Published Friday, October 11, 2013 AT 9:30 AM / Updated at 10:34 AM
Tom’s Friday Tailgate
Tom Shatel Omaha World-Herald

Anybody seen my suitcase? Where’s the airport? Ah, first road trips.

1. Nebraska 42, Purdue 17. It’s all about Tommy Armstrong and Ron Kellogg. But more important than the quarterback rotation is how many carries Ameer Abdullah gets today. There’s your man. I expect to see Armstrong and Kellogg make some great handoffs.

2. Lots of red people at Ross-Ade Stadium. Your Indiana and Chicagoland Huskers thank you.

3. Wisconsin 31, Northwestern 24. Suddenly, Nebraska is two games up on the Wildcats. With a long way to go. But that’s the difference in trading the Ohio State-Wisconsin schedule for Illinois-Purdue.

4. Oklahoma 35, Texas 24. The Longhorns have their Macks against the wall. They’ll play well. But it’s an eye-opener just how average Texas has become.

5. Georgia 45, Missouri 41. Tigers are getting closer and they are suddenly a better fit in an offense-crazy SEC. Lot of folks picking Mizzou in the upset. I can’t go there. What’s the saying? Show me.

6. Texas Tech 35, Iowa State 17. Now the rest of the season starts for ISU.

7. Baylor 31, Kansas State 28. I’m really tempted to pick the Wildcats here. Really. Baylor is getting all the love from every corner of the college football universe. There’s national championship talk. This is the Bears’ first road game. I think Bill Snyder will be able to slow this one down at home. I think the crowd will be a factor. But K-State’s defense won’t be able to hold up. Just remember, if K-State wins, I almost told you so.

8. Oregon 42, Washington 34. The Pac-12 is a lot of fun this year. Defending these offenses isn’t.

9. Michigan 31, Penn State 24. The Wolverines got cranked up late last week at home, but this is one that is doable for the Lions. Still, I don’t like the vibe coming out of Happy Valley this week. Coach Bill O’Brien has been testy and tight, and reportedly wouldn’t allow fans to ask questions about the Indiana loss on his radio show. Circling the wagons? Or coming unglued? We’ll know a lot after this one.

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