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Race for the Roses 2013: Week 7


Round 1 of the West round-robin title fight has seen a clear favorite established. Meanwhile, the status quo reigns supreme in the East.

Race for the Roses 2013: Week 6


The West Division's back-loaded schedule begins in earnest this week, while Ohio State looks to be cruising to Indy and trying to position themselves for the BCS title game.

Race for the Roses 2013: Week 5


The calm before the storm in the West Division continues, while the East remains severely stratified.

MSU 14, Purdue 0: Kneejerk Reactions


Quick thoughts after a too-close-for-too-long win.


If FIFA Seeded the Enitre Draw ...

We won't know how FIFA decides to split the non-seeded teams until shortly before the final draw. Usually the teams are split by confederation, which leads to most observers expecting that...

Race for the Roses 2013: Week 4


A 4OT "classic" shakes up the West hierarchy, while the East is still Ohio State's division to lose.

MSU-Indiana Second Half Game Thread


Michigan State leads Indiana 21-14 at the half and will get the ball to start. The offense has been quite effective; Connor Cook has gone 16 of 23 passing for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and the...

Race for the Roses 2013: Week 3


Two weeks into conference play, who has the inside track to Indianapolis?

MSU 26, Iowa 14: Kneejerk Reactions


Quick thoughts on an encouraging performance in Iowa City.

MSU-Iowa Second Half Game Thread


Iowa leads 14-10 at the half. Early on, this game certainly looked like it was going to live up to the punt-a-thon billing, as MSU had short drives stall out with a failed 4th down attempt and...

MSU-Notre Dame Second Half Game Thread


At the half, Notre Dame leads 10-7. What we've seen so far: The offense is not allaying any of the fears that last week was a mirage. Connor Cook is 5 for 15 for 44 yards and a TD so far, and MSU...

MSU 55, Youngstown State 17: Kneejerk Reactions


Quick thoughts after a game that went so much better than most of us feared.

Second Half Game Thread - MSU vs Youngstown State


The offense ... did a thing? Several things?

MSU 26, WMU 13: Kneejerk Reactions


Immediate takeaways from the season opener.

Game Theory: Going For Two, Part 1


Coaches generally rely on "the card", but what should their decisions really be?

Game Theory: Underdog Strategies


What can statistics and game theory tell us about strategy for underdogs?

Pick 16 Standings (UPDATE: We Have A Winner)


Throughout the tournament, we'll be updating the standings here.

Pick 16 NCAA Tournament Contest


Tired of filling out an entire bracket for your tournament prediction contests? Neither am I, but here's something else to try anyway.

Big Ten Bracket Odds


Who has the best chances to cut down the nets in Chicago?

Big Ten Tournament Seeding Scenarios, 3/8/13


One weekend to go. Indiana has clinched the #1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, but three teams have a chance to join them at the top, and the #2-5 and #6-9 seeds are still wide open.

Big Ten Tournament Seeding Scenarios: 3/5/13


Indiana has a share of the title, but the races for the #2-#5 seeds and #6-#9 are still wide open. We break down the tiebreakers here.

Big Ten Basketball Projections: 2/26/13


Indiana has a stranglehold on first place, but four teams are fighting for the other three byes.

Big Ten Basketball Projections: 2/18/13


Tuesday night's showdown will go a long way toward deciding the race, but Michigan and Wisconsin will still have something to say. Illinois's recent surge has them in good shape for the tournament;...

Big Ten Basketball Projections: 2/12/13


A week of chaos has turned an apparent runaway into a three-team race, Illinois has gotten themselves likely back into the tournament, and Penn State's run at perfect futility "passed" its two...

Big Ten Basketball Projections: 2/5/13


Indiana may be in the lead in the standings, but they're not the favorite to win the conference.

Big Ten Basketball Projections: 1/29/13


A clear favorite has emerged, one of the former favorites for the top three is no longer a favorite to earn a bye, Illinois appears to be pulling a repeat of last year's collapse ... and poor, poor...

Big Ten Basketball Projections, 1/16/13


Three contenders for the title have a sizable lead over the rest of the pack; three more are fighting for the fourth bye in the conference tournament.

Race for the Roses 2012: Week 9


Handicapping the final week of Big Ten play.

Northwestern 23, MSU 20 - Kneejerk Reactions


Sorting through the wreckage after another disappointing home loss.

Race for the Roses 2012: Week 8


Seven potential Big Ten title game participants have been whittled down to three. Will Wisconsin face Nebraska or Michigan?

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