This week's preview is brought to you by: Chris Berman, Corie "The Other" Blount, Dr. James Andrews, the phrase "game-time decision," the Wildcat formation, and the Florida State University Board of Trustees.
As always, the following is for entertainment purposes only.
Game: No. 21 Nebraska (-3) at No. 24 Missouri (8:00 p.m., Thursday)
Comment: I have some roots in The Show Me State. While that side of the family claims ties to Washington U and KU, rather than Mizzou, I still have a soft spot in my heart for the Tigers.
Plus, talking about the University of Missouri gives me a chance to bust out the "Mizz-er-uh" pronunciation used by my folks. That always gives me a kick.
As for things more football-related, I am taking the Tigers Thursday night. Why not? I've had worse ideas.
Mizzou entered the Top 25 this week with a 4-0 record, although those wins have come against teams with a combined record of 6-12. (Including Illinois' very own Fightin' Illini, who lost 37-9.)
The Tigers' record against the number is a respectable 2-1 thus far, and I like the idea of getting points at home in prime time.
Nebraska still seeks an impressive win after spending most of the season on the right side of the Directional School Creampuff Equation. The Cornhuskers have had a lengthy break since walloping Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0 on September 26.
I wonder if Nebraska has had too long to think about the 52-17 drubbing they suffered against the Tigers last year.
The history of this series suggests the game will be lopsided in one direction or another—none of the past 10 games have been decided by less than 10 points.
(For gamblers, this means you might as well take the money line.) If the first "away" outing by Cornhusker freshman QB Zac "INT" Lee (136 yards, 2 INTs at Va Tech) is any indication, Nebraska might be hard-pressed to produce big plays with the passing game.
I like the Tigers to hang in the game and pull away in the second half.
One last note—for those of you enticed by the "over" in this game, keep an eye on the weather. Heavy rain could start late Wednesday and continue through kickoff.
Game: No. 1 Florida (-7.5) at No. 4 LSU (7:00 p.m., Saturday)
Comment: Break open the piggy bank and put it all on the Gators. I'm not kidding.
Game: Wisconsin at No. 9 Ohio State (-16, 2:30 p.m., Saturday)
Comment: Can this game somehow go down as a loss for both teams? Blech. I don't like the Badgers, but 16 points seems like too much for the Buckeyes to handle. I'm staying away.
Game: Michigan @ No. 12 Iowa (-8, 7:00 p.m., Saturday)
Comment: Nothing would surprise me. All I know is that I would rather not bet against Michigan's "Forcier of Nature" rookie QB two weeks in a row.
Then again, Iowa's D looked awfully stout against Penn State.
On the other hand, the Hawkeyes struggled to beat creampuffs Northern Iowa and Arkansas State. Even so, all of Michigan's wins have come in Ann Arbor...you get the idea.
Unless you have some unique insight (and if so, please share), avoid this game.