Hlastradamus: The Week of the Underdog

The meek shall inherit some wins this weekend

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Hlastradamus, like all front-runners, prefers favorites over underdogs. The prophet doesn't have much time for the little people. After being around them for centuries, he likes to dine at country clubs instead of places with drive-through windows.

But this week, the seer sees a lot of howling dogs. So without further ado:

Purdue +4 vs. Illinois. Purdue isn't in the Indiana/Minnesota level of Big Ten despair. Illinois is 6-1, but three of its wins were by three points, and all were at home.

Missouri +6.5 vs. Oklahoma State. Missouri is one of the best teams in the nation with a so-so record. How's that for a business card? It played Oklahoma tougher than anyone else this season, and that was at Norman. Oklahoma State doesn't have the great defense of most of its other unbeaten brothers in the Top 7.

Northwestern +3.5 vs. Penn State. It's at Evanston. Penn State has played one game away from Happy Valley, and was lucky to win that, against Temple.

Washington +20.5 at Stanford. Washington's not bad and it's a lot of points.

Hlastradamus was planning to also take Michigan State and the 7.5 points at home against Wisconsin, but fears the Spartans have incurred the wrath of all things karmic by refusing to police themselves.

Oh, Notre Dame (-9) will handle USC and Kansas State (-10.5) will clip Kansas.


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