As the season goes along, Hlastradamus digs in and gets that crystal ball a little dirty.
Sure, the first few weeks were tough sledding. But last week, the prophet put on a perfectly perfect performance, going 5-0 against the humans' point-spreads.
Let's review some of his words of a week ago:
Iowa -17 †vs. Western Michigan. This will be the Exorcism Game for the Hawkeyes, when they finally beat the ó you thought I was going to say h-e-double hockeysticks, didnít you? ó heck out of a team.†
Rutgers -1†vs. Arkansas. Lock of the season.
Louisville -42.5†vs. Florida International. The final could be 66-6.
The hockey sticks got beat out of the Broncos. There can only be one Lock of the Season per season, and the seer delivered it. As for Louisville, the final was 72-0.
But this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, and the Big H doesn't sleep on his amazing laurels. So on with this week's winners:
Iowa -1 at Minnesota. Last year, Northern Illinois lost to Iowa and then proceeded to go 12-1 and earn a BCS bowl invitation. This year, Iowa lost to NIU and will proceed to go ... to Minneapolis this weekend.
Purdue +3.5 vs. Northern Illinois. Hlastradamus senses a disturbance in Northern Illinois' atmosphere. Or maybe that was just some lackluster Chinese food he had at the DeKalb Oasis on I-88.
Wisconsin +7 at Ohio State. If the Badgers win this game, Barry Alvarez will make Gary Andersen Wisconsin's coach retroactive to 2006.
Alabama -16 vs. Ole Miss. †Bama got accused of coasting when it beat Colorado State, 31-6, last week. Duh! You don't win national-titles by burning yourself out in games like that.
Missouri -21 vs. Arkansas State. The Red Wolves of Jonesboro lost by 24 at Memphis last Saturday. They're going to do better than that at Mizzou? Hlastradamus thinks not!