College Football

Hlastradamus says half-point matters for Iowa Hawkeyes

The prophet will feed you, but will you feed him back?

Hlastradamus, his ownself
Hlastradamus, his ownself

Hlastradamus told you Iowa would cover the 12-point spread against Penn State last week, and it did with 10 points to spare.

Did you thank him? Did you send him treats with great flavors like lemon and blueberry, delicacies made with love?

No, you did not. But the prophet’s picks this week will feed your nest eggs, so maybe this time you will reciprocate. This time, he’d like something with cherry and chocolate.

Iowa +3.5 at Michigan State

When the Hawkeyes lost 16-13 to the Spartans in their last meeting, the 2015 Big Ten championship, the line on that game was MSU by 3.

You’re getting an extra half-point this time around, and the 2017 Spartans aren’t the 2015 Spartans. Of course, the 2017 Hawkeyes aren’t the 2015 Hawkeyes.

Use the extra half-point anyway.

Rutgers -30.5 vs. Ohio State

Rutgers is 3-1 against the spread. Ohio State is 1-3. The won-lost records are for commoners to worry about.

The mighty Scarlet Knights haven’t lost by 31 points in any of their last four games. Are you telling me some sniveling Ohio kids are going into New Jersey to rough up the locals? Fuhgettaboutit!

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OK, so the Buckeyes did beat Rutgers 56-17, 49-7 and 58-0 the last three years. That was the past. This game will be a mere 42-14 win for the visitors.

Things are looking brighter in Piscataway, my babies.

Nebraska -6.5 at Illinois (Friday night)

Sometimes, you just need to cut your losses before you gain some victories.

Nebraska pink-slipped athletic director Shawn Eichorst last week, then won a football game. OK, it was at home against Rutgers. But Ogallala wasn’t built in a day.

All right, maybe it was.

Northwestern +15 at Wisconsin

Since the start of the 2014 season, the Badgers are 1-2 against Northwestern and 31-7 against everyone else.

What is one to interpret from that? The seer says Wisconsin may be intimidated by the brainy kids.

In the fifth week of last season, Northwestern won at Iowa. This is the fifth week of this season. Hlastradamus isn’t suggesting a Northwestern win in this one, but he thinks the ‘Cats will do plenty of scratching.

Indiana +17.5 at Penn State

Entering this week, 13 teams were unbeaten against the spread. None were from the Big Ten.

Thus, nothing in that conference is predictable, and you must literally be a prophet to correctly pick these games.

Luckily, Hlastradamus is just that. He says 17.5 points will be sufficient for the Hoosiers.

It’s not like Penn State can move the ball or anything.

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