Like Bo Pelini, I plan to go down swinging.
The Nebraska coach — for now — nearly hit an official in the face Friday when he swung his hat to protest a call in the Cornhuskers' 37-17 loss to Iowa. I know the feeling, man. My fight to finish north of .500 in this picks contest (me versus myself) can really stir the emotions.
On to the final week of Big Ten play:
Ohio State (minus 16) at Michigan: The governor of Ohio (his name is not worthy of newsprint) is encouraging citizens to avoid using the letter "M'' on Saturday. Sounds like he does not want to be called an oron. Take Ohio State.
Minnesota (plus 15) at Michigan State: You know the Spartans are dreaming about Indy and Pasadena. They're human. Look for the Gophers to keep this one close. Minnesota.
Penn State (plus 24 1/2) at Wisconsin: Wisconsin is elite and Penn State is down but still … this many points? Wish I could punt on this pick, like Northwestern on seemingly every fourth-and-1. Wisconsin.
Bonus: Alabama (minus-10.5) at Auburn: My thought: You'll never go poor betting on Nick Saban. Especially in my case, where I'm not actually betting. Alabama.
Best bet: Alabama
Last week: 4-4 (includes picking Nebraska by four over Iowa.
Best bets: 7-6