Hlastradamus: Gophers will cover, but will Hawkeyes still win?

The prophet only worries about the "cover" part

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Hlastradamus knows what’s going on in Iowa.

He knows it’s time to harvest the soybeans and corn. He knows the great John Hiatt is performing at the Englert in Iowa City Sunday night. He knows he missed Oktoberfest in Amana last weekend because he didn’t know what was going on in Iowa then.

More importantly, the prophet once again was right about both Iowa and Iowa State when it came to matters of moolah. He told you last week that Iowa would fail to cover the spread against Northwestern and that Iowa State would cover against Baylor.

Check, check, and paycheck.

However, the seer again bungled other picks for another 3-3 week. C’est la vie. This week, it’s all good.

Minnesota +1.5 vs. Iowa

Fact: The Hawkeyes are 1-4 against the spread this year and haven’t covered in the last three weeks.

Fact: Iowa was a 1-point underdog the last time it played at Minnesota and lost by 37.

Fact: The Hawkeyes can win this game by one point and your Minnesota wager will still pay off.

Fact: If Iowa wins by 2 or more, Hlastradamus can be reached at 867-5309. Ask for Jenny, his receptionist.

Oklahoma State -17 vs. Iowa State

The history of programs climbing out of the basement is they sometimes take backward steps after forward ones.

The Cyclones didn’t win last week, but they bought a lot of goodwill by playing Baylor the way they did. But Oklahoma State scores 41 points a game and is at home feeling good about itself after running Texas out of the state, so the prophet sees a tougher day for ISU.

Illinois -10 vs. Purdue

Name the home team. It’s Illinois.

Name the team that is a tire fire playing on the road again this week after a 50-7 loss at Maryland. It’s Purdue.

Name the prophet who says you should always bet on a home team and throw 10 points when its foe is a tire fire. It’s Hlastradamus.

Michigan State -5.5 vs. BYU

This certainly is weird scheduling, the Spartans playing BYU in October.

Michigan State looks like a 6-6 team, but BYU has been playing good (not great) team after good (not great) team. Arizona, Utah, UCLA, West Virginia and Toledo, and this is already the Cougars’ fourth road game.

They say what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger. The American Medical Association says that is total nonsense.

Penn State +1 vs. Maryland

Hlastradamus doesn’t feel compelled to explain every selection. You will accept this, and that’s that.

Indiana -29.5 at Ohio State

The Buckeyes are playing a game with which the rest of the Big Ten is not familiar.

But even they are mortal, so they’ll sleepwalk their way to a mere 28-point triumph.

Now if you’ll excuse the seer, he’s off to begin handicapping the imminent Cubs-Indians World Series. Madison Bumgarner is fortunate not to know the horrors that await his Giants in the NLDS.

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