Friday, November 18, 2022

Big Ten Preview Week 12

Where has this season gone? It's week 12 and I can't believe it.  This season has just flown by.  On to the games:

Wisconsin (-10.5) @ Nebraska:  Wisky does not play well on the road and Nebraska does play hard they just don't have the talent.  I like the Cornhuskers in this one.  Nebraska 21 Wisconsin 20

Northwestern @ Purdue (-18.5): Northwestern continues to be a disappointment when it comes to football. Not winning in the US, really points to me that they're in need of a re-fresh in leadership.  Purdue is trying to make the short drive to Indy.  Purdue 38 Northwestern 14

Indiana @ MSU (-10): The Spartans need this win to go bowling after the season.  IU has had another down year after their magical 2020.  When your only good season is during a pandemic that is a problem.  MSU 28 IU 17 

#2 OSU (-27.5) @ Maryland: This was my hope for a Buckeyes upset before they played Michigan.  That is not going to happen now.  OSU 41 Maryland 21

#11 PSU (-19) @ Rutgers: At some point, Rutgers is going to pull an upset over a ranked Big Ten team.  Penn State struggles on the road.  Could this be the time?  I doubt it, as Rutgers might put a good half together but never the entire game.  Penn State 31 Rutgers 21

Iowa @ Minnesota (2.5): Hopefully, this game will put to rest any chance of the Hawkeyes getting into the Big Ten Championship game and lending any creditability to Iowa's offensive coaching staff.  Please Row the Boat on Saturday.  Minnesota 17 Iowa 7 

Bonus Game: #7 USC (-2.5) @ #16 UCLA: Either one of these teams would have won the Big Ten West easily.  I'm more of a fan of UCLA because I really enjoy seeing Zach Charbonnet find success and a better path to the NFL than he would've had in Ann Arbor.  USC is full of talent but also has a few holes as they're trying the quick rebuild.  I see this as a high scoring game and back and forth shootout.  USC 41 UCLA 38

If you're wondering what the Big Ten West race is looking like?  Well, four of the teams are tied with 4-3 conference records and no team controls its own destiny.  Purdue, Iowa and Minnesota can all win the division with the least amount of help, needing just to win out and have one other team lose a game: Purdue needs an Iowa loss, Iowa needs an Illinois loss and Minnesota needs a Purdue loss.  If that doesn't happen, all hell breaks loose and we will need a mathematician to figure it out.  


Brady2017 said...

Michigan should consider being in a different division than Ohio St. Not fair one of those scrub teams from the West will make the B1G Championship game.

Brady2017 said...

Michigan basketball looked too dependent on the 3 ball last night. Gonna have to learn to drive to the hoop more.