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Weekly staff football picks

  • September 27, 2012 - 11:11 PM

For the season, Jim 13-6, David 9-10. Three times this fall Jim and David have agreed on a game. Not this week, though a strong case can be made for either team in all three games. Who knows best?

Osseo (4-0) at Andover (2-2), 7 p.m.

Jim says: I love what Osseo has done this year, but I just don't see the Orioles as being unbeatable. Andover lost its first two games by a total of eight points and, behind QB Connor Wilkie, is starting to roll. Osseo is ripe for an upset.

Pick: Andover 24, Osseo 20

David says: Having dispatched three of the Northwest Suburban Conference's bigger and supposedly more competitive schools, Osseo and its do-it-all Bridge Tusler aren't about to squander a West Division title shot.

Pick: Osseo 35, Andover 21

Mounds View (4-0) at Stillwater (3-1), 7 p.m.

Jim says: Suburban East leader Mounds View's M.O. is hard-nosed defense and just enough offense. Stillwater has home field and a game-changer in quarterback Nate Ricci. In a tight game, go with Ricci's playmaking abilities.

Pick: Stillwater 22, Mounds View 16

David says: There's something to be said for dominance. Mounds View has won nine of the past 10 meetings in this series. What team ended Stillwater's past four seasons in the playoffs? The Mustangs.

Pick: Mounds View 27, Stillwater 7

Rogers (3-1) at Monticello (4-0), 7 p.m.

Jim says: The undefeated Magic is enjoying heights unseen in more than a decade and executing at a high level. Monticello averages 266 rushing yards per game behind the backfield trio of Jake Olson, Birk Olson and Will Bauman.

Pick: Monticello 28, Rogers 20

David says: Injuries and an uncharacteristic lack of physical play caught up to Rogers last week in a loss. Expect the Royals to revive their power football approach and not be fooled by any Magic tricks.

Pick: Rogers 28, Monticello 14

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