The 8News Pigskin Picks: Week 5

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Our Hurricane Matthew edition is going to blow you away. Last year’s cellar dweller Kerri O’Brien is back with a vengeance this season and has pulled into a first-place tie with newcomer Ron Carthen. Only four games separate the pack. Let’s see what this week brings.

As always, feel free to play along at home.

ronRon Carthen, 8News Editor & Vlogger (Last week – 4-4, Overall – 20-12)

Louisa Lions @ Powhatan Indians

Pick: Louisa Lions

Will be a close one to the wire but I see Louisa with a big win on the road

Tennessee Volunteers @ Texas A&M Aggies

Pick: Texas A&M Aggies

The Vols have had some come-from-behind wins as of late but I think this is the week starting slow could cause them especially the Aggies receivers against a banged up Vols secondary

Virginia Tech Hokies @ North Carolina Tar Heels

Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies

Tar Heels had a huge road win over Florida State but I can see a letdown this week especially the Hokies coming off a bye. Great matchup between the Hokies secondary and the Tar Heels receivers.

Alabama Crimson Tide @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide

Feels like a trap game but I’ll give the edge to Alabama due to their defense making enough stops against Razorbacks QB Austin Allen

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes

Pick: Miami Hurricanes

Weather expected to play a big factor in this game but I think Miami is ready to prove they are for real and drop FSU to 0-3 in the ACC.

Richmond Spiders @ Albany Great Danes

Pick: Albany Great Danes

This will be another high-scoring game but I can see the Spiders coming up short this week on the road.

Washington Redskins @ Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Baltimore Ravens

Can’t wait to see Josh Norman line up against Steve Smith. It will be close but I see Baltimore finding a way to win this one and not lose back-to-back home games.

Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

Not a big fan of the Colts and the entire AFC South early in the season but I can’ t see them losing to the Bears at home

Kerri webKerri O’Brien, 8News Investigative Reporter (Last week – 5-3, Overall – 20-12)

Louisa Lions @ Powhatan Indians

Pick: Powhatan Indians

Two undefeated match ups so I am going with the power for home field advantage.

Tennessee Volunteers @ Texas A&M Aggies

Pick: Texas A&M Aggies

I think Tennessee’s luck runs out here.  The Aggies QB Trevor Knight will have a good game, which combined with the home team crowd; it’s a win for Texas A&M.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ North Carolina Tar Heels

Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies

Go Hokies.

Alabama Crimson Tide @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide

The overall talent here combined with Saban’s coaching skills will be too much for Arkansas.  No contest here. Roll Tide.

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes

Pick: Miami Hurricanes

Quite a rivalry, with the Seminoles winning 9 of the last 11.  With those kinds of odds one would go FSU but this year seems ripe for a Miami win. The Hurricanes are playing good football, they seem new and improved.  And there’s a Hurricane coming, literally.  It all points ‘Canes.

Chip and Mitch that is for you.

Richmond Spiders @ Albany Great Danes

Pick: Albany Great Danes

I love the Spiders winning streak but this game makes me nervous.  #21 ranked Albany may just be too much and the game is away.  I am picking Albany here, sorry Spiders.

Washington Redskins @ Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Baltimore Ravens

I think the Ravens will be eager to bounce back from the bitter loss to Oakland and you know how I feel about the NFC East teams.  I am still cautious in my praise of my Eagles right now.  So I have to say no the Skins in this one and yes to the Ravens.

Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

I don’t like either of these teams this year but I feel like Andrew Luck is the better QB.  On paper he looks good, so I go Colts but this is really a coin toss.

amanda-malkowskiAmanda Malkowski, 8News Good Morning Richmond Anchor (Last week – 4-4, Overall – 19-13)

Louisa Lions @ Powhatan Indians

Pick: Louisa Lions

Tennessee Volunteers @ Texas A&M Aggies

Pick: Tennessee Volunteers

Virginia Tech Hokies @ North Carolina Tar Heels

Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels

Alabama Crimson Tide @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes

Pick: Miami Hurricanes

Richmond Spiders @ Albany Great Danes

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Washington Redskins @ Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

king-robbRobb Crocker, 8News Digital Content Manager (Last week – 6-2, Overall – 19-13)

Louisa Lions @ Powhatan Indians

Pick: Louisa Lions

No one beats the Indians at home… except the Lions.

Tennessee Volunteers @ Texas A&M Aggies

Pick: Texas A&M Aggies

Tennessee plays another close one but the Aggies get by with a game winning field goal.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ North Carolina Tar Heels

Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies

Almost too close to call. Tech wins by two.

Alabama Crimson Tide @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide

Not even close.

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes

Pick: Florida State Seminoles

FSU will continue to own the ‘Canes and win by one point.

Richmond Spiders @ Albany Great Danes

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Their last trip to New York did not go so well. This will be a statement game for the Spiders as they win by five and silence their doubters.

Washington Redskins @ Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Baltimore Ravens

Struggling against the Browns gives me very little confidence. If the Redskins defense continues to play poorly, expect a change in coordinators.

Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

If the Colts lose, their coach might be jobless.

will-12Will Armbruster, 8News Digital Producer (Last week – 6-2, Overall – 19-13)

Louisa Lions @ Powhatan Indians

Pick: Powhatan Indians

Both teams enter the matchup unbeaten, so give me the home team.

Tennessee Volunteers @ Texas A&M Aggies

Pick: Texas A&M Aggies

Week-in, week-out, no matter the deficit, Tennessee simply finds a way to win. I think their magical run ends this week.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ North Carolina Tar Heels

Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heels enter this one with a ton of momentum, coming off that last-second upset over Florida State last week. I think Tech will be rusty coming off a bye, which is why I’m taking UNC at home.

Alabama Crimson Tide @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama is the best team in the country. Plain and simple.

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes

Pick: Florida State Seminoles

Florida State will be extra hungry coming off last week’s heartbreaking loss to UNC. I like the Seminoles to deal the Canes their first loss of the season on the road.

Richmond Spiders @ Albany Great Danes

Pick: Richmond Spiders

This is a tough road matchup for the Spiders against a team that hasn’t lost this season, but I like UR to stake its claim as a CAA favorite.

Washington Redskins @ Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Baltimore Ravens

The Redskins needed a fourth-quarter rally to beat the lowly Browns last week.

Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

I still think the Colts are going to get it together and make a run into AFC elite consideration.

tracey-smith-web-2Tracey Smith, 8News Reporter (Last week – 6-2, Overall – 18-14)

Louisa Lions @ Powhatan Indians

Pick: Louisa Lions

Both have great records so eenie meanie miney moe it is.

Tennessee Volunteers @ Texas A&M Aggies

Pick: Texas A&M Aggies

I’m liking Tennessee this season but not enough to say they will win this weekend.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ North Carolina Tar Heels

Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels

Go Tar Heels. I have not been impressed with the Hokies this year.

Alabama Crimson Tide @ Arkansas Razorbacks

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Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide

ROLL TIDE ALWAYS. I just know better than to bet against them.

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes

Pick: Miami Hurricanes

FSU has let me down. And just for Mitch and Chip…. go Canes.

Richmond Spiders @ Albany Great Danes

Pick: Richmond Spiders

There’s a good chance I’ll pick Richmond most of this season.

Washington Redskins @ Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Baltimore Ravens

This is a hard one. I hate the Ravens and they are playing like crap this year. BUT so are the redskins. It’s really a toss-up.

Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

No matter how much I like saying “Da Bears!” I’m going to go with the colts for this one.

MitchMitch Carr, 8Sports Director (Last week – 6-2, Overall – 18-14)

Louisa Lions @ Powhatan Indians

Pick: Louisa Lions

Job Whalen and Malik Bell form a fearsome tandem on offense, and it’s too much for the Indians.

Tennessee Volunteers @ Texas A&M Aggies

Pick: Texas A&M

Tennessee has this team if destiny thing going on, but last week’s win was crap, and I hope destiny decides to get behind a better team.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ North Carolina Tar Heels

Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies

I’m just not sold on this Carolina team, and I think the Hokies’ fumbling issues are behind them.

Alabama Crimson Tide @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide

The fact that it is at Arkansas is concerning, but I think this ‘Bama team is the best in the country, so I think they will beat the Hogs by double digits.

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes

Pick: Florida State Seminoles

This is purely a reverse-jinx pick. GO CANES!

Richmond Spiders @ Albany Great Danes

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Richmond’s run defense has been sketchy in the last two weeks, and Albany has a good back and a power running game. I’ll take the home team.

Washington Redskins @ Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Washington Redskins

This is the toughest one on the board to pick. I think Cousins finally has a really good game, and Flacco throws a bunch of interceptions.

Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

I think the Bears are the second worst team in the league.

Chip VT 2Chip Brierre, 8Sports Anchor (Last week – 7-1, Overall – 16-16)

Louisa Lions @ Powhatan Indians

Pick: Powhatan Indians

Tennessee Volunteers @ Texas A&M Aggies

Pick: Tennessee Volunteers

Virginia Tech Hokies @ North Carolina Tar Heels

Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels

Alabama Crimson Tide @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Pick: Arizona Razorbacks

Florida State Seminoles @ Miami Hurricanes

Pick: Miami Hurricanes

Richmond Spiders @ Albany Great Danes

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Washington Redskins @ Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Chicago Bears