The Gould Standard Picks: Week 10

It’s that time of year when good teams show up—and that’s the way to pick.

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There will be surprises, but I am not looking for them. That’s why I’m going with the better teams this week, regardless of point spread, home/road factor or trap-game potential.

I’ll tell you how that worked out on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, I remain eight games over .500 (31-23) after yet another 3-3 week. Unlike the three previous 3-3s, which required strong comebacks, this one started with great promise, and felt disappointing at the end.

I am proud of foreseeing that Notre Dame and Georgia would roll, and that Penn State would keep it close. I am disappointed in Indiana for muffing its chance at Maryland. And surprised that TCU bumbled away its chances at Iowa State with red-zone gaffes.

And I am happy for my friend Pat Fitzgerald that I was wrong in assuming Michigan State would be the better team at Northwestern.

Good luck in sports.

THE GAMES

Penn State minus 8-1/2 at Michigan State

Wisconsin minus 13-/12 at Indiana

Northwestern plus 1 at Nebraska

Ohio State minus 17-1/2 at Iowa

Wake Forest plus 14 at Notre Dame

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THE GAME PICKS

Penn State minus 8-1/2 at Michigan State

Penn State has plenty of reasons to handle Sparty. It’s solid on both sides of the ball, and needs to keep stating its playoff case. It just needs to avoid a letdown after two momentous encounters with Michigan and Ohio State.

The Pick: Penn State

The Score: Penn State, 35-21

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Wisconsin minus 13-1/2 at Indiana

The Badgers are 8-0, and are ranked behind six one-loss teams in official Playoff poll, courtesy of their modest schedule. Time to put the pedal to the mettle right? The problem is, they're really banged up. The Big Ten’s leading rusher, Jonathan Taylor (148.1 yards a game), is questionable, as are running back Chris James, receiver Quintez Cephus, strong safety D'Cota Dixon and cornerback Marcus Cone. And Indiana is due. Over-due, really.

The Pick: Indiana

The Score: Wisconsin, 34-28

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Northwestern plus 1 at Nebraska 230

Northwestern, winner of three in a row, seems to be hitting its mid-season stride. Nebraska is coming off a one-point win at Purdue, has a lot to play for in an angst-filled season. But the Wildcats are better on both sides of the ball.

The Pick: Northwestern

The Score: Northwestern, 30-24

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Ohio State minus 17-1/2 at Iowa

Ohio State, No. 6 in the first official Playoff poll, needs to keep making its case, and keep rooting for No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 4 Clemson to stumble. Is there any team outside of maybe the Georgia-Bama SEC juggernaut, that’s more potent at this point? Iowa will find out. And these Hawkeyes have scored fewer than 20 points in four of their five Big Ten games.

The Pick: Ohio State

The Score: Ohio State, 38-14

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Wake Forest plus 14 at Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish are trying to protect their No. 3 ranking in the Playoff poll, and are trying to promote their No. 33, Josh Adams, in the Heisman chase. They have all the tools to do both. And the focus.

The Pick: Notre Dame

The Score: Notre Dame, 38-17

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LSU plus 21 at Alabama

Nick Saban professes not to care about the playoff poll at this point. Which makes sense. His Crimson Tide will care, though, that they are No. 2 behind Georgia. They will not mess around with skittery LSU. They will give St. Nick a nice 66th birthday present.

The Pick: Alabama

The Score: Alabama, 41-13

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LAST WEEK: 3-3

SEASON: 31-23[/membership]

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