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Adam's Blog: 2013 Pigskin Picks

Updated: Thursday, August 29 2013, 04:30 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

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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