Hawkeye Nation Staff Six Pack of Picks for Week 12

November 15, 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 3-3/35-31

Jack Bacon 4-2/35-31

Rob Howe 4-2/34-32

David Schwartz 2-4/29-37

Here’s this week’s lineup:

Minnesota (+3) at Iowa

Rob Howe: The last time the Golden Gophers won in Iowa City, SpongeBob SquarePants premiered and current Minnesota coach PJ Fleck was a 19-year-old freshman at Northern Illinois. The visitors have all the pressure here, and as I wrote in my game preview, I don’t see them holding up well against it.

PICK: Iowa

Jack Bacon: The Gophers have it rolling this year, and nobody should have illusions about that. But I think Iowa is more likely to show up hungry to avenge its elimination from the Big Ten West race than it is to sulk about it. Hawkeyes keep Floyd by more than the hair of its chinny chin chin.

PICK:  Iowa

David Schwartz: Minnesota plus the points.

Pick: Minnesota

Jon Miller Minnesota just has the feeling of a storybook chapter this year. Their offense is the most balanced and explosive in the Big Ten outside of Ohio State, and their defense is starting to come into their own a bit. However that Gopher Defense is not in the same caliber as Michigan, Penn State or Wisconsin’s, but the Iowa offense isn’t exactly a fine-tuned machine. In the end, I will take the three points and the Gophers in this one.

Pick: Minnesota

Georgia (-3) at Auburn

RH: Flip a coin on this one. Both have plenty for which to play. I think the Bulldogs are better overall, but the Tigers are tough at home. It’s a one-score game either way. I’ll go with Georgia here but would not bet any of my money on it.

Pick: Georgia

JB: I think Auburn can win this one or keep it very close.

Pick: Auburn

DS: Ah, there you are again Auburn, my old point-spread foe against which I am winless. Both of Auburn’s losses have come in road games, which this is not. Still … but … maybe … oh I don’t know. Auburn plus the points at home.

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Pick: Auburn

JM: I don’t believe in either of these teams, but I will take the three points and go with Auburn at home.

Pick: Auburn

Texas (+7) at Iowa State

RH: Maybe it’s considered hyperbole, but I do ISU is better than the 5-4 record. It’s been a tough schedule with close losses. The Longhorns’ defense is not good. I’ll take the Clones to cover.

Pick: Iowa State

JB: I expect the Cyclones to win, but I can’t bet on them to cover this spread.

Pick: Texas

DS: Even though it still feels weird to see the Cyclones favored by a touchdown over Texas, I think that’s the right play. ISU minus the points.

Pick: Iowa State

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JM: The Longhorns are going nowhere, fast. But man, that line! Holy cow, ISU favored by a touchdown over Texas? Vegas is begging me to take Texas. I AM MY OWN MAN, VEGAS! I’ll lay the touchdown and take ISU.

Pick: Iowa State

Oklahoma (-10) at Baylor

RH: Baylor’s defense has been the best in the Big 12, but the Sooners present a much greater challenge than it’s faced to date. Oddsmakers really want us to jump on the unbeaten Bears plus the points at home. I’m not doing it.

Pick: Oklahoma

JB: he Sooners haven’t looked good since mid-October. They should win but I think the Bears will cover.

Pick: Baylor

DS: Baylor is in the role Minnesota was in last week versus Penn State: undefeated and disrespected. The Sooners escaped against ISU by the slimmest of margins. They’ve given up 89 points over the last two games, so while I think OU wins, covering will be a different matter. Baylor plus the points.

Pick: Baylor

JM: Big, big line….again, Vegas is begging me to take Baylor and I am just not going to be manipulated this week. I will lay the ten and take OU

Pick: Oklahoma

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Wisconsin (-14) at Nebraska

RH: Jonathan Taylor runs for 500 yards…in the first half. I can’t see Nebraska’s defense fairing well in this one. Wisconsin fails to cover only if it gets bored and lets the Huskers in the back door.

Pick: Wisconsin

JB: This one won’t be pretty.

Pick: Wisconsin

DS: The Badgers and lay the points. What’s going wrong in Lincoln? We knew preseason expectations were too high, but 4-5 through nine games was never even considered.

Pick: Wisconsin

JM: I will confidently give the 14 and take the Badgers.

Pick: Wisconsin

Michigan State (+13.5) at Michigan

RH: The Spartans are a dumpster fire right now. Michigan is coming off a bye. If the Wolverines can throttle Notre Dame at home, they can do the same to their in-state rival. Throw the points.

Pick: Michigan

JB: Michigan State has struggled mightily of late, but before last week’s debacle against Illinois their losses had come against great competition. The Wolverines are good this year, but Sparty always plays well against them.

Pick: Michigan State

DS: Only once since 2007 has Michigan beaten the Spartans by more than 13.5. That was last year, 21-7. Spartans and take the points.

Pick: Michigan State

JM: This is a lot of points in this series. Dantonio’s last gasp? Forget it. Give me Michigan and I will lay the points.

Pick: Michigan

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