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Big Ten Pick'em: Week 7

Since it's not going to last much longer, we might as well brag. Bucky's 5th Quarter is tied for first in the Big Ten Bloggers Pick'em standings after six weeks. Here are the standings:

Standings Pts
1 Gopher Nation 66
1 Bucky's 5th Qtr 66
3 Michigan Sports Center 64
3 Black Shoes Diaries (RUTS) 64
5 Maize N Brew 63
5 Happy Hour Valley 63
5 Nittany White Out 63
8 Gopher Football Blog 58
8 Buck Bravo 58
8 OSU Silver Bullet 58
11 Boiled Sports 57
11 The Only Colors 57
13 Crimson Quary 56
13 Zombie Nation 56
15 Maize and Blue Nation 55
15 Buckeye Battle Cry 55
15 Lake the Posts 55
18 The Buckeye Blog 53
19 Hammer and Rails 51
19 Eleven Warriors 51
21 The Nittany Line 48
22 Sparty MSU 45


Let's see if we can keep it going:

Wisconsin 17, Iowa 13
Iowa's defensive line is a problem for the Badgers after seeing what Ohio State's D-line did last week against UW. But it will help Wisconsin's young offensive line to see a similar type rush two weeks in a row. Back at home, the Badgers won't make the mistakes that turned a should-be win into an 18-point loss last week. I'm still going by my theory that Bielema doesn't lose at home unless he is playing teams that are clearly better than his, and any team with Ricky Stanzi at quarterback is not "clearly" better than the Badgers.

Michigan State 30, Northwestern 24
As I predicted, the Spartans are back on track and Northwestern continues to be unimpressive on offense. The Kitty Cats won't keep up with MSU in East Lansing, Mich.

Michigan 45, Delaware State 14
Don't ask me why, but I once saw Delaware State play Marquette in basketball. The Hornets weren't very good at basketball and they aren't very good at football either, averaging only 14 points per game.

Ohio State 24, Purdue 21
I got this weird feeling telling me this one will be closer than we might think. Still, I'm taking the Buckeyes over a Purdue team that has lost five in a row.

Penn State 27, Minnesota 24
Eric Decker will get his touches (and points) as usual and the Gophers' offense should be able to keep up with the Lions. The difference is on defense, where Penn State will come up with a key fourth quarter stop and a big turnover.

Illinois 31, Indiana 24
I just flipped a coin. No, seriously.

Last Week: 7-0
2009 Record: 38-7