Breaking B1G: Week 12 Preview


LegendsB1G W-LPFPAOverall W-LPFPASTRK
1. Nebraska5-11801748-2374250W4
1. Michigan5-1183907-3297182W2
3. Northwestern3-31801657-3305239L1
4. Iowa2-41261464-6208220L4
4. Minnesota2-41131566-4232223W1
4. Michigan State2-41131165-5197163L1
LeadersB1G W-LPFPAOverall W-LPFPASTRK
1. Ohio State6-024817010-0399239W10
2. Wisconsin4-22091017-3295172W1
2. Penn State4-21921256-4280186L1
4. Indiana2-41742274-6312322L1
5. Purdue1-51132134-6283296W1
6. Illinois0-6632112-8169315L7

My Week 11 picks: 4-1
Season total: 56-28 (.667)

Saturday, November 17th (All times eastern. My picks in bold.)
12:00
IOWA at #23/23/21 MICHIGAN
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 • Noon ET • Ann Arbor, Mich. • Michigan Stadium (109,901) ESPN • Announcers: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Jenn Brown
Series: Michigan leads 40-13-4 • Last Meeting: Nov. 5, 2011: Iowa 24, Michigan 16

NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN STATE
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 • Noon ET • East Lansing, Mich. • Spartan Stadium (75,005)
ESPN2 • Announcers: Bob Wischusen, Danny Kannell, Maria Taylor
Series: Michigan State leads 36-16 • Last Meeting: Nov. 26, 2011: Michigan State 31, Northwestern 17

INDIANA at PENN STATE
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 • Noon ET • University Park, Pa. • Beaver Stadium (106,572)
BTN • Announcers: Kevin Kugler, Chris Martin, J Leman
Series: Penn State (4-0), Indiana (0-15)* • Last Meeting: Oct. 1, 2011: Penn State 16, Indiana 10
3:30
#6/-/- OHIO STATE at WISCONSIN
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 • 2:30 p.m. CT • Madison, Wis. • Camp Randall Stadium (80,321)
ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market) • Announcers: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, Quint Kessenich Series: Ohio State (54-17-5), Wisconsin (18-54-5)* • Last Meeting: Oct. 29, 2011: Ohio State 33, Wisconsin 29

MINNESOTA at #16/14/14 NEBRASKA
Saturday, Nov. 17 2012 • 2:30 p.m. CT • Lincoln, Neb. • Memorial Stadium (81,091) BTN • Announcers: Eric Collins, Derek Rackley, Jon Jansen
Series: Minnesota leads 29-21-2 • Last Meeting: Oct. 22: Nebraska 41, Minnesota 14

PURDUE at ILLINOIS
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 • 2:30 p.m. CT • Champaign, Ill. • Memorial Stadium (60,670) BTN • Announcers: Tim Neverett, Glen Mason, Rebecca Haarlow
Series: Illinois leads 42-39-6 • Last Meeting: Oct. 22, 2011: Purdue 21, Illinois 14

Biggest must-watch:
Well, Michigan and Iowa aside, you really should keep an eye on Minnesota @ Nebraska just because, you never know. I assume all eyes will be on Ohio State at Wisconsin in what would typically be the biggest Leaders matchup of the year. This not being one of those years, of course.

Upset Alert!
Right now, inexplicably, Ohio State is an underdog going into Madison. So, Go Badgers and all, but I think OSU wins this one.

Snoozer of the week:
Purdue @ Illinois. Is there really an actual need to play this game? Is there some funny looking trophy that I'm not aware of? (Ed. Yes, there is.)

Bold predictions!
Well, I suspect Michigan will remain right where they are next week after Nebraska beats Minnesota. Michigan really should take it easy on Iowa, b/c our B1G title hopes rest on their shoulders.

It'll be interesting to see if Michigan State can become bowl eligible. I think they should. Both they and Northwestern will have to decide who should blow their lead in order to get out of this game alive. No lead is safe in this one. Spartan Stadium will be a ghost town.