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Hlastradamus was no one’s favorite in North Dakota last week when he said Iowa would cover whatever the point spread was.
Since Las Vegas had no line on the game, the prophet left it up to you, your conscience, and your nefarious underworld acquaintances.
The seer is 8-8-1 against the spread this season, which defines mediocrity. So he is going to wear it and own it. Especially since he was caught shoplifting it.
Rutgers +13 vs. Iowa
It’s just a lot of points for a home team.
Yes, Rutgers is mediocre. But is it 15 points worse than North Dakota State, which beat the Hawkeyes by 2 last week?
OK, maybe. But still, 13 points ...
Michigan State -5.5 vs. Wisconsin
It’s so tough to go against the Badgers and throw any number of points, but they have an injury-plagued offense.
Hlastradamus watched Michigan State play Notre Dame off its feet in South Bend when it mattered last week and wasn’t at all surprised. He told you to go with the Spartans in that game. He doesn’t get everything wrong.
Northwestern +7.5 vs. Nebraska
This is Northwestern’s fourth-straight home game. The Wildcats have covered in four of the last five years against the Huskers, and they’re getting more than a touchdown?
The prophet hasn’t lapped up something so eagerly in Chicagoland since Al Capone fed him bootleg whiskey in exchange for his prophecies about the feds.
Iowa State -7 vs. San Jose State
The Cyclones covered last week at TCU. The next step is to win.
And if you’re going to win, you might as well punish. If this San Francisco Bay Area team were Stanford or California, Hlastradamus would be worried. Or the Golden State Warriors.
Oklahoma State +8.5 at Baylor
Oklahoma State is 1-0 since its incredible loss to bad officiating and a Central Michigan Hail Mary.
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That’s insane logic, of course, but the seer is riding with the Cowboys all the same.
Arkansas +5.5 vs. Texas A&M
The Razorbacks will be fighting mad after “Being Bret Bielema” was totally shut out by Emmy voters.