Conference Play! No more games vs FCS teams. The real season begins.
Northwestern @ Minnesota – The Wildcats swept the non-conf slate of games for the 2nd time since like 1967, travel to Minnesota where Tim Brewster’s seat is hotter than a night game in Arizona. The Gophers are struggling, QB Adam Weber has regressed since his sophomore season. To get to a 3rd straight bowl the Gophers need to go 5-3 in conference play, don’t see it happening. Dan Persa and Jeremy Ebert I think connect for a few scores and the ‘Cats move to 5-0.
Ohio State @ Illinois – I feel that this is going to be almost like the non-conference games the Buckeyes have had so far. No Contest. I just don’t see the Zooker and the Illini able to compete with this Buckeye team. They are on a mission and I think they roll out of Champaign with a big double digit win.
Michigan @ Indiana – I hope the scoreboard operator is ready. I think we see a lot of points scored here. Last year in the Big House Indiana got jobbed and lost a 33-36. Ben Chappel and Denard Robinson should put on a great QB show. It will be interesting to see how Denard Robinson responds from his injury vs Bowling Green. I think we’ll see his total yardage drop as the Big Ten play gets tougher, but he still puts up 350+ and Michigan wins.
Penn State @ Iowa – Night time at Kinnick. Hawks are coming off a destruction of Ball State, Penn State a close call from Temple. Before the year I thought Iowa would own this game, right now I think they do to. Hawks control both lines, and I think All-American Adrian Clayborn and Mike Daniels devours the Penn State freshman signal caller in his first road Big Ten game. Hawks 27-9.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Wisconsin @ Michigan State – Game of the week in the Big Ten, and I think the toughest game to pick. Michigan State is likely without Coach Dantonio again for a second week, last week it didn’t matter, this week it’s a tougher opponent. Wisconsin put up huge numbers vs Austin Peay, they won’t do that against the Spartans. I think Greg Jones and company keep the Badgers under 200 yards rushing and its close. I want to pick the Spartans but I think Bucky Badger escapes 23-21.
I start the Big Ten season with a season record of 38-4. So along with my season records I'll keep track of my conference record too. Along with that, a buddy, Chad, is going to have a contest with me, who ever picks the most conference game winners, the loser owes him a Jimmy John sandwich! So I'll have a scoreboard for our picks too.