Back for another week of picks, and looking to get on a hot streak to warm up these cool fall days we are having here in Washington DC. Last week was solid, but I know we can do better. For what it's worth a lot of the lines this week are very difficult to get a solid read on, but that won't keep me from picking winners.
Wisconsin +6 v. Iowa: The Wisconsin Badgers are on a tear. Their only loss on the season came at the hands of the undefeated Michigan State Spartans. Oh and by the way, Wisconsin just knocked off Ohio State last weekend. Iowa has flown under the radar to a large degree, and chewed up some lower level Big 10 competition. Now the Hawkeyes have a big test, and it's time for them to show the nation they are for real. One thing I really like about this game is Wisconsin is coming off a huge emotional win last weekend, and now they have to go on the road to a hostile environment. This has all the makings for an upset.
Winner, Iowa holds home court and wins the game and covers the big 6 points.
Nebraska -5.5 v. Oklahoma State: Two weeks ago everyone was talking about how Nebraska was finally back, but that was a long time ago. Nebraska was man handled last weekend by the Texas Longhorns, and as a result everyone is jumping off the Cornhusker bandwagon. Out in Tulsa Oklahoma Mike Gundy has put together an undefeated season, and for the most part they have done it with little or no attention. Now the Cowboys need to prove they are for real, and they will have their work cut out for them. Oklahoma State has struggled to stop anyone on defense, and they are known to get into a shootout style game. That will prove to be a difficult situation against a Nebraska team that is looking to bounce back in a big way.
Winner Nebraska comes through with a big win and covers the 5.5 points.
Auburn -6 v. LSU: Talk about a showdown in the swamp! LSU just finds a way to win, I have to admit it is pretty impressive when you look at some of the situations they have worked their way out of. However, on Saturday the Tigers will face their biggest challenge to date in Auburn. War Eagle is on the war path, and they have all their guns blazing. Just ask Arkansas who was bum rushed off the field last weekend in a 64-43 barn burner. One thing is for sure Auburn may have the best player in the country on their team in Cam Newton, and that is good for for two touchdowns right there.
Winner it's going to be difficult for Auburn to go on the road and get a SEC victory, but War Eagle is on a roll. Auburn wins and covers the 6 points.
Michigan State -6.5 v. Northwestern: Northwester has been a sneaky team this year, they refuse to go away quietly. It is unlikely they will factor into the Big 10 title hunt, but they are ready to play the roll of spoiler. Michigan State is suddenly thrust into the national spotlight because they are the soul surviving Big 10 team. Talent wise the Spartans are far better than Northwestern, however Michigan State is not as good as advertised.
Winner, Michigan is too talented to lose to a scrappy Northwestern team. However, it is Northwestern's perseverance that helps them back door in and steal a cover. Northwestern covers the 6.5
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