Friday Forecast: Does Nebraska Have Some Magic Left?
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Friday Forecast: Does Nebraska Have Some Magic Left?

November 15, 2019

Friday Forecast is back after a year-long hiatus last season. The Hail Varsity staff is picking the Husker game and four of the best non-Nebraska games each week. 

Here's how everyone’s doing against the spread after 11 weeks of picks.

  1. Jacob Padilla: 35-28
  2. Brandon Vogel: 33-30
  3. Erin Sorensen: 31-32
  4. Derek Peterson: 30-33
  5. Greg Smith: 25-38

No. 14 Wisconsin at Nebraska (WIS –14.0, O/U 51.0) 

BV: Northern Illinois, in my opinion, is the best, most complete game Nebraska has played all season to this point. Will it be the best game the Huskers play all year? I don’t think so. But I’m also not sure Nebraska’s play against Wisconsin is the one that knocks that NIU win off the top of the list. The Badgers are too strong in all of the areas the Huskers are weak right now. PICK: Wisconsin 31, Nebraska 14 

ES: I want to be surprised that Nebraska is a 14-point underdog at home, but I’m not. The Huskers have to prove why they shouldn’t be such an underdog at some point. Can they? I think so. I’m just not so sure it’ll happen this week, but at some point the switch is going to flip. It has to, right? PICK: Wisconsin 30, Nebraska 14 

GS: If there was ever a time for Nebraska to rise up and play well this is the week, right? I just can’t see that happening. Badgers are just too physical for Nebraska. PICK: Wisconsin 38, Nebraska 10 

JP: We’re in Week 11 now. At this point, Nebraska is more likely than not what it is going to be this season, and that is a team that can’t compete with Wisconsin. I’m not going to expect that flip to switch at any point; I’ll just adjust accordingly moving forward if it does. PICK: Wisconsin 35, Nebraska 17 

DP: I don’t know. I don’t really have any faith in Nebraska’s ability to be anything other than what it has been these last few weeks, and that’s a team who can do nice things and may even be able to put points on Wisconsin but will also make the kinds of mistakes that kill upset bids. And I don’t know how to feel about Wisconsin at this point either; it lost ugly to Illinois, the Ohio State loss is whatever—everyone is losing to them like that—and then it almost gave away the game against Iowa. So, take the under. (Is that over/under for total points or Nebraska plays…?) And give me the points. Nebraska gets a backdoor cover because Wisconsin won’t blow its doors off, and that has as much to do with Jack Coan as it does Nebraska. PICK: Wisconsin 34, Nebraska 21 

No. 4 Georgia at No. 12 Auburn (UGA –3.0, O/U 41.0) 

BV: I didn’t like Georgia at No. 4 in this week’s CFP rankings, which really doesn’t matter at all. Just wanted to note that. This is going to be a defensive slugfest for two reasons: one, Auburn still has to plan around its true freshman quarterback, and, two, Georgia just kind of plays in a way that can keep the Tigers in the game. PICK: Georgia 24, Auburn 20 

ES: I like Auburn here. I don’t even know why. PICK: Auburn 27, Georgia 24 

GS: Georgia is overrated. Gus pulls one out. PICK: Auburn 21, Georgia 17 

JP: The only time Auburn has scored more than 20 points in the last four games was against Arkansas, and that doesn’t count. I don’t trust Bo Nix in this game, even though the Tigers are at home. PICK: Georgia 24, Auburn 17 

DP: I like Auburn and Gus Malzahn at home. PICK: Auburn 26, Georgia 23 

No. 8 Minnesota at No. 20 Iowa (IOWA –3.0, O/U 44.5) 

BV: Minnesota was overvalued in the first CFP rankings of the season, and now, after beating Penn State in a five-point game that featured two Nittany Lion turnovers in the red zone, the Gophers are probably overvalued in the second set of rankings. But they are a little more complete on both sides of the ball than Iowa. The boat doesn’t spring a leak yet. PICK: Minnesota 24, Iowa 21 

ES: Weird game. This feels very B1G to me. I just hope it’s a wild one. Row the boat, Ski-U-Mah, go Gophers. PICK: Minnesota 27, Iowa 21 

GS: I have not been on the boat with Fleck all year long until that Penn State win. I like the Gophers to win a low-scoring B1G matchup. PICK: Minnesota 24, Iowa 14 

JP: I think Iowa will keep it close because the Hawkeyes keep everything close, but the Gophers just have too much firepower. After that Penn State game, I believe in what PJ Fleck has done there (which means the boat is definitely going to sink on Saturday). PICK: Minnesota 27, Iowa 24 

DP: Iowa controls explosive plays on defense, which means, theoretically, it should be a little better equipped to handle what ultimately doomed Penn State. If this line had been something like Minnesota –7.5, I would have been in on the Hawkeyes, but I just don’t see them winning outright. They don’t have the offense to do so. PICK: Minnesota 33, Iowa 27 

No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 13 Baylor (OKLA –11.0, O/U 67.5) 

BV: Baylor and Minnesota are the undefeated teams people are still skeptical about. For good reason. The Bears and Gophers are a combined 10-0 in one-score games this year. Surprising, special seasons are often like that. I think Minnesota will add to its tally, but Baylor will not. PICK: Oklahoma 35, Baylor 28 

ES: I like Oklahoma here. I think Baylor could give some trouble early, but the Sooners should be able to handle it. PICK: Oklahoma 45, Baylor 31 

GS: I really like Matt Rhule and think this is his last year at Baylor before bolting to the NFL. This game will help him get one step closer after getting blasted by Oklahoma. Baylor just doesn’t have the horses for this one. PICK: Oklahoma 51, Baylor 21 

JP: The Sooners stumbled a bit the last two weeks—though they got away with it last week—so I’d expect them to get things straightened out and put their best foot forward this week. Baylor’s had a great season so far, but Oklahoma is just a better team. PICK: Oklahoma 42, Baylor 28 

DP: I like Baylor’s defense. I like Baylor’s head coach. I do not like Baylor’s offense, which had 17 against West Virginia and then nine in regulation against TCU. Oklahoma’s offense is better than Baylor’s defense. So, I like the Sooners. PICK: Oklahoma 44, Baylor 30 

Michigan State at No. 15 Michigan (MICH –13.5, O/U 44.0) 

BV: Ready for some uglyball? I’m pretty well out on Michigan State at this point, but if there’s a remaining game the Spartans get inexplicably up for, it’s this one. PICK: Michigan 28, Michigan State 16 

ES: Michigan hasn’t been able to beat Michigan State by more than 14 points since 2005. Give me the Spartans to cover. PICK: Michigan 27, Michigan State 17 

GS: Let’s get weird. PICK: Michigan 13, Michigan State 0 

JP: Michigan State scored a grand total of 17 points against Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State and then followed that up with a loss to Illinois. The Spartans are spiraling and I don’t see them turning it around this week, regardless of the history in this series. PICK: Michigan 31, Michigan State 14 

DP: The wheels are officially off for Mark Dantonio in East Lansing. Did you see what happened against Illinois? Nothing is saving that staff now. PICK: Michigan 47, Michigan State 17 

No. 23 Navy at No. 16 Notre Dame (ND –7.5. O/U 55.0) 

BV: Never pick against an option team as a more-than-one-score underdog. PICK: Notre Dame 31, Navy 28 

ES: Notre Dame’s sellout streak is ending Saturday. I wonder if that’ll have any effect on the team’s mentality. Maybe not, but maybe so. PICK: Navy 31, Notre Dame 28 

GS: I really like Navy here. This will be a sneaky fun game too. PICK: Navy 30, Notre Dame 28 

JP: I’ll take Brandon’s advice. Pick: Notre Dame 28, Navy 24 

DP: I’m very upset that everyone picked Navy. Because I, too, would like to pick Navy. But, considering where I am in those standings up there, I have to pick Notre Dame. Please help me, Ian Book. PICKNotre Dame 27, Navy 24 Notre Dame 32, Navy 24 

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