IOWA CITY, Iowa – Welcome to week four of the Hawk Fanatic picks, and to our second week with Dallas Jones as part of the panel.
There aren’t a lot of intriguing top-25 matchups this week, so maybe that explains why our three pickers have the same team winning in four of the five games.
The one exception is the Wisconsin-Notre game at Soldier Field in Chicago in which Tyler Devine and Dallas Jones both picked the Badgers while Pat Harty picked Notre Dame.
Iowa faces 1-2 Colorado State and will look to extend its winning streak to 10 games dating back to last season, and its winning streak against nonconference opponents to 15 games.
Should that not happen, it would easily rank among the biggest upsets under Kirk Ferentz.
Iowa 35, Colorado State 12: Iowa will score its points on one offensive touchdown, two defensive touchdowns, one special teams touchdown, two Caleb Shudak field goals and one safety.
Notre Dame 20, Wisconsin 17: Paul Chryst decides to not wear socks for this game in order to connect with the spirit of Barry Alvarez, but Brian Kelly counters by not wearing pants and that distracts the Wisconsin players throughout the game.
Michigan 30, Rutgers 16: Jim Harbaugh will celebrate the win by having a sleepover with the squirrels in his back yard.
Michigan State 27, Nebraska 24: Scott Frost will blame the loss on the Michigan State cheerleaders clapping too loudly when he’s trying to think.
Iowa State 34, Baylor 23: Matt Campbell will be surrounded by Iowa State officials after the game, and for the remainder of the weekend, to prevent USC officials from contacting him.
Iowa 34, Colorado State 10: I’m not sure which team is more boring on offense, but I think Iowa will be less boring on Saturday.
Wisconsin 17, Notre Dame 13: This one has old-fashioned slobberknocker written all over it.
Michigan 38, Rutgers 21: The battle of schools that may or may not be back. Michigan is more back.
Michigan State 24, Nebraska 20: I kind of want Scott Frost to get fired only because I’m starting to run out of Scott Frost jokes, though this game might give me fuel for next week.
Iowa State 34, Baylor 31: I’m trying to think of a joke but I can’t get over how corrupt and horrible an institution Baylor is. Go Cyclones?
Iowa 27, Colorado State 3: I wish I was confident enough to say that Iowa won’t have another slow start, but this feels like another second half pull away.
Wisconsin 23, Notre Dame 20: This game feels similar to Penn State vs Auburn last week, expect this to be one of the best games of the weekend.
Michigan 24, Rutgers 27: I would never trust Rutgers, but wouldn’t it be fun for them to spice things up in the Big Ten?
Michigan State 24, Nebraska 20: Some say MSU is the surprise team of the conference, another loss for Scott Frost would not be as much of a surprise.
Iowa State 31, Baylor 20: The Brock Purdy for Heisman agenda might be out the window, but last week may have turned the QB back straight.