SPORTS

College football Thanksgiving week pick 'ems, TV listings

The Heroes Trophy sits on the sidelines before the start of the NCAA football game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The Heroes Trophy sits on the sidelines before the start of the NCAA football game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

NEBRASKA AT IOWA

Marc Morehouse (1-2, 24-9) — This week’s topic is favorite soft rock songs. I’m down with Firefall’s “Just Remember I Love You.” Let me know yours. Iowa 20, Nebraska 14

Mike Hlas (2-1, 21-12) — This seems odd: A pecan pie the Hawkeyes had recruited from Texas decommitted from the team’s Thanksgiving meal. Iowa 14, Nebraska 13

Jeremiah Davis (3-0, 24-9) — I want to fast forward 20 or so years to when this is a legitimate rivalry, where both sides truly can’t stand each other and there are some historic events in the rearview. Iowa 20, Nebraska 16

Beth Malicki (2-1, 26-7) — It’s officially the sprint toward Christmas. In my house that means mommy is stress eating and sleeping in her makeup to save time. Iowa 24, Nebraska 20

Zach Hanley (1-2, 25-8) — Nebraska has something called Lil’ Red roaming the sidelines. It’s an inflatable mascot with a creepy smile. Creepy. Huskers win cuz I’m having nightmares. Nebraska 24, Iowa 21

Todd Brommelkamp (2-1, 23-10) — Next year the Big Ten should announce the kickoff time for this game 10 minutes before it starts just to keep us all on our toes. Nebraska 21, Iowa 16

WEST VIRGINIA AT IOWA STATE

Morehouse — Following Iowa State updates in the press box at Illinois last week was like the “Seinfeld” episode when Kramer and the car salesman drive forever on empty. It was exhilarating, man! West Virginia 38, ISU 35

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Hlas — Thanksgiving was pretty much ruined when Uncle Earl asked if I knew what was a turkey’s favorite dessert. Yeah, you guessed it. Peach gobbler. ISU 42, West Virginia 35

Davis — All the pomade/hair gel/mousse in the world couldn’t fix what ailed Kliff Kingsbury last week. Dana Holgorsen doesn’t have Kingsbury’s hair or shades. He does have the defense Kingsbury doesn’t. West Virginia 28, ISU 20

Malicki — I looked up the definition of mountaineer and discovered this disappointing explanation: a mountain climber. I was hoping it was a cross between a deer and a mountain. West Virginia 35, ISU 31

Hanley — The days are shorter and the nights are colder. West Virginia’s mascot is better equipped for that, he’s a real mountain man with a beard! West Virginia 37, ISU 28

Brommelkamp — I wanted to make a reference to former Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch here but decided against it at the last minute. West Virginia 33, ISU 31

MICHIGAN AT OHIO STATE

Morehouse — Urban > Harbaugh. Ohio State 27, Michigan 21

Hlas — Our neighborhood’s annual Thanksgiving touch football game started out great with a military flyover, but then a parachutist landed in my gravy boat, and you know the rest. Michigan 3, Ohio State 0

Davis — Rocky Balboa vs Apollo Creed was 40 years ago this week. I’m gonna call the Buckeyes Apollo here (more recent champ) and Michigan Rocky. Rocky will get his knockdown early, but the title fight will go to Apollo in the end. Ohio State 31, Michigan 28

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Malicki — My kids want expensive headphones for Christmas. I want earplugs. This is 40? Ohio State 27, Michigan 26

Hanley — Urban Meyer vs. Jim Harbaugh. Is there a lesser of two evils? No, but someone has to win to finish second to Penn State in the East. Ohio State 17, Michigan 14

Brommelkamp — Can this rivalry really be as significant or as storied as the “Heroes Game” if a trophy or trip to the Music City Bowl isn’t on the line? Ohio State 44, Michigan 20

TV LISTINGS

GameTimeTV
THURSDAY    
LSU at Texas A&M 6:30 p.m. ESPN
FRIDAY    
North Carolina State at North Carolina 11 a.m. ESPN
No. 20 Houston at Memphis 11 a.m. ABC
Northern Illinois at Kent State 11 a.m. CBSSN
Arkansas at Missouri 1:30 p.m. CBS
No. 16 Nebraska at Iowa 2:30 p.m. ABC
No. 5 Washington at No. 23 Washington State 2:30 p.m. FOX
TCU at Texas 2:30 p.m. FS1
No. 19 Boise State at Air Force 2:30 p.m. CBSSN
Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss 3 p.m. ESPNews
Toledo at No. 21 Western Michigan 4 p.m. ESPNU
Baylor at Texas Tech 5 p.m. ESPN
Cincinnati at Tulsa 7:30 p.m. ESPNU
Arizona State at Arizona 8:30 p.m. ESPN
SATURDAY    
Kentucky at No. 11 Louisville 11 a.m. ESPN
No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State 11 a.m. ABC
Virginia at Virginia Tech 11 a.m. ESPN2
Purdue at Indiana 11 a.m. ESPNU
Rutgers at Maryland 11 a.m. ESPNews
Illinois at Northwestern 11 a.m. BTN
Kansas at Kansas State 11 a.m. FS1
Central Florida at South Florida 11 a.m. CBSSN
Syracuse at Pittsburgh 11:30 a.m. KCRG 9.2
No. 13 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama 2:30 p.m. CBS
Notre Dame at No. 12 USC 2:30 p.m. ABC
Minnesota at No. 6 Wisconsin 2:30 p.m. BTN
Michigan State at No. 7 Penn State 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Duke at Miami 2:30 p.m. ESPN2
No. 25 Navy at SMU 2:30 p.m. ESPNU
No. 18 West Virginia at Iowa State 2:30 p.m. FS1
San Jose State at Fresno State 2:30 p.m. CBSSN
Tulane at UConn 3 p.m. ESPNews
Southern at Grambling State 4 p.m. NBCSN
UCLA at California 6 p.m. ESPN2
Western Kentucky at Marshall 6 p.m. ESPNU
South Carolina at No. 4 Clemson 6:30 p.m. ESPN
No. 22 Utah at No. 9 Colorado 6:30 p.m. FOX
East Carolina at Temple 6:30 p.m. ESPNews
No. 15 Florida at No. 14 Florida State 7 p.m. ABC
Colorado State at San Diego State 8 p.m. CBSSN
Wyoming at New Mexico 9:15 p.m. ESPN2
Utah State at BYU 9:15 p.m. ESPNU

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