After a book-signing tour this week in Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne and Noblesville, Hlastradamus is back to doing what he does best. Namely, state facts about the future that are very useful to you.
The prophet wasn't on his game last week, going a weak 1-2 against the Las Vegas pointspreads for a season record of 12-8 (60 percent, good enough to live on).
This week ... glory.
Michigan State -7 vs. Illinois. The Illini have had their egos boosted with their rout at Penn State. Michigan State isn't Penn State. The Spartans are playing for something far bigger than self-esteem.
Nebraska -10 vs. Texas. Nebraska doesn't care for Texas. It doesn't like how Texas ruled the Big 12 off the field. It doesn't like remembering it lost to the Longhorns on a last-second field goal in last year's Big 12 title game. This is the Huskers' farewell meeting with Texas, and Nebraska wants to leave a not-so-nice parting gift.
Ohio State -4 at Wisconsin. The seer doesn't care to give any reasons for this selection. Being temperamental is part of genius. Oh, all right. Ohio State is 5-1 vs. the spread this year and 15-6 vs. the spread in its last 21 games against ranked foes.
Indiana -10 vs. Arkansas State. Come on. Indiana's a Big Ten team. Hlastradamus says there's no way Arkansas State covers on the road against a Big Ten team. OK, so it did so last year at Iowa. There's no way Arkansas State covers on the road against a Big Ten team two years in a row.The oracle clearly ignored the Iowa-Michigan game. Iowa is a 3-point pick. What say you readers?