Teddy Greenstein's college football picks

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald on his team's ability to win on the road.

The nastiest backdoor cover in college football (sports?) history cost me big-time. Fortunately, we're talking about pride, not pennies.

But when Northwestern turned that game-ending hook-and-ladder into a fumble-and-dagger, it transformed my perfect pick (34-30 Ohio State) into a big, fat loser. And left me 0-5 for the week.

Hopefully I'm due for a bounce-back with these:

Indiana (plus 9) at Michigan State: You can't run on the Spartans, so why even try? Put it up 50 times, and the Hoosiers should score enough to scare the Green and White. Indiana.

Nebraska (minus 14 1/2) at Purdue: Rob Henry is now a safety, beaten out by Purdue freshman QB Danny Etling. I think he can damage Nebraska's secondary just enough to keep it close. Purdue.

Northwestern (plus 10) at Wisconsin: They've split the last 12 in the series, so why is this spread more than a touchdown? Oh, right, the Badgers are coming off a tough loss, had the benefit of an open date and kill teams on the ground. Still, I like Northwestern.

Michigan (minus 2 1/2) at Penn State: A major test for coach Bill O'Brien, who has been uber-cranky since losing to the Hoosiers. Penn State.

Texas A&M (minus 6 1/2) at Mississippi: Alabama destroyed the Rebels. Now it's Johnny Football's turn. Texas A&M.

Missouri (plus 7 1/2) at Georgia: The poor Dawgs have had so many season-ending knee injuries, they should call the place "ACL U." Missouri.

Best bet: Northwestern.

Last week: 0-5. Season: 27-31.

Best bets: 3-3.

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