Twenty-three years after “Wall Street” comes a sequel. Hlastradamus scoffs.
The prophet’s sequel is only two weeks in the making. In Week 2, he gave you three winners against the Las Vegas lines in three picks. In Week 4, he shall do the same.
OK, we’re casually ignoring last week’s 1-2 effort that dropped the season record to 6-3. Which is still 66.7 percent, a rate that will have you living in Monte Carlo instead of cleaning the swimming pool of some guy named Carlo.
Let us proceed with this week’s directives from the oracle.
First of all, the Ball State-Iowa game will not be touched. The Hawkeyes failed to live up to Hlastradamus’ billing last week. The mystic is not quickly forgiving.
1. OKLAHOMA -13.5 at Cincinnati. Never mind the Sooners’ tough battle with Air Force last week. The flyboys are good, and they run a triple option that is difficult to defend with just a week’s worth of practice. Cincinnati isn’t the Cincinnati of the last two years. The Sooners will shift into getting-ready-for-Texas mode and will not be dragged down by anyone from the Big East.
2. NOTRE DAME +4.5 vs. Stanford. The prophet thinks Stanford is a handful. The prophet knows Jim Harbaugh views this as another chance to make a national impression. The prophet knows Harbaugh’s teams play without fear on the road. The prophet, however, likes getting those points.
3. MINNESOTA -4.5 vs. Northern Illinois. It would seem insane to bet on the Gophers to beat anyone from anywhere after they failed to defeat South Dakota two weeks ago. Northern Illinois is playing against a BCS conference team for the third time in four weeks, however, and may be out of emotional fuel after coming up short at Illinois last week. The Gophers, on the other hand, have to win this or get unlisted phone numbers on campus. So with a clothespin on his nose, the oracle sides with Minnesota for a second-straight week. The Gophers are 2-0 vs. the pointspread this year, after all.
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