Big Ten picks: Take Michigan — and its version of Mitch Trubisky

Being P.J. Fleck means straddling the line between creative and weird.

The Minnesota coach had dozens of fake geese planted in the team’s football complex, explaining: “Geese fly in a V. And we’re talking about developing leadership. ... The goose at the front of the V has to work the hardest. The geese to the sides draft them. The loudest geese are in the back, encouraging everyone to continue to fly. ... There’s no man — or no goose — left behind. So we talk about taking turns at the front, leading this football team.”

He added: “They’re around everywhere. Sometimes they’re the only thing I get to talk to.”

Indeed, as Landof10.com’s Stephen Pianovich put it, losing to Maryland at home can put anyone in a fowl mood.

I was a little ticked after my first sub-.500 week, so let’s get back after it. As always, picks are against the spread and selections are in CAPS.

Last week: 2-3.

Season: 26-15-1.

Teddy Greenstein
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