“I think Michigan is an unbelievable team,” said Harper, who was rocking an Ohio State Starter jacket and block 'O' cap. “Shea Patterson is going to come out and have a great game. I don’t think Ohio State has played a quarterback in the last couple of years against Michigan that is going to come out and do what he’s going to do. But my wife would kick me out of the house if I picked Michigan, so there’s no way I can do that. I hope Dwayne Haskins, J.K. Dobbins, K.J. Hill — I hope they come out and have a great game. So I gotta go with Ohio State, hopefully by a field goal or more.”
The Buckeyes rolled to a 62-39 win, which made Harper and his wife, Kayla, who played soccer at Ohio State, quite happy. Impressively, Harper nailed 11 out of his 13 picks, which were made straight up, not against the spread. Four out of the five underdogs he picked, including Ohio State, were winners.
Harper, a big college football fan who demonstrated a vast knowledge of teams and players during the segment, drew on various sources of inspiration when it came time to make his selections. He picked the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to upset Louisiana-Monroe because he likes the Ragin' Cajuns nickname. He went with double-digit underdog Minnesota to knock off Wisconsin because of his allegiance to former Capitals and current Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt, who played his college hockey for the Golden Gophers. Harper, who also nailed Syracuse’s upset win over Boston College, apologized to his former Nationals teammate Matt Wieters before correctly picking Georgia to beat Wieters’s school, Georgia Tech.
There wasn’t any hesitation from Harper when it came time to pick the winner of the Holy War between BYU and Utah.
“Any time I can root against BYU, I do it,” said Harper, a UNLV fan. “Utah all the way. Let’s go Utes.”
Utah fell behind 20-0 at halftime, but stormed back to win, 35-27. The only two games Harper got wrong were Texas A&M’s 74-72 win over LSU, which required seven overtimes, and Boise State’s 33-24 win over Utah State.
“11-2. I’ll take it!” Harper tweeted Saturday night.
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