I initiated this column with a gargantuan, unrealistic goal — to achieve coin-flip status.
Thanks to the fine folks (Gophers) at Minnesota, I’m almost there. After a nice three-week run (13-6, but who’s counting?), I am happy to be knocking on the door of mediocrity. On to the games:
Ohio State (minus 33) at Illinois: If his Buckeyes ease up on the hapless Illini, coach Urban Meyer said, “a bomb (will) go off.” Just in case, glad I won’t be in the press box. Ohio State
Indiana (plus 27) at Wisconsin: The Badgers are ranked 21st in the Harris Poll. I think Mr. Harris and friends know more about hopscotch than football. Wisconsin.
Purdue (plus 21 1/2) at Penn State: The Sagarin ratings have the Boilermakers two spots ahead of Monmouth College in New Jersey. Poor, poor Monmouth. Penn State.
Michigan (plus 3) at Northwestern: I hate picking so many favorites, especially favorites that have lost five straight. But the Wolverines’ offensive line leaves me no choice. Northwestern.
Michigan State (minus 6) at Nebraska: Did you hear the rumor Jim Tressel could become the Cornhuskers’ next coach? That would be quite an in-VEST-ment. Michigan State.
Best bet: Ohio State.
Last week: 4-2. Season: 44-45.
Best bets: 6-5.