Week 9 Big 10 College Football Picks & Predictions

Let’s take a look at the rest of the Big Ten games (besides the big Michigan State @ Nebraska game that we covered earlier) slated for October 29, 2011 and at the end I will give you my thoughts on any bowl possibilities for the league.

Illinois @ Penn State

The Fighting Illini will travel to Happy Valley to challenge the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Illinois lost a game that they should never have lost to Purdue earlier this month. Purdue is considered to be quite inferior to them while PSU must continue their winning ways for a chance to get a place at the table for the Big Ten Championship Game. The weather may be a factor with light snow or sleet on the way. This may affect the passing game of Nathan Scheelhase for the Illini and force them to hand the ball to either Jason Ford or Troy Pollard neither have been sure things for Illinois. Penn State features Matt Mc Gloin and Silas Redd who hook up often on the ground for score. The Nittany Lions have the upper hand in this game and cover the –5 point spread with a win.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

Ohio State has true freshman Braxton Miller leading the way as he hands the ball to senior running back Dan “Boom” Herron. Herron has scored in 13 straight games and finds his team 19-1 in games where he garners at least 55 yards on the ground. The Buckeyes are stingy on defense and are #12 in the country by allowing only 16 points per game.

Something has to give as the Badgers are #5 in the nation in scoring with 47 points per game and are 8th in rushing with 252 yards per game. Monte Bell leads the team and the nation with 16 points per game and 109 yards rushing per game. Quarterback Russell Wilson leads the Big Ten and is second nationally in passer efficiency (204.9). He has completed 109 of 149 pass attempts for 1,780 yards with 16 TDs and three interceptions. We aren’t sure if Ohio State has enough in them to win this game – but we are willing to pick Ohio State +7 as our prediction. Take the points!

Iowa at Minnesota

Minnesota has no real offense to build from and rank #100 in defense to make them a team unlikely to win anything. The Hawkeyes are a solid upper tier team and will win this match easily as James Vandenberg adds to his 1700+ yards in the air. Go with Iowa –15.

Northwestern @ Indiana

The Wildcats come in at 2-5 on the season and give up 425 yards per game to their opponents. The Hoosiers are 1-7 for 2011 and allow 438 yards per game. No defense gives the edge to Northwestern to win the game by a couple of touchdowns and cover -8.

Purdue @ Michigan

The Boilermakers were able to knock off the Illini for a big win for their program but let’s face it, they are still not a very good team. They have not proven anything on the road and their rushing game is not very potent. Michigan has the gun with Denard Robinson and his 1253 yards passing, 762 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns. This game shouldn’t be close as the Woverines -13 is the pick.

EARLY BIG 10 BOWL PICKS:

  • Rose Bowl- Wisconsin
  • Fiesta Bowl- Michigan
  • Gator Bowl- Penn State
  • Outback Bowl- Michigan State
  • Ticket City Bowl- Ohio State
  • Insight Bowl- Illinois
  • Meineke Bowl – Iowa

Stevie Vincent is the former Executive Editor of the scorephone Tailgate Parties, which were the reports every gambler flocked to in the pre-Internet days. A pro gambler since 1993, his picks went public in 2007. He is the founder of groundbreaking forensic sports handicapping.

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