Published Friday, November 16, 2012 AT 3:05 PM / Updated at 3:25 PM
Tom’s Friday Tailgate
Tom Shatel Omaha World-Herald

1. Nebraska 42, Minnesota 17: It’s Senior Day for Tom Osborne and Rex Burkhead. Watch this game with your hand over your heart. Apple pie for dessert.

2. Superman will suit up but won’t play. Part of me hopes I’m wrong. I’d like to see Burkhead on that field one more time. Would like to see him on the field in Indy in two weeks, too.

3. Wisconsin 28, Ohio State 24: Meet the new Leaders boss. Same as the old boss. See you next year in C-Bus for the newest, hottest rivalry in the Big Ten.

4. Kansas State 49, Baylor 28: Bill Snyder > Sports Illustrated jinx.

5. Oregon 45, Stanford 27: Cardinal physical run game can hurt the Ducks’ battered defense. But nobody’s going to stop Marcus Mariota.

6. Notre Dame 35, Wake Forest 10: Nothing says tradition like Wake Forest on Notre Dame Senior Day. Just wait until the Irish become an ACC regular.

7. Texas A&M 52, Sam Houston State 14: Johnny Football isn’t allowed to do interviews. He is allowed to score touchdowns. He’s moving up the Heisman charts in a hurry.

8. Michigan 35, Iowa 7: Michigan is becoming Michigan again. Iowa is, well, I don’t know who or what Iowa is anymore. Not the program that’s beaten Go Blue three straight times.

9. Iowa State 24, Kansas 21: Tough assignment for Cy-State, new mobile quarterback for Kansas and Charlie Weis is comping KU students in hopes of some atmosphere at night. But these are the kinds of games Paul Rhoads and ISU win now.

10. Denver 35, San Diego 14: Remember when the Bolts were up 24-0 and Peyton and the Donkeys looked clueless? Me neither. Denver basically clinches the AFC Worst on Sunday, full steam ahead to getting home field in the playoffs.

11. Pack 31, Lions 21: Rematch of the Suh Stomp last year. With Jay Cutler out and the Bears at the Stick on Monday Night, this is a huge game for Green Bay, which can pull even with Chicago.

12. Creighton 2, Washington 1: Jamie Clark returns to Morrison Stadium to face Coach Elmar. Move past the reunion and there’s a Creighton futbol team picking up steam toward another College Cup run.

13. I’d like to predict that Tom Osborne will get to call a play — an option — at Saturday’s game. But that’s not his style. Instead, I’m taking the overs on lots of tears as the Osborne tribute video is played and he and Nancy wave to the crowd one last time. Pass the tissue.

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