Last Week: I realize it was only Illinois, but this was clearly Ohio State's most complete game. They managed over 50 points for the fourth time this season (first for an OSU team), along with 567 yards of offense. The often criticized defense only permitted 170 yards to the Illini including just 74 on the ground. I am pretty sure the Illibuck had more yards than that. A quality win to head into the break week. As for our staff predictions, 6 individuals were 5-0, including two of our guest prognosticators, Cory and Josh. Coach Rick still paces the staff, but things have tightened a bit. With only four weeks to go in the season, it is still anyone's crown to claim.
This Week: With this being Ohio State's week off, it will give us an opportunity to look at an extra game. Our focus games begins on Thursday night as Florida State travels to always challenging Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech. Coach Beamer has the most victories for all active coaches, does he get another one over the Seminoles? ... The big game in the B1G will be played in Bloomington as Wisconsin needs a win to stay on track to return to Indy as the Leaders champion. Hard to believe but if Indiana can win out, they will go to the conference championship game and a chance to go to Pasadena ... Also from the former Western Conference, it's most recent additions, Penn State and Nebraska square off. Both teams are at the top of their respective divisions, but Penn State is only playing for pride. Will that be enough to overcome the Cornhuskers? ... Kansas State is still in the thick of the national title hunt and needs a win to keep pace with the other unbeatens. It will not be easy for them this week as the travel to Fort Worth to play TCU. Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson graduated from KSU in 1983 but I am sure he will not go easy on them this weekend ... Oregon State takes on Stanford in their last big game before finishing the regular season against the Ducks.
Here are our Week 11 Picks - Good Luck to All - Gregg
Florida State @ Virginia Tech
Bbaver: Pick: Florida State - Frank Beamer has jumped the shark.
Gregg: When Virginia Tech first moved to the ACC from the Big East, this was always one of the key match-ups in the conference. On top of that
it has always been hard to escape with a road win in Blacksburg on Thursday night games. But the Hokies are under performing in 2012 and FSU
is a last minute loss to the Wolpack from being part of the title game conversation. Florida State wins by 10.
Joe-S-U: Florida State over Va Tech - FSU should win easy but it will take a late score to finish off the Hokies in Virginia.
Dr. Mark: Florida state by 14- FSU in top ten in total offence and total defense. EJ Manuel 2nd in pass efficiency in country.
PJSBuck: You know what I think of ACC football (driveway dressing in January). This qualifies as my weekly,
“Who gives a sh@?)%$t game. Florida State by, oh who cares?
Pia Pete: You never know about this game. It always seems to be a good one.
FSU 21 - V Tech 17
Coach Rick: Even with this game being away for FSU, I like their odds of winning. I think they
learned a lot in their lose a couple weeks ago and come out on top by 17 points.
Steven: As OSU has an off week, I’m giving myself, (and all the readers out there as well), a break from my barely cogent analysis.
I’ll be back next week with something interesting to say. FSU 21-17.
Guest Picker - Josh Watson(21-4): I think the Va Tech team is in a bad year this year and will play this one competitive but I think Florida State
will come out on top and control the game. I will also point out that this may be the week that my streak of a winning record could end.
Guest Picker - Cory Steger(8-2): Before the season this looked like it would one of the ACC’s premier matchups. Now that Virginia Tech is 4-5
and behind Duke in the conference standings, it’s safe to say this won’t even be a game.
Florida State 35, Virginia Tech 14
FINAL: Florida State 28 Virginia Tech 22
Wisconsin @ Indiana
Bbaver: Pick: Wisconsin - but as Lee Corso says...closer than what the experts think.
Gregg: Badgers and Hoosiers, one team is 23rd in the country for passing offense, the other is 105th. One is 43rd in scoring, the other is 82nd. One has great coach, the other has Bielema. One is playing at home, the other is 14-13 on the road the past five years in spite of playing in
the last two Rose Bowls. The winner would be on track to play in Indy for the conference championship. I am going to go with the Hooisers
as they are playing well and Wisconsin is starting a new quarterback. Too bad they probably won't have 30,000 people at the game, at
least they have that Kettle Corn at the concession stands.
Joe-S-U: Wisconsin over Indiana- Has anyone in Bloomington noticed the Hoosiers could actually win their division?
But it's basketball season...
Dr. Mark: Wisconsin by 14- not much to say -Wisconsin will get some stuff this year by default. Will be rooting for Indiana,though,
to support my cousin Pat who exiled his boys to Bloomington for school'.
PJSBuck: Runner up for my Big Ten game of the week. See my editorial (click here) on the web site for me.
This is going to be a real nail biter with lots of action. I am going with Indiana in a perceived upset.
Pia Pete: I like Wisconsin suffer as much as TBGUN but I can't see the Hoosiers pulling this one off.
Wiskey 24 - IU 17
Coach Rick: With this win Wisconsin puts themselves in the driver’s seat to win the Leaders bid for the Big Ten Title game.
The hard part is they will then have the top two teams in the Leaders left on the schedule.
Steven: Indiana 33-17
Guest Picker - Josh Watson(21-4): This one is a an interesting one to call, but I think that Indiana still wants to prove that it is a contender,
but not this year. Wisconsin has the edge with the running game and I think that will be the big difference. Expect Indiana to compete,
but not pull through in the end.
Guest Picker - Cory Steger(8-2): Seriously, can you believe the Hoosiers are one game out of first place in the Leaders Division?
A win here puts them in the drivers seat for a trip to the conference championship game. And you know what? This Indiana alum
is glad to be on the bandwagon. Indiana, we’re all for you!
Indiana 31, Wisconsin 28
GameDay Pick - Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit both select Indiana.
FINAL: Wisconsin 62 Indiana 14
Penn State @ Nebraska
Bbaver: Pick: Nebraska - Huskers now looking like the favorite to be the Big Ten's BCS representative.
Gregg: Nebraska is playing very well this season, particularly at home. In both of their loses, they were on the road and without Burkhead. Otherwise they would be discussed more prominently nationally. The Lions on the other hand have done well under the circumstances
but they will be out-matched in Lincoln.
Joe-S-U: Nebraska over Penn State- Bucks took a lot of wind out of the Lions' sails.
Dr. Mark: Nebraska by-3 Penn State playing well but think Huskers will win at home-Martinez playing
well enough to win and Pelini has them believing they can win the close game.
PJSBuck: Big Ten Game of the Week for me. If this were in Happy Valley it would make the
pick harder but I think Big Red will get a handle on this and win decisively.
Nebraska 38 Penn State 21
Pia Pete: Big Ten Game of the Week.
Corn 33 - Kitties 31
Coach Rick: I think that Nebraska will use its home field advantage to win this game. By winning the game mean
NE will have played against all the top teams in the conference with only one loss to Ohio State.
Steven: Nebraska 17-10
Guest Picker - Josh Watson(21-4): I am not sure 100% why, but I am going with my gut feeling on this one. Penn State is growing and
McGloin is doing everything he needs to for the Penn State offense. Every game for Penn State is a bowl game, and playing this one
on the road will be a big time atmosphere. I think Penn State will want to win this game, and spoil the Huskers' run. If I am wrong,
then ok, expect a Wisconsin-Nebraska rematch in Indy.
Guest Picker - Cory Steger(8-2): Since I’ve already picked two upsets, might as well go with a third, right? Sorry, not going to be that
old this week. The Cornhuskers seemed to have finally discovered who they are and have quietly become a very good football team.
While Penn State’s mid-season resurgence was impressive to see, this is still a football team with holes on it.
Nebraska 38, Penn State 17
GameDay Pick - Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit both select Nebraska.
FINAL: Nebraska 32 Penn State 23
Kansas State @ TCU
Bbaver: Pick: Kansas State - Could be a close one if Klein can't go, but I like K State regardless
Gregg: Phil Steele rate Kansas State no better than 6th in their pre-season magazine. I guess you can't get them all right Phil. The Wildcats
have taken charge of the Big 12 this year and are still playing for a title shot. TCU have some nice wins this season and will make it tough
for K-State at home (home team is 4-1 in this series) but will come up just short.
Joe-S-U: Kansas St. over TCU- 'Cats have a couple of tough, close wins to their credit (Oklahoma, Iowa St.), but they've had the petal
down the last 3 weeks. This'll be a tall task if Klein can't go for any significant length of time, but K-State will be fine if their other
offensive playmakers contribute. TCU has won their last 3 games against Top 10 teams
Dr. Mark: Kansas State by 7 - should be good game, a lot of people expect KSU to lose soon but I'll stick with them, very balanced.
PJSBuck: Should be a fun and entertaining game to watch. There will be a lot of action in this game so don’t go anywhere.
HOWEVER, with K-State’s QB out this probably will be very close. I am going with the upset and pick TCU.
A lot of reasons, just think they will put it together. TCU 47 K-State 31
Pia Pete: K-State has a tough go at it but keeps the National Championship in sight.
KSU 28 - TCU 21
Coach Rick: The question here is who is going to play quarterback for KSU? I do not think KSU will score the points
they are use to this weekend, but the defense helps a lot to allow them to remain number two in my polls.
Steven: KSU 41-24.
Guest Picker - Josh Watson(21-4): This one will be a close one, and a team with purple should win. I think Kansas State is on a roll and
will not overlook this game but find it to be a bit harder of a game to win. Klein has done well, and hopefully he will be ok for this game
after leaving in the 3rd quarter against Ok. State.
Guest Picker - Cory Steger(8-2): It’ll be interesting to see how much Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein plays in this game. The Wildcats
need him to remain undefeated and in the hunt to play in the national championship game, and a big game here could also solidify Klein’s
Heisman chances as well. If Klein is healthy and plays all game, TCU won’t be able to keep it close.
Kansas State 42, TCU 24
GameDay Pick - David Pollack , Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit all select Kansas State.
FINAL: Kansas State 23 TCU 10
Oregon State @ Stanford
Bbaver: Pick: Stanford - Close call here...will have to go with the home team.
Gregg: Stanford has had a good season sans Luck but doesn't really have a signature win. And no it is clear that beating the
pre-season #1 Trojans is not a big win. The Beavers should have just enough to sneak out with a win.
Joe-S-U: Stanford over Oregon St.- Wow, a pair of Pac-12 teams who are both in the Top 5 of the country in rushing defense?
When did defense become part of the equation out there? Cardinal gets the nod in Palo'
Dr. Mark: Stanford by 3 - Both teams start back-up QBs since start of season-- OSU has wide open offense
but Stanford has more recent big game experience.
PJSBuck: Great PAC 12 game, especially in Stanford. I will go with Stanford as they are still riding the Harbaugh coattails.
Stanford 38 Oregon State 35
Pia Pete: Barnburner of the week.
OSU 55 - Stanford 53
Coach Rick: I think both teams match up evenly. This means I have to with what
I think looks like the better defense and that belongs to Stanford.
Steven: Oregon State 48-35.
Guest Picker - Josh Watson(21-4): This is an upset game. I Think Oregon State is a good team, but I think playing this game away from home,
and Stanford who is still wanting a big win and prove its shot for the PAC-12 title. I think this one being at Stanford is an advantage for the Cardinal, but I do see this one being close.
Guest Picker - Cory Steger(8-2): Out of all the games this week, this game could end up not only being the closest, but also being the best.
Oregon State is still hoping for a shot at a BCS Bowl, but the road must go through Stanford first. Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion
is a vet and Cardinal quarterback Josh Nunes is prone to mistakes. However, Stanford is incredibly good at home so in a close one
it’s going to be the Cardinal this week.
Stanford 28, Oregon State 24
GameDay Pick - David Pollack and Lee Corso picks Oregon State, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit select Stanford.
FINAL: Stanford 27 Oregon State 23
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