BSD's Big Ten Challenge/Thursday Night Open thread

The football season opens up with that magnificent bastard Steve Spurrier on Thursday night. The football Gods have smiled upon us! It's FOOTBAAWWWWWLLLLL!!!

Last season Minnesota blog the Daily Gopher ran the Big Ten Blogger's Pick'em where only the most prestigious blogs around the Big Ten got invited to face off in a battle royal of prognostication. Sadly this year the contest doesn't exist. Fear not, oh loyal BSD reader, the contest is not going away as far as we're concerned; we've retooled it like a failing 80's sitcom. I give you the BSD's Big Ten Challenge/Thursday Night Open thread weekly post. Every Thursday night we'll give you a list of Big Ten games, our picks, and this year you get to play along. It will be done by majority vote with a ballot box at the end of the post for the readers. It's a democracy, we live in 'merica after all, so scroll to the bottom and give us your answers.

This is a multitasking post, along with BSD's BTC we also will use this space for the Thursday night open thread. Join us each week as we watch the Thursday night game, make fun of the horrible Nike uniforms that are about to be thrust on us, and share month-old internet meme's and inappropriate gifs. Tonight the season gets kicked off at 7:00 PM on ESPN where No.9 South Carolina travels to Vanderbilt Stadium to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. That's a lot of Vanderbilts in one sentence.

Let's get this party started after the jump...

The Games

Thu 8/30/2012 Minnesota @ UNLV Las Vegas, Nev. CBS Sports Net 11:00 PM ET
Fri 8/31/2012 Boise State @ Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. ESPN 8:00 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Miami (Ohio) @ Ohio State Columbus, Ohio BTN 12:00 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Northwestern @ Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. ESPN2 12:00 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Ohio @ Penn State State College, Pa. ESPN 12:00 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Western Michigan @ Illinois Champaign, Ill. ESPNU 12:00 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Eastern Kentucky @ Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. BTN 3:30 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Iowa @ Northern Illinois Chicago, Ill. (Soldier Field) ESPNU 3:30 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Northern Iowa @ Wisconsin Madison, Wis. BTN 3:30 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Southern Miss @ Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. ABC (ESPN2) 3:30 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Alabama @ Michigan Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium) ABC 8:00 PM ET
Sat 9/1/2012 Indiana State @ Indiana Bloomington, Ind. BTN 8:00 PM ET


The Picks

Devon Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Northwestern Penn State Illinois Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Alabama Indiana
Jared Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Northwestern Penn State Western Michigan Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Alabama Indiana
Cari Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Northwestern Penn State Illinois Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Alabama Indiana State
bscaff Minnesota Boise State Ohio State Syracuse Penn State Western Michigan Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Alabama Indiana
Dan Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Northwestern Penn State Illinois Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Alabama Indiana
Jeff Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Syracuse Penn State Illinois Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Alabama Indiana State
Tim Aydin Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Northwestern Penn State Illinois Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Alabama Indiana
Mike Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Northwestern Penn State Illinois Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Michigan Indiana
Nick UNLV Michigan State Ohio State Northwestern Penn State Illinois Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Alabama Indiana
Galen Minnesota Boise State Ohio State Northwestern Penn State Illinois Purdue Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska Alabama Indiana

Most of the pundits agree that the Big Ten will have a solid week 1. We were unanimous with Penn State (yeah!) OSU, Purdue, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Mike stepped out on a tiny thin limb picking Michigan to upset the defending Champs. Ben and Jeff aren't sure about Northwestern and Ben and yours truly question Michigan State. Isn't it about time for a Spartan collapse? I mean they finally have national respect getting ranked close to top-ten in the preseason... they are ripe for the upset.

Now it's your turn, vote on the games below!

My Ballot Box
Minnesota @ UNLV




Boise State @ Michigan State




Miami (Ohio) @ Ohio State




Northwestern @ Syracuse




Ohio @ Penn State




Western Michigan @ Illinois




Eastern Kentucky @ Purdue




Iowa @ Northern Illinois




Northern Iowa @ Wisconsin




Southern Miss @ Nebraska




Alabama @ Michigan




Indiana State @ Indiana






View Results

Ed note: Hey guys, don't forget to join the BSD Pick 'Em at www.funofficepools.com. Ballots due before noon on Saturday.--CG


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