Wisconsin Thoughts, Prediction Standings, and Michigan State Predictions

Wisconsin Thoughts, Prediction Standings, and Michigan State Predictions

Just like Ric Flair put hard times on Dusty Rhodes, the Badgers put hard times on the Illini tonight…

Blog PhotoLike last game, this was another one that reminded us that the Illini can’t hang with the big boys yet.  Factor in the two fumbles that led to scores and other missed opportunities, and there’s not a whole lot to write home about.  And all eyes continue to be on the defense, a unit I think needs to make a quick turnaround if this squad wants to win any more games other than Purdue (sorry Boiler fans).

As you might expect, not a whole lot of good stuff from Coach Beckman in his postgame radio interview.  But this soundbite kind of sums things up...

Blog PhotoTo the numbers…

Of the 35 pickers this week, all but four of you put another tally in the win column, with top honors going to ehsfan, Bwp 5P, and DarrenAlman for nailing the margin of victory.  I’m not sure if we’ve ever had that many perfect RSDTs in one game before.  Overall,walker remains in first place, and DarrenAlman and Bwp 5P’s stellar picks this week vaulted them to the two and three spots.  We had three new pickers this week, which puts us at 66 for the year.

Now we go from red and white to green and white…

Quite the odd one today between MSU and Purdue, as it took until the fourth quarter for someone to reach the red zone, and that was the only red zone trip of the game.  MSU’s top ranked defense didn’t dominate, but was still solid.  And you can’t argue with the season stats:  five Blog Photodefensive touchdowns and a three-and-out rate for opponents of nearly 50% among others.  So needless to say, points will be at a premium next week.  Offensively for MSU, there wasn’t much to write home about to start the season, but things are starting to fall into place, especially on the offensive line, which faced several injuries last year.  The unit is led by talented tailback Jeremy Langford, and Coach Mark Dantonio said this week that QB Connor Cook is capable of putting up triple digit rush yards in a game.  Although it’s worth noting that he hasn’t come close to that mark so far this year.

Prediction-wise, this one is like Wisconsin in that my pick shouldn’t surprise anyone.  The Illini aren’t regressing, but the road team is simply the more talented squad.

My prediction:  MSU 24, Illinois 13 (three TDs and a FG for MSU, one TD and two FGs for UI)

Blog PhotoA couple other side notes about MSU not related to the game.  One:  as a radio guy, I found it cool that MSU included radio tenure rankings in their game notes.  In case you’re wondering, our Brian Barnhart has been on the job for 12 years.  Two:  if you ever get a chance to visit MSU’s campus, I’d recommend it.  The athletic facilities, the ice arena in particular, are very up to date.  Of the 10 Big Ten campuses I’ve been to, I rank MSU number three behind Ohio State and (showing my inner homer) Illinois.

Other random thoughts…

  • Lot of chatter on social media today about Lee Corso’s antics at the end of College Gameday.  In bad taste, perhaps, but I’m not sure why some of you are bringing the NCAA and Chief Illiniwek into it.  This was ESPN and FSU’s doing.
  • Since I mentioned game note Easter eggs earlier in this post, I thought I’d throw in this one (see photo below) from the Illini Football media guide.  Whoever and wherever you are Eric, I salute you.  Although I’m getting quicker at running stats to the DWS radio booth.  Perhaps a race is in order?
  • Since I’m planning on taking a short break after football season before starting up the basketball blog, I figure now’s a good time to chime in with my preseason thoughts.  Although there really aren’t many.  With so many newcomers, it’ll be tough to get a handle on this team until it has some games under its belt.  If you had to twist my arm, I’d say this is a middle of the pack Big Ten team.  Should be fun to watch either way with Coach Groce’s up tempo style.

Blog Photo-Tim

Coming up next Saturday:  MSU thoughts, standings, and Penn State predictions

[Rhodes audio via wwe.com]


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brownie832 wrote on October 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm


Sparty- 23



tonyjb37 wrote on October 21, 2013 at 11:10 am
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Green Machine  31              Orange & Blue  24 

Jam wrote on October 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Illininois 27     MSU  18

Tim Ditman wrote on October 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm
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Hey everyone.  A reader asked about modifying picks, so I wanted to lay out the ground rules.  Once you submit a pick, it's final, and I record it immediately.  I would, however, make an exception if, for example, a star player goes down with an injury late in the week.  You're always welcome to e-mail me your pick, and I'll respond right away to confirm I got it. 

Railsplitter wrote on October 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

MSU....24         Our team 17

teachdacc wrote on October 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

It's Homecoming!!!  It started here so Illini 27 Sparkless 21

mvillini wrote on October 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

  Trying to get my hopes up for a BIG victory, but it wont be this week.  

         Sparty 28 , Chief's boys 17.    GO ILLINI  

illinifaningeorgia wrote on October 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

MSU getting only 14 points against Purdue was an aberration, I think.  They scored 42 against Indiana.  Our defense is worse than Indiana's.  Heck, it's the worse defense in the B1G.  Michigan State 49,  Ill(and getting iller)ini 7.

illini82 wrote on October 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

A closer game but still a loss

MSU: 24

IL:       17

Gill52 wrote on October 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Just in time for the MSU offense to get some confidence:

                      MSU  31                   Illini  21         


illinibadger wrote on October 23, 2013 at 7:10 am

MSU 30, UIUC 24

buckhunter2 wrote on October 23, 2013 at 8:10 am

MICH ST    38

ILLINI          34

FonDoc94 wrote on October 23, 2013 at 8:10 am

Hope I'm wrong!

Sparty 34

Illini 16

ERE wrote on October 23, 2013 at 9:10 am
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C'mon folks! How about a little hometeam bias?

The way I see it, OUR TEAM gets fired up by an ENTHUSIASTIC ILLINI crowd, our guys come through, Big Cliff gets inspired by his home schoolies, and we get him signed in November!


FIGHTING Illini 31

Sparts  24


Bob Patterson wrote on October 23, 2013 at 11:10 am
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Michigan State 34

Illinois 13

jruss62 wrote on October 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

ILLINI....35 Sparty ..............17 not in it to win it    Go ILLINI Im picking them till basketball starts

ddub923 wrote on October 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm

MICHIGAN STATE             21

ILLINOIS                              10

illiniearl wrote on October 24, 2013 at 12:10 am


Michigan State 35


Illini 31

smccaw_11748 wrote on October 24, 2013 at 9:10 am

MSU 38


burkejo wrote on October 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

Our offense looked good last week, but so did Michigan State's defense. Our defense looked bad, but their offense isn't so impressive either. It's either a really high or really low scoring game. Since I believe a good defense will beat a good offense, I predict:

Michigan State 20

Illinois 13

Again, I hope I'm wrong.

rbarnes wrote on October 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

RZ got his first BT victory at MSU in '06, and I was there. I'm going this week and hopefully TB will do the same this week, but I'm not so sure...

UI 24
MSU 21

I'm near the bottom of the standings, so let's go fo the upset!!

rbarnes wrote on October 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

Tim, I did it again - logged under the wrong account.. Could you please enter this under my other screen name: "touchdown_illinois"


Tim Ditman wrote on October 24, 2013 at 10:10 pm
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Got it - thanks for picking!

BleedOandB wrote on October 25, 2013 at 7:10 am



ill 17

Bwp 5P wrote on October 25, 2013 at 10:10 am

Spartans 27

Illini 13

walker wrote on October 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

ILL  24  MSU  22

conner34 wrote on October 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Illini  28

MSU  27

DarrenAlman wrote on October 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Michigan St    30

Illini     23

Reillini wrote on October 26, 2013 at 6:10 am



I think we have a shot at winning this game but we will need to play a little defense and so far this year we haven't.

Go Illini

mbelcher wrote on October 26, 2013 at 8:10 am

Illinois  17

Michigan State  27

nutleyillini wrote on October 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

Illinois 31

Mich St 28