Quick picks for this weekend’s double main event in the Big Ten.
Last week: 5-1
On the Season: 33-11
THE UNDER CARD
MICHIGAN STATE AT ILLINOIS, Noon, Big Ten Network
Is Eddie McGee the answer at quarterback for the Illini? He might be. But not this week. There are too many other holes in this Illinois team.
The Pick: Michigan State 30, Illinois 13
PURDUE AT MINNESOTA, Noon, ESPN2
I keep thinking Purdue is thisclose to breaking out. But I really, really like this Minnesota team.
The Pick: Minnesota 27, Purdue 17
MIAMI (OH) AT NORTHWESTERN, Noon, BTN
Northwestern needs a feel good win, and Miami (Oh) is struggling, a lot, right now.
The Pick: Northwestern 35, Miami (Oh) 6
EASTERN ILLINOIS AT PENN STATE, Noon, ESPN Classic
Another week, another “why waste the space giving any insight” game.
The Pick: (revised from my BWI pick), Penn State 49, EIU 9
INDIANA AT VIRGINIA, 3:30 pm, ESPN360
Why this game isn’t on regular TV I don’t know. Indiana can and will win this game thanks to that crazy pistol offense. Virginia is really struggling right now under Al Groh.
The Pick: IU 24, Virginia 20
THE MAIN EVENT(s)
No. 25/25 WISCONSIN at No. 9/8/8, 3:30 pm, ABC
How is Wisconsin a 14-point underdog in this game? They are running the ball well with John Clay and they aren’t making too many mistakes either. Ohio State appears ready to take over fulltime as the conference front runner, but I think they are going to get physically taken to the well in this game.
I’m beginning to be a believer in Pryor, but I also think as a team right now, Wisconsin is playing better.
The Pick: Wisconsin 23, Ohio State 20
MICHIGAN AT 12/14/11 IOWA, 8 pm, ABC
A true pick’em game. I will give Iowa the nod because they are at home, and it’s at night. Iowa City is rapidly becoming a place you do not want to play if you are an opposing Big Ten team.
This is a second coming out party for Iowa and not the worst thing in the world to happen to Michigan. They have a primetime chance to prove they are back.
The Pick: Iowa 24, Michigan 21