Week eight over/unders are up and that means MGoBlog's 238947324th best weekly post is back. Last week: Wisconsin (+2.5) upset Purdue, while the over (50) was the correct call, Iowa (+10) pulled off an upset in EL, with the under (41) being the good call. Northwestern (-3.5) covered easily in Minneapolis but the teams failed to score 50, IU (+17) covered easily against Ohio and the over (60) looks like easy money in hindsight. In case anyone forgot, Michigan (-23.5) destroyed the spread; with no help from Illinois, the under (49.5) was the right call.
This week, from covers.com, we have:
Minnesota @ Wisconsin (-17.5 +/-45)
Purdue @ Ohio (-14.5 +/- 62)
Michigan State @ Michigan (-10.5 +/-45)
Nebraska @ Northwestern (+7 +/- 62
Indiana @ Navy (-3.5 +/-56.5)
Penn State @ Iowa (-3 +/-41)
I think the over in Columbus is low, considering Meyer will run up the score when he can and Luke Fickell is doing his best Gerg impersonation. I think IU might beat Navy straight up, and Wisconsin will be interesting; is their new life on offense for real? With the Penn State game now included, I'll say the under there looks good. From what I saw last week, Iowa played good defense and PSU's offense has been shaky (the same could be said about the reverse).
As always, what are your picks this week? Check out how you did last week here.
Watch this terrific video of Beno Cook's CFB insights, especially the last minute.
(SIAP. I did not see anything like it on the board.)
semi-OT: Columbus sports radio makes offensive tweet about Desmond Howard, joins Luke Fickell's pizza boy in the penalty box
Never a dull moment in America's number one evolutionary anthopology lab. To recap (other information is on 11w and other sources if you're actually interested in following up on this kerfuffle):
Torg (of Columbus 97.1 FM sports radio fame 'Common Man and the Torg' tweets that he wishes Desmond Howard would get fired or die so he could watch GameDay again.
Herbstreit comes to Desmond Howard's defense on Columbus station 97.1 Monday with a long and indignant rant calling out the Torg without actually mentioning Torg by name.
Common Man mentions on Monday's show later that afternoon that co-host Torg is "resting" and will return later. He also has some choice words for Fake Buckeyes that did not explicitly mention any well-coiffed former OSU quarterbacks who happened to wear no. 4 and got knocked out in the 1991 Heisman game.
Pass the popcorn and/or Iacono's pizza.
I was listening to Dan Patrick this morning talk about the news coming out on The Honey Badger in the upcoming SI.
Hopefully this kid gets his head on straight before its too late. He was so much fun to watch last year. He just makes plays.
MSU's depth chart was just released for this week, and one thing that really stands out is the fact that Dion Sims is nowhere to be found. Think this is just a bit of gamesmanship from Dantonio, or do you really think he won't be playing? Kittredge is also ahead of Reynolds at DT which is a changeup. Anything else surprising?
SO over at Tremendous they have an interview up with 2014 OL Denzel Ward. He is listed at 6'9" 285 with strong interest in Michigan. He was at the Illinois game and hung out the entire time with LTT. Tremendous seems to think that a commitment could come soon as he is coming back this weekend. The link is below and worth a look. I think Tremendous does a great job, so giving them some pub is something I dont mind doing.