Hlastradamus has no interest in discussing last week.
Let’s just say he took Ohio State and the points against Iowa, and was off by a mere seven touchdowns or so. They may have to do a “31 For 31” documentary on a game in which the Hawkeyes beat Ohio State by that margin.
But what about the immediate future? Well, the fog that was on top of the cloud that hovered over the smudge on the prophet’s crystal ball has lifted, and he has cleaned his spectacles. On with this week’s winning selections!
Iowa +12.5 at Wisconsin
This number ... really?
The Hawkeyes are one of 13 FBS teams that haven’t lost by more than one score this season. Of course, unbeaten Wisconsin is another of them.
The Badgers are good, but 12.5 points-good? Really?
Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley hit on something after the Ohio State game when he said you play better when you’re having fun. Ohio State, chasing a championship, brought no fun to Kinnick Stadium.
Wisconsin, trying to serve up something special for the College Football Playoff people, has all the pressure in this game. And Iowa is the team with the hot quarterback, not the Badgers.
The seer isn’t saying the Hawkeyes will win, but 12.5 points? Really?
Iowa State +7 vs. Oklahoma State
The Cyclones have kinks to work out on offense, but coming home to play the Cowboys’ sieve defense can’t hurt.
Meanwhile, good defense has been an ISU constant, one that needs to stay constant for the Clones not to get blown away by Mason Rudolph and his team.
But Okie State’s Super Bowl was last week, and it lost it at home to Oklahoma, 62-52. Iowa State can stay within a touchdown of the Cowboys, and might get itself another big win.
Ohio State -15 vs. Michigan State
So many points against a Michigan State team that is playing well. Has Hlastradamus flipped?
The answer is no, but only because the special prosecutor has yet to charge him with anything.
Here’s how wacky college football can be: After getting drilled at Iowa, the Buckeyes can come back against MSU’s fine defense and run up the score. And will.
Notre Dame -3 at Miami
Hlastradamus has always been a Miami guy. Art deco and South Beach. Nightclubs. Stone crabs at Joe’s. Chicken ‘n watermelon n’ waffles with bourbon maple syrup at the Yardbird.
But this is business over pleasure, and Notre Dame looks poised to ruin the playoffs for some poor schmuck conference in which teams beat each other up over eight or nine games.
So the seer is taking the Irish, though he’d rather be with his Cuban friends enjoying a frita with papitas.
Minnesota -2.5 vs. Nebraska
So it’s come to this. Nebraska was an underdog at Purdue, and is again at Minnesota.
The prophet’s good friend in the afterlife, Jim Morrison, knows what happens in The End, and losing this game would be The End for the Huskers.
Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah