IOWA CITY, Iowa – Our three-person panel was on fire last Saturday as we were right on 14 of our 15 predictions.
All three of us picked Iowa to defeat North Texas last Saturday, but now the circumstances are much different with fourth-ranked Penn State coming to Kinnick Stadium for a prime-time matchup on Saturday.
Only one of our three panelists has Iowa pulling off the upset as a 12.5-point underdog.
We also disagree on three of the other four games, including Michigan at Purdue where Tyler Devine likes the vastly improved Boilermakers to pull off the upset at home. The only game we picked unanimously is Oklahoma State defeating Texas Christian.
Iowa, 23, Penn State: 21: Before you get too excited, I also picked Rocky to lose to the big Russian, Iowa to lose to Iowa State two weeks ago in Ames and Donald Trump to lose the election.
Michigan 34, Purdue 27: The fact that I even considered Purdue in an upset is a victory in itself and a testimony to the remarkable turnaround that has occurred under new head coach Jeff Brohm.
Notre Dame 20, Michigan State 17: Brian Kelly celebrates the victory by treating reporters like human beings during his post-game press conference instead of like trash as he does after defeats.
Georgia 28, Mississippi State 24: The Bulldogs are showing signs of being the best team in the SEC not named Alabama.
Oklahoma State 34, Texas Christian 31: Mike Gundy is still a man. He's 50 and his mullet rules just like his offense does.
Last week: 5-0
Penn State 38, Iowa 28: James Franklin wears all pink in an attempt to show that the color of the visitor's locker room at Kinnick Stadium doesn't bug him and Penn State wins. See? I'm not a total homer.
Purdue 42, Michigan 41: Let's face it, this is probably a long shot at this point, but Purdue is arguably the most improved team in the Big Ten and I like to live dangerously.
Michigan State 17, Notre Dame 0: Notre Dame continues to struggle since replacing the "Play like a champion today" sign with one that says "Extinguish the dumpster fire".
Georgia 33, Mississippi State 30: If I'm being honest, I'm not sure I could name a single player not named Nick Chubb on either of these teams off the top of my head.
Oklahoma State 70, Texas Christian 50: The only thing in college football that's better than Oklahoma State's offense is Mike Gundy's hair.
Last week: 4-1
Penn State 27 Iowa 24: There seems to be something in the air when Penn State visits Iowa City. The Hawkeyes seem to knock them off every single time, especially when they're ranked highly. I don't see that magic impacting Saturday's game, but it gets close. Hawkeyes fall short.
Michigan 31 Purdue 27: Like Tyler said, the Boilers are one of the most improved teams in the Big Ten. They've taken some good teams to the brink early on and will do the same to Khaki's and the boys from Ann Arbor on Saturday. However, they fall just short of an upset.
Michigan State 10 Notre Dame 6: 6 years ago this is primetime stuff. Now? Not so much. Two top flight programs that have under-performed, you could say, the last few years. Sparty edges Brian Kelly and his team as his seat gets hotter.
Mississippi State 33 Georgia 28: Mississippi State pounded Coach O and his Tigers last week and I think they edge Georgia here on Saturday as well. They could be the biggest surprise in the SEC this year.
Oklahoma State 52 Texas Christian 40: Whatever the over is in this game, take it. I don't care if it's 150, take it (kidding). There won't be a lick of defense played here and Mason Rudolph has been firing on all cylinders early on this year. Two good offenses and two subpar defenses makes for a lot of points and I think the Pokes get the last laugh.
Last week: 5-0