Some weeks, the great oracle known to 21st Century mankind as Hlastradamus (He was known as “Dash Riprock” in a previous era) shares parcels of information. This week, the prophet feels generous. It’s probably because he got his big-screen HDTV back from the shop this afternoon.
Nebraska -4 vs. Michigan State. Hlastradamus believes there is only so much emotional fuel in the tank, and you can’t win when that tank is empty unless you’re playing Kansas or New Mexico or the Indianapolis Colts. Michigan State has just played Michigan and Wisconsin at home. The needle is buried, and now the Spartans go on the road to face a fully-charged Nebraska that is coming along nicely. MSU puts a choke hold on the Legends Division title if it wins. It won’t.
Purdue +13.5 at Michigan. It’s a lot of points. Purdue is playing good ball. Not great, but good. Good should be good enough to stay within two touchdowns of ever-mercurial Michigan.
Iowa -16 at Minnesota. The seer knows it’s a large number. He also knows the Hawkeyes ought to hang seven touchdowns and 500 yards on the Minnesota misfits.
Texas Tech -15 vs. Iowa State. Even in its two losses, the Red Raiders were highly competitive against very good teams. Iowa State hasn’t been able to say the same thing in any of its four Big 12 games.
Penn State -5 vs. Illinois. Joe Paterno said before the Iowa game that his team might have the right stuff. It just might. Illinois once thought it did. It might not.
Use this wisdom, and make your mortal lives better. Or don’t. If everyone were rich, the 1 percent would be more than 1 percent, and that math doesn’t add up.