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My Week 4 picks: 6-4
Season total: 33-13 (.717)
Saturday, September 29th (All times eastern. My picks in bold.)
- Penn State @ Illinois - ESPN
- Minnesota @ Iowa - ESPN2
- Indiana @ Northwestern - BTN
- #14/- Ohio State @ #20/18 Michigan State - ABC
- Marshall @ Purdue - BTN
- #-/23 Wisconsin @ #22/20 Nebraska - ABC
Hard to argue with Ohio State at Michigan State as the biggest B1G game this week (College Gameday is there fergodsakes – poor Desmond). I see this as a game between two programs with a lot to prove. We know Michigan State's offense is pretty awful, and we know Ohio State is a one-trick pony with Braxton Miller, so I expect the defenses to stand tall in this game. It may come down to field goals. I expect this game to be low scoring, but sloppy.
It's going to be really difficult, but Michigan fans are going to have to cheer for the Buckeyes this weekend. I know, I know. It feels wrong. It is wrong. But it's only for about 3 hours or so. A Sparty loss helps us more than a Buckeye loss. That said, I fully expect Sparty to pull off the win, but I won't be happy about it.
I'm already putting E. Lansing on 'couch alert' to defcon 3, and it's only Thursday.
Call me crazy, and I know you will, but I can see Wisconsin going into Lincoln at night and pulling off the upset. Inexplicably, I'm actually picking Wisconsin to win this game. I think both teams are vulnerable, but Wisconsin might be getting Monte Ball back, and they just seem like a different team with him in the game. Should be a good primetime matchup.
Snoozer of the week:
Not going the obvious route and picking Purdue. I'm interested in them as they're our week 6 opponent. I'm picking Minnesota @ Iowa, even though it's a division game and I'm a little intrigued by Minnesota's 4-0 start, as I am with Iowa's 2-2 start. There are no genuine snoozers this week.
Let me just say that it's about time conference play begins. Conference games should start earlier in the season (and there should be 9 of them instead of 8). Just sayin'.
The non-conference schedule was not kind to the perennial powers of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes, along with Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and of course Michigan all have a lot of question marks heading into conference play. The division crowns are totally up for grabs, and it would seem like any school has a legit shot at making it to Indy (sorry Buckeyes and Nittany Lions).