Breaking B1G: Week 8 Preview

Legends DivisionB1G W-LPFPAOverall W-LPFPASTRK
1. Iowa2-050294-2132103W2
1. Michigan2-089134-2203105W2
3. Northwestern2-193816-1218155W1
4. Nebraska1-168904-2262166L1
5. Michigan State1-263634-3147110L1
6. Minnesota0-226524-2145119L2
Leaders DivisionB1G W-LPFPAOverall W-LPFPASTRK
1. Ohio State3-01321037-0283172W7
1. Penn State2-074354-216296W4
3. Wisconsin2-196585-2182129W2
4. Purdue0-227823-3197165L2
4. Indiana0-31051272-4213191L4
4. Illinois0-3211112-5127215L4

My Week 7 picks: 3-2
Season total: 42-20 (.677)

Saturday, October 20th (All times eastern. My picks in bold.)

Minnesota @ Wisconsin - ESPNU
Purdue @ #7/-/- Ohio State - ABC/ESPN2

Michigan State @ #23/25/- Michigan - BTN
Indiana @ Navy - CBS Sports Network
Nebraska @ Northwestern - ABC/ESPN2

Penn State @ Iowa - BTN

Bye: Illinois

Biggest must-watch:
A few interesting games to watch this week. But since Michigan is at home and playing at 3:30, I'll miss pretty much everything. My 67% prediction rate so far this year is indicative of my not really being able to watch most games. I have an idea of how good Iowa (or any B1G team) is, but I really haven't seen much of them. That said, I make the best predictions I can given what I've seen...with my biases and assumptions sometimes getting in the way.

I'll admit that I do think Michigan-Michigan State is the game of the week, even though there might be more competitive games on the B1G slate. But a rivalry is a rivalry. And this one is a doozy right now. UM-MSU is bordering on mid to late 90's Detroit-Colorado in terms of pure disrespect for each other. Oh sure, the coaches and players will say all the right things to the press, but make no mistake, Michigan desperately wants to crush Michigan State. Four years of losing to "little brother" will not stand, man!

Upset Alert!
Whenever Purdue and Ohio State get together, it's almost guaranteed to be an entertaining game. Even though the game is in Columbus, Ohio State is highly vulnerable right now. They'll hang 50 points on the Boilermakers no problem. But they also might give up 51, so watch out. If Purdue loses, the heat gets turned up a little more on Danny Hope.

Snoozer of the week:
Indiana gave a scare to Michigan's two biggest rivals the last two weeks, but failed to close it out. They need to beat Navy. But with two much bigger B1G games at 3:30, no one will be watching.

Bold predictions!
We're starting to see some separation in the Leaders division standings. Ohio State and Penn State are the class of the league, even with their recent off the field issues keeping them home for the post-season. So Wisconsin is in the driver's seat unless Purdue can somehow fight their way back in. In the Legends division, I think after this week it'll be a 3-horse race between Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska.