Well it’s been a week. But hey, it’s Saturday, and college football is back – so that’s something. Let’s make some B1G picks, shall we?
Rutgers @ MSU (-15.5)
It’s the battle of the B1G basement as both these teams enter the day at 0-6 in conference play. A year removed from the College Football Playoff, it’s hard to fathom how Sparty has looked so downright brutal. I think Michigan State gets back on track here, but hard to see them covering this many points. Pick: Rutgers +15.5
Penn State (-7.5) @ Indiana
Penn State all of a sudden looks like the real deal, as they sit at #10 in the CFP rankings. I think Indiana is overrated and has been all year. Pick: PSU -7.5
OSU (-29.5) @ Maryland
Ohio State needs to keep winning, and winning big, to keep their Playoff hopes alive. I see them winning big against the Terrapins. Pick: OSU -29.5
Illinois @ Wisconsin (-26.5)
With three games left to go in the year, Wisconsin is in control of the B1G West and their own destiny if they can win out. They’ve worked through the meat of their ridiculously tough schedule, with only the Paul Bunyan Axe game left against Minnesota looking like somewhat of a challenge. I think Wisco wins this one easily, but doesn’t cover that high spread – they’re not one to blow teams out. Pick: Illinois +26.5
Minnesota @ Nebraska (-7)
A few games ago Nebraska had the whole world in their hands, sitting in the top ten of the CFP rankings and in control of their destiny. What a difference a few weeks makes – they lost a tight one at Wisconsin, and then got absolutely pummeled in a 62-3 loss against the Buckeyes last week. But I like them in a bounceback game this week. Glad to hear Tommy Armstrong is ok after things looked pretty bleak for a while last Saturday. Pick: Nebraska -7
Michigan (-22.5) @ Iowa
This is the game I had the hardest time picking. Iowa CIty is not an easy place to play, but Michigan is not an easy team to play. I know the Hawkeye fans will be going nuts in a night game, but their team looked brutal in a blowout loss to Penn State last week. Michigan is due for at least one game to be close, right?? Well, maybe not. At the end of the day, you have to trust in Harbaugh, who has showed all year he’s not afraid to pour it on teams and cover huge spreads. Pick: Michigan -22.5
Northwestern (-14) @ Purdue
After a terrible start to the season, the ‘Cats have redeemed themselves pretty well and sit at .500 in B1G play. We could certainly have won in Columbus a few weeks ago, but got outplayed last week in Evanston against the Badgers. If we can pull out this game, we just need to win one of the last two to go to a crappy bowl game. I think the ‘Cats offense is much improved, but still don’t trust Mick McCall. I also think this Purdue QB David Blough is pretty talented, and that worries me against our depleted secondary. ‘Cats win but don’t cover in West Lafayette. Pick Purdue +14
Elsewhere in the country:
- I like Oklahoma -17 at home against Baylor. Baylor is an absolute mess, on and off the field, and OU still has an outside look at one of the CFP spots.
- In the Pac12 after dark tonight, give me Washington State -17 at home against Cal. I’ve made a lot of money betting against Cal all year – their D is atrocious.