The good news. . .  Blau, aka Jersey Guy, owes me, Land of Lincoln Guy, pizza, courtesy of Illinois’ romp past Rutgers. I also did well elsewhere on the Midwestern front, where Notre Dame and Michigan covered against VaTech and Maryland.

The gut checks. . .  Alabama and Wisconsin gave up late “meaningless’’ TDs against Arkansas and Nebraska. That meant Bama, a 35-point favorite, won by 34; and the Badgers, a 17½-point favorite, won by 17. I also made a last-minute switch and took Minnesota to cover six points against Iowa.

That, boys and girls, is how you turn a 6-1 triumph into 3-4 quicksand.

As a really sharp city editor once told me when I was still a news guy chasing fires and murder verdicts, “The future lies ahead.’’

On to this week’s picks, a combination of heavy favorites, plus a couple of underdog devils I know. I think.



(Central Flyover Time)

Minnesota plus-29 ½ at Ohio State, 11 a.m., FS1

Duke plus-3 at Ga Tech, 11:20 a.m., ACCNE

Pitt plus 21 at Notre Dame, 1:30 p.m., NBC

Purdue minus-10½ at Illinois, 2:30 p.m., FS1

Michigan State plus 13½ at Penn State, 2:30 p.m., BTN

Wisconsin plus-9½ at Michigan, 6:30 p.m., ABC

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