College Football Staff Picks

Every week, the staffs of The Cedar Rapids Gazette and KCRG-TV9 will make some predictions of the week's college football games. Almost everyone was perfect in the three week one games. You can play pick'em with the men and women of the staff by clicking here.


Nebraska at Iowa

MARC MOREHOUSE  — The Hawkeyes’ imitation of Bruce Springsteen’s “The River,” his saddest song, will continue into 2013. Nebraska 42, Iowa 20

MIKE HLAS  —When I first introduced myself to John Campbell and told him I worked for the Gazette, he asked “How big is your route?” Nebraska 31, Iowa 17

SCOTT DOCHTERMAN —Five straight losses and playing the odds-on Rose Bowl favorite on Black Friday. Sometimes sportswriters make dumb predictions. Iowa 27, Nebraska 23

JOHN CAMPBELL  — Only appropriate to go down with the ship on the last voyage. Iowa 24, Nebraska 22

BETH MALICKI — Pretty sure our extended families will never speak to us again after we refused to travel or accept guests this Thanksgiving. IT WORKED. Nebraska 31, Iowa 17

BOB BROOKS  — In good conscience, I cannot pick Iowa on this day. Maybe the Sports Illustrated jinx will work if I pick Huskers. Nebraska 21, Iowa 7

NICK PUGILESE ––  Black Friday indeed. Nebraska 41, Iowa 21

JR OGDEN – Hawks will come out swinging, playing with emotion and heart. Yeah, right. Nebraska 72, Iowa 3

JEFF LINDER – Mercifully, it comes to an end. Nebraska 31, Iowa 13

JEFF JOHNSON – You know what the ‘N’ on Nebraska’s helmets stand for? ‘No’ chance Iowa will win this game. Nebraska 42, Iowa 14

MICHAEL BONNER – You could probably just watch last week’s game if you really wanted to. Nebraska 42, Iowa 17

ROB GRAY – Huskers are playing for a division title. Hawkeyes seem to have little to play for. Nebraska 31, Iowa 17

West Virginia at Iowa State

MOREHOUSE — Two athletes were arrested on a campus this week for hunting rabbits with BB guns and air rifles. That campus wasn’t West Virginia. West Virginia 45, ISW 38

HLAS — Campbell once told me there is nothing wrong with me that reincarnation won’t cure. ISU 49, West Virginia 42

DOCHTERMAN — Sea World sounds like a wonderful destination during Holiday Bowl week. ISU 48, West Virginia 41

CAMPBELL — My ISU preseason roster shows 2 Sam Richardsons. Here’s hoping Rhoads puts the right one in at quarterback. ISU 23, West Virginia 22

MALICKI — Some kid at Grinnell might have scored 138 points in a single basketball game, but I can fit my whole fist in my mouth. Let’s see Mr. Wonderful try that. ISU 30, West Virginia 27

BROOKS — Great day for Hawks and Cyclones on ABC. ISU a 1-point underdog, bowl eligible and has its third quarterback who starred in win at Kansas. He should drive them to another win today. ISU 27, West Virginia 21

PUGILESE – Sam the Man. ISU 31, West Virginia 24

OGDEN – Have I mentioned how much I like this ISU team? Rhoads is a leader. ISU 28, West Virginia 27

LINDER – Cyclones hold everyone below their scoring average. ISU 34, West Virginia 30

JOHNSON – West Virginia 38, Iowa State 30: Cyclones come up short against their new heated rivals.

BONNER – Consider me on the Sunshine bandwagon! Iowa State 38, West Virginia 30

GRAY – What happened to WVU, losers of five straight? The Big 12, Cyclone coach Paul Rhoads said.  ISU 35, West Virginia 30

Michigan at Ohio State

MOREHOUSE — I think we all can related a little to Brady Hoke. I think Darth Vadar and Urban Meyer are kindred spirits. OSU 21, Michigan 20

HLAS — Keep Campbell on Pick ‘Ems next year or shut this thing down! OSU 24, Michigan 23

DOCHTERMAN — So is this the beginning of the big two and the little 12 era? We shall see. Michigan 31, OSU 27

CAMPBELL — Nuts. I was hoping for that Big Ten classic finale between Rutgers and Maryland. What’s going on Brooksie? OSU 35, Michigan 31

MALICKI — Want to annoy everyone you work with and care about? This only works if you’re over the age of 30. Say “cray cray” instead of “crazy” in everyday conversations. OSU 20, Michigan 17

BROOKS — In my view, Michigan’s offense will be tough for Ohio State to defend, but by the same token Buckeyes’ offense should be able to handle Michigan D and win in a photo finsih. OSU 21, Michigan 17.

PUGILESE – Big Ten big nightmare; an undefeated Ohio State. OSU 28, Michigan 27

OGDEN – A great, meaningless season. Ohio State 28, Michigan 21

LINDER – Wolverines need a win, and help from the Hawks. They’ll get neither. OSU 24, Michigan 17

JOHNSON – Michigan 24, Ohio State 17: Anything to upset Urban Meyer.

BONNER – Robinson and Gardner in the same backfield is tough for anyone to stop. Michigan 36, Ohio State 31

GRAY – Buckeyes complete their magical run to the record books, but not a bowl game. Tsk tsk. OSU 38, Michigan 27

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