Week 13 Predictions – 2019
Last Week: Ohio State took care of Rutgers like a championship level team should. Not just a Big Ten Champion, but a National Champion. Just as they have all season, the Buckeyes made a strong case to be considered the #1 team in the country, It will all play itself out over the next three weeks, enjoy the ride Buckeye Nation,.
This Week’s Games: The Buckeyes finally square off with a worthy foe. Penn State would be coming to Columbus with a perfect record had they not underestimated Minnesota two weeks ago. They are still a very worthy opponent but do they have enough firepower to challenge the Bucks? …. Minnesota went from a 120 year ‘high’ winning over Penn State to a low after losing to Iowa. Can they right the ship (or boat) and get back on a winning streak against Northwestern? …. Baylor had their perfect season ended last week after a second half comeback by Oklahoma. Fear not Bears, you will get another chance at those Sooners in two weeks. Meanwhile they will take on the Longhorns who have had their own failures this season. Does Texas completely crush the Baylor season or do they themselves fall to 6-5? …. Michigan has one final tune-up before ‘the’ Game. Indiana has given them trouble the past couple of years, is this the year the Hoosiers pull off the upset? …. Oklahoma saved their season with their comeback win last week but will it be enough to get them in the playoffs. They will need to start that journey with a statement win over TCU this week.
Buckeye Greats: As with the past, we will continue to include former Buckeye players in our prediction fun and we are thrilled to have Vaughn Broadnax back with us as a regular participant for the fifth straight year.
Here we go with our Week 13 Picks – Good Luck to All – Gregg
(8)Penn State @ (2)Ohio State
Andy: For a majority of the season Penn State was in almost every single top 10 defensive analytic you could measure. It was hard to see the chinks in the armor until they lost on the road last week to Minnesota. Yesterday against Indiana the game wasn’t settled until the final drive of the game. Some key points to consider, will Penn State have star wide out KJ Hamler back for the game against Ohio State? He is by far their best skill player on offense and has the speed and agility to take the top off of a defense by himself. Without Hamler it is going to be a challenge for Penn State to stretch the Buckeye defense. With a lackluster running game so far this season, I expect Chase Young to get a lot of attempts at quarterback Sean Clifford. I don’t think Penn State will manage to find a running attack in their toughest game of the season on the road, when we’ve seen nothing out of their running backs all season. If Penn State expects to be competitive in this game, Sean Clifford is going to have play absolutely perfect. I don’t see it happening. Ohio State is still in the top 10 in every defensive analytic and has been one of the most dynamic and physical offenses in the entire country all season long. Look for this game to be competitive in the first half and the Buckeyes pull away starting in the third quarter. Ohio State 45 – Penn State 17
Bbaver: Pick: Ohio State – The Nits really need KJ Hamler….my guess is that he plays on offense but not in his normal punt return and kick return rolls. Still, with of without Hamler, Penn St is in trouble in this one. They have a poor set of corners and OSU will take full advantage of that fact. Their secondary got destroyed in both of their last games and PSU is lucky to have come away with the W against the Hoosiers. PSU has a very good rush D, but so did Michigan State and Wisconsin, yet Ohio State was highly productive running the ball against both of them. I like OSU 41-20 in this one.
Coach Rick: All I have to start off and say, thank goodness this game is at home. I think the crowd is going to be electric and this will help the team. I hope all the injured players return as I think this is going to be a team win. I have the Buckeyes winning 45 to 21.
Cory: If we can be honest about one thing it’s that Ohio State’s schedule so far has not been difficult. The game this weekend against Penn State will be the Buckeyes’ most difficult one so far. The Nittany Lions have been tested by Michigan, Iowa, Pitt, and Indiana, and lost a close one to Minnesota. Don’t underestimate what being in close games and winning them can do for a team. Ohio State, on the other hand, has not really been tested in any game so far. Like the Buckeyes, Penn State has a terrific defense. They’ve given up 27 points and 31 points in their last two games, however, before that no team scored more than 20 on them. The concern for Penn State is the inconsistency on offense. Standout wide receiver KJ Hamler left last week’s win with an undisclosed injury, didn’t return, and is questionable for this week. Quarterback Sean Clifford only completed 11 of 23 passes against Indiana. Penn State will find Ohio State to be a much tougher challenge than they did Indiana. Ohio State 35, Penn State 21
Dr. Mark: OSU 31-20 OSU D should be able to hold PSU to 20 points, OSU needs to protect the ball -use the tight ends to break some trends.
Gregg: Warm-up is done, now the real season begins. I think too much is made about this being Ohio States next biggest rivalry. The bottom line is Coach Franklin is 1-4 against the Buckeyes and he would not have won that game without the blocked punt and field goal in the 4th quarter. Franklin was right last year when he said Penn State is a great team, not an elite team. OSU is an elite team and needs to set their sights on elite thoughts. Take care of the Lions from start to finish, their goal should be to move to #1 and get primed to take on the Wolverines next week. Josh showed me an interesting stat this week where both Justin Fields and Joe Burrows have 41 TDs this season but Joe has 100 more snaps than Justin. And who is the leading Heisman candidate. Quietly JK Dobbins is one of the nations leading rushers and he too has only played half games most of this season. Perhaps this week they will get more playing time. Ohio State 45 Penn State 17 (Go Bucks!)
Jason: The Big Ten East title on the line in Columbus in the battle of top 10 teams. The Buckeyes will be too much in all facets as the Penn State offense has struggled at times and could be without their top offensive weapon in WR K.J. Hamler. The Nits secondary has been torched by Minnesota and IU the last couple weeks and this week will be no exception. A little bad weather will have no effect as Ohio State rolls to 11-0. Buckeyes 42 Nits 13
Joe-S-U: OSU over Penn State – Absolutely ridiculous to be an undefeated Power 5 team that leads the nation in offense AND defense, and you’re second in the CFP? I sincerely hope down the road that Fox outbids ESPN for the playoff. They are financially in bed with the SEC and the bias is sickening. Anyway, on the field, keep Clifford contained on the ground and this one won’t be close. Lions don’t have the depth and athletes
John: All season long, we’ve been waiting for Ohio State to be “tested”. First it was going to be in Lincoln against Nebraska (48-7 OSU), then MSU (38-3), a “trap” game at Northwestern (52-3) Then Wisconsin (38-7). The common theme here is that OSU to this point in the season is just on a different level from their competition. Now come the next, first, real “test” – Penn State. The Nits have two legit points in their favor 1) a decent dual threat QB that can beat you with his legs and force OSU’s LB’s to stay home and account for him, and 2) a stout run D, at least on paper. I say on paper because they have yet to face a top 25 rushing attack, or a dual threat QB quite like Fields. Also, PSU’s defensive secondary is a sieve. Vegas has OSU as an 18 point favorite. I like the Bucks to cover. Ohio State 38 Penn State 13
Josh: Ohio State opens up as 19 point favorites, and the betting spread has not changed much. This years edition of the Buckeyes has a chance to be one of the elite teams in college football history. Statistically, there is no one better than them, outside of maybe Clemson. We all know Ohio State used their last bye week to prepare for Penn State and Michigan, and rested their staters early. Penn State has a stout run defense, but very weak pass defense, and this will be Justin Fields opportunity to shine. Penn State’s KJ Hamler is questionable, so his absense might impact the Nittany Lion offense. Ohio State gets a healthy and rested Chase Young back. I think this game is over in the 3rd quarter, and Ohio State makes a statement win. Ohio State 42 – Penn State 10.
Pia Pete: Chase Young is back. PSU won’t be able to stop him. OSU 42 – PSU 20
PJSBuck: Let WW3 begin (WW4 is the following week). This is for all of the conference marbles! I see a tight 1st quarter then we pull away after that. Is there any coach you dislike more than that idiot James Franklin and Jim Hairball??? Final is Ohio state by 28
Steven: Remember Forrest Whittaker in Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Imagine Chase Young coming back from having his Firebird destroyed. I doubt we’ll see any let down there in the second half. From here on it will be foot to the floor. OSU runs rings around the PSU defense. Good guys 49-24.
Trout: I am not worried about the Nittany Lions. I honestly don’t think they are as good as advertised. Ohio State should be able to win this game somewhat comfortably. Now, it won’t be a cake walk. Penn State has talent, and they will not go down with out a fight. I just think Ohio State is better on both sides of the ball. I see the game being relatively close going into the second half, but then Buckeyes start pulling away. This will probably be Ohio State’s toughest test to date, but I see them passes it with relative ease. (Ohio State, 38-20)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): Penn State will be visiting their biggest rival this weekend and their players and fans are looking for an upset. Unfortunately, Ohio State does not really consider Penn State a rival in the sense, well, of rivals. The Buckeye will be able to score as much and as often as needed, but will the defense continue its stellar performance despite a less than stellar performance against Rutgers. Sean Clifford, Journey Brown, Noah Cain, and the electrifying K.J. Hamler spearhead an offensive that can breakout at any time. I just hope this weekend is not that time. The Buckeyes will need all hands on deck for the defense to ensure this offense in contained. If the defense continues it’s prowess, the Buckeyes will be victorious. I see the Buckeyes beating the Nittany Lions 48-21.
Final Score: Ohio State 28 Penn State 17
(10)Minnesota @ Northwestern
Andy: It is hard to come down off of one of the biggest wins in your programs history in the last 50 years. After beating a great Penn State team last week, Minnesota shocked the college football world and coach PJ Fleck earned himself a big contract extension. Yesterday they went to Iowa, where weird things happen, heck just ask any Buckeye fan about the game there two years ago. Minnesota was competitive until the end, but frankly they were the more talented team. After a bad hit late in the game it looks like star quarterback Tanner Morgan might be in concussion protocol this week and potentially unable to play against Northwestern. I would love to sit here and say this is the same Northwestern squad from last year that went to the Big Ten championship game, but it isn’t. The Wildcats lost some truly great leaders and players off of last years squad that are not easily replaced. So far Northwestern has not looked like a typical Pat Fitzgerald team this season, they’re missing tackles and not playing nearly as physical as they usually have. While there is potential for an upset here, I don’t see it happening this week. Minnesota knows if they win this game and their game next week against Wisconsin they’ll make it to Indy for the Big Ten championship. Minnesota will be motivated to win and get a victory on the road. Minnesota 28 – Northwestern 17
Bbaver: Pick: Minnesota – Never blindly cross off a Pat Fitzgerald team. Seeing the hang tough would not surprise me, but gotta go with the Gophers here.
Coach Rick: I think Minnesota got surprised last week and it will not happen again. I was looking forward to two undefeated team in the Big 10 Championship game, now there will only be one. I still have Minnesota in the Championship game, so they will need to win this game to be there. I have Minnesota winning 35 to 10.
Cory: Minnesota had every chance to remain undefeated but threw away too many opportunities in a loss to Iowa last week. The Golden Gophers had two turnovers and the receivers and backs dropped multiple passes as a late comeback attempt fell short. Minnesota still has a good shot at making the Big Ten Championship game and needs to get back on the winning side against Northwestern this week. A big concern for Minnesota is whether or not quarterback Tanner Morgan can play this week. Morgan left last week’s loss late due to an apparent concussion and is questionable for this week. Still, Northwestern is so offensively challenged that the Golden Gophers shouldn’t have much of a problem winning even if Morgan is on the bench. Minnesota 24, Northwestern 10
Dr. Mark: Minn 35-24 Tempted to pick NW, but will give PJ’s boys a chance to see if they can beat NW and Wisc- If Minn loses they can still make conf champ game by beating Wisc
Gregg: Would be great if the Buckeyes could see an 11-1 Gopher team in Indy. As long as the Gophers don’t have a hangover from their lose to Iowa last week, they should they no problem in Evanston. Northwestern has the normal tough defense that Coach Pat has provided but they have really struggled to score in 2019. I expect Minnesota will be rowing with desperation this week. Minnesota 31 Northwestern 10
Jason: Minnesota’s dream season ended last week at the hands of Iowa, but make no mistake this is a good Gopher football team. NW has had their their share of issues this year and this game will be no exception. All Gophers in this one setting up the West division title with Wisconsin next week. Minny 38 NW 14
Joe-S-U: Minnesota over Northwestern – Gophers will bounce back, Wildcats just don’t have it this year. Give PJ credit for having his team in the second best Big Ten game on the 30th
John: Minnesota played much better last week in a let down game than I thought they would. It could be argued that P.J. sank the boat himself with a few bone-headed decisions. The Gophers might get caught looking ahead to a “for all the B1G West marbles” game next week with Wisconsin, but it shouldn’t matter. Northwestern is really bad. Minnesota 31 Northwestern 7
Josh: Northwestern finally found some offense last week, but anyone can score against UMass. Minnesota has one of the better defenses in the country, and will be able to slow down any attempt at an offense. The Golden Gophers know they can lose this game, and still make the Big Ten Championship game with a win next week, but PJ Fleck has them focused and believing in his system, and wont have a let down down on the road. Minnesota 34 – Northwestern 6
Pia Pete: The Gophers take care of business and keep their B10 Championship dreams alive. Gophers 35 – Cats 13
PJSBuck: Christians vs. the lions. Lions win easily. Gophers by 17 or more.
Steven: Well Minny, you took your lucky break and broke it in two. It is time to pick up the pieces and make a case for the Rose Bowl consolation prize. Northwestern shouldn’t pose much of a threat. Gophers 33-13.
Trout: I think the Gopher regroup and blow the doors off the Wildcats. Northwestern is a bad team. Their offense is completely inept and their defense is average at best. I think Pat Fitzgerald is a good coach, and has done wonders with what he has, but this year has been a dumpster fire. I really don’t think they will have an answer for the Gophers. Although Minnesota is not a world beater, they still are a good team and they have a really good coach in PJ Fleck. I don’t see Tanner Morgan having any issues throwing the pall against the Northwestern defense. Minnesota will win this game easily, and move on to their showdown for the Big Ten West next week. (Minnesota, 31-3)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): Minnesota committed too many mistakes last week and took one on the chin. Northwestern does not have a capable quarterback and it has shown all year. Minnesota has been strong and I don’t see much of a contest. Minnesota blasts Northwestern 35-17.
Final Score: Minnesota 38 Northwestern 22
Texas @ (14)Baylor
Andy: I saw this a victory earlier this season for Baylor because of the roll they’ve been on. But similar to a big emotional win against a big opponent, a big emotional loss to a big opponent has a similar effect on a team. After beating on Oklahoma in the first half, Baylor managed to surrender 28 unanswered points to Oklahoma in the second half of last nights game to lose a heart breaker at home. Bears coach Matt Rhule has to be beside himself for how well his team played only to lose in the last two minutes of regulation. Baylor has to regroup and refocus, because this Texas team while down and wounded is still a tough team. Quarterback Sam Elhinger was a potential heisman favorite, but mounting injuries on both offense and defense have really put the Longhorns in a tough situation this season. Baylor has been an above average defense so far this season currently ranked the 40th best overall defense according to NCAA.com, but can they bounce back after a physical game from yesterday they played against Oklahoma. Sam Ehlinger is not just a tough runner, he is a big body too at 6’3″ 230 pounds he is built more like a tight end than a quarterback. If Baylor get out to a hot start they should win this game, but I expect it to be close. Baylor 28 – Texas 24
Bbaver: Pick: Baylor – I see a very close game here and like Texas getting the 5 pts, but slight lean toward Baylor winning the game.
Coach Rick: After last weeks lost in a bad way, I think Baylor’s focus just changed in a big way. Had Baylor won, I think this game would have been very close. But with Oklahoma’s come from behind win, Baylor now has a bad taste and will take that out on Texas. I have Baylor winning 41 to 17.
Dr. Mark: Texas 38-35 Tough to call, Baylor had chance to prove something and Sooners blew past them. Texas has looked bad at times but I think they will rise to the challenge. Defense again may be optional.
Gregg: Like Minnesota above, Baylor is coming off a tough loss bu they must regroup in time to get a win this week to have ANY chance to be in the playoffs. I am not convinced they are a playoff worthy team yet, but I certianly want them in the playoffs or than an Alabama team sans Tua. The Bears take care of business and keep pace with Oklahoma. Baylor 37 Texas 27
Jason: Texas is back? As Lee Corso would say “Not so fast my friend” The Longhorns desperately need a win to somewhat rescue what has become a lost season. Baylor’s magical run ended with an amazing meltdown a week ago in the second half against Oklahoma but the Bears can still get in the Big 12 title game with a win on Saturday and a rematch with Oklahoma. The Bears will get it done at home and Texas is left reeling. Baylor 31 Texas 21
Joe-S-U: Baylor over Texas – Bears same as the Gophers, they’ll bounce back. Just something funny about that Sooner comeback. I usually leave all my conspiracy theorizing to the NFL, but something didn’t seem right about that Baylor collapse
John: Baylor also surprised me last week in a loosing effort. The Bear’s basically ran out of gas against a physically superior Oklahoma, but still came close to getting the ”W”. Texas perpetually disappoints. It seems every year in August the “experts” proclaim Texas to be back, yet every year they end up losing 5 or 6 games. To date, they have lost 4. I think Baylor bounces back to keep their Big XII championship game hopes alive. Baylor 41 Texas 35
Josh: Baylor couldn’t finish last week, and Oklahoma sits atop the Big 12 standings. If Baylor wins this game, they clinch a spot for the Big 12 Championship game. Texas jumped into the playoff poll last week, but a loss knocked them right back out. Tom Herman does not have consistency for this team, and that disfunction is what I think will ultimately hurt them. Baylor wants to continue to fight for a spot for a chance for the College Football playoff, but they will need a lot of help, and that starts this week against Texas. Baylor 38 – Texas 31.
Pia Pete: I can’t get a line on Texas this year and it’s at Baylor. Bears 35 – Horns 23
PJSBuck: Baylor is tough at home but how much of a “home” game is this, really?? Sorry but Tom Herman and the Longhorns lose a tough game. Baylor by 7
Steven: We all loved Tom Herman for what he helped Ohio State achieve, but since he’s left the program he’s shown himself to be a bit of a tool. Another loss couldn’t happen to a more deserving person. Baylor bounces back from last week’s collapse against Oklahoma and takes down Bevo. Bears 41-35.
Trout: This game will be a normal Big 12 battle. A lot of points and very little defense. And I think the Baylor Bears win this game. Texas is clearly not back. They have a decent offensive attack, but their defense is terrible. They almost lost to Kansas is year. They are not a good football team. Baylor is also not great, but I feel they are more consistent than the Longhorns. The game will be close. Most likely coming down to who has the ball last. And I think both teams score 40+ points. However, I think the Bears’ slightly better skill, gives them the victory. Baylor in a close one. (Baylor, 49-45)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): Texas is revealing that Tom Herman is not the miracle worker he was once believed to be. On the other hand, Matt Rhule is a miracle worker. This weekend I don’t see the same collapse and the Baylor Bears beat the Texas Longhorns 38-27.
Final Score: Baylor 24 Texas 10
(13)Michigan @ Indiana
Andy: If you’ve watched the Indiana Hoosiers play over the past 4-5 seasons, they’ve had skill and physical players on both sides of the ball. Often times they’ve just gone up against too superior of athletes to put away these tough teams in the Big Ten East division. So far this season, they’ve put every team away expect for three. Between quarterbacks Penix and Ramsey, the Hoosiers have plenty of experience and talent at the quarterback position to move the ball on offense. Where the Hoosiers have really shined this season is on defense. Currently the 19th best overall defense in the country, the Hoosiers are allowing less than 5 yards per play which is 24th best in the country. I don’t think that will be enough to beat Michigan though. The Wolverines finally appear to be playing the offense we expected to see out of them all season. Shea Patterson had the best single game by any quarterback in the history of the Paul Bunyan rivalry yesterday, throwing for nearly 400 yards and racking in 4 passing touchdowns. Aside from Shea playing better, the offensive line went from struggling to assertive and Hasaan Haskins has emerged as a legitimate play maker at the tail back position. I would spend time discussing their wide receivers, but I think everybody should know how good they are, Nico Collins, Tarik Black, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Ronnie Bell will all likely be NFL receivers. On top of the offensive improvement, defensive coordinator Don Brown has switched his personal schemes from a heavy man-press coverage to a zone coverage scheme which has been working wonders for the Wolverine defense the past four games. I’d love to see Indiana walk away with a win here, but Michigan is hitting it’s stride as a team and is going to be really hard to beat. Michigan 38 – Indiana 28
Bbaver: Pick: Michigan – I see this like a million other Indiana vs a top Big Ten team matchup. Indiana hangs tough and does just enough to let a win slip through their fingers. Maybe one of these days Indiana actually wins this game, but I will take the Wolverines here.
Coach Rick: Michigan has really come on in the second half of this season. Once talk of them possibly losing their coach, the team came together and has been unstoppable. That will not change in this game as any ranked team Indiana faced, they have lost to. I have Michigan winning 42 to 14.
Cory: Though it’s not saying much, this is one of the best teams Indiana has had in a long time. The Hoosiers are 7-3 and narrowly lost to Penn State last weekend. The Nittany Lions iced the game with a drive that ate up almost 10 minutes of clock in the fourth quarter, which goes to show that while the Hoosiers are much improved defensively that there is still some work to do. Michigan cannot afford to overlook the Hoosiers this weekend, nor do I think they will. Since losing to Penn State, the Wolverines have been very impressive in blowout wins over Notre Dame, Maryland, and Michigan State. In those three games, Michigan gave up just 31 points combined. Michigan 28, Indiana 20
Dr. Mark: Michigan 44-17 – Pat will be hoping for a big upset but Wolverines now have confidence in Shea P. Should be close in first half.
Gregg: Everyone has noticed that something happened in the halftime locker room at Penn State for the Wolverines. They almost came back (should have actually tied the game) in that one and has been non-stop since then, including a huge win over rival Michigan State. Michigan has had issues with the Hoosiers in the Harbaugh years, having gone to overtime both times they played in Bloomington. Indiana has had a solid season this year and if it weren’t for the fact that their starting quarterback is out for the season, I might give the nod to the home team. But I think Michigan will be dailed in and working out their final kinks before the big game next week with the Buckeyes. Michigan 24 Indiana 17
Jason: This is a potential trap game for the Wolverines but Indiana is good enough to keep their attention. Indiana nearly pulled off the upset in State College and can pitch the ball around as good as anyone Michigan has seen. It will be tight for four quarters but Michigan has too much talent and will get the road win and turn their attention to The Game in Ann Arbor next Saturday. Michigan 34 Indiana 28
Joe-S-U: Michigan over Indiana – Folks, I’ll just say it for the record- I am a lot more concerned with the trip to Ann Arbor than anything James Franklin’s bringing in here Saturday. TBGUN has found a groove
John: Every year the Hoosier’s seem to tease college football fandom. They’ll play an elite team close, but can’t quite get over the hump and get the upset. Last week they went in to Happy Valley and hung tough with Penn State, losing by 7. This week they get Michigan at home, on senior day. To be fair, the Wolve’s have played better since the first half of the loss at Penn State, but to these eyes they look a long way from great. This may finally be the week the Hoosier’s slay the dragon. Indiana 28 Michigan 27
Josh: Shea Patterson is already looking ahead towards The Game next week, and feels confident with the way Michigan has been playing since the second half against Penn State. They rolled against Michigan State, and won big against a decent Notre Dame team, but this story has been played out too many times recently for the Maize and Blue. Indiana is a quality team, and almost came back to beat Penn State last week, but the loss gave them their third loss of the season. Michigan’s defense is going to give Peyton Ramsey fits, but I still see the Hoosiers making this one competitive. They almost got the big win on the road, but I think Penn State was still regrouping after a loss the week before, and was without KJ Hamler for the majority of the game. I think Michigan wins, but not as comfortable as they would like. Michigan 31 – Indiana 28.
Pia Pete: This is a trap game for TBGUN. Indiana is playing really well. IU 27 – UM 24
PJSBuck: It would be just my luck that those morons lose to Indiana, making THE GAME more desperate for them. This is IU’s whole season right here but I have to go with TBGUN in a very hard fought game.
Steven: Indiana gas lost their starting QB for the year. UM seems to be hitting their stride, (as much as a Harbaugh coached team has a stride). This shouldn’t be a game past halftime. UM 35-20
Trout: The Wolverines win this game, but I think its close. Indiana has shown that they are a decent team this year. They were able to go toe to toe with Penn State last week, but unfortunately came up short. I feel like that will be the same story this week. Michigan is clearly the better team, and will win, but I don’t see the Hoosiers getting blown out. I see this game potentially being a 1 possession game, with Michigan getting the lead late. Indiana will fight will all they have, but it won’t be enough to beat Michigan. (Michigan, 24-17)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): Michigan has been running their mouths since “winning” the second half against Penn State. This weekend will be a test for their defense and I suspect Indiana will test the Wolverines. However, while I think the game will be close I don’t see Michigan losing. Michigan beats Indiana in an effort to inadvertently help the Buckeyes 28-24.
Final Score: Michigan 39 Indiana 14
TCU @ (9)Oklahoma
Andy: Oklahoma may in some bizarre universe may still have playoff hopes after beating Baylor yesterday. With that hope still alive, I foresee the Sooners wanting to make a statement to the playoff committee. TCU has been playing much better football the past few games than they did at the start of the season, but simply put I think they’re going to need to play the best game possible if they expect to beat Oklahoma. Currently TCU has the 26th best overall defense in the country, but Oklahoma has firmly held the number 1 total offense for a majority of this season. With this game being at home after a potentially season saving win at Baylor, I expect Boomer Sooner to lay the smack down on the Horned Frogs. Oklahoma 48 – TCU 24
Bbaver: Pick: Oklahoma – Sooners should roll here
Coach Rick: TCU needs to get one more win to be bowl eligible. The bad news is they will not get it this week. Oklahoma will have little issues in this game. I have the Sooners winning 35 to 14.
Dr. Mark: OKLA 48-42 – Another high scoring games with turnovers and questionable Defense- prob the most fun game of the day tho!
Gregg: When you look at what the playoff committee is rolling out, they are not giving much of a chance for the Big 12 to get a team to the dance. The Sooners are probably the best team in the conference, yet they required a huge comeback last week to defeat Baylor. I look for them to be extremely focused. And if CeeDee Lamb s back, this wil look really lopsided. Oklahoma 48 TCU 31
Jason: Oklahoma has momentum coming off the big comeback against Baylor last week and still has the CFP playoff on their mind. They can only control whats ahead and thats TCU, Bedlam and a potential rematch with Baylor in the Big 12 title game to keep their name in the conversation. Jalen Hurts has been nothing short of phenomenal all year and will likely be in New York for the Heisman Ceremony. He will look like a finalist again in this one, leading the Sooners to a big win. Okla 42 TCU 24
Joe-S-U: Oklahoma over TCU – Remember the old “I could’ve had a V8” commercials? ‘Ol Nicky Satan down there is saying “I coulda had Jalen Hurts”
John: Sooners shot themselves in the foot a lot last week, yet still managed to beat an undefeated Baylor in Waco. TCU is far from undefeated. Sooner’s roll. Oklahoma 48 TCU 13
Josh: Like Baylor, a win this week will clinch Oklahoma a birth in the Big 12 championship game. Despite the major comeback last week, Oklahoma is in the outside looking in and will need some help if it wants to try and make the playoff. Usually TCU gives teams fits, but I think Gary Patterson has his team playing at a high level, but not for the full game. Jalen Hurts leads the Sooners to their 10th win, and prepare to face off against a potent rushing attack in their rival Oklahoma State. Oklahoma 44 – TCU 21.
Pia Pete: TCU isn’t good. OU is suspect as well but gets the win at home. OU 27 – TCU 17
PJSBuck: Don’t see this as close right now. Sooners by 21 or more
Steven: TCU don’t have enough to exploit Oklahoma’s porus defense, certainly not enough to keep pace the the Sooners’ top notch offense. Sooners’ stomp the Frogs. Frogs go squish. OU 48-31.
Trout: The Sooners win this game by a few scores, but their terrible defense will keep the Horn Frogs in this game. Jalen Hurts is a good quarterback. granted, he played terrible in the first half against Baylor last week, but then turned it around and lead the comeback in the second half. He will be the reason that the Sooners win this game. I can see him have multiple touchdowns both through the air and on the ground. But, I also see the Oklahoma defense letting TCU continue to score, and make this a competitive game. The Sooners will pull away eventually, but it won’t be pretty, especially in the first half. Jalen Hurts keeps Oklahoma’s CFP hopes alive, with a win. (Oklahoma, 56-42)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): Oklahoma had a historic comeback against Baylor and showed it had the ability to score at will. Oklahoma also showed the propensity to turn the ball over at will. TCU seems to be finding their sea legs, but then I remember it’s the Big 12. The Sooners will hop all over the Horned Frogs 48-28.