Hey, Hlastradamus is back. The prophet will understand if you don’t pelt him with roses and chocolates. Picking Iowa to cover at Wisconsin last week wasn’t the most-clairvoyant thing he could have done.
But second-chances are what life and the afterlife are all about, so he’ll take this week’s fresh slate and make amends. It’s kind of inspirational, really.
Iowa -7.5 vs. Purdue
Hlastradamus is impressed with the first-year progress Jeff Brohm has made at Purdue. But he knows the rebuilding teams get weary by Week 11, especially playing their second-straight road game.
The seer is a sucker for Senior Day, doesn’t think the Boilermakers will have a lot of offensive success, and expects Akrum Wadley to run free a couple times in his Kinnick Stadium finale.
Baylor +9.5 vs. Iowa State
The Cyclones have an emotional wall to hurdle in Waco after tough losses against West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
They’re obviously a better ballclub than Baylor, but they’re putting a freshman quarterback into the fray on the road, and the Bears will be paw-loose and fancy-free.
The prophet sees a Cyclone win, but not much comes easily on the road in mid-November when you’re still trying to establish yourself as a program to be taken seriously.
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Michigan +7.5 at Wisconsin
Two terrific defenses collide in Madison. If Michigan wins, the Big Ten can wave bye-bye to the College Football Playoff. If Wisconsin wins, the Big Ten West can still get its first CFP entrant.
The Wolverines will not be held to 66 yards. A hundred and 66, maybe. But this will be a grunt-and-groan affair for both teams.
The seer says that half-point will be the difference and Wisconsin wins, 17-10.
Northwestern -7 vs. Minnesota
The Wildcats not only have five straight wins, they have five straight covers. They’ve won their last four games by 7, 8, 7 and 10 points, so they aren’t steamrolling anyone.
Minnesota, meanwhile, is coming off a steamroller of a performance against Nebraska, and needs one more win for bowl-eligibility.
So why take the ‘Cats? Because Northwestern’s defense pushes back, and pushback defenses have stymied the Gophers.
Minnesota had its moment last week. Northwestern is having an autumn.
Penn State -26.5 vs. Nebraska
The prophet is done with Nebraska. He doesn’t know what will be left of this team when it plays Iowa six days after getting torn asunder in Happy Valley.
When teams know it’s over for their season and their coaching staff, they go bye-bye well before the season has ended. The Huskers went bye-bye at Minnesota last week. It will be a moral victory if they even boarded the plane for Pennsylvania.
This will be Saquon Barkley’s last home game for the Nittany Lions. He will do things. Things Nebraska will not enjoy.