Weekly Rooting Guide: Die Hawkeye Edition

Thursday night football brings us Oklahoma State as a 13 point favorite over the buffaloes. But Okie State is ahead of us in the BCS, so we gotta root for Colorado. Go Buffs!

Of course, Penn State, a mere 3 point favorite over the Spartans, must win its final game to secure any hope for a BCS bid. Go State! Beat Sparty!

In the Big Ten:

While the MSU game is key for Penn State, a Gopher upset of Iowa would be really helpful. The Hawkeyes are unfortunately 9.5 point favorites and Minnesota needed a late field goal to lift them over South Dakota State. Even without Stanzi, I don’t know if there is any hope here, but Die Hawkeye! Die!

Da Badgers are a 6.5 favorite over Northwestern, and also have only two losses in the Big Ten. GO WILDCATS!

Purdue is a 3.5 point favorite to win the Old Oaken Bucket over Indiana. Let’s Go Hoosiers! (But who really cares?)

The Buckeyes head to Ann Arbor with 13 points of favoritism. Win or lose, the Bucks have secured one of the two possible BCS bids that the Big Ten can garner. If PSU and Iowa both win, then it will be up to the bowls to pick their most attractive representative. And while the gut reaction might be to root against the Buckeyes, so that we can “share” another Big Ten Title, I’d prefer THEM not to become bowl eligible. Even a minor bowl gives them practice time and a springboard to build hope for next year. I’d rather THEM have no hope. Sharing a Big Ten Title sucks and is pretty much meaningless if you don’t get the BCS bid and I don’t think this season deserves a number on the wall at Beaver Stadium. GO BUCKS!

In Top Ranked Action, you needn’t bother watching:

Florida is a 43.5 point favorite over Florida International Airport.

Alabama takes on Chattanooga–no line. No need.

TCU is a 28.5 favorite over Wyoming.

Boise State takes on Utah State on Friday. Utah State is a 23 point underdog.

Cincinnati doesn’t play.

Texas is a 26.5 point fave over Kansas. The Jayhawks won’t be in Kansas anymore.

Georgia Tech and Pitt do not play.

In Other Games of Interest:

The Irish are a touchdown favorite over Connecticut. Go Huskies!

Florida State plays Maryland–the Terps are 15.5 point dogs.

Temple is an 11.5 point favorite over Kent State.

Syracuse is a 7.5 point home dog to Rutgers. GO ORANGE! (Sorry Al.)

Akron is a 12 point dog to Bowling Green. Go Zips!


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