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Adam's Blog: 2013 Pigskin Picks

Updated: Thursday, August 29 2013, 05:30 PM CDT

Happy football season, friends! It's time for the annual August tradition you've grown to know and love. No, I'm not talking about people posting those annoying pictures of their car temperature gauge on social media or your buddy telling you about his fantasy football team as if you care. It's time for Winkler's Pigskin Prognostications.

I've been making preseason college/pro football prognostications since the 2008 season. My claim to fame, without a doubt, came during the 2009 season. Along with a couple of other accurate prognostications, I correctly picked the New Orleans Saints to win Super Bowl XLIV despite the franchise entering that year with one playoff win all-time and zero Super Bowl appearances.

This year, I don't have anything that bold (unless you consider the Southeastern Conference NOT winning the BCS title bold?), but I might have a few Big 12/SEC/NFL predictions that will make you scratch your head. This year, I've made 13 bold predictions for 2013. Super original, right? Enjoy!

1 - The Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys will combine to win 22 regular season games.

2 - Two SEC players will finish higher than Johnny Manziel in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting.

3 - Case McCoy and/or Tyrone Swoopes will have to win a game for the Longhorns when starting QB David Ash continues his (high school and college) career trend of being slowed by an injury in at least one game.

4 - The Cincinnati Bengals will win 11 games or more and host at least one AFC playoff game.

5 -The Texas defense (ranked 67th in NCAA in 2012 after being ranked 11th in in 2011) will finish the season ranked 36th nationally in total defense.

6 - Top 6 in Final Big 12 Standings: 1) Oklahoma State, 2) Texas, 3) TCU, 4) Kansas State, 5) Oklahoma, 6) Baylor.

7 - 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will fall short of expectations. He won't finish the regular season as one of the 10 best QBs in the NFL and will fail to lead his team to its second straight Super Bowl.

8 - The winner of the September 7th South Carolina/Georgia game will not lose another regular season game.

9 - For the Longhorns, it's simple math: if 2 and 3 equal 10-plus then '13 will equal 10-plus. Confused? You should be. Hear me out. If Texas wins its second (September 7 at BYU) and third (September 14 vs. Ole Miss) games by 10 points or more, then the Longhorns are legit and will go on to win 10 games or more.  If Texas struggles in those two semi-difficult games (one of which is on the road), even if it survives them both, the Horns will be exposed to the rest of the Big 12 and will fail to surpass the nine-win plateau.

10 - The NFL's Elite Eight will be: NFC: Seattle, Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas. AFC: New England, Houston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis.

11 - Texas A&M and the Dallas Cowboys will finish with the same number of regular season victories.

12 - The Longhorns will play (and lose) a postseason bowl game that takes place in January 2014.

13 - The SEC will not win its eighth consecutive BCS title.

by Adam WinklerAdam's Blog: 2013 Pigskin Picks


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Scores & Schedules

December 18, 2014 08:09 GMT

NBA

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix 111, Charlotte 106

Atlanta 127, Cleveland 98

Utah 105, Miami 87

Dallas 117, Detroit 106

Boston 109, Orlando 92

Toronto 105, Brooklyn 89

Memphis 117, San Antonio 116,3OT

Portland 104, Milwaukee 97

L.A. Clippers 102, Indiana 100

Houston 115, Denver 111, OT

Thursday's Games

New York at Chicago, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa 2, New Jersey 0

Boston 3, Minnesota 2, OT

Dallas 2, Vancouver 0

Thursday's Games

Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

NFL

Thursday, Dec. 18

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

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