Even though a certain ESPN college football analyst remarked earlier this season that ``Hindsight is 50-50,'' I checked with my ophthalmologist and he disagreed. Hindsight, the good doctor said, remains 20-20, with or without corrective lenses.
And after last week's encouraging 3-2 record, I choose to keep looking ahead, rather than looking back.
Because I obviously still need the reps, here once again are five picks for the price of three: Indiana-Rutgers, Iowa-Penn State, Georgia Tech-North Carolina, Kansas-West Virginia and Utah State-Wyoming.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
There are clearly some big games out there this week, Alabama-LSU on the national level, and a pair of Big Ten showdowns, Nebraska-Ohio State and Wisconsin-Northwestern, that ought to be of major interest in Fly-Over Country. Even Navy-Notre Dame should be on the radar of those who fall on either side of the Irish’s precarious hopes and dreams.
Trouble is, all those games are tough reads, especially when pondering points. I would be tempted to take the points in those games. But not tempted enough.
And so, on to Week 10. . .
The Game: Indiana minus-14 at Rutgers
The Pick: Indiana, 38-20
The Comment: Barring an upset of Penn State or Michigan, the Hoosiers (4-4) need to beat Rutgers and Purdue to become bowl-eligible. More importantly, they’re playing well on both sides of the ball. Rutgers is coming off a bye week after looking improved in close loss at Minnesota, but one game is not a trend.
The Game: Georgia Tech plus-10 at North Carolina
The Pick: North Carolina, 35-21
The Comment: Tar Heels are lurking and ready to pounce on a berth in the ACC title game if Virginia Tech stumbles. And I like the way UNC QB Mitch Trubisky operates.
The Game: Kansas plus-34.5 at West Virginia
The Pick: West Virginia, 48-7
The Comment: Just crunching the numbers here. . . Kansas has lost its first four road games by an average of 41.7 points, and never come closer than a 36-point deficit. And the Mountaineers are capable of scoring in bunches.
The Game: Iowa plus-7 at Penn State
The Pick: Penn State, 27-24
The Comment: This year’s Iowa is not as potent or as successful as last year’s Iowa. And Penn State seems poised for a breakout campaign. But the Hawkeyes are 15-3 against the spread in true road games the last three seasons. They won’t go down without a fight—if they go down at all.
The Game: Utah State plus-5 at Wyoming
The Pick: Wyoming, 31-17
The Comment: Ordinarily, I wouldn’t go here. But Wyoming which just shocked Boise State, is playing really well and really tough at home. And I see a bargain.
Lines from Pregame.com.
Last week: 3-2
Season : 20-21[/membership]