Breaking B1G: Week 13 Preview


LegendsConf W-LPFPAOvr W-LPFPASTRK
1. Nebraska6-12181889-2412264W5
1. Michigan6-12251078-3339199W3
3. Northwestern4-32031858-3328259W1
4. Minnesota2-51271946-5246261L1
4. Iowa2-51431884-7225262L5
4. Michigan State2-51331395-6217186L2
LeadersConf W-LPFPAOvr W-LPFPASTRK
1. Ohio State7-026918411-0420253W11
2. Penn State5-22371477-4325208W1
3. Wisconsin4-32231227-4309193L1
4. Purdue2-51332305-6303313W2
4. Indiana2-51962724-7334367L2
6. Illinois0-7802312-9186335L8

My Week 12 picks: 5-1
Season total: 61-29 (.678)

Friday, November 23rd (My picks in bold.)
#17/14/14 NEBRASKA at IOWA
11 a.m. CT • Iowa City, Iowa • Kinnick Stadium (70,585) • ABC
Saturday, November 24th
#20/20/19 MICHIGAN at #4/-/- OHIO STATE
Noon ET • Columbus, Ohio. • Ohio Stadium (102,329) • ABC

ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN
11 a.m. CT • Evanston, Ill. • Ryan Field (47,130) • BTN

WISCONSIN at PENN STATE
3:30 p.m. ET • University Park, Pa. • Beaver Stadium (106,572) • ESPN2

INDIANA at PURDUE
3:30 p.m. ET • West Lafayette, Ind. • Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500) • BTN

MICHIGAN STATE at MINNESOTA
2:30 p.m. CT • Minneapolis, Minn. • TCF Bank Stadium (50,805) • BTN
Biggest must-watch:
Duh.

And of course, all eyes are on Nebraska @ Iowa. Other than one 14 play, 75-yard drive last week, we all witnessed that the Hawkeyes are pretty bad at football. All we can do is hope.

I always say every year that I wish I cared more about Indiana-Purdue. It seems like it's a pretty good conference rivalry. I actually really like the Old Oaken Bucket. As trophies go, it's right up there. But the game itself is always the same day as Michigan-Ohio State, so I suppose it'll always take a back seat for me.

Upset Alert!
I'll say this, Michigan State just may have some trouble in Minneapolis. They're fighting for bowl eligibility, so I suspect they'll have a bit of an edge. Minnesota is not as dangerous as Northwestern is...but Sparty has to be pretty deflated after dropping so many close games.

Snoozer of the week:
2 snoozers this week.

Illinois is riding a 9-game losing streak. Whatever game their playing in is a snoozer for me. I respect the ILL-NU rivalry though.

Wisconsin is already booked to go to Indy next week, so their game against Penn State is really not interesting at all.

Bold predictions!
I wish Iowa were just a little bit better this year. Because I think playing at Kinnick is tough for any team. But this year, Iowa's just doesn't have it in them.

Michigan really has no realistic path to a BCS bowl. They must beat Ohio State, which is certainly attainable, and if they do their coaches/harris poll ranking could end up somewhere around 15-ish. But they also need a lot of calamity to take place in the polls above them. It's possible, but not likely.