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ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 17: Devin Gardner #12 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field high giving fans after a 42-17 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Devin Gardner #12 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field high giving fans after a 42-17 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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By: Dennis Fithian
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I pick the games and I leave my record week by week here as well. I pick all Michigan, Michigan State and Lions games. The other games I select are my best bets of the week. Check the bottom of the page for my stats.

 

Michigan -4 vs. Notre Dame: Looking at all the match ups I give ND the nod upfront with their defensive line, but I like the Wolverines almost everywhere else. Could see the Irish’s downfall coming on special teams.

Prediction: Michigan 26 ND 21

 

Michigan State -23 vs. South Florida: If the Spartans can’t light up this defense then they won’t crack .500 this year.

Prediction: Michigan State 33 South Florida 3

 

College Best Bets

 

Georgia -3.5 vs. South Carolina: Desperate Bulldogs with enough balance on offense to win at home.

Prediction: Georgia 30 South Carolina 23

 

NFL

 

Lions -5 vs. Vikings: The perfect game for the Lions to show that they can do the things necessary to make a run at the playoffs. First half offense, special teams and keeping AP from running wild are on the short list for success for the home team. Lose this one and it’s tough seeing any post season for Detroit.

Prediction: Detroit 27 Minnesota 20

 

Pittsburgh -7.5 vs. Tennessee: You want a surprise? How about the bottom falls out for the Steelers this year with no backs or receivers. Titans with the shocker in week one.

Prediction: Tennessee 17 Pittsburgh 14

 

Dallas -3 vs. NY Giants: Cowboys and Steelers are two of the biggest frauds this season. Both getting beat at home in week one should sound the alarm.

Prediction: NY 38 Dallas 34

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