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Posted on October 14th, by Rob Scichili in All. No Comments

Calls and Picks Sure to Go Wrong

Time to Brag

kansas_city_chiefs-1280x960Barometer’s Kansas City Chiefs pick for surprise team of the NFL looks pretty good right now, though I admit that 6-0 was not in that forecast. Kudos to Andy Reid thus far…We also called Mizzou to upset Georgia this past weekend, though that one was easy to spot coming with the M*A*S*H unit that is the Bulldogs’ roster.

What the…?

My apologies to the Sooners on calling an OU blowout of the Horns, but to my defense, everyone else picked this too. What were they thinking. If they simply would have read Barometer last Monday, they would have known to go the other way.

Coming up this Week

Cowboys at Eagles: Four of the next five for Dallas are on the road. They know that winning division games is imperative to getting back to the playoffs. Dallas gets it done on the road, dodging flying batteries and what-not along the way in Philly. Cowboys 24, Eagles 17

Texas Tech at West Virginia: The Mountaineers are coming off a bye week, but that won’t save them from Kliff Kingsbury’s wrath. OK, maybe that’s a bit overdone. But Texas Tech is on the verge of going  6-0, and they will. Depending on what uniform combination Tech decides to go with, this game could be endorsed by Sharpie. Red Raiders 31, Mountaineers 20

TCU at Oklahoma State: The Big 12 favorite Cowboys have been flying under the radar since being upset in Morgantown a few weeks ago. TCU was lucky to be playing Kansas last week with an OU hangover. That won’t work in Stillwater. TCU wakes up though, and takes the Cowboys out of the Big 12 picture once and for all. TCU 24, OSU 23

Oklahoma at Kansas: Ah, nothing soothes a bad loss to your rival like facing the Jayhawks. Then again, we all thought Saturday was a slam-dunk win for OU as well. But this is Kansas and it’s not basketball. I think I’d rather watch paint dry. Wake me when it’s over. Sooners 30, Kansas 6

Iowa State at Baylor: The Bears got their first test Saturday at Kansas State. The second test? Well, that’s still a few weeks off. Baylor rolls at home. No replay needed to get by the Cyclones in this one. Baylor 65, ISU 20

Auburn at Texas A&M: The Aggies return to Kyle Field after nearly a month. Auburn leads the SEC in rushing and that’s not great news for the A&M defense. But the Aggies have Johnny Manziel, and that’s always a huge advantage in any game. Tigers keep it close in the first half but A&M pulls away in the second. Aggies 40, Tigers 27

No. 5 Florida St. at No. 3 Clemson: This will be a great game. Barometer goes back and forth on who to pick. In the end, I gotta go with the better coach (Sweeney), the experienced quarterback (Boyd) and the home team (Death Valley). Clemson 38, Florida St. 31 in overtime.

Upset Pick of the Week: No. 11 Miami at North Carolina – Thursday night. Mark it down. If the Barometer says it will happen, er… it probably won’t. But tune in anyway.

Rob Scichili


Rob Scichili (shick-lee) has worked in professional sports for over 24 years in PR and communications, including time with the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, MLB.com, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. A journalism graduate of Texas A&M, he is co-owner and editor at ScoreboardTx, principal at Shick Communications and VP at Franchise Sports & Entertainment while serving on the board of the Mike Modano Foundation.





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