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Hawkeye Nation Staff Six Pack of Picks for Week 11

November 8, 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

Jon Miller 4-2/32-28

Jack Bacon 3-3/31-29

Rob Howe 5-1/30-30

David Schwartz 2-4/27-33

Here’s this week’s lineup:

Iowa (+8.5) at Wisconsin

Rob Howe: From a gambling standpoint, I would take the under in a game featuring two elite defenses. But we’re picking against the spread, and in that case, I think the Hawkeyes keep it close.

PICK: Iowa

Jack Bacon: This game has felt like Iowa’s toughest hurdle all season, but I’m not convinced it’s unwinnable. The Hawkeyes would need their best performance of the year, and frankly I’d take Wisconsin straight up any day of the week.

PICK:  Iowa

David Schwartz: I like the Iowa defense’s potential to hold Wisconsin’s offense reasonably in check. I think the Hawkeyes reaching 13 points on offense would be a minor miracle. Wisconsin minus the points.

Pick: Wisconsin

Jon Miller

Pick: Wisconsin

Illinois (+13.5) at Michigan State

RH: Two teams heading in opposite directions. Sparty is coming off a bye, so there are no excuses. I’m not fully buying into Lovie’s rebuild, but I think Michigan State’s offense is among the worst in the Big Ten. For that reason, I will take the points.

Pick: Illinois

JB: The Illini are much happier with their recent stretch of games than Michigan State is. Still, while the Spartans have shown they aren’t on the same level as the Big Ten’s top dogs, I don’t think they’ll let this one stay close at home.

Pick: Michigan State

DS: Illinois plus the points. They’re not great, but neither are the Spartans, and that’s a lot of points.

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Pick: Illinois

JM:

Pick: Illinois

Penn State (-7) at Minnesota

RH: I’m very intrigued by this game. I kind of want to go with the underdog but I think Penn State’s front seven on defense will dominate a still suspect Gophers’ offensive line. I don’t love throwing a touchdown, but I will.

Pick: Penn State

JB: The Gophers are finally getting the test they desire. You have to respect how far they’ve rowed the boat already this season, but I just can’t see them hanging for four quarters with a dangerous Nittany Lions team.

Pick: Penn State

DS: The most important Big Ten game of the weekend has Vegas showing Minnesota more respect than I anticipated. This is when we find out whether the Gophers are for real. I’m excited to sit back and watch what happens. Penn State minus the points on the road.

Pick: Penn State

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JM:

Pick: Penn State

Purdue (-1.5) at Northwestern

RH: This game belongs on BTN and that’s where you’ll find it. Two teams with hopes of winning a division title have fallen flat on their faces. They’re starting third-string quarterbacks. The scariest part of this horror show is the Wildcat offense, and not in a good way.

Pick: Purdue

JB: These teams are bad. Northwestern’s offense is atrocious.

Pick: Purdue

DS: A disappointing season for both teams in which the Wildcats appear to be the lesser of the two. Boilermakers minus the the 1.5.

Pick: Purdue

JM:

Pick: Purdue

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LSU (+6) at Alabama

RH: Not knowing whether or not Tua plays make this one a tough call. With him, I think Bama makes a statement. This might be Saban’s best offense in Tuscaloosa, which is saying something. I’m going to base my pick on him lining up behind center.

Pick: Alabama

JB: LSU has done more than the Tide has this season. I suspect Alabama will eke out a close win at home, but six seems too high.

Pick: LSU

DS: The ratings for this game will be in the toilet since they’re playing at the same time as Iowa and Wisconsin. Alabama minus the points at home.

Pick: Alabama

JM:

Pick: LSU

Iowa State (+13.5) at Oklahoma

RH: The working theory I’ve heard is the Sooners are pissed and coming off a bye week. That’s all well and good, but there defense remains suspect. I expect Brock Purdy to play much better than he did against Oklahoma State. That’s too many points.

Pick: Iowa State

JB: Matt Campbell’s crew can keep this one close, starting with their strength on defense.

Pick: Iowa State

DS: Ugh — I don’t know. Don’t quote me on this: Oklahoma and lay the points.

Pick: Oklahoma

JM:

Pick: Oklahoma

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