Week 5 B1G Preview

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.

Week 5
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
Bye: None
All times eastern. Rankings based on AP poll. My picks in bold.

My Picks
Week 4: 11-2
Overall: 40-10

Upset Alert
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.

Biggest Game
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.

Bold Predictions
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

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