Alright folks. Let's talk about this weekend' Big 10 games.......wait, unless you want another thread discussing our Defense. You dont want one of those? Ok, then, this might be the thread for you.
I want to hear people's take on this week's league slate. Personally, I think the Underdogs look good. I am leaning towards all four of them right now.
Illini +7.5 over MSU (at MSU)
Minny +5 over Purdue (at Purdue)
UM +3.5 vs Iowa (at UM)
Wisco +4.5 vs OSU (at Wisco)
Thoughts? Breakdowns? Which one of these would be your mother-in-law pick, meaning its such a safe bet you'd bet your MIL's money on the game?
Regarding the first two, the Illini and Gophers have been money catching points. Illini have covered 7 in row when catching points. MSU is always a sketchy play at home against the number and are 4-8 the week after UM.
With Michigan, its just a hunch that Denard will play better in the red zone. And, I think UM rebounds and outrushes Iowa. I love dogs who outrush the favorite. We've come full circle on this game. It originally opened at this number back in the summer, but the unveiling of Denard pushed MIchigan anywhere from -2 to -3 during the first few weeks of fall. This line has shifted 5.5 points from this time a week ago thanks to the results of one game.
I've thought all year OSU loses in MadTown. I might have been more confident of that back in the summer, than I am now, but I think this game will go down to the wire like their last contest in Madison two years ago. I'll take the 4.5-point head start.
I'd love to hear everyone's else thoughts.