MURPHY’S LAW: Underdog, Favorite, Elmo

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By Chris Hassel

Think the national perceptions of the Iowa and ISU football programs are beginning to even out? Think again. Iowa State is a 2.5-point underdog, at home, to Texas Tech. Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes (who just lost to Middle Michigan) are a 6.5-point favorite over 4-0 Minnesota! Remember, betting lines aren’t what the odds-makers think is going to happen, it’s all based on how the odds-makers think the rest of the country is going to bet. Although ISU is 3-0, and Iowa is 2-2, it’s clear that the Hawkeyes still have much more national respect than the Cyclones. 

If you’re an Iowa State fan, I hope you either plan on going to the game, or you have satellite TV. The game is being televised by Fox College Sports. If you have Mediacom, you must have the sports package to get it (extra $8 a month). Not only that…it’s not in HD. In fact, it’s not even standard def, in my opinion. Fox College Sports on Mediacom (when watching on an HD TV) makes MC-22 look like an IMAX production. 

The Hawkeyes are on ESPN2. No, Pam Ward is not calling the game. But Beth Mowins is. You’ve been warned. 

Northern Iowa hosts top-ranked North Dakota State, Saturday. At 1-3, UNI needs to be nearly perfect the rest of the way to make the FCS Playoffs. Luckily, the field has been expanded to 20 teams, and UNI’s strength of schedule will definitely help. The Panthers may be able to lose one more game and still get in. But to be certain, they’d be advised to win out. 

Adrian Clayborn’s season is over. The former Hawkeye played in each of his first 19 games as a pro, but a knee injury is going to sideline him for the rest of the year. The Bucs aren’t sure yet if it’s an ACL, but whatever it is…it’s not good. 

I saw a Tickle Me Elmo for the first time in 15 years, today. It was lying face down in the median on 235.