B1G Breakdown: Week 8

How is it week 8 already?

Week 7 was a bit of a letdown for my picks. My worst week yet. Michigan, Illinois and Northwestern all let me down last week, and my season average took a hit.

Weeks 1-6: 49-8
Week 7: 2-3
Overall: 51-11  (.822)

All games are on Saturday 10/22. All times eastern. My picks in bold. (Rankings: BCS)

Legends Division
#13 Nebraska @ Minnesota
3:30 - ABC/ESPN2

Leaders Division
#23 Illinois @ Purdue
12:00 - ESPN2

Indiana @ Iowa
12:00 - BTN

#21 Penn State @ Northwestern
7:00 - BTN

#6 Wisconsin @ #16 Michigan State
8:00 - ESPN

Bye: #18 Michigan, Ohio State

Biggest "must-watch" games of the week:
Indiana at Iowa? Just kidding.

Yeah, Wisconsin at Michigan State. Michigan fans wanting to see how you handle Michigan State's defense will likely want to tune in. However, Sparty is coming off a very emotional victory against their biggest rival, so I expect them to have quite a letdown. Wisconsin is by far the best team in the league, and I still think Michigan State is vulnerable in many areas...most importantly on offense.

I expect Wisconsin rolls in this one. But I could be wrong.

Upset Alert!
Again, Penn State is on upset alert. They took care of business last week against Purdue, but it was closer than I though it would be. Evanston is tough at night, and Northwestern needs a big win to stop this tailspin (0-3 so far in league play).

Snoozer of the week
Nebraska get's the league's doormat this week. Oddly enough, at 3:30 on ABC.

Bold predictions!
Last week, my prognostications were way off. I didn't expect any upsets, and then there were 3. But this week, I really do feel like I am picking the better teams. But 4 of my picks are road teams, and we all know it's tough to win in this league on the road. But all of this week's home teams are very beatable, outside of probably Iowa. With no Michigan or Ohio State on the schedule, the national attention will be paid to Wisconsin and Michigan State...which probably won't be as good of a game as Sparty fans are building it up to be. 

But I'm probably way off.

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