Panel: Unanimous for Penn State

Panel: Unanimous for Penn State

Each week, our panel of “experts” — sports writers, radio talent, former Illini greats and the boss at the N-G — will try their hand at 10 college games. “SportsTalk” guru Steve Kelly expanded his lead on the contenders with a solid week of picks.

Week 10 games
Illinois at Penn State
Army at Air Force
Wisconsin at Iowa
North Carolina at North Carolina State
Michigan at Michigan State
Northwestern at Nebraska
Georgia vs. Florida
Minnesota at Indiana
Navy at Notre Dame
Miami at Florida State

Bob Asmussen, The News-Gazette (65-25 overall, 6-4 last week)
Penn State
Army
Wisconsin
North Carolina State
Michigan State
Nebraska
Georgia
Indiana
Notre Dame
Florida State
Comment: Forced to pick a winner for the season race and I’m going with Kelly. He spends a lot of time with Loren Tate and some of that knowledge has to to be rubbing off. Or Stevo is just lucky.

John Beck, The News-Gazette (66-24 overall, 6-4 last week)
Penn State
Army
Wisconsin
North Carolina State
Michigan State
Nebraska
Georgia
Minnesota
Notre Dame
Florida State
6-4
66-24
Comment: Took a beating last week and not much confidence this week. These are some tough games to pick.

Matt Daniels, The News-Gazette (63-27 overall, 6-4 last week)
Penn State
Army
Wisconsin
North Carolina
Michigan State
Nebraska
Georgia
Minnesota
Navy
Florida State
Comment: Seriously thought about picking Illinois. I swear. But then images of the second half against Michigan State kept replaying in my head. Repeatedly. And then common sense prevailed.

Tim Ditman, WDWS (59-31 overall, 7-3 last week)
Penn State
Army
Wisconsin
North Carolina
Michigan
Nebraska
Georgia
Minnesota
Notre Dame
Florida State
Comment: Bulldogs cruise to a win in Jacksonville while getting their shine on ‘cause that’s how they do it ‘round here.

Marcus Jackson, The News-Gazette (62-28 overall, 6-4 last week)
Penn State
Air Force
Wisconsin
North Carolina State
Michigan State
Nebraska
Georgia
Minnesota
Notre Dame
Florida State
Comment: Against my better judgement, I picked Illinois to win last week and we all know how that turned out. I’ve learned my lesson, for sure.

Steve Kelly, WDWS (68-22 overall, 8-2 last week)
Penn State
Army
Wisconsin
North Carolina State
Michigan State
Nebraska
Florida
Indiana
Notre Dame
Florida State
Comment: Both Illinois and Penn State going in the wrong direction. Home field makes the difference for Nittany Lions.

Kurt Kittner, WDWS (63-27 overall, 8-2 last week)
Penn State
Air Force
Wisconsin
North Carolina
Michigan
Nebraska
Georgia
Minnesota
Notre Dame
Florida State
Comment: Wisconsin keeps rolling in Big Ten play.

Martin O’Donnell, WDWS (66-24 overall, 7-3 last week)
Penn State
Army
Wisconsin
North Carolina
Michigan State
Nebraska
Georgia
Indiana
Notre Dame
Florida State
Comment: I just can’t bring myself to pick the Illini after the second half last week. Red zone trips need to be converted into touchdowns.

 

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