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Howdy, football fans. Once again, it doesn't pay to be number two. At this point in the year, you'd rather be in third just to keep from losing. For most teams, there are only two games left. These last two games are critical, there are plenty of teams aching for a spot in the post-season, plenty of teams trying to get a better bowl, plenty of teams who want these last two wins. So let's take a look at this week's games.
Michigan at Wisconsin
Nobody would have guessed after week 2 that Lloyd Carr would have turned the season around, but here we are nine weeks later the Michiganders are in the top 15 and riding an eight-game winning streak into Camp Randall Stadium. Bret Bielma's Badger boys haven't lost in Madison this year, and they have no intention of surrendering their last home game. They'd best be careful though, as the Wolverines still have their sights set on a January game in Pasadena. The fur will fly, but at the end only one team can come out on top. Beonard's Loser, in a close one: Wisconsin
Penn State at Temple
After a tough battle against a choo-choo train last week, Joe Pa will take his kitties on the road to fight off a flock of owls. Game over. Beonard's Loser: Temple
Indiana at Northwestern
For the first time since 1993, the Hoosiers are eligible for an extra game. They'll try to improve their status when they travel up to Evanston to try to herd the purple kittens. Once you've lost to Duke, your season is basically over. Northwestern needs this win to become bowl-eligible, but that just won't be in the cards. Northwestern has a potent enough offense, but they're no match for Indiana. Beonard's Loser: Northwestern
Michigan State at Purdue
Mark Dantonio's spear toters march into the West Lafayette switching station to take on Joe Tiller's bartenders. The home team has cleared the tracks well against the mid-to-lower levels of the Big Ten. Michigan State's tandem running backs will provide a challenge to the Boiler defense, but the home team will come away with the victory. Beonard's Loser: Michigan State
Minnesota at Iowa
Iowa hasn't exactly been consistent this year, but Kirk Ferenz might find himself coaching in the post-season after the gilded rodents get demolished in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. Beonard's Loser: Minnesota
Alabama at Mississippi State
With upsets over Auburn and Kentucky this season, the Starkville pups won't be easy for the Tide to housebreak. After a tough loss to Louisiana State, the red wave could use an easy week, but I don't expect they'll have that. It'll take some effort, but the Bulldogs will eventually be washed away. Beonard's Loser: Mississippi State
Air Force at Notre Dame
Things just get worse and worse for the South Bend faithful. For the first time since the Kennedy administration, Navy won -- in the Indiana Vatican, no less. On Saturday, a flock of Falcons will swoop in to pick at what remains of the Irish season. Air Force has seven wins this year, none of them over big name opponents. The booing should be a little quieter this weekend, when Notre Dame finally gets a second victory. Beonard's Loser: Air Force
Illinois at Ohio State
The Chambana tribe have improved themselves beyond all expectations this year, and they'll hope to put the exclamation point on the season by cracking Jim Tressel's nuts. Ron Zooks can field an offense to keep up with the acorn offense, but it is the 9.7 points-per-game defense that will cause them problems. You can deny the effort, but it will be the visitors that end up scalped. Beonard's Loser: Illinois
Auburn at Georgia
The Bulldogs are sitting atop the SEC East and they'll look to put the bite on their visitors from the West. Both of these teams play tough football and nobody comes away from this without a few bumps and bruises. The Tigers have a stingier defense, and that'll be what decides this game. Beonard's Loser, in an upset: Georgia
Okay, pigskin fanatics. That's this weeks prognostications, tune in again next week when I'll have more losers -- losers... for... you. mmm.
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