Published Friday, November 22, 2013 AT 4:49 PM / Updated at 4:53 PM
Tom’s Friday Tailgate, Nov. 22
Tom Shatel Omaha World-Herald

Live, from rainy Pittsburgh, where the first thing to greet me at the Pittsburgh Airport was a life-size statue of Franco Harris catching the ball in the Immaculate Reception.

Nebraska 28, Penn State 24: Senior Day. Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions will be a tough out. You have to figure there’s a little Michigan State revenge thing going on here, too, since NU has beaten the blue and white the last two seasons. It’s hard to guess how the emotions will play on both sidelines; PSU can’t go bowling and NU is looking at Tampa or Tempe. But I know that Ameer Abdullah is going to suit up. That’s all I need to know.

Iowa 24, Michigan 17: Seven wins and turning the caravan toward Lincoln.

Iowa State 28, Kansas 20: Can’t we just make this a basketball game?

Oklahoma State 42, Baylor 34: This is Big 12 football at its race-track best and I’ll give Gundy and the Pokes’ defense a slight nod at the wire. Do we really think Baylor’s going undefeated?

Michigan State 24, Northwestern 10: No flukey finishes this week. Just Sparty dropping the hammer.

Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 24: Reality, thy name is the Wisconsin offensive line.

Mizzou 31, Ole Miss 28: Tempting to pick the upset here, but all Mizzou does is win this year.

Texas A&M 45, LSU 42: A Heisman-clinching performance from Johnny Football? Perhaps. And two possible Outback Bowl opponents for the Huskers. Who do you want?

South Carolina 34, Coastal Carolina 17: Steve Spurrier likes and respects Joe Moglia and won’t rub it in. Then again, Joe’s kids are the real deal. But this is SEC lifting.

Broncos 27, Patriots 21: The Belichiks are home and coming off a bitter ending on Monday night. But Denver has too much on offense, even if Peyton’s hands get cold.

Chiefs 35, Bolts 7: Phillip Rivers will be sacked five times by the hell-bent Chiefs. In the first quarter.

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