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MARC MOREHOUSE — Let’s start off 2016 Pick ’Ems with a little political commentary. OK, let’s not. Iowa 37, Miami (Ohio) 7
MIKE HLAS — I’d have attended Blake Shelton’s concert at Kinnick last Saturday, but you know about the bad breakup I had with Gwen Stefani in ’97. I hope she’s over it, Blake, but don’t count on it. Iowa 38, Miami 14
JEREMIAH DAVIS — Ben Roethlisberger isn’t walking out of the locker room for the RedHawks. Miami is 5-19 in its last two seasons and still a ways from relevancy. Iowa 37, Miami 10.
BETH MALICKI — My first Kinnick experience included being on stage with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis at the Back Porch Revival concert. Pretty sure they didn’t know who I was or why I was there, but whatever. Iowa 28, Miami 13
ZACH HANLEY — Big Ben’s not coming back to the MAC. Iowa 35, Miami 3
TODD BROMMELKAMP — I’m not sure how many people turned J.R. down before he asked me to do this, but now would be a good time to remind him you get what you pay for with these picks. Iowa 41, Miami 13
MOREHOUSE — I went to college at UNI. It was OK. UNI 24, Iowa State 21
HLAS — Bob Brooks always called Iowa State “Cy” in these picks. So to honor our great friend ... The Matt Campbell era gets off to a good start with Cy edging an always-tough Panthers outfit. ISU 24, UNI 21.
DAVIS — Matt Campbell’s first game as head coach is not a game he or the Cyclones can really afford to lose with all the positive buzz that’s been built up. This Panthers team will compete in the Missouri Valley, but their defense has a long way to go. ISU 27, UNI 14.
MALICKI — Once the Regents tap me as the next UNI president I’ll start choosing them over all in-state rivals. ISU 24, UNI 20
HANLEY — Good debut for Matt Campbell, better offense for ISU. ISU 27, UNI 13
BROMMELKAMP — The American Meteorological Society says nothing about a storm brewing in Ames today. ISU 28, UNI 20
MOREHOUSE — Wisconsin Wife has been working out all summer for this, explaining a worldwide shortage of Hamm’s and encased meat products. LSU 24, Wisconsin 14
HLAS — Wisconsin doesn’t know the meaning of “afraid to schedule tough nonconference teams.” Get a dictionary, Badgers. LSU 31, Wisconsin 21
DAVIS — Tigers vs Badgers in Lambeau. Two questions: 1. if Wisconsin scores and a player does the Lambeau Leap, are the Packers then required to draft said player? 2. What’s the over/under on number of quarters before Les Miles samples the Lambeau grass? LSU 24, Wisconsin 17
MALICKI — Full disclosure: My husband picks the winners, I add the pithy words. Our marriage runs similarly. LSU 27, Wisconsin 19
HANLEY — Brats, Beer and Bart Houston. Wisconsin 24, LSU 20
BROMMELKAMP — There’s no conceivable way college football pundits turn one game into a referendum on the merits of an entire conference, right? LSU 24, Wisconsin 13
|Liberty at Virginia Tech||11 a.m.||KCRG 9.2|
|Oklahoma vs. Houston||11. a.m.||ABC|
|Bowling Green at Ohio State||11 a.m.||BTN|
|Hawaii at Michigan||11 a.m.||ESPN|
|Western Michigan at Northwestern||11 a.m.||ESPNU|
|Eastern Kentucky at Purdue||11 a.m.||ESPNews|
|Missouri at West Virginia||11 a.m.||FS1|
|UCLA at Texas A&M||2:30 p.m.||CBS|
|LSU vs. Wisconsin||2:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Murray State at Illinois||2:30 p.m.||BTN|
|Miami (Ohio) at Iowa||2:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Georgia vs. North Carolina||4:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Southern Miss at Kentucky||6:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Northern Iowa at Iowa State||7 p.m.||Cyclones.TV|
|USC vs. Alabama||7 p.m.||ABC|
|Fresno State at Nebraska||7 p.m.||BTN|
|Arizona vs. BYU||9:30 p.m.||FS1|
|Notre Dame at Texas||6:30 p.m. Sun.||ABC|
|Ole Miss at Florida State||7 p.m. Mon.||ESPN|