Hawkeye Nation Staff Six Pack of Picks for Week 10

November 1, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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The Hawkeye Nation staff returns for another season of picking college football games, for better or worse. Each week Jon Miller, Rob Howe, David Schwartz and newcomer Jack Bacon will select winners of six contests against the spread.

STANDINGS

Jack Bacon 4-2/28-26

Jon Miller 3-3/28-26

David Schwartz 3-3/25-29

Rob Howe 3-3/25-29

Here’s this week’s lineup:

Nebraska (-3) at Purdue

Rob Howe: Isn’t it fun watching the meltdown in Lincoln? Scott Frost is tossing players under the bus. Fans remain in denial. It’s all very satisfying. The free fall continues.

PICK: Purdue

Jack Bacon: Coming off what their fanbase likely sees as “embarrassing” losses to sneakily-solid Indiana and undefeated Minnesota, I think the Huskers will escape with the win they desperately need for bowl eligibility. A loss would be beautiful for Hawkeye fans, though.

PICK:  Nebraska

David Schwartz: Purdue is so beat up that it’s playing like it has given up. Nebraska just isn’t very good, especially defensively. This will be an ugly game that calls for Nebraska minus the points on the road.

Pick: Nebraska

Jon Miller The Huskers are letting me down a lot lately. But Adrian Martinez is set to return and Purdue was just housed by Illinois. I will lay the three and take the Huskers.

Pick:Nebraska

Oregon (-5) at USC

RH: The Ducks have been escaping by the skin of their teeth on the road. They may pull this one out as well, but I think the number is too large.

Pick: USC

JB: Feels like Oregon can win by at least a touchdown.

Pick: Oregon

DS: USC has been a much better team at home than on the road. Oregon’s is on a roll, but they’re not blowing a lot of the better teams out, which makes this spread a challenge. USC hasn’t lost by more than 5 since September, so I’ll take USC at home plus the points.

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Pick: USC

JM: Oregon may play faster in the better weather. I think they cover

Pick: Oregon

Georgia (-4) v. Florida in Jacksonville

RH: Is this really the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party? Seems like a bold claim. It’s a big world with a lot of drinking. Anyway, this game shapes up as a defensive battle, at least that’s the Gators’ hope. Georgia boasts the better quarterback and offense. For that reason, I’ll ride with the Bulldogs.

Pick: Georgia

JB: This is a big test for the Gators, and I wouldn’t put it past them to pull out a win in the Swamp. This is the battle for the SEC East, and I think it’s hard to go with the team who slipped up against 3-5 South Carolina.

Pick: Florida

DS: Gators plus the points, but I don’t feel good about it. I can’t get a read on this game.

Pick: Florida

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JM: For some reason, I don’t believe Georgia has the mettle this year. I’ll take the four and play the Gators.

Pick: Florida

Miami (+6) at Florida State

RH: Throw Nebraska and M.C. Hammer in here, and we’d have the best of the ’80s and ’90s. In ’19, we have average football teams, at best. The Canes’ D is pretty good, while FSU’s is not. I’ll take the points.

Pick: Miami

JB:
Both teams have 4-4 records, and the Hurricanes kept it within four points against Florida. That makes me doubt that the worse in-state rival would beat them by a touchdown, but don’t take it to Vegas on my account.

Pick: Miami

DS: Woof. Florida State has shown glimpses of competence, while Miami once again is trading on decades-old success. Florida State is at home and only has to win by a touchdown to cover, so I’ll take FSU minus the 6.

Pick: Florida State

JM: This smells like a trap. I will still take them but not confidently.

Pick: Miami

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Utah (-3.5) at Washington

RH: Oh, that tricky hook. I don’t like it. It’s whispering at me to take the Huskies. Not falling for it. Utes are the superior team, especially on defense.

Pick: Utah

JB: I still think Utah is probably the best team in the PAC 12, so I’ll go with them here.

Pick: Utah

DS: The Huskies have underachieved this year, including a recent loss to a down Stanford program. They’ve already lost twice at home. Utah minus the points.

Pick: Utah

JM: Utah can pack a defense on the road, but the hook scares me here. Still, I will lay the points and take the Utes.

Pick: Utah

TCU (+3.5) at Oklahoma State

RH: There’s that hook again. It’s hard figuring these teams out. The Cowboys lose at Texas Tech then win at Iowa State. The Frogs get crushed at Iowa State and then beat Texas. Who knows which team shows up? TCU has been bad on the road in the Big 12, so I’ll use that to decide.

Pick: Oklahoma State

JB: Both of these teams are coming off impressive wins, and their shared meetings against Iowa State bodes well for OSU. But TCU grabbed four picks last week against Texas, and the Cowboys are still breaking in a redshirt freshman quarterback.

Pick: TCU

DS: TCU had a nice win over Texas last week, but they’re 1-2 on the road. Three-point-five won’t be enough. Oklahoma State minus the points at home.

Pick: Oklahoma State

JM: Oklahoma State with one of the best running backs in the nation. Go Pokes.

Pick: Oklahoma State

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