B1G Breakdown: Week 11

Weeks 1-9: 57-16
Week 10: 3-2
Overall: 60-18  (.769)

All games are on Saturday 11/12. All times eastern. My picks in bold. (Rankings: BCS)

Leaders Division Games
#17 Michigan State @ Iowa
12:00 - ESPN2

Legends Division Games
Ohio State @ Purdue
12:00 - BTN

Cross-Divisional Games
#19 Nebraska @ #12 Penn State
12:00 - ESPN

#24 Michigan @ Illinois
3:30 - ABC/ESPN2

#18 Wisconsin @ Minnesota
3:30 - BTN

Non-Conference Games
Rice @ Northwestern
12:00 - BTN

Bye: Indiana

Biggest "must-watch" games of the week:
Well, the way things are going Penn State against Nebraska is the game to watch, but for all of the wrong reasons. It could be JoePa's last game at home...if he's still employed there. But from strictly a football perspective, Penn State is in the driver's seat for the Leaders division, and Nebraska is reeling after a loss at home to Northwestern.

Michigan State at Iowa is a huge Legends game. Michigan State needs to win to remain on top of their division, and Iowa, suddenly back in the race with a win over Michigan last week, now has much to play for.

Upset Alert!
Ohio State is on upset alert because of previous struggles with Purdue. For some reason Purdue plays well against the Buckeyes. And since this game is at home, and I still think OSU is vulnerable, I'm taking Purdue.

Snoozer of the week
If you care about Rice at Northwestern, you're at the wrong blog.

Bold predictions!
Another week football, another week of more questions than answers in terms of the division races. Almost every team still has a mathematical shot at going to Indy in December. I think Michigan's chances are shot, but if we win, and Iowa beats MSU and Penn State beats Nebraska...things get more interesting.

I've always made it a point to never pick MSU when its a must-win game. I've been burned before. So I'm taking Iowa. I'm actually taking most of the road teams this week (including us!), which goes against conventional B1G thinking. I like to live dangerously.

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