The headline on Hlastradamus’ message to you people last week was “Badgers, Huskers will prey on Big Ten newbies.”
Wisconsin and Nebraska did just that, of course, to Maryland and Rutgers. That wasn’t as difficult as predicting the exact moment Prince George of Cambridge was born, but the prophet is in the business of giving you winners, not worrying about some Royal Baby.
So, the seer is soaring with two straight winning weeks. His overall mark is 22-20-3, which needs elevating. So in this One Week Only event, he is giving you eight games instead of the usual five.
Iowa -4 vs. Northwestern. People have been telling Hlastradamus’ typist/clerk/middle man all week that the Wildcats will cover. That’s why they’re mortal and Hlastradamus is immoral.
The middle man intentionally left the ‘t’ out of “immortal” because he doesn’t like being called a typist/clerk.
Anyway, Northwestern has scored 20, 17 and 17 points in its three Big Ten games. So figure the ‘Cats for 17, Iowa 24, and go to the pay window.
Oklahoma -16 at Iowa State. Hlastradamus likes trends. Here’s one:
The Sooners have won the last 15 games in this series, and by an average score of 34-9.
Here’s another: Oklahoma hasn’t lost in Ames since 1960. That covers 21 visits, 11 U.S. presidents, and eight Iowa State head coaches.
Nebraska -23.5 vs. Purdue. This is the Boilermakers’ first trip to Lincoln in their long college football history. Purdue’s first football season was 1887.
This will be like a first trip to the dentist after you’ve lived for 127 years.
Missouri -6.5 vs. Kentucky. The prophet listened to five minutes of Paul Finebaum’s show this week and heard four callers from SEC country bleating like idiots.
He immediately hopped into a vat of Purell, and hopes he got cleansed.
West Virginia +5.5 vs. TCU. In its last home game, West Virginia was an 8-point dog against Baylor and won by two touchdowns.
Then the Mountaineers went to Oklahoma State as 2.5-point favorites and won by 24 points.
West Virginia is good.
Oregon -7.5 vs. Stanford. The Ducks have lost two in a row to Stanford. Sitting at fifth in the playoff rankings, they’ll not only want to win, but to mutilate.
Stanford lost at Notre Dame and Arizona State. It certainly isn’t going to do likewise in Eugene.
Auburn +2 at Mississippi. The Iron Bowl (Alabama-Auburn) will still outrank the Egg Bowl (Mississippi State-Mississippi) this year.
And by the way ... the Egg Bowl?
Navy +14 vs. Notre Dame. Hlastradamus is an old Navy guy. Actually, he shops at Old Navy.
And for that plug, Old Navy really should give the prophet something since Wynn Las Vegas won’t.