Oh those Spartans...For years under Mark Dantonio they won so many big games. Now they are blowing 25 point home leads to teams like Illinois.
This game is still incredibly important and incredibly nasty as the Backyard Brawl always brings the best and worst out of these two teams. Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines have really started to emerge after two rough losses to Wisconsin and Penn State earlier this season.
14 points in a rivalry game might seem like a lot, but if you have seen MSU lately, it is a probably not nearly enough. Both these teams often play close games against their bitter in-state rival, no matter if one team is clearly better in any given year.
That will not happen in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Look for Michigan to put a true Molly Whopping on the Spartans, which might just be enough to put the final nail in the coffin in Mark Dantonio's twelve plus year tenure in East Lansing.
MINNESOTA AT IOWA
LINE: IOWA -3
DTM PICK: MINNESOTA +3
I told ya the Golden Gophers had a chance to be truly Golden with an outright upset last week against Penn State with a late turnover, and that is EXACTLY what they did.
Yes, there is the possibility of a little bit of a letdown after that program defining win, but the B1G West is not won yet and Minny needs to keep beat Iowa to keep that division on lock.
The Hawkeyes have had some solid moments this season, but the bottom line is their offense simply can't score enough to keep up with Minnesota. Look for the Gophers to be ultra focused and take it to Iowa from the jump.
Last week I gave you LSU outright and this week I am ready to give you another big SEC winner. This time it’s the Bulldogs, who just snuck into the CFP top 4 with Penn State's loss, traveling to a tough Auburn team and their fantastic freshman QB Bo Nix.
Yes, the UGA loss to South Carolina was bad, but since then they have been galvanized and beat a very good Florida team on a numeral field and know if they win this game they are one giant step closer to the Playoff.
Bo Nix has been special at times this year, but at others has seemed like the big moments have gotten to him. It will be the latter in this game as Georgia's D will just be too much for Nix to handle in the end and the Bulldogs will get a monster win on the road.
Look for a big game from UGA QB Jake Fromm as well in a big spot in hostile territory.
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