. 9/15, 3:30 p.m. EST, CBS, AUB -9.5)

Auburn will look to add another impressive win to its resume when LSU comes to town on Saturday. LSU will look to do much of the same. Both teams have already taken down ranked opponents at neutral sites, but this game will have a much different feel. It’s an SEC clash of two historic programs and two teams that will look to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The game is pivotal for both these programs CFP hopes and the winner may gain an inside track to the CFP. But who knows? It’s only Week 3!

Jarrett Stidham will look to increase his NFL Draft stock by thwarting an impressive LSU defense led by linebacker Devin White and star cornerback Greedy Williams. It will be a clash of two strong defenses and two capable offenses. This one won’t be high scoring unless Auburn finds a way to blow LSU out of the water. Joe Burrow needs to hope that this game is a low-scoring affair, because I haven’t seen much promise from him yet that allows me to believe that he’s capable of producing in a shootout against a talented Auburn defense. I think the Auburn offense is just better overall than the LSU offense, and I think down the stretch, Jarrett Stidham will be the difference-maker for the Tigers, that is the Auburn Tigers of course! Be sure to tune into this one! #7 Auburn 23, #12 LSU 14.

Other Staff’s Picks:

Travis Calvin: #12 LSU 24, #7 Auburn 21.

Chris Chastain: #7 Auburn 29, #12 LSU 21.

Ian Cusick: #7 Auburn 33, #12 LSU 30.

Eric Jensen: #12 LSU 30, #7 Auburn 24.

Heath Kyser: #7 Auburn 27, #12 LSU 21.

Brian Willis: #12 LSU 31, #7 Auburn 24.

Obstructed: #7 Auburn 17, #12 LSU 13.

PSF College Football Weekly Pick’Em: Week 2 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

What a week of college football! That’s one way to describe how the college football season began last week. There were highlights, upsets, insane endings, and we learned a lot about a lot of programs. The eighth ranked Miami Hurricanes were trudged by the 25th ranked LSU Tigers. Auburn outlasted Washington in a battle of top ten teams and Virginia Tech embarrassed Florida State in Tallahassee. Those were just some of the biggest games of the week. But regardless, it’s week 2 of the season and that means another week of college football pick’em with your favorite writers. There are some exciting games on tap for the second week of the season and the pick’em standings will start to sort themselves out as time rolls on. Before we begin, I’d like to announce that the crew has gained another member, in Tim, otherwise known as Obstructed Viewer. He is a writer on Pro Sports Fandom and loves college football, so be sure to check him out on twitter and read his content!

Each week of the season, the crew will pick a select group of games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. If you need a reminder of how this format works, I’ll discuss that here. Points will be rewarded each week based on the weekly standings (based on everybody’s weekly record). One note of importance is that one point is still rewarded for each correct pick (excluding Game of the Week picks, which are worth three points).

And don’t forget to check out all of our writers and experts on Twitter

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Travis Calvin (@GSPTCal)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@obstructedview2)

Now before we unveil the picks for all of this week’s action, let’s take a closer look at the standings through one week of play!

  • 1. Chris Chastain (23 PTS)
  • 2. Travis Calvin (21 PTS)
  • T3. Tristan Beckmann (16 PTS)
  • T3. Obstructed (16 PTS)
  • T5. Brian Willis (15 PTS)
  • T5. Ian Cusick (15 PTS)
  • 7. Eric Jensen (12 PTS)
  • 8. Heath Kyser (11 PTS)
  • Now let’s get the ball rolling with the game picks that everyone agreed on for some of the week one games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

    #16 TCU over SMU.

    (Fri. 9/7, 8:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2, TCU -21.5)

    #6 Oklahoma over UCLA.

    (Sat. 9/8, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, OU -30.5)

    Iowa over Iowa State.

    (Sat. 9/8, 5:00 p.m. EST, FOX, IOWA -4.0)

    #2 Clemson over Texas A&M.

    (Sat. 9/8., 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, CLEM -11.5)

    Now let’s take a look at some of the games in which a majority of our staff agreed on the pick but one or two staff writers had other plans. (The predicted winners are noted in bold)

    #18 Mississippi State over Kansas State. Travis Calvin and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Kansas State to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, MSST -9.5)

    Northwestern over Duke. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked Duke to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPNU, NW -3.0)

    #3 Georgia over #24 South Carolina. Heath Kyser was the only writer who picked #24 South Carolina to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC, UGA -10.0)

    Nebraska over Colorado. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked Colorado to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC, NEB -5.5)

    #25 Florida over Kentucky. Travis Calvin and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked Kentucky to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 7:30 p.m. EST, SECN, FLA -14.0)

    Virginia over Indiana. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked Indiana to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 7:30 p.m. EST, BTN, IND -6.5)

    #13 Penn State over Pittsburgh. Eric Jensen and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked Pittsburgh to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 8:00 p.m. EST, ABC, PSU -8.5)

    #15 Michigan State over Arizona State. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked Arizona State to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 10:45 p.m. EST, ESPN, MSU -6.5)

    Only a few of the Week 2 games are mixed in terms of predictions from our staff, but let’s see what our staff thinks about those very few games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

    Houston vs. Arizona. The crew splits their first game of the season. Tristan Beckmann, Eric Jensen, Brian Willis, and Obstructed Viewer all picked Houston to win, while Travis Calvin, Chris Chastain, Heath Kyser, and Ian Cusick all picked Arizona to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC, HOU -4.0)

    Georgia Tech over USF. Eric Jensen, Heath Kyser, and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked USF to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC, GT -3.5)

    Temple over Buffalo. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Buffalo to win.

    (Sat. 9/8, 3:30 p.m. EST, ESPN3, TEM -5.0)

    The PSF Game of the Week:

    #17 USC @ #10 Stanford

    (Sat. 9/8, 8:30 p.m. EST, FOX, STAN -5.0)

    Tristan Beckmann: It’s early on in the season and we are already getting rematches from last season’s conference championship games. That’s exactly what will happen when the 17th ranked USC Trojans take the field against the 10th ranked Stanford Cardinal.

    Both teams had their struggles at times in their season openers but they both pulled out a victory by coming in clutch down the stretch. JT Daniels will have a tough time adapting to a road environment in his first such game of his career at USC. Stanford has built a tough program and Bryce Love will burst out in Week 2 after a quiet season opener. Add in K.J. Costello’s solid play at the quarterback position and Stanford may very well be the best team in the entire PAC-12, as well as a possible college football playoff contender. #10 Stanford 41, #17 USC 31.

    Eric Jensen: For those who only watched a quarter of Stanford’s season opener, the Cardinal may have looked a bit lifeless. But to say they weren’t arguably the best Pac 12 performance of last week would be an absolute joke. KJ Costello dominated through the air and the offense moved the ball without Bryce Love coming alive against a great San Diego State defense. That’s a really good sign for a team a lot of people have called one dimensional. If they can put together a great passing offense as well, Stanford could do real damage on a national level. On the other side of the ball, the Cardinals defense was absoloutely phenomenal and was flying around the field, completely shutting down the Aztecs offense. USC, for as good as their win looked on paper, really struggled against UNLV. They didn’t establish a running game until garbage time, and true freshman QB J.T. Daniels basically only targeted one receiver. The Trojans defense was alsodominated by UNLV’s offense. There are real reasons to be concerned by this team. All that said I believe it is clear where I am going. #10 Stanford 31, #17 USC 20.

    Other Staff’s Picks:

    Travis Calvin: #10 Stanford 27, #17 USC 21.

    Chris Chastain: #10 Stanford 25, #17 USC 15.

    Ian Cusick: #10 Stanford 37, #17 USC 33.

    Heath Kyser: #10 Stanford 31, #17 USC 28.

    Brian Willis: #10 Stanford 35, #17 USC 27.

    Obstructed: #10 Stanford 31, #17 USC 24.

    Tristan Beckmann’s Ultimate 2018 College Football Season Preview: Predicting Each FBS Conference, Preseason Rankings, and Full Bowl Projections

    We are inching closer and closer to the wonderful time of year in which we kick off the college football season. It is going to be such a great year of football as there are so many great teams and contenders and the run to the championship game will be full of excitement. But maybe you don’t know as much about the upcoming college football season as you would like. That’s where I come into play, as I’ve written an Ultimate CFB Season Preview for the upcoming season, which is filled with predictions, including my preseason top 25 rankings, full bowl projections, and conference by conference predictions. This preview is for you!

    I love college football a lot, but I’d really love it if you could share this article with your family and friends or anyone who may be interested. I spent a lot of time writing this piece and feel it is worthy to get its time across people’s screens. Thanks for the support! Remember, if you have any questions or find an error in my article, feel free to contact me @TBeckmann24 on Twitter. I will try my best to answer your questions!

    Table of Contents:

    Page 1: Introduction.

    Page 2: Preseason Top 25 Rankings.

    Page 3: Conference by Conference Breakdowns.

    Page 4: Full Bowl Projections.