Last week, Hlastradamus was, well … prophetic.
He told you Alabama would cover the pointspread vs. Penn State, Ohio State would do likewise vs. Miami, and Oklahoma would do the same vs. Florida State. Some of you good people disagreed in the comments section. You were working at a competitive disadvantage, not being an oracle and all.
So Hlastradamus’ season record improved to 5-1. If everyone went 5-1, Las Vegas would crumble and fall into the sea. Hlastradamus admits he isn’t as good at geography as other subjects.
But the past is the past. What will the prophet do for you this week? Let’s proceed, using numbers from the Las Vegas Hilton as of Thursday afternoon.
1. Iowa -1 at Arizona. The line dropped from 1.5 to 1 at 3:52 p.m., Thursday, Vegas time.
Many in America would say this is a brave pick, going into the Old Pueblo to face a Wildcats team that will be highly motivated to prevail against a Top Ten team.
But the 0racle isn’t sold on the Arizona defense. It is more confident when it comes’ to Iowa’s “D.” And there’s your difference. This isn’t pandering to the Iowa readership here. Hlastradamus does not pander, and hasn’t for centuries. The Hawkeyes’ record vs. the spread is great over the last couple years, and that doesn’t mean the spread offense.
2. Minnesota +11.5 vs. USC. In a rarity, a lot of people jumped Hlastradamus to the punch. The Gophers opened as 14-point dogs at the Hilton on Monday, but people have steadily bet on Minny.
They must know what the seer knows. USC is making its second long trip in three weeks (the first was to Hawaii), the Trojans have been underwhelming (Uncle Pete Carroll is long gone), and the Gophers are putting all their eggs in this basket. This is the game Minnesota must play well in, or it simply vanishes in front of the Twin Cities’ eyes.
Kansas snapped back last week after losing to a I-AA team. Minnesota can do likewise.
3. Georgia -2.5 vs. Arkansas. The Razorbacks are ranked, the Bulldogs aren’t. Hlastradamus regards rankings like they’re the horoscopes you see in the classified ads of newspapers. In other words, they’re a fraud.
Arkansas is perhaps the most-overrated team in America. At home, Georgia will TCB.
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