Hlastradamus usually doesn't give you reasons for his college football selections. It's much like what John Updike said about Ted Williams refusing to take a curtain call after homering in his final major-league at-bat.
"Gods do not answer letters," Updike wrote.
But today the prophet makes an exception. He's feeling good after a 3-2 week. Go 3-2 every week, and live well. Go 2-3 every week, and you may as well be a mortal.
Iowa -4 vs. Northwestern. Call it pandering to the Iowa mortals if you wish. But Hlastradamus had Iowa and 17.5 points last week at Ohio State when many told him he was wrong, but his victory was never in doubt. The Hawkeyes have covered in four of their last five games, while the Wildcats have failed to do in their last four games against FBS teams.
Oklahoma State -13.5 at Iowa State. History shows that ballclubs battered by Baylor don't bounce back. The Bears beat Louisiana Monroe 70-7. Monroe lost 31-14 to Tulane the following game. The Bears beat Buffalo, 70-13. Buffalo needed five overtimes to beat FCS Stony Brook the following game.
Last week, Baylor beat Iowa State, 71-7.
Ohio State -14.5 vs. Penn State. Folks, Penn State has lost to Central Florida (a good team) and Indiana (half of a good team). Ohio State, especially in Columbus, is far more deadly than UCF or the Hoosiers.
Oregon -23 vs. UCLA. Last week, for the first time all season, the Ducks didn't cover. That probably just makes them mad.
UCLA is fresh off a 24-10 loss at Stanford and now turns around and goes into the lair of the Pac-12's most-vicious outfit. Who wrote that schedule, USC?
Massachusetts -3 vs. Western Michigan. UMass is awful. It lost last week at Buffalo, 42-3.
But Western Michigan is 0-8, a team every bad as its 59-3 loss at Iowa indicated. That ignominious defeat began a 5-game losing streak against the spread for the Broncos. Oddly, WMU's only two covers were against Michigan State and Northwestern.
Hlastradamus has spoken!