2006, Week 11
Howdy, football fans! Either I'm getting better or the games are
getting less dramatic. Can I make this my fourth 5-win week in a
row? The Smart Pill machine is gassed up and ready to go, so
let's have a look at this week's games.
Purdue at Illinois
Ron Zook's tribe only has two scalps to show for the work
they've put in their season, but they've played some fine games.
You can be sure they'll have their tomahawks sharp as can be when
Joe Tiller brings his West Lafayette locomotive into town. The
Boilermakers have been less-than-stellar on the road and they'll find that
Champaign is a place that knows how to derail opponents.
Beonard's loser, in an upset: Purdue
Northwestern at Ohio State
The purple kitties plucked some feathers at Kinnick Stadium last
weekend, and they'll look to strip the bark off Jim Tressel's trees.
If the Buckeyes are going to lose a game unexpectedly, it'll be
this one. The Columbus tree farm is focused on next week's big
matchup, but by the end of the first quarter the Buckeyes will be 100%
in Evanston. Beonard's loser: Northwestern
Minnesota at Michigan State
Don't tell your local radio host, but Michigan State hasn't been
impressive since the first half of their game against Notre Dame.
With John L. Smith on his way out as the chief Spartan, there's a
lot of confusion in camp. Glenn Mason's job isn't exactly cushy
right now, but his gilded rodents are riding high after trouncing
Indiana last weekend. John L. Smith has nothing to lose, except
this game and the next. Beonard's
loser: Michigan State
Wisconsin at Iowa
At one point, the Hawkeyes were flying high at the top of the Big
Televen. But after losses to teams like Indiana and Northwestern,
they're hoping to just salvage a respectable season -- and having made
ESPN's Bottom Ten, that doesn't look too likely. Bret Bielema's
squad is facing the last conference opponent of the year. With a
win this weekend, they end up tied for second at worst, and in a
three-way tie for first at best. Badgers are fierce critters and
the clipped-wing home birds won't have any fight left.
Michigan at Indiana
The Wolverines had a close call against Ball State last weekend, and
they'll have to keep focused when they travel into Bloomington on
Saturday. Hoeppner's hotshots are only 40% successful defending
the rock this season, and they'll need every bit of talent they can
muster. Lloyd Carr's gotta be sick of seing The Ohio State
University ahead of his squad in the polls, and you can be sure he
won't let a team like Indiana derail his quest for a conference title.
Beonard's loser: Indiana
Temple at Penn State
It's a rare day to see the Nittany felines play without the king of the
jungle. After getting clobbered on the sidelines during last
week's game against Wisconsin, Joe Pa will have to sit this one out.
Lucky for him, his kitties will be taking on the Temple Owls, who
shocked everyone earlier this year by getting a win -- their first in a
while. Beonard's loser: Temple
Well, folks, that's all the Smart Pill Machine has for us this week.
Time for some cider. Enjoy the games!
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