Normally this is a Friday tradition here at WiscoBadgers and it's usually much bigger, but we've been hard at work on a few new things for you and as a result we are changing things up for just this week. Last weekend I finished a whole 3-3 thanks to my picks of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana all losing. That puts my Big Ten record 19-9 and overall I'm at 58-15 for the season and have yet to have a losing week, although last week was close.
This week I'm looking rebound in grand fashion, so let's take a quick look at the match up's this weekend and see if I can get back to winning records for my picks!!
Minnesota (2-6, 1-3 conf.) @ #17 Michigan State (6-2, 3-1 conf.) - 11amCT on BTN
Minnesota pulled off a 1 point upset victory at home over Iowa last weekend, the 2nd straight victory in the battle for Floyd of Rosedale at TCF Bank Stadium. Well, they aren't at home and they are playing a much, much better defense in Michigan State.
MY PICK: MICHIGAN STATE - The Spartans are a much, much better team than Iowa and Minnesota won't get past the really good MSU defense, I see it being 38-10 Spartans.
Indiana (1-8, 0-5 conf.) @ Ohio State (5-3, 2-2 conf.) - 11amCT on BTN
Indiana was completely blown out at home last week in by Northwestern, 59-38, and must find a way to stop a really balanced OSU offense this week in Columbus. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers just don't have the horses on D to stop Boom Herron and Braxton Miller, who was very impressive last week against Wisconsin.
MY PICK: OHIO STATE - While it would be great for Wisconsin to see an upset here, I just don't see it happening at all. Tre Roberson will be scrambling for his life all game long and the duo of Herron and Miller on offense will be too much for the Hoosiers D. The Buckeyes win this one easy, 42-17.
#15 Michigan (7-1, 3-1 conf.) @ Iowa (5-3, 2-2 conf.) - 11amCT on ESPN
This is the game of the day in the conference as Iowa looks to try and get over a bad loss to Minnesota last week and stay in the Legends Division race, while Michigan is coming off a nice win at home over Purdue last weekend. This game is going to be very tight and it will be whomever's defense shows up that wins this one.
MY PICK: IOWA - I know, I picked them last week and they burned me, but that burn taught me one thing... Home field advantage means a ton in this conference in 2011. I'm sticking with the Hawkeyes being pissed off after last week and I'm expecting a huge game from RB Marcus Coker and QB James Vandenberg as the Hawkeyes pull out a barn burner, 34-31 late game victory over the Wolverines.
Northwestern (3-5, 1-4 conf.) @ #10 Nebraska (7-1, 3-1 conf.) - 2:30pmCT on BTN
Northwestern took apart Indiana last weekend on the road, 59-38, and Nebraska put themselves in a good spot to get to Indy by taking down MSU 24-3 as well. If Northwestern is to win this game they will need the D to step up, as QB Dan Persa has been amazing since coming back, completing 76% of his passes for 1,251 yards in just 5 games. It appeared that last week the Huskers finally figured out that sticking to the run and not putting the game in the arm of Taylor Martinez is the winning formula.
MY PICK: NEBRASKA - Northwestern's defense is god awful, ranking 91st in scoring D, giving up 31.5ppg. I see Rex Burkhead having another 130yd type game and Martinez also going over 100 yards rushing. Huskers cruise in this one, 48-24.
Purdue (4-4, 2-2 conf.) @ #20 Wisconsin (6-2, 2-2 conf.) - 2:30pmCT on ABC
You'll have to check out our full preview for thoughts and predictions on this one as usual folks.
Not a lot of difficult match ups this weekend, but do keep an eye on the Northwestern vs. Nebraska game as a possible upset against my picks as Persa and the passing game could give the Huskers D some fits. Outside of that enjoy the weekend and as always... ON WISCONSIN!!!