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Big Ten Bloggers Pick'em & Thursday Night Football Open Thread: Week 7

<em>Oh, Lane Kiffin... you're the gift that keeps on giving!  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)</em>
Oh, Lane Kiffin... you're the gift that keeps on giving! (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'!  The season keeps rolllin' on and this week we have standings.  That's right, we actually have standings from The Daily Gopher and after the jump you can see them in table form.  Unfortunately, Black Shoe Diaries isn't doing as well as I previously thought, we're sitting in sixth place.  Fortunately, we're only 4 points behind the leader The Daily Gopher (suspicious, I know).  There's plenty of time to catch up. 

For the Thursday night game, we have a late-night match-up between two teams that are riding the Strugglebus right now, USC (4-1) vs. Cal (3-2).  USC lost to Arizona State badly and barely beat Arizona, while Cal has lost two in a row: an embarrassing loss to Washington and a beat down at the hands of #9 Oregon.  Regardless it should be a good game, both teams are scoring at least 30 points or more per game and they each give up at least 26 points.  Translation: offense. The game is televised on ESPN starting at 9 PM.

As always stats and records after the jump:

Blog Standings

Standings   Pts
1 The Daily Gopher - GN 64
2 Bucky's 5th Qtr 63
3 Hail to the Orange 62
3 Maize and Blue Nation 62
3 Sparty MSU 62
6 Black Shoe Diaries 60
7 Big Red Network 59
7 Boiled Sports 59
7 Lake the Posts 59
7 The Buckeye Blog 59
11 Buckeye Battle Cry - Eric 56
12 Buckeye Battle Cry - Jeff 55
13 Hammer and Rails 48
14 High Porch Picnic 47
15 Corn Nation 45
16 Lake the Posts - Phil 27


This Week's Games

Day Date Opponent Location TV Time
Sat 10/15/11 Indiana @ Wisconsin (HC) Madison, Wis. ESPN2 12:00 PM ET
Sat 10/15/11 Michigan @ Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. ESPN 12:00 PM ET
Sat 10/15/11 Purdue @ Penn State (HC) University Park, Pa. BTN 12:00 PM ET
Sat 10/15/11 Ohio State @ Illinois Champaign, Ill. ABC (ESPN) 3:30 PM ET
Sat 10/15/11 Northwestern @ Iowa Iowa City, Iowa BTN 7:00 PM ET


The Michigan - Sparty match jumps right out at you, it should be an interesting early game.  The same can be said for the OSU - Illinois game, the Buckeyes are in a must-win situation for many reasons.  I know Northwestern doesn't have a winning record right now but when hasn't jNW not played Iowa tough, and it will be interesting to see how Iowa rebounds.

The Team's Record

Last Week Wins Losses   Total Wins Losses Win %
BSD 4 1   BSD 46 11 81
Jeff 5 0   Jeff 47 10 82
Mike 5 0   Tim 35 9 80
Tim 4 1   Galen 35 9 80
Galen 4 1   Peter 45 12 79
Peter 4 1   Kyle 45 12 79
Kyle 3 2   Mike 45 12 79
Ben 3 2   Ben 40 17 70

First off I would like to apologize to Kyle last week, I besmirched his sparkling reputation by suggesting he was 4-2 when, in fact, he was a perfect 6-0.  The overall records have been adjusted.  It would have been a clean sweep for BSD and 5 of your panelists had 3 of us not lost faith in Penn State's ability against Iowa. I for one am happy to be wrong. 


This Week's Picks

Peter Jeff Mike Kyle Ben Tim Galen BSD
Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State
Michigan Michigan State Michigan State Michigan Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State
Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin
Illinois Illinois Illinois Ohio State Ohio State Illinois Ohio State Illinois
Iowa Northwestern Iowa Northwestern Northwestern Iowa Northwestern Northwestern


The gang is NOT sold on Illinois' lofty ranking or Iowa's previous luck against just Northwestern.  Everyone's bully on Penn State and Wisconsin, the two games that are probably complete locks, something major would have to happen for either team to lose.  Now that I said that, it will probably happen because the universe hates me and enjoys making me look like an idiot.