Predicting Every Single FBS College Football Game: Week 13

Record in Week 12: 33-17 (66% of games predicted correctly) To see my picks for week 12, click here.
For those paying attention closely, this is the second week in a row I went 33-17 with my picks. Strange.

Overall Record for the Season: 507-203

If you haven’t look at this week’s games yet, I’m afraid I have some bad news. They’re absolutely terrible. The two most exciting games on paper are Kansas State at West Virginia (on Thursday night), Arizona at Utah and USC at UCLA. Yuck! So if you want to spend this weekend getting some early Christmas shopping done or get some yard work done in lieu of watching these terrible games, then I don’t blame you one bit. But despite these terrible games I must pick them all!

Tuesday Nov. 18
Massachusetts @ Akron – Pick: Akron
Northern Illinois @ Ohio – Pick: Northern Illinois

Wednesday Nov. 19
Bowling Green @ Toledo – Pick: Bowling Green
Kent State @ Buffalo – Pick: Buffalo

Thursday Nov. 20
Kansas State @ West Virginia – Pick: Kansas State
North Carolina @ Duke – Pick: North Carolina
Arkansas State @ Texas State – Pick: Arkansas State

Friday Nov. 21
UTEP @ Rice – Pick: Rice
San Jose State @ Utah State – Pick: Utah State
Air Force @ San Diego State – Pick: Air Force

Saturday Nov. 22
Minnesota @ Nebraska – Pick: Minnesota
Kansas @ Oklahoma – Pick: Oklahoma
Penn State @ Illinois – Pick: Penn State
Rutgers @ Michigan State – Pick: Michigan State
Indiana @ Ohio State – Pick: Ohio State
Northwestern @ Purdue – Pick: Northwestern
Eastern Kentucky @ Florida – Pick: Florida
Charleston Southern @ Georgia – Pick: Georgia
South Alabama @ South Carolina – Pick: South Carolina
Fordham @ Army – Pick: Army
Marshall @ UAB – Pick: Marshall
SMU @ UCF – Pick: UCF
UTSA @ Western Kentucky – Pick: Western Kentucky
Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest – Pick: Virginia Tech
Western Michigan @ Central Michigan – Pick: Central Michigan
Washington State @ Arizona State – Pick: Arizona State
Louisiana Tech @ Old Dominion – Pick: Louisiana Tech
New Mexico @ Colorado State – Pick: Colorado State
Eastern Michigan @ Ball State – Pick: Ball State
Tulsa @ Houston – Pick: Houston
Savannah State @ BYU – Pick: BYU
Georgia State @ Clemson – Pick: Clemson
Boston College @ Florida State – Pick: Florida State
Syracuse @ Pittsburgh – Pick: Syracuse
Texas Tech @ Iowa State – Pick: Iowa State
Wisconsin @ Iowa – Pick: Wisconsin
Maryland @ Michigan – Pick: Maryland
Ole Miss @ Arkansas – Pick: Ole Miss
Arizona @ Utah – Pick: Arizona
Tulane @ East Carolina – Pick: East Carolina
Louisville @ Notre Dame – Pick: Notre Dame
Florida International @ North Texas – Pick: North Texas
LA Monroe @ New Mexico State – Pick: LA Monroe
Stanford @ California – Pick: California
Western Carolina @ Alabama – Pick: Alabama
South Florida @ Memphis – Pick: Memphis
Colorado @ Oregon – Pick: Oregon
Appalachian State @ Louisiana-Lafayette – Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette
Miami @ Virginia – Pick: Miami
Samford @ Auburn – Pick: Auburn
Florida Atlantic @ Middle Tennessee State – Pick: Middle Tennessee
Missouri @ Tennessee – Pick: Tennessee
Vanderbilt @ Mississippi State – Pick: Mississippi State
Oklahoma State @ Baylor – Pick: Baylor
USC @ UCLA – Pick: USC (Upset)
Cincinnati @ Connecticut – Pick: Cincinnati
Boise State @ Wyoming – Pick: Boise State
Fresno State @ Nevada – Pick: Nevada
Oregon State @ Washington – Pick: Washington
UNLV @ Hawaii – Pick: Hawaii

I’ll let you know how I did with my predictions on next week’s post. Let me know in the comments what you think of my picks and feel free to ask me why I picked the way I did. Also you can follow me on Twitter @SchottJosh.

Negabuck: A Final Quarter Midterm

 

Sit down and shut up you little twerps, it’s the final quarter of the season and it is time for midterms. The Buckeyes kind of blew out/kind of almost lost to the Goofs of Minnesota Saturday and there are only two tests left in the 2014 season. This isn’t about them however, this week is all about how much you have been paying attention to this crazy college football year.

Did you do your homework? Did you take notes? Find the harsh reality now…

 

Here is your 2014 final quarter midterm; the answer key is located at the bottom (no peeking):

 

1. What does the J.T. stand for in J.T. Barrett?

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2. Where is the strongest media bias located in the country?

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3. If Team A beats Team B and both have the same record while playing near identical schedules, who should be ranked higher?

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4. If a three loss team falls 59-0 in the forest, should they still be ranked?

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5. Who should Ohio State start at quarterback in 2015?

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6. Which team has more rushing yards than Wake Forest this season?

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7. Northwestern is a team that plays in the state of Illinois, please define:

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8. Please explain the San Jose Punt Phenomenon of 11/15/2014:

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9. How many rib bones does Ezekiel Elliott show on a given Saturday?

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10. Would you rather fight 100 duck sized Joey Bosa’s or one Joey Bosa sized duck?

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Your Grade: ___________________________

 

O.k. you little cheats, pencils down! Grade yourself on the honors system.

 

Here is the answer key:

 

1. What does the J.T. stand for in J.T. Barrett?

John Heisman

2. Where is the strongest media bias located in the country?

Eugene, Oregon. Somehow the Ducks slip by the media sensibility goalie every year and are considered the darlings of College Football only to be a bigger letdown than Dumb and Dumber To (I haven’t seen it but I’m an ASSumer). They already laid one egg this year against a decent Zona team but I bet they are good for one more. They moved in front of Florida State last week in the playoff poll for some reason, who knows why. Enough people are sick of Winston and FSU that nobody seems to have a problem with it.

If they finally break through this year and win a playoff game then I will eat some crow with a side of duck. The SEC certainly gets a lot more credit than they deserve and many losses are forgiven somehow, but they win the big one a lot.

I’m still not sure what Oregon has done to earn all of this street cred… I guess they beat Wisconsin a few years ago?

3. If Team A beats Team B and both have the same record while playing near identical schedules, who should be ranked higher?

Team B. I don’t come up with the material, I just give out the tests…

I still think the committee will come to their senses after a few weeks and move Baylor ahead of TCU but don’t be surprised to see chaos head down south before the season’s over.

4. If a three loss team falls 59-0 in the forest, should they still be ranked?

Yes. Forget the murder at the hands of Alabama, or the two other losses that weren’t all that close- The Texas A&M Aggies creeped into the top 25 last week.

Can you imagine a Big Ten team being ranked with a 7-3 record with wins over:

South Carolina, Lamar, Rice, SMU, Arkansas, Louisiana-Monroe and Auburn?

Luckily the Aggies fell out after a loss to Mizzou on Saturday- I’m assuming this, too lazy to double check the polls because… I’m over it.

5. Who should Ohio State start at quarterback in 2015?

If you answered this question with J.T. Barrett or Braxton Miller then you get zero points. The correct answer is “Who the hell cares?” This currently pointless debate will have plenty of time to be beaten to death from mid-January to August next year. Enjoy this current run Buckeye fans.

6. Which team player has more rushing yards than Wake Forest this season in one game?

Melvin Gordon.

Gordon had 408 yards in one game against Nebraska. Wake Forest has 341 yards rushing on the season…

Farooq can put it like only he can:

 

7. Northwestern is a team that plays in the state of Illinois, please define:

Bipolar: A team that manages to beat Wisconsin and Penn State soundly on the road, then wins in overtime against a once top 5 Notre Dame… Also lost to Cal, Northern Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa (48-7)…

What the hell?

 

8. Please explain the San Jose Punt Phenomenon of 11/15/2014:

A truly spectacular case in which a team loses to Hawaii and scores zero points:

WITHOUT PUNTING ONCE!!!!! WHAT I DON’T EVEN!!!!!

That makes less sense then those tiny water bottles that John Beilein likes to drink.

 You got to respect a man so cautious he won’t even risk over hydration.

9. How many rib bones does Ezekiel Elliott show on a given Saturday?

Four. And I bet he’s got at least half a dozen hidden under there- He leaves that part to the imagination, which makes him even more a catch.

10. Would you rather fight 100 duck sized Joey Bosa’s or one Joey Bosa sized duck?

100 Duck sized Joey Bosa’s. You’re dead either way but just imagine trying to fight off that many pony tailed dreamboats. That’s a beautiful way for an Ohio State fan to reach his/her demise.

 

 

Bonus: Annunciation is everything in Broadway:

 

 

Double Bonus: The greatest pump up song of any kids childhood:

 

 

 

B1G Weekly Recap: Wisconsin Gains Control in B1G West, Buckeyes Take Care of Minnesota

In a game that will likely decide the Big Ten West champion, Wisconsin took Nebraska behind the woodshed on the back of a record-setting day of Melvin Gordon. Ohio State battled the elements and themselves to beat Minnesota, leaving the Buckeyes one win away from returning to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game. Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern, Rutgers, and Michigan State all came out victorious this weekend.

Ohio State 31, Minnesota 24

J.T. Barrett broke three Ohio State records in this game, which, at 15 degrees at kickoff, was the coldest game that the Buckeyes had played since 1964. Barrett ran for a quarterback-record 189 yards, set the record for longest TD run by a QB with his 86 yarder, and became Ohio State’s single-season touchdown record-holder as he is now responsible for 38 Buckeye touchdowns.

David Cobb was impressive for the Golden Gophers, rushing the ball 27 times for 145 yards and three touchdowns as Minnesota fell to 7-3 on the season. The Gophers will travel to Nebraska next week while the Buckeyes return to the Horseshoe to welcome the Hoosiers of Indiana.

Penn State 30, Temple 14

Penn State turned a close game into a blowout in the second half as the Nittany Lions capitalized on five Temple turnovers to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2011. Akeel Lynch ran for 130 yards and a touchdown and Bill Belton added 92 on the ground to go with a score of his own.

Christian Hackenberg was just 12-26 for 112 yards but the Nittany Lions didn’t need him to be at his best for this one. Penn State makes a trip to Champaign to take on the Fighting Illini on Saturday.

Iowa 30, Illinois 14

Iowa went into Memorial Stadium and dominated the Illini to get the bad taste of their blowout loss to Minnesota out of their mouths. Iowa outgained Illinois 587-235 in total offense, including 304-88 on the ground. Mark Weisman led the way for the Hawkeyes with 134 rushing yards.

Jake Rudock finished with 210 passing yards and two scores as Iowa moved to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes will go back home this week to play Wisconsin and Illinois will host Penn State.

Wisconsin 59, Nebraska 24

Nebraska started the game off hot, jumping out to an early 17-3 lead. That’s as good as it would get for the Cornhuskers, as Wisconsin would score the next 56 points to blow out their opponents. Melvin Gordon added to his already impressive Heisman resume with his greatest performance yet. Gordon broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s 15-year-old record for most rushing yards in a game with 408. Oh, and he did it in just three quarters as he sat out the entire 4th quarter.

Nebraska struggled all day, managing just 180 yards of offense. Ameer Abdullah was not at his best, getting burnt repeatedly in pass protection and rushing for just 69 yards in the game. Wisconsin now holds the edge in the race for the Big Ten West and will look to continue their run next week when they go to Kinnick Stadium to take on Iowa. Nebraska will try to rebound back at home when Minnesota comes to Lincoln.

Northwestern 43, Notre Dame 40 (OT)

Northwestern went in to South Bend and knocked off the Fighting Irish thanks to a Jack Mitchell field goal in overtime after Notre Dame missed a field goal on their opening possession of overtime. The Wildcats bounced back in a huge way after rushing for a whopping negative 9 yards rushing last week to gain 263 yards on the ground.

Justin Jackson carried the majority of the load, rushing for 149 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern kept their slim bowl hopes alive with the win moving them to 4-6 on the season. The Wildcats go to Purdue next weekend to continue their march towards bowl eligibility.

Rutgers 45, Indiana 23

Rutgers became bowl eligible as they ran away from Indiana in the second half after going into the break trailing 13-10. The Scarlet Knights outscored the Hoosiers 35-10 over the final 30 minutes behind 217 yards passing and two TDs from Gary Nova, with both touchdowns going to Leonte Carroo.

If not for Melvin Gordon, the Big Ten’s best rushing day would have belonged to Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, who carried the ball 32 times for 307 yards and a touchdown. Things don’t get any easier for Indiana, who will travel to Columbus to play Ohio State, and things will certainly get tougher for the Scarlet Knights, who make a trip to East Lansing to take on the Spartans.

Michigan State 37, Maryland 15

Michigan State bounced back from the loss to Ohio State by shutting down Maryland throughout the game, holding the Terrapins to just six yards on the ground. C.J. Brown did throw for 246 yards and two touchdowns but he was also picked off three times.

Jeremy Langford ran for 138 yards and two scores as he continues his impressive senior campaign, crossing the 1,000-yard mark in this game. Maryland travels to Ann Arbor this weekend while Michigan State hosts Rutgers while hoping Ohio State will slip up in their last two games to make the Big Ten Championship Game.

Will the Buckeyes clinch their spot in the Big Ten Championship Game this weekend? Has Wisconsin grabbed their place as well, or will there be an upset in the West over the next two weeks? Let us know what you think the matchup will be in Indianapolis!

MotSaG B1G Power Poll Week 12

With two weeks left in the regular season two teams became bowl eligible this past Saturday with two on the bubble fighting to join the group. One more win by Ohio State and they are in the B1G Championship game to face the craziness that is going on for the West. Wisconsin is in the drivers seat but they have to face Minnesota yet who is still a contender.

1. Ohio State (9-1,6-0) The Buckeyes escape out of the cold frozen tundra of Minnesota Saturday with a win. Costly turnovers kept the Golden Gophers hopes alive for an upset but Buckeyes prevail.
Last Week: #1
Next Game: Indiana

2. Michigan State (8-2,5-1) Sparty beat the Terps handily but they are on the outside looking in for another Big Ten Championship game. They need the Buckeyes to lose their next two games to get in.
Last Week: #2
Next Game: Rutgers

3. Wisconsin (8-2,5-1) The Badgers had a statement win to take control of the West with a record performance by Melvin Gordon over the Cornhuskers
Last Week: #4
Next Game: @Iowa

4. Nebraska (8-2,4-2) The Cornhuskers watched their B1G Championship hope rush by them and are now needing help to get to the title game
Last Week: #3
Next Game: Minnesota

5. Minnesota (7-3,4-2) Even with the loss to the Buckeyes the Golden Gophers can make some noise and play their way into the championship game by winning their last two games but they are both on the road.
Last Week: #5
Next Game: Nebraska

6. Maryland (6-4,3-3) The Terps need some more wins to get a better bowl selection and this week they face a Wolverines team that is playing for pride now.
Last Week: #6
Next Game: Michigan

7. Iowa (7-3,4-2) The Hawkeyes bounced back from their loss to Minnesota with an easy win over the Fighting Illini and are looking to make some noise to get back into the West race.
Last Week: #7
Next Game: Wisconsin

8. Penn State (6-4,2-4) The Nittany Lions became bowl eligible Saturday but they had to go outside of the conference to get the win.
Last Week: #8
Next Game: Illinois

9. Rutgers (6-4,2-4) The Scarlet Knights became bowl eligible after snapping their three game losing skid.
Last Week: #9
Next Game: @Michigan State

10. Michigan (5-5,3-3) Even during a bye week it seems the Maize and Blue can’t stop losing. I’m looking at you Frank Clark who is currently sitting in a cell in Ohio for accusations of domestic violence. Brady Hoke’s squad has to win one of the next two to become bowl eligible and that looks like a tall order.
Last Week: #10
Next Game: Maryland

11. Northwestern (4-6,2-4) The Wildcats pull off the win over the Fighting Irish and still have their eyes set on become bowl eligible, have to win out.
Last Week: #11
Next Game: @Purdue

12. Purdue (3-7,1-5) The Boilermakers have no shot at a bowl this season and the injuries have just become to much to over come but look for them to play spoilers down the stretch.
Last Week: #12
Next Game: Northwestern

13. Illinois (4-6,1-5) If the Fighting Illini win their last two games of the season they can become bowl eligible and possibly save Tim Beckmans job.
Last Week: #13
Next Game: Penn State

14. Indiana (3-7,0-6) The Hoosiers are fighting to win one conference game this season and that will be a tough task this weekend.
Last Week: #14
Next Game: @Ohio State

Always love hearing your feedback, don’t forget you can email me at AskMotSaG@gmail.com with any questions.

Predicting Every Single FBS College Football Game: Week 12

Record in Week 11: 33-17 (66% of games predicted correctly) To see my picks for week 11, click here.

I blame the Sun Belt and Conference USA for my mediocre records in back-to-back weeks.

Overall Record for the Season: 474-170

Tuesday Nov. 11
Toledo @ Northern Illinois – Pick: Northern Illinois
Akron @ Buffalo – Pick: Akron

Wednesday Nov. 12
Kent State @ Bowling Green – Pick: Bowling Green
Ball State @ UMass – Pick: Ball State

Thursday Nov. 13
East Carolina @ Cincinnati – Pick: Cincinnati
Southern Miss @ UTSA – Pick: UTSA
California @ USC – Pick: USC

Friday Nov. 14
Tulsa @ UCF – Pick: UCF

Saturday Nov. 15
Virginia Tech @ Duke – Pick: Duke
Clemson @ Georgia Tech – Pick: Clemson
Indiana @ Rutgers – Pick: Rutgers
Temple @ Penn State – Pick: Penn State
South Carolina @ Florida – Pick: Florida
Auburn @ Georgia – Pick: Georgia (Upset)
Army @ Western Kentucky – Pick: Western Kentucky
Pittsburgh @ North Carolina – Pick: North Carolina
Iowa @ Illinois – Pick: Illinois
Ohio State @ Minnesota – Pick: Ohio State
Miami (OH) @ Central Michigan – Pick: Central Michigan
Mississippi State @ Alabama – Pick: Alabama
Eastern Michigan @ Western Michigan – Pick: Western Michigan
Nevada @ Air Force – Pick: Air Force
Rice @ Marshall – Pick: Marshall
Wake Forest @ NC State – Pick: NC State
TCU @ Kansas – Pick: TCU
Appalachian State @ Arkansas State – Pick: Arkansas State
Nebraska @ Wisconsin – Pick: Wisconsin
Washington @ Arizona – Pick: Arizona
Oklahoma @ Texas Tech – Pick: Oklahoma
Georgia Southern @ Navy – Pick: Navy
Northwestern @ Notre Dame – Pick: Notre Dame
Memphis @ Tulane – Pick: Memphis
Middle Tennessee State @ Florida International – Pick: Middle Tennessee State
Texas State @ South Alabama – Pick: Texas State
New Mexico @ Utah State – Pick: Utah State
Kentucky @ Tennessee – Pick: Tennessee
Hawaii @ San Jose State – Pick: San Jose State
Troy @ Idaho – Pick: Idaho
Utah @ Stanford – Pick: Stanford
UNLV @ BYU – Pick: BYU
Louisiana-Lafayette @ LA-Monroe – Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette
Texas @ Oklahoma State – Pick: Oklahoma State
Missouri @ Texas A&M – Pick: Texas A&M
Michigan State @ Maryland – Pick: Michigan State
Florida State @ Miami – Pick: Florida State
LSU @ Arkansas – Pick: LSU
South Florida @ SMU – Pick: South Florida
North Texas @ UTEP – Pick: UTEP
San Diego State @ Boise State – Pick: Boise State
Arizona State @ Oregon State – Pick: Arizona State

I’ll let you know how I did with my predictions on next week’s post. Let me know in the comments what you think of my picks and feel free to ask me why I picked the way I did. Also you can follow me on Twitter @SchottJosh.

Why You Should Want OSU to Miss the Playoffs

I admit – the idea is seductive. It would be fantastic to see Urban Meyer team hoist the first CFP championship trophy, then say a few poignant words before handing it over to the redshirt freshman QB that got him there. Imagine the scarlet and gray confetti still floating about the stadium, the cameras, Carmen Ohio playing softly in the background. It would be the most rewarding end for a fan base that has been forced into spending the past few years on the defensive.

But as heretical as it may seem, if you are a College Football fan, and not just an OSU fan, you should want OSU to miss the playoffs this year. Actually, the same goes if you are a fan of any other Big10 or Big 12 team. Actually actually, the same goes if you are a fan of anything but the SEC.

That there is a disgusting amount of SEC bias present in the media, there is no doubt. While it’s fashionable to be on the anti-SEC bandwagon nowadays, savvy CFB fans have been documenting SEC bias going all the way back to 2004, when Auburn was shut out of their shot at the title, and the powers-that-be initiated the most comprehensive marketing campaign in sports history. One that led to the Frankenstein-monster we have today, where ESPN is at the mercy of its own irrationality, terrorizing the peaceful world of CFB fans for the sake of its own impulsive short-term satisfaction.

CFB fans should unite into a new goal: hope for an outcome to the 2014 season that destroys and squashes the blatant and deliberate attempts to influence CFB for one network’s monetary gain. Even Shane Falco knew to “shoot the hostage,” before dodging bullets on a surfboard in his time-travel phone booth (or something like that).

To “shoot the hostage,” the media must be forced to acknowledge the hard truth about the SEC: that it’s a conference with one or two elite teams, a handful of good ones, and a bunch of weak ones. (In other words, no different than any other Power 5 conference.)

Therefore, the best scenario going forward is for the SEC to send two representatives to the College Football Playoffs (CFP). Why? Consider the delicious chaos:

  1. Including two SEC teams would, more than any other action, force a massive nationwide discussion on the role the media’s interests play in amateur sports. Simply, the media empire most responsible would be forced ever more so on the defensive, which is good, because its position can’t be rationally defended. The two selected would likely be SEC West teams, and the Mays and Fowlers of the world would have to defend the idiotic notion that a team that didn’t even win its own division should be allowed to play for national title, in lieu of the superior teams that won their divisions and conferences, “because reasons.”
  2. Both SEC representatives would likely lose. One for sure. Shoot, depending on seeding, one may even eliminate the other. Based on a fair assessment of the teams (as of early November), it’s not likely that any of the potential SEC representatives could best an Oregon, or TCU, or Florida State this year. Result: SEC would fare poorly in the CFP.
  3. Sending two teams to the CFP would result in the more average SEC teams sliding up into the former bowl slots, where they would be overmatched by a lot of elite teams. Teams like OSU, TCU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Arizona State or Oregon, etc., would likely feast on the remaining members of the SEC who didn’t get selected. Shoot… even Michigan might win a December 20th bowl against an SEC bottom-feeder in Hoke’s last game. Result: SEC would fare more poorly in bowl games than they usually do.

To sum up: imagine a scenario where OSU finishes an excellent season with a high-profile bowl trophy, perhaps against an overmatched SEC opponent in the Citrus Bowl. One where the SEC does poorly in both the CFP and in the rest of the bowls. One where the B1G and perhaps the Pac 12 does well. One that starts with ESPN having to defend their conference’s superiority, and ends with egg all over Chris Fowler’s face.

This would not only validate the critics’ points of view, but humiliate and embarrass those caught with ulterior motives. It would also raise the possibility that next year’s rankings might start out a little more realistic than in years past… and in FY15, that improved objectivity would further benefit teams like Ohio State that are positioning themselves for a real championship run.

B1G Weekly Recap: Buckeyes Gain Control In B1G East; West Remains Chaotic

With their win over Michigan State in East Lansing, Ohio State is now the only Big Ten team without a loss in conference play. Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin all remain at one loss in the Big Ten West, setting up what’s sure to be a hectic final three weeks of the regular season in the Big Ten.

Penn State 13, Indiana 7

Penn State got back in the win column for the first time in five tries with their victory in Bloomington. Indiana took the lead late in the second quarter when Mark Murphy intercepted Christian Hackenberg and returned it 47 yards for a score. The lead was short-lived however when Bill Belton took a handoff 92 yards to the house.

A pair of Sam Ficken field goals in the second half ended up being the difference as Penn State improved to 5-4 on the season while Indiana remained winless in conference play and fell to 3-6 overall. The Nittany Lions return home next weekend and will host Temple while Indiana will make a trip to Piscataway to take on Rutgers.

Minnesota 51, Iowa 14

Minnesota dominated Iowa in this rivalry game to take home the Floyd of Rosedale. Iowa scored the first touchdown of the game on their opening drive when Mark Weisman pounded the ball in from a yard out. After that, it was all Golden Gophers. Minnesota rolled off 51 straight points after the Weisman touchdown before Iowa got a late score with less than a minute to play.

Mitch Leidner was 10-13 passing for 138 yards but added four touchdowns, three of which went to Maxx Williams. The Golden Gophers held the Hawkeyes to just 205 yards of offense as they kept pace with one loss in the Big Ten West. Minnesota hosts Ohio State on Saturday while Iowa will go to Illinois for their final road game of the season.

Wisconsin 34, Purdue 16

Melvin Gordon added to his Heisman resume with another big game, this time rushing for 205 yards and a touchdown. Gordon also reeled in three passes from Joel Stave for 47 yards and another touchdown. Stave threw for a season-high 219 yards and two touchdowns.

Purdue struggled offensively, especially in the run game. The Boilermakers managed just 26 yards on the ground as they fell to 3-7 on the year. Wisconsin moved to 4-1 in the Big Ten, setting up a showdown at the top of the Big Ten West next week when they host Nebraska. Purdue has the week off before hosting Northwestern at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Michigan 10, Northwestern 9

Northwestern scored the potentially game-tying touchdown with three seconds left in the game but decided to go for two and the win and failed when Trevor Siemian slipped in the backfield. Siemian threw for 273 yards on the day and a touchdown to go with two interceptions. The Wildcats combined for -9 rushing yards on the day.

De’Veon Smith led the Wolverines to victory with 121 yards and the Wolverines’ only touchdown of the day. Devin Gardner had just 109 yards passing and was picked off twice in an offensive struggle. Northwestern will visit Notre Dame next weekend and the Wolverines have the week off to prepare for a visit from Maryland.

Ohio State 49, Michigan State 37

On Saturday night in East Lansing, the Buckeyes made a statement and got their revenge for Michigan State ripping away their national title chances last season. By doing so, Ohio State kept themselves in the playoff picture for this year. J.T. Barrett had one of his best games of the season against one of the best defenses in the country. The redshirt freshman threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns while running for 86 yards and two more scores.

Jeremy Langford had 137 yards and three touchdowns rushing. Connor Cook threw for 358 yards and two TDs but was just 25-45 passing the ball as the Spartans lost their first conference game of the season. Michigan State will look to rebound when they visit Maryland and the Buckeyes will go on the road again to play Minnesota.

Who do you think will take control of the Big Ten West when Wisconsin welcomes Nebraska to Camp Randall? Nebraska winning out until the Big Ten Championship Game would be the best-case scenario for Ohio State as they look to climb in the top four. Give us your prediction below!

MotSaG B1G Power Poll Week 11

So glad this weekend is over as there was very little movement going on since there wasn’t any key games that happened.

My anti Mark May list:

1. The Ohio State University (8-1,5-0) The Buckeyes made a statement Saturday in East Lansing and took a giant step forward as a young hungry team. Now the target is back on them and they need to finish this out.
Last Week: #2
Next Game: @Minnesota

2. Michigan State (7-2,4-1) Sparty just lost out on the chance to get a possible playoff spot and in order to get to Indy need Buckeyes to lose two of their final three games, guess Dantonio should’t have basically guaranteed a victory over Ohio State.
Last Week: #1
Next Game: @Maryland

3. Nebraska (8-1,4-1) The Cornhuskers are hoping to have a healthy Adullah against a surging Badger team. They bye was at the perfect time for them going to be a big game for the West leaders.
Last Week: #3
Next Game: @Wisconsin

4. Wisconsin (7-2,4-1) Badger QB Stave was looking good against Purdue but honestly the Boilermakers had a lot of key injuries in their secondary plus the Badgers have a possible Heisman candidate in RB Melvin Gordon to rely on.
Last Week: #4
Next Game: Nebraska

5. Minnesota (7-2,4-1) The same Gopher team that lost to Illinois a couple of weeks ago destroyed Iowa Saturday. They have a big match-up hosting the Buckeyes this Saturday trying to stay in the West race.
Last Week: #7
Next Week: Ohio State

6. Maryland ((6-3,3-2) Don’t know if a bye week is going to help the Terps play a angry Sparty team that will be visiting this Saturday. Maryland might not have the firepower to hang with the Spartans.
Last Week: #6
Next Week: Michigan State

7. Iowa (6-3,3-2) You just don’t know what Hawkeye team will show up this week and that was evident when they were thrashed by Minnesota Saturday, now out of the West picture they can try to play the role of spoilers.
Last Week: #5
Next Game: @Illinois

8. Penn State (5-4,2-4) The Nittany Lions have a top defense but an abysmal offense. They are currently one win away from being bowl eligible and will probably accomplish that but honestly don’t deserve with the terrible offensive offense we have to watch.
Last Week: 10
Next Week: Temple

9. Rutgers (5-4,1-4) The Scarlet Knights coming off a bye look to win their second B1G game and become bowl eligible and that can happen with a win against the hapless Hoosiers this Saturday.
Last Week: 8
Next Game: Indiana

10. Michigan (5-5,3-3) The Wolverines made it to .500 break put the bubbly. If it weren’t for the bad play calling from Pat Fitzgerald and the terrible execution of the 2 point conversion the maize and blue really don’t have much to cheer about.
Last Week: #11
Next Game: Bye

11. Northwestern (3-6,2-4) The Wildcats continue to show how to blow wins against Michigan and found another way to do it in a different fashion.
Last Week: #9
Next Game: @Notre Dame

12. Purdue (3-7,1-5) Purdue has officially been eliminated from bowl eligibility, the injuries were to much for them to overcome. They have become a better team than last season and are still playing with tons of heart.
Last Week: #12
Next Game: Bye

13. Illinois (4-5,1-4) Tim Beckman and company are trying to get this team to become bowl eligible and try to save his job.
Last Week: #13
Next Game: Iowa

14. Indiana (3-6,05) The Hoosiers are in bad shape with their QB spot and it has made a for a long year
Last Week: #14
Next Game: @Rutgers

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Ohio State vs Michigan State Preview

Date & Time: Saturday November 8, 2014 8:14pm EST

Where: Spartan Nation; East Lansing, Michigan

TV: ABC Nationally: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox will be the announcing crew

Series Record: OSU leads 28-14, Buckeyes lead 14-5 in East Lansing

Initial Thoughts

How many in Buckeye Nation have had this Saturday’s match-up circled since the Big Ten Championship Game? So much of a bad taste still left in my mouth as a fan I can’t imagine what it’s like for the players to have their national title hopes dashed away by Sparty. I still see Urban sitting on the golf cart eating pizza looking sad and lonely. While I try to move on from that sad emotional scar lets talk about how bad the Big Ten is this year. The conference has five teams in the top ten of the nation in defense and seven in top twenty five. SEC has one in top ten and six in top twenty five and one of those lost to Indiana but I digress. Saturday’s game will feature two teams that are the heavy hitters of the conference currently and this has the looks and feel of a heavyweight fight which means the four letter network will be bringing their College Gameday to East Lansing and during the game subject us to the constant talk of the SEC. I suggest if you are going to be making a drinking game of this one that you do it from the confines of your home and don’t drink and drive because you will not be able to walk if you consume an alcoholic beverage every time they mention the SEC.

Let’s Discuss Michigan State

The reigning Big Ten Champs and Rose Bowl Champions are off to a 7-1 start, their lone loss coming from their week two trip to Eugene, Oregon. Sparty was holding tough with the Ducks having the lead starting the third quarter but gave up some big plays and fell down the stretch. Currently the Spartans are ranked eighth in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Only other ranked team they have played is Nebraska which they barely escaped after having a comfortable lead. Michigan State allowed the Cornhuskers get back into the game in the fourth quarter after being up 27-3. Sparty allowed three touchdowns and needed an interception with thirty seconds left near the endzone to seal their win.

Michigan State as always are a stingy bunch on opposing running backs and its still hard to throw on them but not as hard as last year. Last season the knock on Michigan State was that their offense was struggling, that was being fixed as the season wore on and definitely isn’t an issue this season as they are an explosive offensive unit averaging 515.5 yards and 40.8 points per game.

When Ohio State is on Offense

There is so much to discuss here. From offensive coordinator Tom Herman and his play calls to J.T. Barrett and the offensive line play against tough defenses. Granted Virginia Tech was second game of season and Urban Meyer said the coaching staff wasn’t prepared for what the Hokies brought but then some similarities happened against Penn State. The offensive line needs to have the game of their life protecting Barrett and giving him some time and Herman needs to use and abuse the tight ends. The Buckeyes have tremendous depth of offensive weapons with Devin Smith, Michael Thomas, Evan Spencer, Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, Nick Vannett, and Jeff Heuerman that have to touch the ball to spread the field. Ezekiel Elliott and Curtis Samuel will need to have running lanes and most likely make something out of nothing. The Buckeyes rushing attack is averaging 5.7 yards a carry at 277 a game. Ohio State has the talent to take it to Sparty the only question is have they matured enough to put it all together to have that perfect game against a top team.

When Michigan State is on Offense

The Spartans have given the keys to junior quarterback Connor Cook last season and haven’t looked back. The Ohio product is having a stellar year throwing for over 1800 yards, 17 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions. His offensive line has done a great job protecting him, only been sacked five times so far this season. You can say the knock on Cook is that he’s not very mobile, the most rushing attempts hes made was against Purdue with seven and had 34 yards. Looks as if he averages about three rushes per game to help pick up crucial first downs. Spartans have some wide receivers like Tony Lippett who has 889 yards already this season. Others like TE Josiah Price (258), Aaron Burbridge (192), Keith Mumphery (151), Maacgarrett King Jr (150), AJ Troup (113), R.J. Shelton (102), TE Jamal Lyles (46). Sparty has a good rushing attack with Jeremy Langford who is averaging 5.3 ypg and has 841 yards in eight games also Nick Hill is averaging 6.1 ypg and has 482 on the ground. Michigan State has a very stout offense probably why they are just like Ohio State as a high ranking offense in the nation.

When Ohio State is on Defense

Lets start with the defensive line. Joey Bosa is going to demand a lot of attention so hopefully that will open up some thing for Bennett, Washington, and Miller to try to get to Cook to disrupt his timing. The Buckeyes rushing defense is giving up 118.6 yards a game this season but in conference play that number comes down to a staggering 84.2. A lot of the rushing yards they gave up were against Navy so thats why the number is so high but they have adjusted and the defensive line along with the linebackers have done an excellent job adjusting and returning to form of stopping the run which will be a tall order Saturday. The secondary is going to have to come up big especially Doran Grant who most likey will be lined up opposite Tony Lippert the Spartans best wide receiver. Armani Reeves the nickle back looks like he will be out so Cam Burrows or Damon Webb could replace him and will need to step up. The Buckeyes defense will need to keep playing aggressive and force turnovers like they have been doing but also they will need to keep everything in front of them and not get beat over the top. They have been gelling well together and growing as a group and hopefully that continues in East Lansing and makes it a long night for Connor Cook and company.

When Michigan State is on Defense

Like Ohio State the Spatans have a defensive end that is just as nasty. Junior Shilique Calhoun is going to command a lot of attention as he is a player that creates a lot of havoc allowing other members along the defensive line to make their moves to Barrett. They have been just as stingy against the run allowing 94.4 yards on the ground but that average actually goes up in conference play to 112.5 a game. As always defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has his defense playing physical and tight. their secondary still has talent with the likes of safety Kurtis Drummond and cornerback Trae Waynes who are a part of a group that only allow 184 yards a game through the air. Naturally Mark Dantonio has done a great job along with his coaching staff recruiting and coaching bring out the best in their players to have the Spartans on the top of the conference.

Bottom Line

This is going to be a slug fest. Currently there are two teams in the Big Ten and then there are the other twelve. Not only is this the rematch of the conference championship game of last season but many feel that this is the basically the conference championship game for this season. This is a statement game for the Buckeyes, you want to be taken for real you must walk out of East Lansing with the win. Revenge is on the minds of many of the Buckeyes but honestly that should pass real quick and just stay focused with the Spartans. The Buckeyes could come out fast and shock Michigan State and that would be a great thing or they could take some shots in the mouth and give Sparty some shots back and stay in striking range. Michigan State has shown in at least three games this season that you can make a run at them in the fourth quarter. Could it have been an isolated incidents when three teams made comebacks in the fourth quarter? One of them (Oregon) winning one while Nebraska and Purdue threw interceptions at the very end to seal the win for Spartan Nation. My biggest concern is that Michigan State is coming off a bye week giving them an extra week to prepare for the Buckeyes. Thanks Big Ten.

Predicting Every Single FBS College Football Game: Week 11

Record in week 10: 37-17 (68.51% of games predicted correctly) To see my week 10 picks, click here.

Overall Record for the Season: 441-153

Tuesday Nov. 4
Bowling Green @ Akron – Pick: Bowling Green
Toledo @ Kent State – Pick: Toledo

Wednesday Nov. 5
Northern Illinois @ Ball State – Pick: Northern Illinois
Buffalo @ Ohio – Pick: Ohio

Thursday Nov. 6
Clemson @ Wake Forest – Pick: Clemson

Friday Nov. 7
Memphis @ Temple – Pick: Temple
Utah State @ Wyoming – Pick: Wyoming

Saturday Nov. 8
Penn State @ Indiana – Pick: Penn State
Iowa @ Minnesota – Pick: Iowa
Wisconsin @ Purdue – Pick: Wisconsin
Georgia @ Kentucky – Pick: Georgia
Presbyterian @ Ole Miss – Pick: Ole Miss
UTSA @ Rice – Pick: Rice
SMU @ Tulsa – Pick: Tulsa
Louisiana Tech @ UAB – Pick: Louisiana Tech
Georgia Tech @ NC State – Pick: Georgia Tech
Duke @ Syracuse – Pick: Duke
Baylor @ Oklahoma – Pick: Oklahoma (Upset)
South Alabama @ Arkansas State – Pick: Arkansas State
Georgia State @ Troy – Pick: Georgia State
Iowa State @ Kansas – Pick: Iowa State
Michigan @ Northwestern – Pick: Michigan
Notre Dame @ Arizona State – Pick: Arizona State
Texas A&M @ Auburn – Pick: Auburn
Tulane @ Houston – Pick: Houston
West Virginia @ Texas – Pick: West Virginia
Connecticut @ Army – Pick: Connecticut
LA Monroe @ Appalachian State – Pick: LA Monroe
Florida International @ Old Dominion – Pick: Old Dominion
Air Force @ UNLV – Pick: Air Force
Washington State @ Oregon State – Pick: Oregon State
Tennessee-Martin @ Mississippi State – Pick: Mississippi State
Georgia Southern @ Texas State – Pick: Georgia Southern
UTEP @ Western Kentucky – Pick: UTEP
Virginia @ Florida State – Pick: Florida State
Idaho @ San Diego State – Pick: San Diego State
UCLA @ Washington – Pick: UCLA
Hawaii @ Colorado State – Pick: Colorado State
Boise State @ New Mexico – Pick: Boise State
Marshall @ Southern Miss – Pick: Marshall
Florida Atlantic @ North Texas – Pick: Florida Atlantic
Louisville @ Boston College – Pick: Boston College
Florida @ Vanderbilt – Pick: Florida
Kansas State @ TCU – Pick: Kansas State
Ohio State @ Michigan State – Pick: Ohio State
Louisiana-Lafayette @ New Mexico State – Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette
Colorado @ Arizona – Pick: Arizona
Alabama @ LSU – Pick: LSU (Upset)
Oregon @ Utah – Pick: Oregon
San Jose State @ Fresno State – Pick: Fresno State

I’ll let you know how I did with my predictions on next week’s post. Let me know in the comments what you think of my picks and feel free to ask me why I picked the way I did. Also you can follow me on Twitter @SchottJosh.