Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 13: Where The Buck Stops

Week 13 of Big Ten football brings several critical matchups, some important “yardstick” games, and also Northwestern versus Purdue. We’re heading into the silly season for coaches as, if history is any guide, this will be the penultimate game for at least one Big Ten coaching staff. So this week I’m giving extra attention to coaching, particularly in those situations where one or both coaches look like they’re about to get their gooses cooked.

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 12: How The West Will Be Won

Big Ten football last Saturday was all about who was going to win the East. We’re pretty confident who that will be now. But what about the West? Two huge games will sort that out for us — and one is a total surprise. Click onward and let’s get to it.

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 11: Annual Game Of The Century

We all know there’s a pretty huge Big Ten football game this week, so how much of an introduction do we really need to this week’s picks? Wouldn’t it be better to just skip right to the game that’s on everybody’s mind? It absolutely would, so just click on to see my prediction.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 9: All These Miles, None of Them Les

This week’s Big Ten football schedule features two of the longest roads trips possible for conference teams — and the absolute shortest. No doubt some of these teams will be wishing they’d just stayed home. But who? And why? Well, that’s why I wrote the article, so go read it.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 8: Regression Analysis

At first glance, this week’s collection of Big Ten football games looks uninspiring, without a true marquee matchup. At second and third glance it’s much the same. But burbling just below the surface like the spinach in a pot of minestrone, we find that just about every game is going to reveal something we’ll need to know on the way to Indianapolis. Click on and see what’s going to be sorted out this Saturday.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 7: Rise of the Two-Headed Quarterbeast

Week 7 of Big Ten football sees two prominent teams, Wisconsin and Iowa, finally admitting they don’t have a complete quarterback at the moment, but maybe they have the parts to assemble one. While turning to the Two-Headed Quarterbeast is usually seen as a desperation move, for both these schools, it just may be the fix they need. (Emphasis on “may be.”) Click on, as for the first time this season, we have nothing but conference games to look at.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 5: Ice-Cold Hoke Zero

The Wheel of Narrative has spun once more, and this week the Big Ten’s arrow is pointing to “hopeful.” (WARNING: Not valid in Washtenaw County, Michigan.) Can the conference keep the good football rolling? Or, now that conference play begins in earnest, are we just being set up for another five-loss conference champion? Your answer begins … now.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten: I’m OK, You’re OK, It’s Not OK

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Big Ten plays some pretty important non-conference games in front of millions of eyes, but things don’t quite go according to p-

(The Internet, as one: “Stop! We’ve heard this one!”)

Gladly. You think you’re sick of hearing it? Think how sick I am of writing it.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 3: All Thy Sins Laid Bare

I don’t know if you noticed, but the Big Ten lost a few important non-conference games last week. In this week’s Big Ten football picks I’ll be looking at each team, evaluating what’s working and what clearly isn’t. Well, as clearly as anything can be evaluated after just two weeks. To the games!

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 2: The Something Strange Is Always Les Miles

Big Ten football didn’t have too many shocks last week. There were only two real surprises, one pleasant (Rutgers’ win over Washington State) and one unpleasant but probably not all that surprising (Northwestern’s loss to Cal, which is the fault of everybody but Pat Fitzgerald, to hear him tell it). What’s in store for week two? Click through and see how I’m calling the games this week.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Weird Non-Saturday Games

The 2014 Big Ten football season is finally here, and like everyone else, I too am ready to pretend I actually know a thing or two about Rutgers and Maryland football now. There is room in my brain since I have already forgotten which teams were in the Leaders division and which were in the Legends. I may never forget that’s what the two divisions were called.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 10: Huskerdammerung

When one Pelini brother lost his job this week, many wondered why it wasn’t two. Bo Pelini is deep in the weeds in Lincoln after that loss to Minnesota, and everybody knows it.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten: 2013 Legends Division Preview

The Big Ten’s Legends Division goes away after this season, but not without a fight for its last-ever division title. Will it be a tight and suspenseful race? I don’t know, but it promises to be a lot more exciting than what you’ll find over in the Leaders Division.

Justin Morneau and the curse of Minnesota sports

I’ll make this introduction short. I’m from Minnesota, and for the most part I stand behind my home-state athletics. I won’t share my religious views, but I don’t subscribe to karma, because as a fan of Minnesota sports believing in it would be depressing.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild Preview and Prediction

The shortened, 48-game NHL regular season is over and the conference seeds and matchups are set. It’s time for some playoff hockey.