Breaking Down the B1G: Week 1

We started doing this last year and it was pretty fun, so we're doing it again. Each week we'll breakdown the B1G schedule and talk about interesting games.

All times eastern. My picks in bold.

August 30th:
Minnesota @ UNLV
11PM - CBS Sports Network

Friday, August 31st:
#24/22 Boise State @ #13/13 Michigan State

Saturday, September 1st:
Western Michigan @ Illinois
Noon - ESPNU

Indiana State @ Indiana

Northern Illinois vs. Iowa (@ Chicago, IL)
3:30PM - ESPNU

#2/2 Alabama vs #8/8 Michigan (@ Arlington, TX)

Southern Miss @ #17/16 Nebraska
3:30PM - ABC/ESPN2

Northwestern @ Syracuse
Noon - ESPN2

Miami (OH) @ #18/- Ohio State
Noon - BTN

Ohio @ Penn State
Noon - ESPN

Eastern Kentucky @ Purdue
3:30PM - BTN

Northern Iowa @ #12/12 Wisconsin
3:30PM - BTN

Biggest must-watch:
This goes without saying. Widely considered to be one of the top, if not the top non-conference game in 2012, Michigan against Alabama at Cowboys Stadium gets top billing in week 1 with the 8PM ABC prime time slot and College Gameday on hand. Most analysts predict a victory for Alabama, but that won't stop folks from tuning in.

Upset Alert!
I'm putting the Michigan/Alabama game in this category also. The bulk of the country has already written Michigan off on this one, but is still going to be pulling for them. The SEC is hated everywhere except states that are typically red for every presidential election. I can assure you that most Alabama fans are as confident as ever going into this one. I don't blame them, but hopefully some of that over-confidence has spilled over to the team. Hopefully.

I'd also watch out for Iowa against Northern Illinois in Chicago. I feel like Iowa is headed into one of those Kirk Ferentz funks where Iowa struggles to make it over .500.

Snoozer of the week:
If you're flipping over to BTN at 8PM this Saturday for ANY reason, simply leave this blog right now and never return.

Bold predictions!
If pushed up against a wall by someone much larger than myself and forced to make a prediction, I'd pick Alabama. Why? Because I look at numbers and make decisions based off of them. I certainly don't consider myself a guru or an authority on the matter. And in this instance, would loved to proven wrong. But my gut tells me that opening the season with so many questions against a team which we really don't match up well against probably isn't going to bode well.

Although, Alabama isn't exactly going to be playing at the same level they were at the end of last season. There are questions on their side of the ball as well. If Michigan can keep it a one-score game going into the 4th quarter, with Denard at QB, then all bets are off.

As for the rest of the league, a few interesting games. All eyes will be on Urban Meyer and his debut in Columbus. They should win by 30 points. Ohio at Penn State is intriguing simply because of all of the off-the-field issues PSU has had to endure this off-season. 

Boise State at Michigan State is must-see-TV on Friday night. I think Sparty rolls against a young and untested Boise State squad. This is just the first of many big games in East Lansing in the first 1/3 of the season. That place should be rocking.

The majority of the rest of the B1G games are either snoozers or will be over by halftime.

1 comment

  1. As a die- Hard Alabama My Hat is off to your comments about The Game Saturday night...Although we know Michigan like Alabama have storied Historys; This is not the Bama Team Michigan Played in 2000 and won by a point.

    Beating Ohio State means more to me personally then any other Big 10 team. Notre Dame plsying us would be the ultimate high for Alabama Fans.

    As for this particular game, I personaly beleive we will win by 14 to 21 points. This is not a typical " Homer" talking it is knowing facts from the past 5 years since Nick Saban became our Coach and His Recruiting, The results of the way he energizes his players. Couple that with The best Defensive Assistant in Kirby Smart and that is why Alabama is 49-6 from the 2008 season thtough last season, and Two NC' s. Can' t wait for the kickoff...Roll Tide!!