Friday, September 05, 2008

Get Gamm - Week Two

Hard to believe it's almost Saturday. Told you I've been busy. I've had football thoughts swirling my head all week but no time to share! Predictably, last week was a pretty even week for picking the games. Dan was closest on the Mizzou - Illinois tiebreaker and holds the lead. If I can catch my breath, Dan and this week's winner will spilt the games next week and predict on the blog.

For now, here are the games and my quick thoughts as well as the predictions from Picks are due by kick of the first game.

Eastern Illinois at Illinois - The Illini offense was on full display last week, especially through the air. Problem is, the defense was more full of holes than Swiss cheese! Redemption this week, albeit against a far inferior foe. Illinois 45 - EIU 17

Murray State at Indiana - Indiana never really put Western Kentucky away last week but it wasn't Kellen Lewis' fault. He was almost as amazing as Juice Williams. Indiana needs to find a runner other than Lewis, games like this help. Indiana 38 - Murray State 7

Florida International at Iowa - Iowa looked strong last week against Maine, and while FIU won't pose a threat, it'll be a progressively tougher test. Iowa should cruise easily. Iowa 34 - FIU 13

Miami-OH at Michigan - The Red Hawks might be just what the doctor ordered for Michigan. The Wolverines struggled offensively against Utah and the defense didn't come to play until the second half. This should be a much easier game for RichRod and the maize and blue, but we'll see if the improvements are enough to satisfy expectant Michigan fans. Michigan 31 - Miami-OH 9

Eastern Michigan at Michigan State - Eastern Michigan is an improved football team. Michigan State is young and coming off its seventh loss in two seasons of 7 points or less. Are the Spartans mature enough to jam the throttle to the floor and not let up? Look for much more out of the ground game from Ringer and company and while EMU might hang for a half, they'll wear down late. Michigan State 40 - Eastern Michigan 16.

Minnesota at Bowling Green - Okay, I picked this one before the season and after BGSU's beating of Pitt, at Pitt last week, and the Gophers' struggle with middle-tier MAC squad Northern Illinois, I feel even more confident. Minnesota is getting better, and is gutsy to hit the road, but they'll wish they hadn't with this one. Bowling Green makes it 2-fer over BCS foes. BGSU 30 - Minnesota 23.

Northwestern at Duke - Ah the battle of the intellectuals! A horrid Duke team beat NU in Evanston last season, with Hurricane Hanna approaching, and conditions looking to be dismal, can they do the same? Paybacks are hell. Northwestern 27 - Duke 17.

Ohio at Ohio State - Chump two in the warm-up campaign for the trek to Southern Cal. Ohio State looked awfully good last week but will see how it can run without Beanie Wells. Look for Pryor to get more time and for the Bucks to roll. Ohio State 41 - Ohio 10.

Oregon State at Penn State - Perhaps the only decent match-up on the slate. Penn State suspended three for this game but the Beavers come cross-country after a rough loss to Stanford last week. It'll be a game most of the way, but Penn State is too good to lose this one at Beaver Stadium. Penn State 33 - Oregon State 17.

Northern Colorado at Purdue - The Boilers got their bye in week one and have to be chomping at the bit to hit someone else. Painter should have a field day. Purdue rolls. Purdue 48 - Northern Colorado 14.

Marshall at Wisconsin - Not a bad test for the home field dominant Badgers but not a test a la Michigan/Utah, Illinois/Missouri or Michigan State/Cal either. Step up from the Zips who played UW tough. Wisconsin 35 - Marshall 17.


Andy Gamm said...

St. Louie Says
Illinois 45-6
MSU 42-7
Wisconsin 34-10
Michigan 28-13
Purdue 41-21
Ohio State 56-3
Iowa 37-17
Penn State 35-18
Indiana 38-6
Northwestern 31-23
Bowling Green 28-24

AndrewJ1313 said...

AHHHHHHH, I missed week one of Get Gamm! I was in Boston last week and didn't get to watch a single game, so I am more egar then anyone for this weekends games. The Big Ten goes undefeated at home and 1-1 on the road this weekend:

@ Illinois 56, Eastern Illinois 17
@ MSU 38, E. Michigan 10
@ Wisconsin 38, Marshall 14
@ Michigan 34, Miami (OH) 17
@ Purdue 41, N. Colorodo 16
@ Iowa 34, FIU 13
@ Penn State 33, Oregon St. 17
@ Indiana 31, Murray St. 10
@ BGSU 31, Minnesota 27
Northwestern 38, @ Duke 23
@ Ohio State 48, Ohio 6


Phats said...

ILLINOIS 55 eastern illinois 14

INDIANA 31 murray state 17(still not sold on IU)

IOWA 54 florida international 10

MICHIGAN 31 miami 24

MICHIGAN STATE 38 eastern 14

BOWLING GREEN 41 minnesota 28


OHIO STATE 42 ohio 14

PENN STATE 38 oregon state 17

PURDUE 55 northern colorado 10

WISCONSIN 31 marshall 17