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Allow me one more little rant on college expansion and the B1G.

 

I'll be honest. None of us know what the B1G has been doing in regards to sending out invites and meeting as a committee. But what I do know is that, if they had sent out an invitation, we'd know about it. We know that Notre Dame has and probably always will have an open invitation to join the B1G, but the only way I see that happening is if the Big 12 essentially merges with the Pac-12 and super conferences become more realistic, more or less forcing their hand. Since that doesn't appear to be happening any time soon, I don't think they'll expand. Mizzou seems like a perfect fit for the B1G, but I don't know how content they'd be with 13 teams. I expect that the next time the B1G expands, it'll be an even amount of teams to keep the divisions equal and fair. And unless the B1G has some Big East schools lined up to join, I don't think they'll expand any time soon.

 

I'm done being one of those talking head consistently talking about conference realignment though. They should just start over and order them by geography. Make it easy.

 

Last week I went 7-2 (eff you Ohio State) and am 54-13 on the year.

 

The Byes

 

Wisconsin - Talk about getting a statement win. With all of America watching, Wisconsin gave Nebraska a formal welcome to the B1G with a good ole fashioned whooping. Russell Wilson looks more and more like the Heisman favorite (he is in my book) with 1500+ yards a 16 total TDs to just 1 INT. The even better news for the Badgers is things only get easier from here on. They have to travel to MSU and Illinois, but neither will be as high profile as this last game was. The B1G is their's to lose.

 

Michigan State - Talk about a statement win possibility gone awry. Ohio State has looked as bad as I've ever seen them offensively and Michigan State could only manage a 3 point victory? Kirk Cousins was doing everything he could to let Ohio State escape with a win. If MSU could have just held on the final minute and shut out OSU at home, that'd still be a statement win. In the end, they won in The Horsheshoe. But it could have been an even bigger win for them

 

The Interesting

 

Illinois @ Indiana - The IU-PSU game was hard for any football fan to watch. Nothing was pretty about it, but IU had a chance at the end of the game to get a win. The hail mary pass was caught at the end, but came up 5 yards short. IU is learning and the QB switch is something I support. Dusty Kiel (Gunner's older brother) is a better fit for the system and keeps Gunner happy.

 

The one positive for IU is this is Illinois' first road game of the year. How they managed that schedule is impressive as they are 1 win away from a bowl bid now with games against Purdue and Minnesota left. They still don't have my complete vote of confidence and likely won't until they play Michigan. Speaking of which, their two hardest games left are against Michigan and Wisconsin, both at home. Whoever did their scheduling this year needs a medal. And a bonus.

 

IU is improving, but Illinois is good. Illinois wins 34-13.

 

Minnesota @ Purdue - Minnesota, oh Minnesota. I didn't have faith in you and predicted 48-0 against Michigan, thinking I was being harsh. Way to make me look nice. There was no pass game. There was no run game. There was (clearly) no defense. The drop-off in talent for them is incredibly significant. That being said, this is their last winnable game, if you can call it that.

 

Purdue has some controversy of it's own, however. Robert Marve, their starting QB this spring, was pulled at the end of the Notre Dame game for, as the coach said, "not playing in the system." So what'd Marve do? What any smart college kid does: take it to Twitter. Surprisingly, the coach had no problem with it. But Purdue is a mess.

 

This game is a must-not-watch. It'll be close, but it'll be ugly. Purdue 17-10.

 

Iowa @ Penn State - Well, Penn State's offense was all sorts of bad, at least QB-wise. I'm not sure who's calling the plays on offense, but someone should tell them to run. Every play. Silas Redd racked up 129 yards on 29 carries against IU. But more importantly, they 2-headed QB was 16 of 36 for 271 yards and 1 TD, which came on a broken tackle big play.

 

Given how bad Iowa looked it's last two weeks, this bye week couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Despite their play, they have just 1 loss and could still (realistically) win their division. And with back to back games against IU and Minnesota, this is a big stretch for them to get things figured out.

 

Iowa wins this game rather easily, 27-7.

 

Michigan @ Northwestern - Michigan, oh Michigan. Why must you be so mean? 59 points? Really? Way to lay the lumber. The most surprising numbers from that game, however, is that Denard Robinson only had 220 yards total and 3 TDs. That's actually great news for Michigan as they can put up 59 points without Robinson having a monster game. And lucky for them, they get another awful defense to tee off on.

 

As for Northwestern, they had Illinois right where they wanted them, down 28-10 with 7 minutes left in the 3rd. Illinois outscored them 28-7 over the next 22 minutes and got out of the game with a big W. The positives for Northwestern though is that Dan Persa looked solid with 4 TDs. The negatives is he had just 123 yards on 10 completions. There's work yet to be done.

 

Michigan will tee off on another poor defense, this time 41-0

 

Ohio State @ Nebraska - Welcome to the B1G, Nebraska! Oh what's that? You weren't expecting a good team? Tough luck. The defense looked pathetic against Wilson and Co., surrendering 486 yards and forcing just 1 turnover. And Taylor Martinez looked as bad as I thought he might. Wisconsin forced him to pass and he obliged, throwing 3 INTs. The good news out of all this though? They get Ohio State.

 

Which brings me to the never ending saga in Columbus. Just when they thought things would get a little easier and the Buckeyes would gain some weapons, they all get further suspended for at least the Nebraska game. And the egg they laid at home against MSU was historically bad, mustering just 178 total yards on offense. Things won't be better this weekend as they travel to a team that's hungry for revenge.

 

Nebraska gets back to it's winning ways, and it'll be bad. 38-7.

 

Next Best 3

 

1. Oklahoma vs. Texas - The good ole Red River Rivalry, and OU's likely biggest test of the season. Texas is a good team, but OU is a great team. OU gets another statement win, one that might push them closer to #1 in the polls. OU wins 27-17.

 

2. Florida @ LSU - When is LSU not playing a ranked team? The good news is this team isn't as talented as people think and was just badly exposed by 'Bama. LSU uses that blue print to cruise to another victory, 31-13.

 

3. Auburn @ Arkansas - These two teams are very good teams, but are more known for the whoopings they've taken at the hands of LSU and 'Bama. One school is taking a serious step back this week, and I think it's Auburn. Arkansas wins 24-20.
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October 7, 2011  12:02 PM ET
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Woah, woah, woah. Michigan 41-0 over NU? That's a bit much.No team in the Big Ten has swings like Illinois. One year their battling to stay out of the cellar, the next they're in Rose Bowl contention.November 19 is looking like a much bigger game than previously expected for the Badgers.

I really don't think Northwestern has the defense to stop Michigan at all. They may end up with a touchdown and/or a FG, but it won't be much. Michigan found a defense this year

October 7, 2011  12:36 PM ET

Woah, woah, woah. Iowa 27-7 over PSU? That's a bit much.

PSU gave up 7, 27 (to top 2 Alabama), 10, 6, and 10. Iowa hasn't played anyone with a defense to date. I can see 20-10 max. But I still have hope that the PSU offense wakes up just a little.

PSU 17-13.

October 7, 2011  12:41 PM ET

IN addition, Penn State had an interception at the Indiana 1, another with a lost fumble at the Hoosiers 2. While 16 points is low, it could have easily been 30+ with 464 yards of offense. That is fixable.

After all you only thought PSU would win by 3 against Eastern Michigan.

October 7, 2011  02:05 PM ET
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IN addition, Penn State had an interception at the Indiana 1, another with a lost fumble at the Hoosiers 2. While 16 points is low, it could have easily been 30+ with 464 yards of offense. That is fixable.After all you only thought PSU would win by 3 against Eastern Michigan.

And they blew them out. It's reverse psychology. You should be thanking me

 
October 10, 2011  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

And they blew them out. It's reverse psychology. You should be thanking me

Thank you!

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