Big Ten Week #2 Picks
Posted September 9th, 2011
After posting a 12-0 record in week #1, I humbly ask for the title of "pope of college football" to move from Beano Cook to me. Ok, so picking Big Ten games isn't exactly difficult in Sept and the Go-go Gophers near upset of USC was too close for comfort. Otherwise, the winners and even scoring margin were near perfect. The Big Ten avoided embarassing itself, and this week have a chance to make a statemenbt with marqee games at home. The long road ahead starts wit...
Big Ten Week #1 picks
Posted September 1st, 2011
It is finally here! Football season in general and Big Ten football specifically!! I love college football and Big Ten football all the more...Who will claim Midwest dominiance this fall? What programs take steps forward and which ones fall behind? This year there will be a new team (Nebraske) and two new divisions that will play for the right to win a spot in the first ever Big ten Championship Game (formerly known as "the Game" between OSU and Michigan!!) ...
Big Ten Football Picks (Week 5)
Posted October 8th, 2010
Paige reasserted herself last week with a 5-1 mark, and pulls into the lead. Steve is 34-7 on the young season and Paige has a game advantage at 35-6. The Big Ten had a great opening weekend with Iowa and Michigan State winning huge home games and seemingly declaring their intention to run for the Roses. When Illinois held OSU in check, the rest of the conference saw some hope. Michigan's defense will ensure the Wolverines play exciting football games throughout the f...
Big Ten Weekly Football Picks (week #4)
Posted October 2nd, 2010
Big Ten play gets underways and every team in the league (except Purdue) gets a chance to make a statement. Some need a reality check (Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern) others can stake a championship claim (OSU, Wisconsin, Sparty, Iowa, and Penn State) while Illinos and Minnesota can save their seasons with upsets at home. NAtional game of the week is the SEC tilt between Alabama and Florida.
Weekly Big Ten Football Picks–#3
Posted September 20th, 2010
Didn't get these updated to Blog, but they were in hand before kickoff...I left off the comments. But suffice it to say, I'M BACK!!!. 12-0 this week picked up two games on Paige who missed on Notre Dame and Iowa. So that means the running total is:
Weekly Big Ten Football Picks–#2
Posted September 10th, 2010
Week two is "Statement Week" for the conference. Putting the top three marquee names up against Miami Fl, Notre Dame, and Miami is pretty cool. Can Penn State slow down Bama, or more specifically, can they move the ball? Does OSU have an answer for southern speed? Can Michigan really be staring a 5-0 start in the eye? Add the Battle for Iowa and an interesting in-state clash between NW and ISU and it could be the best of times for a proud conference. ...
Big Ten Football Picks Recap
Posted September 7th, 2010
Few things in my life are as humbling as admitting that my wife knows more about football than me. Despite my passion for the game from 4th grade on, my participation in, spectating of, and obsessing about the game for most of my lifetime, she continues to amaze me at her shrewd insight, feel for dominance and inspiringly practical approach to determining winners and losers. I would rather she just picks based on the prettiness of the uniforms. Anyway, Paige went 12-0 in the fi...
Weekly Big Ten Football Picks–Week #1
Posted September 2nd, 2010
The world of sports is a magnificent playground where both the insane and the glorious can take each other's place. No where is that more magnified than in college athletics, and supreme in the genre is the Big Ten conference football season. The game was defined here and its traditions anchored here. It has evolved, stood firm, and year after year the majestic mix of state pride, autumn colors, the coming winter, and football collide. If you love it like I love ...
Big Ten Football Preview 2010
Posted July 22nd, 2010
The 2010 Big Ten football season promises to be a pivotal season for the most prestigious, if bruised, college football conference. With the horizon promising new additions (Nebraska, for sure; others likely) this season might be one where the reputation of the Big Ten gets restored. But it will take a magical mix of things going right. The best conference claim needs to include several factors:
Dominance--You've got to have a team that, at best, is undefeated, likely d...