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It's Week 8 of the BSD Big Ten challenge, join us for our Thursday night open thread!

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight Penn State fans get the rare opportunity to watch their former rival Pitt as Virginia Tech travels to take on the Panthers.  This should be a good game and it should be a fun one to watch.  The game starts at 7:30 and airs on ESPN.  If your lucky enough to have the Pac-12 Network you'll also get to see No. 20 Utah at Oregon State at 10:30.  The NFL has the Jets at New England so I'm sure fantasy owners will have an eye on that game (ed. note: go Brady and Gronk).  Last but not least, the Pens welcome the Stars after a long break, so yeah... lots of stuff to discuss tonight.  Join us for the Thursday night open thread.  On to the picks...

Last Week's Results

W L
Tim A. 5 0
Chad 4 1
Cari 4 1
Devon 4 1
Bill 4 1
Dan 4 1
RYAN 4 1
Matt 4 1
Galen 3 2
BSD Readers 3 2
Nick P. 3 2
bscaff 3 2
Mike 2 3
Jared 2 3

Congrats Timmaaaaaayyy on a pefect 5-0 week.  Last week was a tough one and Tim nailed 'em all.  This was the first week to see any panel members drop below .500, that's how tough it was.

Yearly Totals

W L Win %
Galen 55 13 80.9
Chad 55 13 80.9
Devon 54 14 79.4
bscaff 53 15 77.9
Nick P. 53 15 77.9
Bill 53 15 77.9
Matt 53 15 77.9
Cari 52 16 76.5
BSD Readers 51 17 75.0
Jared 51 17 75.0
Dan 51 17 75.0
Tim A. 51 17 75.0
Mike 49 19 72.1

Things tighten up a little as only 2 games separate 1st from 7th  Tim pulls himself out of the basement with the good week.

This week's Games

Sat 10/18/14 Iowa @ Maryland College Park, Md. ESPN2 12:00 PM ET
Sat 10/18/14 Purdue @ Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. BTN 12:00 PM ET
Sat 10/18/14 Michigan State @ Indiana Bloomington, Ind ESPN 3:30 PM ET
Sat 10/18/14 Rutgers @ Ohio State Columbus, Ohio ABC (ESPN2) 3:30 PM ET
Sat 10/18/14 Nebraska @ Northwestern Evanston, Ill. BTN 7:30 PM ET

Unless there is a serious upset the only game that is in question is Iowa/Maryland.  Which Iowa team shows up and does the Home Field give the Terps an advantage?

This week's Picks

Galen Maryland Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Cari Iowa Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Matt Maryland Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
bscaff Iowa Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Devon Iowa Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Jared Iowa Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Tim A. Maryland Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Dan Maryland Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Nick P. Maryland Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Bill Iowa Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Chad Maryland Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska
Mike Maryland Minnesota Michigan State Ohio State Nebraska

The panel is pretty much in agreement except for the aforementioned Iowa-Maryland scuffle which we are nearly split on.  The rest look to be pretty much par for the course. What say you avid BSD reader?

My Ballot Box
Iowa @ Maryland




Purdue @ Minnesota




Michigan State @ Indiana




Rutgers @ Ohio State




Nebraska @ Northwestern






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