It is Miller time - for picking games

He went 9-2 last week and is happy about it. The coffee is for closers, and this guy is a cappucino drinker. See what JPM has in store for his two least favorite teams in the country this week.

No matter how much I wanted to go a perfect 11-0 last week, I would not change that Illinois pick for the world. I just will never get over my revulsion for the Illini. However, the Broncos of Western Michigan did me in, too, so Illinois is not the only one.

Central Michigan vs. Michigan

The Chippewas were behind 24-3 early in the fourth quarter to BC last weekend, and actually had 1st down at the BC 44 with 2:00 to go and a chance to tie the game at 31. CMU QB Dan LeFevour was intercepted on 1st and 10 on the BC 34 (after he just gained 10 on 2nd down to get a new set of downs) by an Eagle defender and all was lost. Michigan, on the other hand, had an early fight on their hands, but pulled away. The directional schools always want to beat big brother…not a chance this time. Big Blue 42-17

Rutgers vs. Illinois

May I have your attention, please: I would like to introduce you to Raymell Rice, the running back for Rutgers University. He carried the ball 31 times for 201 yards and three scores in a win against North Carolina. Illinois is ranked 4th in rushing yards in NCAA football after week one. Um, Eastern Illinois is a bad football team. Something has got to give here - it is named the Illannoy defense. The fans are going to begin chanting, "We want Juice!" after every game in Memorial Stadium. Juice Williams, hello. State U of New Jersey 31-10

New Hampshire vs. Northwestern

Northwestern got a big win, an emotional one, last weekend at Miami (OH) 21-3. Randy Walker would have been proud, and may still be. This week they will see, perhaps, the most exciting QB in D-1AA with Ricky Santos. The bend and often breaking Wildcat defense will have to bend a little more this week to hold down the other Wildcats. They will. Purple Wildcats 35-21

Miami(OH) vs. Purdue

Purdue put up 60 last weekend vs. Indiana State. In all honesty, they have a chance to do that again this week against the Redhawks. After seeing purple all night, Miami gets a dose of old gold and black. It will not be the pain reducer they are seeking. Purdue 49-20

Western Illinois vs. Wisconsin

Welcome the visiting Leathernecks, a D-1AA school, to Camp Randall. Western returns seven starters from a 2005 team that finished third in the school record books in both total offense (418.2 ypg) and passing offense (267.3 ypg), including third-year starting quarterback Steve LaFalce and senior wide receiver Marco Thomas. However, that was not enough to steer them to a winning season as they ended 2005 with a (5-6) record. This may be a "get out your program and look at the roster" type game for some of the Badger Nation, as many players will see action. It will be ugly...early. WISCONSIN 48-7

Penn State vs. Notre Dame

Anthony Morelli had a descent coming out party last weekend, playing pitch and catch with his very young receiving corps to the tune of 203 yards and three TD's. The Domers got a scare, and, in all essence, should have been beaten. But, Georgia Tech went away from the game plan that got them to a 10-0 lead. You can bet JoePa took notice. I will always pick against Notre Dame. Always. PSU 20-17 Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan State

Directional vs. state school par deux. EMU QB rushed for 164 yards and threw for another 146 - but it was not enough to lead them past Ball State. MSU had to battle to get beyond Idaho. This will be a game of attrition, but ol' Sparty will dancing in the end. MSU 28-10

Iowa vs. Syracuse

The Hawkeyes started slow but finished strong last weekend. Syracuse lost to perennial ACC doormat Wake Forest. If it was not for the Buffalo's, Temple's, or Kent State's of the world, this would be the worst team in D1 football. Honestly, they still might be. The Carrier Dome, named after the air-conditioning company, is not even air-conditioned. That is not a good thing for the home team who will want to cool off their defense because they will be on the field…a lot…Iowa 42-10

Minnesota vs. California

Lee Corso: what in the world were you smoking? The full of life football analyst tabbed the Golden Bears his national champion. Last season, he picked Georgia. He may have a jinx that rivals the SI cover gremlin. But, Minnesota has a poor rush defense so Corso might get a reprieve this week on the feet of Marshawn Lynch. Golden Bears 38-20

Indiana vs. Ball State

Another chance for the little guy to take down big brother. Ball State took down conference foe Eastern Michigan during week one. The Hoosiers defeated the other directional school, Western Michigan, in its' first game. I like this game. It may be close, but the MAC finally bites back. Letterman's alma mater 28-24

Ohio State vs. Texas

Everyone is talking about this game so I am not going to say much. It is the defense of Texas vs. the offense of Ohio State. The offense for the Longhorns is pretty darn good, too…and they are at home. 35-24 Hook ‘Em Horns

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