Big Ten Blogger Pick ‘Em (Week 5)

You know what they say: Better late than never.  Anyway, here are the standings thus far after 4 weeks of this competition.  Unfortunately, I took a bit of a hit after missing on an uncharacteristically high 3 picks last week:


1 Gopher Nation 37
2 Hoosier Report 36
3 Black Shoes Diary 35
4 Michigan SportsCenter 35
5 Off the Tracks ™ 35
6 The Only Game That Matters 35
7 Ground Zero East Lansing 34
8 Happy Hour Valley 34
9 Lake the Posts 33
10 BHGP (HS) 33
11 Zombie Nation 33
12 Hawkeye Sports News 33
13 Eleven Warriors 33
14 Paint the Town Orange 33
15 Maize & Blue Nation 33
16 Buckeye Battle Cry 33
17 Maize’n Brew 32
18 Boiled Sports 31
19 Enlightened Spartan 31
20 Varsity Blue 31
21 The Buckeye Blog 30
22 The Nittany Line 27
23 Sparty MSU 22
24 Nittany White Out 14

No matter, this week I plan to slowly work my way back to the top. With conference play getting underway, every pick becomes much more critical as conference games are worth 3 points instead of the usual 1 point for a non-conference showdown.

Michigan State @ Indiana – As I’m typing this post, I’m watching BTN’s Friday Night Tailgate and they’re doing a feature on Indiana’s Memorial Stadium and what makes it such a special place for college football…Well guys, I’m waiting now for your piece on what makes the Bryce Jordan Center such a raucous environment for college hoops.

Oh yeah, and Indiana is gonna get Ringer’d in the worst possible way.

Wisconsin @ Michigan – With the economy crumbling before our very eyes there’s at least one sure-fire bet that you can’t go wrong with:  Taking the Badgers to cover their 6-point spread.

Minnesota @ Ohio State Look for OSU to finally cover the spread with Beanie Wells returning and with Terrelle Pryor giving the Buckeye offense a shot in the arm.  Minnesota’s dream of an undefeated season comes crashing down in flames…

Northwestern @ Iowa – Not sure why so many pundits seem to be picking Northwestern to win this one.  Yeah, Iowa’s offense blows chunks, but their defense is still very stout and with Tyrell Sutton’s health an uncertainty (he should play but he may not be 100%) the Wild Kitties could find themselves in for a long afternoon offensively.

Purdue @ Notre Dame (1 pnt) –  For the first time in well…EVER I picked Notre Dame to beat a Big Ten opponent.  Big fucking mistake.  Also, from now on, Jimmy Clausen shall be referred to as “Sunshine” from Remember The Titans.

Definitely related…

Illinois @ Penn St – Already covered this game in enough depth and detail.


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