And the winner of the 2011 Obligatory Predictions Competition is... Downfall He picked an impressive 244 games right out of a possible 296, or 82.4%, and takes home a $50.00 gift certificate courtesy of Gameday Depot. Please take a second to congratulate our winner, and thanks to everyone for playing.
He's next... Final BCS and B1G Bowl Projections: BCS: LSU v. Alabama Rose: Wisconsin v. Oregon Fiesta: Oklahoma State v. Stanford Sugar: Michigan v. West Virginia Orange: Clemson v. TCU CapOne: Nebraska v. South Carolina Outback: Georgia v. Michigan State Insight: Penn State v. Oklahoma Gator: Ohio State v. Florida Texas: Iowa v. Texas A&M TicketCity: Purdue v. SMU Pizza: Northwestern v. Toledo Kraft Fight Hunger: Illinois v. UCLA Queso: Minnesota and Indiana
You can see more shots here. The trophy is nice. Unlike the Cy-Hawk debacle earlier this year, it's obviously a football trophy. It's obvious the two teams involved. And, importantly, the game sponsor, (local grocery chain Hy-Vee) is not mentioned on the actual trophy. That's good for continuity. It's not Floyd of Rosedale, but it's not the Land-Grant Trophy either. It'll work.
After being touted at the start of the season, BTN2Go is now a live working product. As of yesterday, you can download it from the iTunes App Store. This will be helpful on Saturday as you have Iowa-Purdue on your television and Michigan State-Indiana on your iPhone/iPad. Good times. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.
In light of this week's difficult events, and the amount of time I've spent watching coverage instead of tending to site responsibilities, there will be no on-site picks for Week 11 of the Obligatory Predictions Competition. You can still go onto Yahoo! to enter the competition. It's going to be one strange Saturday.
We had a request for more Ohio State content, so here is Brutus getting beaten down by the Ohio Bobcat as the Ohio State football team Tebows in awe. Think of this as a Tuesday open thread to discuss whatever B1G Things are on your mind.
What is wrong with Minnesota? OK, lots of things, but what's up with this? Iowa came in for their walk through today, and the players were surprised that Minnesota already had the halftime score from tomorrow's game up on the JumboTron. Seriously, Gophers, if you can't believe in yourself, why would anyone else?
Welcome to the extra value edition of the Obligatory Predictions Competition. Yours truly is getting his ass handed to him at work compliments of one colossal document review. That means we're packing a bit lite this week. Before we get to the predictions, let's recognize our Week 8 winner, dandarc who takes the $10.00 gift certificate from Gameday Depot. Be on the lookout for an e-mail with details on how to claim your prize. Okay, onto the picks... 1. No. 11 MICHIGAN STATE @ No. 14 NEBRASKA Graham predicts NEBRASKA I pick MSU to lose weekly…and naturally they win. I felt like I had reasons to pick against the Spartans each week (OSU-great defense, ND beat MSU…Michigan-Wolverines have a great offense…Wisk-#4 team in the nation)…so I’m guessing the Spartan faithful don’t want me to change my pattern. Nebraska wins at home, throwing the B1G back into a mess of 1 conference loss teams. Jon predicts MICHIGAN STATE No, no, no Graham. The Spartan defense is the real deal. I just don't see how an one-dimensional Nebraska offense scores enough points to win. 2. PURDUE @ No. 18 MICHIGAN Graham predicts MICHIGAN Michigan can get beat by good defensive squads and Purdue can beat above .500 teams. Would I really take the steps to pick Purdue though? At the Big House? Nah. Michigan wins. Jon predicts MICHIGAN The late-loss to Michigan State looks a lot better after last week. The Wolverines are well rested from the bye and are ready to make a run at a BCS at large bid. 3. NORTHWESTERN @ INDIANA Graham predicts INDIANA You want to pick NW because preseason cognitive dissonance still tells you that NW is a 7-8 win team. I want to pick Indiana because I feel like NW is a) no good and b) it’s an away game. Who would have ever thought this game would be a toss-up? Shut up. This game is always a nailbiter. Indiana at home. Jon predicts NORTHWESTERN You're picking Indiana? Really? I'm going with the Wildcats on principle. 4. ILLINOIS @ No. 19 PENN STATE Graham predicts PENN STATE Easy pick with the PSU defense and with the Illini flailing. PSU at home, is nasty too. Remember how this game last year signified a ton for both schools (PSU wouldn’t be exceptional, Illinois was on the up and up?). Things done changed. PSU wins. Jon predicts PENN STATE Ron Zook can't coach. Tom Bradley can. Lions at home. 5. No. 15 WISCONSIN @ OHIO STATE Graham predicts WISCONSIN So much rides on this game and it would be so easy, so easy to pick OSU at home. I mean can’t you just FEEL a 20-17 OSU win, with a defensive touchdown and genuine smashmouth gameplan? ME too. But I’m an idiot, so I try not to listen to myself. Wisky on the road. Jon predicts WISCONSIN Had Wisconsin not lost a heartbreaker last week I'd be tempted to take the home favorites. I just don't think there's any chance the Badgers aren't locked and loaded and Ohio State is too run-oriented to go tit for tat. Get your picks in 5 minutes before the start of each game.