Chi’s NFL betting guide: week 3 pt.1

It’s week three in the NFL and that means it only gets easier from here on out. I’m here to ruin your bookie’s life and win you money, so lets jump into week three.

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Color Rush Thursday:


L.A. Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers:

(Rams over 49ers -3 OU 40)

Another week and another sad pathetic excuse for a football game on Thursday night, but hey, they have pretty colors so there’s that. About the only reason I and i’m sure you, are watching this tonight is because we have action on it.

The Rams open up as three point favorites for probably the last time this season so I have a feeling they’re going to make it happen tonight. I don’t think it will be because Jared Goff and the offense, It’s going to be because the 49ers are one of the worst teams in the league and are going to get destroyed by Aaron Donald and the Rams D.

Chi’s Pick: Rams -3 under 40


The London Game:


London Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens:

(Ravens over Jaguars -3.5 OU 39)

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The NFL has had games in London for the last few seasons and almost everytime the Jaguars were there and this time is no diffrent. The London Jags are set to host the Ravens from Baltimore in what should be a a somewhat easy win for the Ravens. The reason I say somewhat is the familiarity factor of traveling all the way to London which the Ravens have not done yet ands the Jags do every year. Does this give the Jags some sort of advantage??

Whether or not the Jags have an advantage or not I’m looking for the Ravens to invade Wembley stadium and hunt down the Jags by 10 points. I do think the Jags will make it competitive for the first half, but Flacco and company will take the W.

Chi’s Pick: Ravens -3.5 Over 39


Sunday in America:


Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills: LOCK OF THE WEEK

(Denver over Buffalo -3 OU 40)

I have absolutely no idea why this line is so low but I love it. This might be the best pick of the week. I’m going to be hammering this with my life savings. After the Broncos showed the world they’re no joke against the Cowboys they will not let me down at New Era Field this weekend.


The Bills did put up a great showing against the Panthers last week, not allowing Cam Newton and the offense to get going and only letting up 9 points. With all this said I will still be throwing down my life savings on this one.

Chi’s Pick: Denver -3 Over 40


Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots:

(Patriots over Texans -13.5 OU 44)

The Texans roll into Gillette with their rookie QB DeShaun Watson and try to do the unthinkable by winning a a game in Foxborough with a rookie QB which has never happened in the Belichick era of the Patriots. I think this will be a semi low scoring game but one sided scoring from the Patriots.

This game has the largest line in the whole league this week, but I still think the Patriots will take care of business. The Texans defense is one of the top in the league but I don’t think they will have enough to stop the Pats from covering.

Chi’s Pick: Patriots -13.5 under 44


Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears:

(Pittsburgh over Chicago -7.5 OU 44)

The Chicago Bears have had a tough season to say the least, after a solid performance against the Falcons in week one they got destroyed by the Buccaneers by 20 points. When will the Bears decide to start Mitch Trubisky and put an end to the sad era of Mike Glennon.

The season for the Bears is essentially already lost while the Steelers have Super Bowl aspirations for what could be Big Ben’s last year. This game should be a blowout, but they played really well in Soldier field vs. Atalanta so anything can happen. I’m still taking the Steelers, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the game ends up being a close one.

Chi’s Pick: Steelers -7.5 Over 44


And that’s it for part one of my week 3 NFL betting guide, make sure you check out part 2 on Saturday morning!


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Summer 2017 over/under (part 2): LCS players above expectations

With three weeks of NA and EU LCS in the books, audiences are starting to get a feel for teams’ strengths and weaknesses. Some squads have carried over similar strengths from Spring Split. Others have risen or fallen in performance. But even within rosters that tend to play consistently, there always seems to be an ebb and flow on the individual player level.

Last week, I highlighted players who need to return to past form for their respective teams to have a chance at peak performance. This week it is all about the other side, summoners who are trending upward so far this summer. These players have visibly improved. They are putting up statistics that are exciting and surprising. More importantly, though, these members have elevated their teams’ overall performances with their gameplay on the Rift.

Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha

CLG, Top laner

KP%:    61.8%   (2nd top laner)

D%:        19%    (4th top laner)

Darshan is a player who has come and gone as a presence in the top lane. While he almost mirrors his statistics from Spring Split, Summer Split seems different. Many of the imported top laners who struggled to find their place last split currently feel much stronger. Yet, Darshan has been able to keep up enough in lane to help CLG pressure the map through split-pushing and cleaner Teleports. Darshan’s team will rely on him to anchor his lane against top-heavy teams in the NA LCS.

CLG Darshan is exceeding expectations in top lane

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DIG Shrimp is exceeding expectations in the jungle

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Lee “Shrimp” Byeong-hoon

Dignitas, Jungler

KP%:    79.1%   (2nd overall)

XPD@10:    325  (3rd overall)

Dignitas’ newest jungler, Shrimp, has been on a tear so far this split. He and top laner, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, are the only members of the team to start ahead of their opponents at 10 minutes. Despite Dignitas’ early deficits, Shrimp has enabled the team to control Elder Dragon and Baron better than most teams in the NA LCS. His Lee Sin is particularly strong.

Choi “Pirean” Jun-Sik

Team Envy, Mid laner

KDA:    4.2   (4th mid laner)

DPM:    494  (6th mid laner)

Pirean is by no means close to the best mid laner in the NA LCS. However, his addition to Team Envy has seemed to boost their overall performance. Within the team, Pirean has the highest KDA, lowest death share, and ties Apollo “Apollo” Price in damage share. Even in Envy’s losses, the mid laner looks proactive on picks like Taliyah and Ahri. Pirean seems like a much better fit than Noh “Ninja” Geon-woo in spring.

NV Pirean is performing above expectations in mid lane

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UOL Samux is exceeding expectations in bottom lane

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Samuel “Samux” Fernández Fort

Unicorns of Love, Bot laner

DPM:    604   (4th overall)

DMG%: 28%  (6th overall)

Despite already meshing well with Unicorns of Love in his rookie split, Samux is solidifying himself as a top AD carry in EU LCS this split. He is putting out high damage and keeping his deaths low, sporting a 7.7 KDA. Samux’s positioning and decision-making have been crucial to Unicorns’ scary team-fighting. Standing out this way among a strong field of European bot lanes truly is a feat.

Kim “Wadid” Bae-in

Roccat, Support

D%:   15.4%  (2nd support)

KP%:  68.5%  (6th support)

The flashiest Rakan player in the EU LCS, Wadid has been a primary initiator for Roccat this split. This trend started during Roccat’s win streak towards the end of Spring Split, but he has blossomed these past few weeks. Wadid enables his bottom lane partner, Petter “Hjärnan” Freyschuss, to get ahead during laning phase and clean up team-fights. Viewers feel this player’s presence on the map, which is impressive considering there are several competitive, veteran support players in the league.

ROC Wadid is exceeding expectations as support

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IMT Cody Sun and Olleh are above expectations in bottom lane

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Li “Cody Sun” Yu Sun, Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung

Immortals, Bot lane duo

DPM: 534,251 (2nd bot lane duo)

FB%: 27%,20% (1st bot laner, 1st support)

The success of Immortals’ bottom lane is difficult to separate between marksman and support. Both Cody Sun and Olleh have exhibited vast improvements from their starts at IEM Gyeonggi. Many fans could see the power shift towards the end of Spring Split, but not to the current degree. This duo has consistently pressured opponents throughout the game in laning, turrets and team-fights. Olleh’s aggressive Bard and Morgana pairs particularly well with Cody Sun’s Caitlyn and Varus. Immortals’ bottom lane has been a force so far, and remaining at the top of the standings will definitely depend on their continued growth.

All of these players are playing above their previous benchmarks. It only takes a short time for above expectations to turn into the expectation, and, as the NA and EU LCS advance, viewers will look for continued improvement. No one will necessarily remember which teams and players were stomping or slumping three weeks into the split. If these players truly want to leave their mark, they will need to maintain this high level of gameplay over many more grueling weeks of League of Legends.

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NALCS Week 3 Key Matchups To Watch

Week 3 of LCS kicks off Friday. Heading into the week we have some under-performing teams looking to turn their season around. Then we have teams looking to build momentum to show that they aren’t flukes. These are some key matchups to look out for.

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Team Solo Mid vs CLG

The rivalry is rekindled once again this weekend, as CLG and TSM face off for the first time this split. The teams sit in opposite spectrums of the standings after two weeks. TSM is 3-1, tied for second place, but their wins have not been as clean as we’re used to. CLG sits near the bottom at 1-3, but a close series against the league’s best in Cloud 9 showed that they’re not down and out just yet.  

TSM has looked like a much different team compared to the one we saw in Summer. The induction of AD carry Jason “Wildturtle” Tran to the starting lineup has been quite noticeable. Members of TSM have discussed in interviews of how vocal Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng was in game compared to Wildturtle. The team did bounce back well last week and looked a lot better than week 1.

CLG looked outmatched against Flyquest. Specifically, star support Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black has been heavily under-performing. In a meta where control mages are dominating at support, he hasn’t looked comfortable. We’ve come to know CLG as a team centered around bot lane; but that hasn’t been the case lately.

Mid laner Choi “HuHi” Jae-hyun has surprisingly been one of the best performers this split. Meanwhile top laner Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha has looked bad on anything that isn’t a split pusher. Darshan has been prone to ganks and overextending without proper vision.

TSM and CLG is one of those historic rivalries we’ve come to look forward to. Everyone recalls the old school CLG owner George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis against Andy “Reginald” Dinh in the younger era of pro League of Legends. This series will look to not disappoint. TSM looks to build off a successful 2-0 week, while CLG looks to turn their season around after a disappointing start.

Flyquest vs Dignitas

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Two of the “newer” LCS teams get their first looks at each other in this weekend’s matchup. Most expected these teams to be reversed in the standings, as Dignitas sits near the bottom with Flyquest contending for the top.

Dignitas were pegged as a top three team on paper, but the roster has not come together the way they had hoped. Their early game dominance has been evident, but their mid/late game is where they’ve lost games. When top lane star Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho isn’t on a split push carry top, the team has struggled to find production from their other roles. Against better teams, they’re often playing reactive, as opposed to setting up their own plays.

Flyquest, on the other hand, have exceeded expectations ten fold. Most analysts pegged them as a bottom tier team on paper. Jungler Galen “Moon” Holgate looks reincarnated from his previous stints on other LCS teams. Many are crediting mid laner Hai “Hai” Lam for Moon’s success, but individually he looks more confident.  

As always, many underrated Hai’s shotcalling abilities. The team is often just looking to hold even coming out of lane phase and out-pace their opponents in the mid/late game. On paper, the roster doesn’t look that great mechanically, but as a team they synergize perfectly. They’ll look to prove that synergy can beat raw talent in this matchup.

After a close series loss to Echo Fox last week, Flyquest look to take a win off a struggling Dignitas. It’s a huge question mark if Flyquest can continue their early season success, or if it’s just a matter of other teams around them adjusting to the start of the split. Dignitas want to prove that the roster moves were worth it and they’re ready to finally contend in NALCS.

Phoenix1 vs. Team Solo Mid

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TSM faces off against another great opponent in Phoenix1 on Sunday. P1 and TSM have identical records at 3-1 heading into this week. Phoenix1 and TSM looked much improved from their week 1 performances. Not many expected this start from P1, but for TSM this has become the norm for them.

P1 will have a lot to prove as they’ve had the easiest schedule of all three teams tied for second. They also struggled against Dignitas during their week 1 matchup; it will be a huge question mark if top laner Derek “zig” Shao can compete with Hauntzer. He has been fulfilling his role as a low econ tank top laner quite well. Phoenix1 have been winning games off the play of their other carry roles.

Jungler, Rami “Inori” Charagh, has thrived in this high damage carry jungler meta. In their week 2 series against Team Liquid, Inori showed why teams need to ban Rengar against him.

No “Arrow” Dong-hyeon and Adrian “Adrian” Ma have also developed into one of the strongest bot lanes in NA. Arrow currently leads the NALCS in KDA and damage per minute. Many thought communication issues may plague this bot lane, but they seem to have synergized quite nicely.

TSM will look to build off a nice 2-0 week. TSM still has the raw talent to not fall too far behind, but still need to work on pulling the trigger in making decisive calls. They’re working on slowly improving to be back in form to where they were in Summer.

ADC Jason “Wildturtle” Tran and support Vincent “Biofrost” Wang will need to not fall too far behind against Arrow and Adrian. Wildturtle is currently second to last among ADC’s in CS differential@10.

If both of these teams win their first matchups of the week, this matchup will be key in seeing exactly where the top teams stack up against each other. Phoenix1 want to prove they belong at the top, while TSM will want to prove they’re getting back to where we saw them in summer.

Echo Fox vs. Team Liquid

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On one hand you have Echo Fox who is coming off a shocking 2-0 week. With the recent news of LCS teams denying them scrims, this makes this matchup even spicier.

Echo Fox had a much better mid/late game this past week. In week 1 they showed the ability to gain large gold leads from the aggressiveness of jungler Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham, but struggled in late game team-fights. They convincingly beat Dignitas, a team most expected to be a top tier team on paper.

In their second matchup they handed Flyquest their first loss of the Split with a cheese Camille support pick to snowball game one. After being caught many times during week 1, ADC Yuri “Keith” Jew took a lot of criticism from the community for his play. His week 2 looked much better and he finished the week off with the highest kills among ADC’s with 26.

Team Liquid seems to be struggling in their drafts and inside the game. In their games against TSM and P1 they allowed Rengar to go through the draft, when teams are perma-banning Rengar on red side. P1’s Inori made a name playing as Rengar, and he exemplified why when Team Liquid left it open to him.

Jungler Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin has not been able to perform adequately on any of the meta junglers so far. Many expected him to be a key addition to the roster after successful seasons on Immortals and Fnatic. He’s currently second to last among junglers in total KDA and has not played up to par lately.

Their ADC Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin has also struggled to adjust to the utility carry style meta. Piglet was known for his Caitlyn, Vayne, and Twitch picks. With the meta shifting to supportive/utility ADC’s, Piglet has not looked nearly as good. He’s currently last in KDA among ADC’s.

Team Liquid has yet to utilize their sub mid laner Austin “Link” Shin. Although starter Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer hasn’t looked terrible; a roster change may be necessary to see if they can improve. My bold prediction for the week is that we see Link play for the first time sometime this week to help save Team Liquid’s season.

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Hagan’s Haus NFL Picks (Week 3)

It’s not often that week one is better than week two when predicting the NFL, but that was the case here. In the NFL anything can happen, as we saw the Rams upset the Seahawks. It is hard to predict what is going to happen every week, but I expect better from myself and this week will be better! Please leave your picks in the comments and try and beat me! Here are Hagan’s Haus week three NFL picks.


Last Week: 9-7

Season: 19-12

Thursday Night

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(Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Houston 23 @ New England 17: Oh how I wish that Jimmy Garoppolo was healthy for this one. This would be a much better game if he was. New England is a great organization and can usually manage to find a way to win even with big injuries. Winning with Jacoby Brissett would just be unfair. If the Patriots do win with Brissett under center they are, without question, the best team in the NFL. The Texans team strength is their defense. Their defense is ranked third in both yards and points given up per game and it will be the reason they win this Thursday night game.


Sunday Morning



Arizona 27 @ Buffalo 24: Arizona throttled the Buccaneers last week. Buffalo has struggled this season and prior to the start of the season I believe Buffalo would make a playoff run. I no longer believe that because after week three they will be 0-3. The Cardinals should provide a mismatch all over the field, but then again this is the NFL and anything can happen.

Denver 17 @ Cincinnati 20: This is a candidate for game of the week. Denver has not lost a step on defense, but their offense has still struggled. Cincinnati is coming off a tough divisional loss. Cincinnati has a great defense of their own and because they are at home they should be able to pull this game off and give the Broncos their first loss of the season.

Minnesota 10 @ Carolina 19: Everything is in Carolina’s favor in this game. Minnesota has to travel all the way to Carolina for the game. They lost Adrian Peterson to a knee injury and left tackle Matt Kalil was placed on injured reserved for a hip injury. Minnesota has the defense to beat anybody, but the Panthers are the defending NFC champions. Their defense is one of the best in the league and they also have a guy, maybe you’ve heard of him, Cam Newton. It would be difficult to beat the Panthers on the road when healthy so it looks like the Panthers win this one.

Detroit 24 @ Green Bay 36: The Packers got a rude awakening against the Vikings. Their offense was completely shut down and only scored because of lots of Vikings penalties. The Lions are coming off a loss to the Titans. The Packers have dominated this so-called rivalry. The Packers offense will explode in this one resulting in an easy win.

Baltimore 24 @ Jacksonville 27: Jacksonville was taken to the woodshed last week by San Diego, but the Jags are a completely different team at home. Baltimore doesn’t seem to be anything more than an average NFL team. They seem to to be a team destined for mediocrity. The Jags will find a way to get their first win of the season.

Cleveland 14 @ Miami 34: Cleveland looked great in the first quarter last week. Then the wheels fell off. To make matters worse they will start their third quarterback in three weeks, rookie Cody Kessler. Miami is going to feast of of Kessler and get a win at home.



Washington 23 @ New York (G) 31: Josh Norman and Odell Beckham are about to step on the same field again. This should be absolute fireworks. The Giants are going to win the NFC east and this game. The Redskins are going no where fast with Kirk Cousins at quarterback. He will continue to turn the ball over in this one and push the redskins to 0-3

Oakland 24 @ Tennessee 14: This is a surprisingly difficult game to predict. The Raiders have been underwhelming on defense giving up over 500 yards up per game.  Their offense is really good but can’t always keep up with what their defense has been giving up. Tennessee has a great defense that flies under the radar. Oakland is suppose to make the step this year and their defense must improve for that to happen. I think the Raiders get back on track in this one.

Sunday Afternoon

San Fransisco 14 @ Seattle 20: Seattle does not look like the dominate team we have been to expect. San Fransisco will put u pan excellent fight in this divisional matchup. The Legion of Boom will have a big game in this match-up causing Blaine Gabbert to make mistakes resulting in short fields for the Seahawks offense.

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(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Los Angeles 20 @ Tampa Bay 27: Todd Gurley guaranteed a win in week two and most people laughed. The Rams had the last laugh by beating the Seahawks. Tampa Bay looked horrible on the road in Arizona but that is because they are young and haven’t learned to win on the road yet. Tampa Bay will come out looking to defend their home field and get the win in this one.

San Diego 31 @ Indianapolis 37: San Diego is dealing with too many injuries on offense to keep the train rolling.  The Colts can’t afford to go 0-3 and Andrew Luck needs to make sure his team wins this game. Many people already question Luck and it is time to show why the Colts invested all that money. I think he will deliver for the team.

New York (J) 20 @ Kansas City 23: Matt Forte might have been the best offseason acquisition this year. He has been a key factor for the Jets in their first two games. As for the Chiefs, it is hard to tell what this team is going to be in this season They ha a great comeback in week one then lost to the Texans in week two. This is a toss up but ‘ll go with the Chiefs in one of the toughest places to play in the NFL.

Pittsburgh 31 @ Philadelphia 23: The battle for Pennsylvania should be a good one as both teams enter at 2-0. Although this is a home game for Philadelphia I think a lot of Steelers’ fans will make it to this one. Carson Wentz has looked good, but it has been against the Browns and the NFC equivalent in the Bears. This game is the game that will really prove what Wentz is made of. I think the Steelers’ defense causes at least two turnovers and get the big win to move to 3-0.

Sunday Night

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(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago 17 @ Dallas 31: The Bears need to get rid of Jay Cutler immediately. Luckily for them he is hurt and can’t commit turnovers in this one. Chicago also has struggled in stopping the running game. The Cowboys are going to run it all night on the Bears and Dak Prescott will take care of the ball. Dallas wins this one easily while at home in Jerry World.

Monday Night



Atlanta 31 @ New Orleans 41: 10 years ago the Saints returned home for a Monday night game against Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina. The game is famously know for the blocked punt by Steve Gleason that led to a statue outside of the Superdome. This may be an emotional game since it is the 10 year anniversary but aside from that the Saints have an explosive offense. That Falcons are horrible at pressuring the quarterback. New Orleans will win this shootout.

College Football Week Three Recap

Week three produced some great football for fans nationwide. The combination of non-conference and conference games made the weekend great. Big programs faced off against each other, and rivalries were renewed. Here are five takeaways from the weekend’s action:

1. Louisville/Lamar Jackson are for real.

Louisville did not just beat Florida State, they dismantled them. The Cardinals had played manageable competition in the first two weeks, but had their first test this week against a very talented Seminole team. They still have big games against Clemson and Houston, but they look like they are capable of making the College Football Playoff and possibly doing some damage if they get there.

The man leading the Heisman Trophy race was not even in consideration last year. Lamar Jackson put up ridiculous numbers against the poor competition the first two games of the season. He had thirteen touchdowns by himself in those games. He added to his Heisman campaign, by totaling 362 yards and five touchdowns. His biggest accomplishment this weekend was Michael Vick tweeting and raving about him.

2. Dropping the ball before you reach the goal line isn’t cool.


The trend of dropping the ball as soon as you get into the end zone, or dropping it before you get there in most cases,is the dumbest thing a player can do. Do players really think it is cool to drop the ball that soon and possibly cost their team a crucial score? Even though I would hand the ball to the official and head to the sideline, college football does need some celebrating, but not in this fashion. With these incidents happening to Oklahoma and Cal this week, and Clemson last week, it has occurred too much to ignore. The upside of dropping the ball early is literally nothing, but the downside is a player looking dumb on national television. In the words of Coach Herman Boone from Remember the Titans would say, “Hold onto that ball Petey!”.

3. Talent is more important than schemes/Ohio State is talented.

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Oklahoma’s backup quarterback Austin Kendall mentioned that he couldn’t wait to see the Sooners’ starting quarterback, Baker Mayfield, light up Ohio State’s basic defense. While it is easy to see that Ohio State’s defense doesn’t do anything mind boggling, they are still an excellent defense with a lot of talent. Their specialty this season has been intercepting passes and Mayfield fell victim to that, throwing two to the Buckeyes. The talent of Ohio State did a great job of slowing the Sooners’ offense. Maybe next time Kendall will think before he says something like this, when he isn’t the one who has to back it up.

4. North Dakota State is better than a lot of FBS teams.


North Dakota State has been a perennial powerhouse at the FCS level and have even beaten plenty of FBS teams. This season they took a step forward by traveling to Iowa and beating the thirteenth best team in the country. The Hawkeyes returned a lot of talent from last year’s team, who went to the Rose Bowl, and were expected to contend for the Big Ten again this season. The Bison just reload, as they have won five straight FCS National Championships, but they showed this week that they can compete well enough to be a solid FBS team. The School doesn’t seem to be considering a move to the FBS, they like dominating the FCS level, but are talented enough nonetheless.