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Big Ten Picks and Predictions, Week 8: ALL ROADS LEAD TO PANDEMONIUM

Picks, predictions, time, TV, spreads, odds, lines, and other SEO-friendly words for this week’s Big Ten football action. Yes, Penn State and Michigan are playing.

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Maryland Terrapins at wisconsin badgers (-24)

11am | FOX

SU: wisconsin, 16-1 || ATS: Maryland, 11-6

James Snyder: Wisconsin, though the line seems excessive.

Andrew Kraszewski: Someone may have overstated Myrrhland's ability to keep base with a superior opponent last week, no idea who. But wisco ain't OSU. Terps cover, don't win.

Thumpasaurus: not sure where maryland's points are gonna come from. wisconsin by many.

Candystripes: Roll Damn Badgers.

BigRedTwice: Wisconsin, because this is 2017 and everything is terrible all the time.

Stewmonkey13: 24 points is too many to swallow when WI is perfectly capable of stumbling along and allowing Maryland to hang around.

MNWildcat: 31-7 is a push in this one, so I’ll say wisconsin wins 30-7.

Iowa Hawkeyes (-1) at Northwestern Wildcats

11am | ESPN2

SU: Iowa, 10-7

Kitty Hawk.

AK: I'll take the Fightin' Fitzes in what essentially is a pick'em.

Thump: Nate Stanley > Clayton Thorson. Iowa wins.

Candy: But seriously, why is there actually a spread on this game? Is 1 point really going to make any difference? Iowa by at least a field goal.

BRT: Iowa, because this is 2017 and everything is terrible all the time.

Stew: Not gonna lie, seeing jNW dink and dunk down the field against Maryland gave me some bad flashbacks to Brett Basanez. Hopefully that was just a one off and jNW goes back to good ole reliable speed options.

MNW: Per my time on the Pants Party Podcast, I’m apparently sitting on this one at Iowa 27, Northwestern 24. This won’t be fun. Stupid coin flips.

Purdue Boilermakers (-9.5) at rutger Scarlet Knights

11am | BTN

SU: Purdue, 16-1 | ATS: Purdue, 13-4


JS: First Illinois, then Rutgers, THEN THE WORLD. Thought I might take rutgers and the points.

AK: Congrats to Chris Ash on getting off the B1G schneid. Choo Choo covers.

Thump: It's not gonna be the epic that was promised, but it still might be more competitive than Illinutgers. Still, Purdue covers.

Candy: As funny as it would be for the 'Gers to pull a reverse harboring, it's not happening. They'll also just barely miss covering.

BRT: Purdue, you'd better win this, or you're going to undo all the goodwill you've built up this season.

Stew: I kinda expect Purdue to win by 20+. rutger is going to be coming down after that program changing win against Illinois.

MNW: Someone cared enough last week to compile my picks and inform me that I’m a Purdue hater. So let’s steer into the skid, goddamit. rutger, 35-31.

Indiana Hoosiers at #18 Michigan State Spartans (-6)

2:30pm || ABC

SU: Michigan State, 15-2 | ATS: Michigan State, 13-4


JS: Indiana falls flat on their faces after shooting their wad and failing against Michigan.

AK: GIMME DAT SPIT, Spartans cover

Thump: Close but no cigar. IU covers.

Candy: Believing in IU only causes me pain, so I fully expect us to get blown out. The only question is by how much.

BRT: Candy has convinced me that Indiana will never win a big game, or even a big-ish game. So MSU it is.

Stew: This is going to be an ugly rock fight, and Indiana will lose in heartbreaking fashion.


Illinois Fighting Illini at Minnesota Golden Gophers (-14)

2:30pm || hopefully BTN

SU: Minnesota, 17-0 | ATS: Minnesota, 11-6

JS: WHO CARES? Ok, I'll take Minnesota.

AK: I'm assuming last week is enough for Fleck to roll with Demry Croft; assuming that's the case, Gophs cover.

Thump: nopenopenopenope.gif

Candy: Way to kick Thump while he's down, Goldy. How rude.

BRT: Minny, but wouldn't it be funny if Illinois somehow won this?

Stew: I so very much want to Illinois to win this. And while Illinois is incapable of taking advantage of MN's complete lack of OL, I think MN's complete lack of secondary will likely hamper Jeff George Jr.'s ability to catch up to Tanner Lee's interception pace.

MNW: I don’t even fucking know anymore. Minnesota, 24-14.

#19 Michigan Wolverines at #2 Penn State Nittany Lions (-9.5)

6:30pm || ABC

SU; Penn State, 12-5 | Michigan, 9-8


JS: WHO CARES, PART 2? Penn State should win rather easily, but that line is awfully big. Then again, Michigan looked pretty awful against Indiana.

AK: ny way for both teams to lose? Michigan covers, PSU wins.

Thump: meatchicken straight up, the defense isn't that much worse than last year. dewit.

Candy: You know, it's been a while since we've had a 6-4 game around these parts.....

BRT: Penn State, probably, but what I do know is that the insufferability emanating from a stadium filled with these two fanbases is going to be detectable on radar.

Stew: PSU's defense outscores MI's offense.

MNW: Penn State, because this is 2017 and everything is terrible all the time. 17-10.


Road to Pandemonium!

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Let’s see how many votes for "meteor" we can get.

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