Alright, you guys know the drill by now: I pick ’em, you read about ’em…I should also note that next week is when the real fun begins and the Big Ten teams start going against each other, increasing the stakes point-wise (3 points instead of 1 for every correct pick)and in the number of Big Ten Bloggers who get into verbal pissing matches.
Anyway, here as this week’s games (picks are highlighted in the school’s colors)
Ohio @ Northwestern – Ohio is no slouch, as evidenced from their gutsy performance against Ohio State a couple weeks ago. However, the Wild Kitties will not be caught looking ahead to next week.
Florida Atlantic @ Minnesota – Purifying yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka isn’t nearly as attractive of a diversion as relaxing on the beach in Boca Raton with a pina colada in hand.
*Temple @ Penn St. – How many licks does it take to get to the center of the Owls’ psyche? Ask Buffalo QB Drew Willy.
*BTW, here’s a prediction for ya: 52-7 PSU.
Iowa @ Pitt – Hawkeyes has the defensive capability to make sure Pitt’s only offensive productivity comes from Shady McCoy. Look for an offensive cripple fight to take place though, as neither team’s offense has impressed thus far against half-decent competition.
Central Michigan @ Purdue – Purdue nearly pulled the ultimate choke job of the 2007 bowl season, giving up a 21-point lead against Central Michigan in last December’s Motor City Bowl only to win on a field goal as time expired. Central Michigan brings in a highly productive passing attack led by QB Dan LeFevour, the next hot QB prospect out of the MAC conference…I fully expect to see another barnburner here but don’t expect a more happy ending for Central Michigan.
Troy @ Ohio St. – For the third straight week, the Buckeyes will play without Beanie Wells and despite looking like garbage without him, are an inexplicable 21.5 point favorite over a Troy team that features a spread attack which ranks 11th in the nation in total offense. If you’re a gambling man, you could make some good money on picking Troy to beat the spread. That is, unless Terrelle Pryor sees a decent amount of playing time (which the word on the street is leaning towards).
Notre Dame @ Michigan St. – The home team has not won this game since 2000. Don’t look for that stat to change with a Notre Dame team playing with a newfound confidence despite beating up on a lousy Michigan squad last week and with Michigan State being susceptible to quality passing attacks (see: Cal).
Ball St @ Indiana – Ball St. is 12th in the nation throwing the ball, and 15th in total offense. Expect nothing less than a good ol’ fashioned shootout at Memorial Stadium, with the Hoosiers barely coming out on top…