The subtitle says it all. Here are our picks.
Northwestern at #21 Iowa
Max: I don’t believe in Iowa right now, but this is also one I had penned as a Northwestern win in the preseason. This offense is abysmal right now and Northwestern’s defense has been its strength all season. Northwestern 26, Iowa 16.
Jerry: I told yall and I told yall and I’ll tell yall again. Northwestern 24, Iowa 20.
MattReisener: Iowa has more talent on both sides of the ball, but no team in college football commits fewer penalties than Northwestern, so Iowa will need to play a mistake-free game if they hope to win. After the past two weeks, I’m not confident they can do that. Northwestern 24, Iowa 21
Ben: 31-10 Iowa
JPinIC: It would be so incredibly Iowa to play themselves out of the Big Ten West title and THEN figure their stuff out. Iowa 31, Northwestern 24
Mattcabel: This is classic Iowa: shit the bed, and then force others to lay in it. 24-17, Iowa, but I wish they would lose, tbh. It would make things easier for all of us.
Doug: I’m going to try the reverse jinx trick to get the Hawkeyes going. NU 21, Iowa 20
BoilerHawk: I never trust Kirk against Pat. 23-20, Northwestern
#10 Ohio State at #18 Michigan State
Max: If Rocky Lombardi were starting, I’d pick Sparty. He probably isn’t so I’ll take Ohio State. Buckeyes 24, Spartans 13.
Jerry: Ohio State needs to only have one loss going into the Michigan game. Despite having to travel to East Lansing, I think they get the job done by pouncing on the Spartans early. Give me the Buckeyes 34-20.
MattReisener: MSU should be able to slow down Ohio State’s running game, but they just don’t have the horses on offense to hang with the Buckeyes or the depth at receiver to exploit OSU’s weakness in the secondary. Ohio State 31, Michigan State 14
Ben: 17-15 Sparty
JPinIC: I still don’t believe Michigan State is very good. I also have my doubts about Ohio State. But I have no doubt Ohio State has more talent from a stars perspective. OSU 27, MSU 17
Mattcabel: My friend John is so disappointed with Michigan State football this year that he doesn’t even talk to me about it anymore. He thinks “Ohio State doesn’t struggle, and the game is in hand by the start of the fourth thanks to an efficient passing attack. 27-14, Buckeyes.”
Doug: I think OSU takes out it’s anger on MSU in the battle of the ‘SU’s. Ohio State 45, Michigan State 16
Boiler: Not here for this game tbh, 31-14, OSU
Wisconsin at #20 Penn State
Max: It doesn’t matter anymore, but Wisconsin will come out victorious just to knock Iowa down another peg in the standings.
Jerry: Man, I really don’t care about this matchup at all anymore… which is weird, because two weeks ago it was all I talked about when talking about Iowa’s chances of making it to Indy. I’d guess Penn State wins at home, say, 30-17.
MattReisener: You have to wonder if the physical toll of playing Iowa and Michigan in back-to-back weeks will show itself against Wisconsin, but the Badgers’ offense becomes far too easy to stop if Hornibrook can’t go. Penn State 28, Wisconsin 17
Ben: 31-10 Penn State
JPinIC: Funny what a couple weeks will do. This was supposed to be the matchup that got Iowa back into the Big Ten West lead. Instead, it’s just another game that Wisconsin loses. Penn State 34, Wisconsin 24
Mattcabel: Penn State is just the better team here. 31-21, Nittany Lions.
Doug: Penn State at home is too much for the Badgers. PSU 31, Wisky 20
Boiler: Wisconsin is bad? 41-30, PSU
Navy at #12 UCF
Max: Did you ever play Dance Dance Revolution? Just kinda got that IN THE NAVYYYYYYY song stuck in my head right now. Go Midshipmen. Navy 17, UCF 13.
Jerry: UCF keeps the winning streak and their Twitter conversation with themselves alive another week. UCF 42-30.
MattReisener: The one true national champion sinks the Midshipmen. UCF 45, Navy 27
Ben: 31-28 Navy
JPinIC: UCF is vastly overrated based purely on the fact they were good last year. But Navy isn’t any different than any of the other terrible teams they’ve played this year. UCF 38, Navy 24
Mattcabel: I would love for Navy to win here so we can stop talking about UCF but it won’t happen. 45-30, UCF.
Doug: Ditto what Mattcabel says.
Boiler: Please, Navy, end this hell. 28-27, Midshipmen