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Big Ten Bloggers Pick'em & Thursday Night Football Open Thread: Week 1

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Don't know about you, but I love Thursday night college football. It gets even better once the conference season starts to kick in. But even with not-so-epic games, it's still good. So what we're going to do each Thursday night is post our Big Ten Bloggers Pick'em entry (explanation below), but also make this into a fun Thursday Night Football Open Thread. Sound good? So let the chatter roll!

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Some of the old-hat readers here will remember way back in the day when the Big Ten Bloggers were really cooking with gas. We used to have annual preview roundtables, weekly collaborations, and of course the Big Ten Bloggers Pick'em. Well, the only surviving one of those is the pick'em, graciously kept alive by The Daily Gopher.

And since I like doing it so much, you'll get to see us feebly pick each Big Ten football game this season. The standings will be posted at TDG each week, while we'll keep our own internal BSD standings for fun. I hope you enjoy, and definitely give us your own picks in the comments!

Galen was in charge of these back at LBU, where he did it all fancy-like. He'll likely take the reigns here in the next few weeks. They'll look much better when he's in charge.

The Schedule:

Day Date Opponent Location TV Time
Thu 09/01/11 UNLV @ Wisconsin Madison, Wis. ESPN / ESPN3 8:00 PM ET
Fri 09/02/11 Youngstown State @ Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. BTN 7:30 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Akron @ Ohio State Columbus, Ohio ESPN / ESPN3 12:00 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Indiana State @ Penn State University Park, Pa. BTN 12:00 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Middle Tennessee @ Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. BTN 12:00 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Northwestern @ Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ESPNU 12:00 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Tennessee Tech @ Iowa Iowa City, Iowa BTN 12:00 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Arkansas State @ Illinois Memorial Stadiun BTN 3:30 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Chattanooga @ Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. BTN 3:30 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Minnesota @ USC L.A. Coliseum ABC / ESPN3 3:30 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Western Michigan @ Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. ABC (ESPN2) / ESPN3 3:30 PM ET
Sat 09/03/11 Indiana vs. Ball State Indianapolis, Ind. (Lucas Oil Stadium) ESPN3 7:00 PM ET

The Picks:

Ben Peter Mike Kyle Jeff Pick
Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin UW
Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State MSU
Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State OSU
Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State PSU
Purdue Purdue Purdue Middle Tennessee Purdue PU
Boston College Northwestern Boston College Northwestern Northwestern NW
Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa IA
Arkansas State Illinois Illinois Illinois Illinois ILL
Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska NEB
Minnesota USC USC USC USC USC
Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan UM
Indiana Ball State Indiana Indiana Indiana IND