The Gould Standard Picks: Week 11

Another disappointing 2-3 week. . . Guess I should have known that Kansas would say, ``We’re tired of losing by 36 or more points,’’ and deliver a season-best road performance in a 48-21 loss at West Virginia. And that Rutgers would say, ``Enough!” and lose by only one touchdown instead of two at previously potent Indiana.

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Maybe I’ll learn. Maybe I won’t.

On to Week 11: Northwestern-Purdue, Penn State-Indiana, Rutgers-Michigan State, Ohio State-Maryland and Wyoming-UNLV.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]


The Game: Northwestern minus-14 at Purdue

The Pick: Northwestern, 34-14

The Comment: After playing well, but not well enough, against Ohio State and Wisconsin the last two weeks, the Wildcats will enjoy their trip to West Lafayette.


The Game: Penn State minus-7 at Indiana

The Pick: Penn State, 38-27

The Comment: Saquon Barkley (211 all-purpose yards, 2 TDs vs. Iowa) helps Nittany Lions pound the ball vs. IU.


The Game: Rutgers plus-14 at Michigan State

The Pick: Michigan State, 28-24

The Comment: I keep thinking the Spartans have to break out one of these weeks, but they haven’t. And I keep thinking that Rutgers seems to be more competitive lately. So here’s an opportunity for the last two winless teams in Big Ten play to make both points. For Sparty, any kind of a win is a breakout at this point.


The Game: Ohio State minus-29 at Maryland

The Pick: Ohio State, 49-10

The Comment: The Buckeyes, who regained their stride offensively in 62-3 rout of Nebraska, will keep it rolling vs. Terrapins, who were pounded by Michigan 59-3 last week. To impress the voters. And their coaches.


The Game: Wyoming minus-7.5 at UNLV

The Pick: Wyoming, 31-21

The Comment: The Cowboys, riding high after routing Utah State last week, will be intent on maintaining their one-game division lead on Boise State.


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