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Stop Hlastradamus if you’ve heard this one before.
Just kidding. You can’t stop him.
Last week — for the fifth-straight week — the prophet told you the way to wager on Iowa’s football game. He saw the flatlining at Ohio State, he saw the revival the four weeks after that. Like the Hawkeyes themselves, the seer has been the best version of himself in November.
But you’re only as good in this prognosticating racket as your last picks, and Hlastradamus isn’t one to rest on his laurels. In fact, he goes bigger. So here is his Lock of the Year:
Iowa -10.5 vs. Nebraska
Senior Day, an appreciative home crowd, and a win needed for a Big Ten West title. Iowa is motivated.
A 3-8 record and the end of the road, on the road. Hard road. Nothing is motivating Nebraska.
They are two teams going in opposite directions, and nothing about that says the Hawkeyes won’t sail with the wind at their backs while the Huskers will think the day just blows.
TCU -10 vs. Iowa State
Like Nebraska, losing close games all the time doesn’t mean you won’t lose big in the finale.
The Cyclones are props for the Horned Frogs in this one. TCU, at home, is capping a perfect regular season. You can’t fight that.
The prophet likes TCU quarterback Max Duggan because he’s an Iowan. Hlastradamus hovered over Iowa during one RAGBRAI, just to make sure his prediction of the number of flat tires came to fruition.
Indiana +10.5 vs. Purdue
The Boilermakers will be bummed about Iowa’s win the day before.
Texas -8.5 vs. Baylor
Wisconsin -3 vs. Minnesota
Ohio State and Michigan? The futurologist doesn’t want to offend either in case he wants to try to buy a couple tickets to the Big Ten title game from fans of the winner.