Big! Game! Predictions!

Man, I am old enough to remember when the folks who were against having a playoff in FBS college football said doing so would render the regular season less important. Yet, here we are in the second weekend of November and we’re on the eve of the biggest Saturday of any regular season I can remember. Everybody knows this by now, but it’s worth repeating: 12 teams in the playoff committee’s top-17 teams go head-to-head on Saturday. It’s a completely nuts schedule. How do we call these showdowns? I’m glad you asked, let’s run the down….. OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE. MSU -3.5, O/U 55.5 College Gameday is in East Lansing. The noon ESPN window features Wisconsin-Purdue and Minnesota-Iowa. Wow. For a network that allegedly has an SEC bias, they sure are shoving a bunch of Big Ten down our throats. Maybe I’m just snarky and bitter, having grown tired of watching Michigan’s rivals continue to boss the Big 10 in record form. Let’s just blame every negative mood swing over the next year on that, deal? Glad we worked that out.  But really it’s hard not to be impressed by what these clubs have done. Ohio State is on a 20-game regular season Big  10

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Election Day! Vote MACtion!

WE MADE IT! MACTION IS BACK. Election Day? Pfffft. My President (and Senate) is MACtion. Over the next four weeks, your midweek football experience comes mostly from the Mid American Conference. Don’t you dare call it the Big 10 Lite. Nope. It’s MACTION, an entertainment all its own. Here’s a quick peak at tonight’s two games. Bowling Green at Akron. Lines, Akron -3.5, Over/Under 60.5 We begin with what amounts to the MAC Eastern Division Championship Game. Bowling Green comes into the game with a 3-1 record, while Akron is 2-2. Nobody else in this division has less than three losses. A Falcon loss moves them two games ahead of Akron, with three to play and the head-to-head tiebreaker. Translation: A Bowling Green win all but sews up this division barring a total late season collapse. An Akron win knots the teams up in the league standings and with tie breaker in hand, it would be the Zips in the driver’s seat for the rest of the month. They wouldn’t be able to afford a loss to remain on the inside track, but their closing kick of UMass, Buffalo and Kent State are a combined 3-10 in league play. They would be heavy favorites to

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Iowa Hawkeyes: Another Day, Another Double Digit Upset Loss

It was just another Saturday afternoon of Iowa football. Another day, another game of less than 200 passing yards.  Another day, another failed third down draw on a scoring drive. Another day, another fourth quarter punt from inside the opponents 40-yard-line. Another day, another critical third down pass play delivered short of the sticks.  Oh, Iowa threw in some new wrinkles. They had a player ejected for targeting. At one point, they trotted two field goal kickers out on to the field, unsure who they really wanted trying to attempt the game tying kick. Coach Kirk Ferentz provided the final cherry on top by calling timeout, negating a missed Iowa State field goal at the buzzer. Of course, when the teams finally did line up for that final play, the kick sailed right down the middle for the winning points. Another day, another bad loss to Iowa State, the Hawks fifth in the last seven years. More notably, it was another day, another loss by Iowa as double digit favorites. That was the 12th time since 2006 that Iowa has lost outright as such heavy favorites. To compare, Michigan, as mediocre as it has become for the Maize and Blue, have not done that since losing

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