It's good to be great.
For the second-straight week, Hlastradamus went 4-1 against the Nevada oddsmakers. It's not true that he has been banned from Las Vegas casinos, because Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn happens to enjoy his personality. Plus, he tips the staff very well.
The only misstep the prophet took last week was siding with Iowa and taking 9.5 points against Wisconsin. Since the Badgers haven't failed to cover all season, that was a grievous mistake. Live for centuries and learn.
Here are this week's winners:
Iowa -14.5 at Purdue. If the Hawkeyes' defense lets Purdue score a touchdown, the game might be a failure. If the offense doesn't hang four TDs on the Boiler defense, the game might be a failure.
If the Hawkeyes don't win by 15 or more, it's an epic fail for Hlastradamus. Purdue is 2-5 against the spread.
Wisconsin -7.5 vs. BYU. The Badgers are 6-0-1 vs. the spread. BYU is a good team, a team with character that flattened Texas, Georgia Tech and Boise State in Provo. Nice home schedule, by the way.
But the Cougars are stepping up a level in this game, especially on the road. Wisconsin will rush for yardage. And then rush for some more. And some more.
Nebraska +7 at Michigan. Folks, Hlastradamus has seen fire and he's seen rain. He's seen bad moons rising. And he's seen hard and soft. Michigan's lines are soft.
Not that the Huskers' defensive front line is made of granite, or anything. But the Wolverines' defense has been gashed by Penn State, Indiana and Michigan State. This will be a shootout, not a one-sided Michigan win.
Minnesota -2.5 vs. Penn State. The Golden Gophers have a 3-game winning streak, and were underdogs by at least a touchdown in every game. Now they're in the role of favorite for the first time in their last eight Big Ten games.
Penn State has failed to cover in each of its three road games, and got dominated at Indiana and Ohio State.
This is a huge game for the Gophers, a chance to build on their home win over Nebraska two weeks ago and accumulate some good feelings and attention in the Twin Cities. They're a revitalized team that will do just that.
Central Florida -10. 5 vs. Houston. Trust Hlastradamus on this.