Hlastradamus is free to be his old self this week

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Hlastradamus hates excuse-makers, but the last few weeks he's been busy working for national and local political campaigns.

They don't always listen to his centuries of wisdom. For instance, he told one candidate for the U.S. Senate that saying "I am not a witch" has always proved to be a poor choice for a campaign slogan. It didn't work in Salem, and it won't work now.

The football-prognosticating has suffered in the interim. Last week, the sage was a shabby 0-3 to tumble to 13-14 against the spread this season after an 11-6 start. Unacceptable. But this week, the oracle is back in early-season form. Clear head, full heart. Go get 'em, East Dillon Lions.

Indiana +3 vs. Northwestern. The Hoosiers are reeling. But Northwestern plays to the level of its competition. Which means this game could be a quagmire.

Oregon State -2.5 vs. California. Hlastradamus had a cousin who attended Oregon, a cousin he never liked. So he favors Oregon State.

Texas -7.5 vs. Baylor. Baylor is the Big 12 South leader. Hlastradamus knows when the end of days is coming, and that's when Baylor wins the Big 12. That time isn't now.

Oklahoma -23.5 vs. Colorado. Someone has to pay for the Sooners losing at Missouri last week, and that someone is a poor Colorado team.

Northern Illinois -8.5 at Western Michigan. The Huskies of DeKalb are a Mid-American Conference monster this year.

Lines the prophet did not touch but you are free to opine upon:

Iowa -7 vs. Michigan State

Iowa State -19 vs. Kansas

Illinois -16.5 vs. Purdue

Nebraska -7.5 vs. Missouri

Ohio State -25.5 at Minnesota

Oregon -7 at USC

Florida International -4 at Florida Atlantic

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