When I sat down to make my Week 3 predictions for the NFL season on Saturday mornig I couldn’t help but think of my first love, college football. How could I possibly think of the 49ers and Chiefs game when there was Alabama/Arkansas and Auburn/South Carolina to think about? Since I can’t get my mind off of college football I will use my college football knowledge to make this week’s picks.
I have a favorite team, the Florida Gators, but there are also other teams I like. I figure I will make my picks for this week’s games based simply on which NFL teams have the most players from colleges I like. The way it will work is that a team will get 5 points if they have a former Florida Gator, 4 points for an ex-UAB Blazer, 3 points if one of their players attended the University of Pittsburgh, any player from the Colorado Buffaloes will receive 2 points and any former Troy Trojans will receive 1 point.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The San Francisco 49ers seem to be the favorite of the Pittsburgh Panthers. The 49ers lead the way with four Panthers and 19 total points. Kansas City has just 1 point with one Troy player.
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Lions and Vikings actually have the same amount of points. A tie goes to the team that has my favorite player out of the two teams. That would have to be Percy “Migraine” Harvin.
Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
It pains me to say this but the Patriots lead the league in ex-Florida Gators and they’re not nobodies. The Patriots are loaded with players I love (Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Spikes to start). The Bills will be lucky if the score of the game is as close as the score in my system and in my system the Patriots are a two touchdown winner 27 – 13.
Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
The Falcons are not impressive with nine points but the Saints have just one Florida Gator for a score 5.
Tennessee Titans vs. New York Giants
The New York Giants have a measly safety, 2 points, but it’s actually enough to beat Tennessee. How can they call themselves the Titans without any Florida Gators on their team?
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Carolina Panthers
Rookie Carlos Dunlop is the third ex-Gators on the Bengals along with Reggie Nelson and Andre Caldwell. 15 points is enough to top the Panthers’ 6 points.
Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are the second team to post a score of 2 but this time it is not enough to win. The Browns upset the Ravens in Week 3.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans
The Texans and Cowboys are another tie with 3 points each. So this one once again goes to my favorite player on the two teams and it’s hard not to go with the pride of Troy, DeMarcus Ware.
Washington Redskins vs. St. Louis Rams
The Rams are another one of the few teams that have no Gators, Blazers, Panthers, Buffaloes or Trojans. Somebody get their GM on the phone pronto!
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jackonsville Jaguars
Back when Fred Taylor was in Jacksonville the Jaguars would have pulled this one out but instead the Eagles win a close one led by Pittsburgh’s LeSean McCoy.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos
Double Tebow all the way! (Almost a Triple Tebow)
Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Raiders and Cardinals had the closest match of the week but ex- Gator Louis Murphy and company edged out ex-Panther Larry Fitzgerald’s gang 10 – 9.
San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Chargers come in pretty strong with 11 points and the Seahawks managed just 2. This is why the Chargers could win their division and the Seahawks won’t.
New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins
Neither team had a ton of players from my favorite teams but the Dolphins 8 points were enough to overcome the Jets’ 3 points in this AFC East battle.
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Major Wright of the Bears was enough on his own to beat the Packers’ score of 4 but just to rub it in the Bears also have Colorado’s Brian Iwuh.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For the second week in a row there is no need for me to go against my system to make the obligatory biased Steelers pick. The Buccaneers totaled 6 points but Max Starks and Maurkice Pouncey are enough for the Steelers to win.