If you thought I wouldn't post this awesome photo of Michigan celebrating with the Jug that I snapped in 2011 to lead off this post, you are absolutely out of your mind.
|Date||Time||Visiting Team||Home Team||Site||TV|
|September 27||12:00||Wyoming||#9 Michigan State||East Lansing, MI||ESPN2|
|September 27||12:00||Northwestern||Penn State||University Park, PA||BTN|
|September 27||12:00||Iowa||Purdue||West Lafayette, IN||BTN|
|September 27||12:00||South Florida||#19 Wisconsin||Madison, WI||ESPNU|
|September 27||12:00||Tulane||Rutgers||Piscataway, NJ||ESPNEWS|
|September 27||12:30||Maryland||Indiana||Bloomington, IN||BTN|
|September 27||3:30||Minnesota||Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||ABC/ESPN2|
|September 27||6:00||Cincinnati||#22 Ohio State||Columbus, OH||BTN|
|September 27||9:00||Illinois||#21 Nebraska||Lincoln, NE||BTN|
All times eastern. Rankings based on AP poll. My picks in bold.
Week 4: 11-2
Cincinnati and their stud QB Gunner Kiel have had Ohio State circled on the schedule for a while now. OSU decimated lowly Kent State, but lost to a Virginia Tech who then lost two games. The Buckeyes, who somehow are a 16 point favorite, are squarely on upset alert with the dangerous Bearcats coming to the Horseshoe for an evening kickoff.
Of course, Michigan finds itself on upset alert yet again after being upset a week ago. Although I'm not sure anyone would be surprised if the Gophers left Ann Arbor with the Little Brown Jug in their possession for only the 3rd time since the Kennedy Administration.
Snoozer of the Week
Rutgers hosting Tulane could be a somewhat watchable game, but the noon Big Ten time slot is pretty crowded this week with more watchable games.
Lead Pipe Lock of the Week
Michigan State rolls over Wyoming. I also think Iowa regresses a bit but wins a squeaker in West Lafayette.
Maryland traveling to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers very well could be the game of the week. It's Maryland's first B1G game, and Kevin Wilson and Indiana are fresh off a huge win against Mizzou. But I also think the OSU-Cincy and Michigan-Minnesota could be close and entertaining games as well.
A week ago, the Big Ten went 12-1 against non-conference opponents. We won't discuss any further that one blemish. Safe to say it was the best weekend of the season so far for the league. I see that continuing this week although 9 teams begin their B1G schedules.
OSU could struggle with Cincy early, but should pull away in front of a friendly home crowd. Same goes for Penn State who hosts lowly Northwestern. The Indiana-Maryland and Iowa-Purdue games are both toss ups which could go either way. Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan State should all roll easily.
Related MBN Clicks:
• Evidence of Things Not Seen
• Week 4 B1G Power Rankings