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Hawkeyes not favored in four of final five games

Iowa is the underdog in two, and two are coin-flips

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Things happen fast. Other than the cable company correcting the outage at my house, that is.

So let’s address some stuff, and proceed to lunch.

Iowa isn’t a favorite in four of its last five games.

As of noon Monday, the Hawkeyes were 3-point underdogs in their home game against Wisconsin Saturday.

Some Hawkeye fans have told me the number should be higher. They also said Las Vegas was wrong when it originally installed Iowa as a slight favorite to win at Minnesota.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Iowa-Penn State game of Nov. 5 and the Nov. 25 Nebraska-Iowa game as pick ‘ems, and has Michigan an 11-point favorite to defeat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Nov. 12.

There is no line set for the Iowa-Illinois Nov. 19 game in Champaign.

The Big 12 announces its expansion plans or lack thereof today at 5:30 p.m.

The league wouldn’t take my advice and annex San Diego State and UNLV, so it’s left to its own devices.

I’d like to see it stay at 10 teams for basketball, because it’s a good basketball league and everyone plays everyone else home and away. Which is how a basketball league should operate.

Come to think of it, every football team in the Big 12 plays all other nine members each year, which is how it should be.

The 11 candidates on the conference’s list are Air Force, BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, Colorado State, UConn, Houston, Rice, SMU, South Florida and Tulane.

If forced to pick two, I’d take ... hmmm ... errrr ...

OK, forget Air Force, Colorado State, Rice and SMU. Tulane is in New Orleans, which is a destination, but Tulane athletics doesn’t even resonate there.

BYU’s refusal to participate in Sunday activities doesn’t jive with this modern world.

Cincinnati and Houston should stay in the AFC.

UConn would burn too much fossil fuel traveling to Lubbock and Waco for games.

That leaves Central Florida and South Florida. I don’t like Florida any more than anyone else who actually thinks we should protect the environment, but maybe these could be two programs that could develop into something.

They’re in Orlando and Tampa, and they’d give the Big 12 a new and distinct territory with two big TV markets in which football is considered fairly vital to the human condition.

Plus, they’d be easy pickings in basketball for a while. UCF was 12-18 last year, USF 8-25. They were a combined 10-26 in the American Athletic Conference.

The Big 12 has enough basketball powers. And you’ll get more out of UCF and USF than you got from West Virginia, won’t you?

You’re still better off with San Diego State and UNLV, though.

People are turning off the NFL.

Sunday night’s Indianapolis-Houston game was the lowest-rated Sunday Night Football telecast in almost five years.

I don’t care.

I didn’t know who won the game until someone asked me about it while I was in line at the office of that cable company Monday morning, seeking answers.

The Texans won in overtime. Playing with a sprained MCL, former Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz had six catches for 85 yards and a 26-yard touchdown catch from a Brock Osweiler pass in the final minute of regulation.

Osweiler to Fiedorowicz. Two players, six points, nine vowels.

His team lost to Ohio State in overtime, 30-23, but Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Cichy had 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.

The league’s Offensive Player of the Week was Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.

So the league’s offensive and defensive players of the week couldn’t stop the league’s offensive and defensive players of the week from becoming the league’s offensive and defensive players of the week.

But the reality is, they still played great.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ chairman and controlling owner is from Cedar Rapids.

I wrote this story about Mark Walter in 2012. He still hasn’t returned my call for an interview request. Today works fine, Mark.

The Coe College football team is 7-0.

The Kohawks scored 16 unanswered fourth-quarter points to rally for a 23-12 win at 21st-ranked Dubuque Saturday.

Coe outgained the Duhawks by 105 yards, and had the ball for almost 37 minutes.

The Kohawks are 18th in this week’s D3football.com rankings.

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