Breaking B1G: Week 7 Preview

1. Iowa1-031133-211387W1
1. Michigan1-044133-2158105W1
3. Northwestern1-172685-1197142L1
3. Michigan State1-147444-213191W1
3. Nebraska1-168904-2262166L1
6. Minnesota0-113314-113298L1
1. Ohio State2-080546-0231123W6
1. Penn State2-074354-216296W4
3. Wisconsin1-158444-2144115W1
4. Purdue0-113443-2183127L1
4. Indiana0-256752-3164139L3
4. Illinois0-221662-4127170L3

My Week 6 picks: 3-2
Season total: 39-18 (.684)

Saturday, October 13th (All times eastern. My picks in bold.)

  • Iowa @ Michigan State - ESPN
  • Northwestern @ Minnesota - ESPN2
  • Wisconsin @ Purdue - BTN
  • Illinois @ #25/-/- Michigan - ABC/ESPN2 (regional/outer market)
  • #8/-/- Ohio State @ Indiana - BTN
Bye: Nebraska, Penn State

Biggest must-watch:
Normally, you'd be crazy to want to miss Iowa versus Michigan State, but this year...the outcome will have very little effect on the Legends division race.

No, the game of the week is clearly Wisconsin at Purdue. The determination of who will have the inside track on Leaders division hangs in the balance with this contest. With Penn State and Ohio State both playing the best football in that division, but not able to go to the B1G title game or a bowl, Purdue and Wisconsin are really the only games left in town.

Indiana and Illinois would have trouble playing for a MAC conference title.

Upset Alert!
Indiana nearly capsized the Sparty ship last week by outplaying Michigan State for 3 quarters. At least Michigan State's defense has a pulse. Ohio State's does not. Watch out Buckeyes.

Snoozer of the week:
Hate to say it, but Michigan hosting Illinois for homecoming week will be a bloodbath.

Bold predictions!
Michigan and Northwestern should have little problem dispatching their opponents this week as they inch closer towards a Legends division showdown in Ann Arbor on November 10th. MSU should be able to pull away from Iowa at home making the game at Michigan next week at least meaningful.

The Leaders division is a joke. Ohio State could very well go undefeated this year, 12-0, and be sitting at home on December 1st and on New Years Day. Penn State could very well end up with double-digit wins...although I think that's more unlikely.