By Calvin Connors and Brandon Eastman Posted October 12, 2011
No. 6 Oklahoma State at No. 11 Texas:
Calvin- Oklahoma State Cowboys has a great veteran quarterback in Brandon Weeden who is 27-years-old. His main target out of the wide receiving core is Justin Blackmon with 450 total yards and four touchdowns. Texas is a young inexperienced team that doesn’t really have a main quarterback at this point in the season.
Brandon- Oklahoma State will overcome the lack of home-field advantage and beat the Texas Longhorns. Oklahoma State overcame a large halftime deficit just a few weeks ago against Texas A&M, who has been more impressive than Texas, to beat the Aggies on their home field. The Cowboys should win this game over the less-than-impressive Longhorns because Oklahoma State has been, by far, the better team up to this point in the season.
No. 12 Michigan at Michigan State:
Calvin-Junior Hemingway and Denard Robinson are the two reasons why Michigan will beat the Spartans in their own stadium. Robinson is a dual-threat quarterback who is too fast and skilled for the Spartan defense. But the only way to beat the Wolverines is to shut down Denard Robinson; he is the heart and soul of the Michigan offense.
Brandon-Denard Robinson. That is why Michigan will win. Even though the game is in East Lansing, the Wolverines have the more experienced group and the more explosive offense. Michigan State will not be able to do anything, much like everyone else Michigan has played, to stop Robinson from running the Spartans to death.
Ohio State at No. 19 Illinois:
Calvin- Illinois is a well-rounded team that has great coaches and great players that know how to win big games. A key win this season for the Fighting Illini is the win over Arizona State that was won due to the turnovers forced by the Illinois defense. Nathan Scheelhaase is a returning starter that knows how to break down defenses with his running abilities as well as his throwing abilities.
Brandon- Illinois has been on a roll this year, and Ohio State has struggled, however, the Buckeyes will finally rise to the challenge and should have their suspended players back. Ohio State should win this game due to the renewed energy that should come with getting some of their starters back from last season. The Fighting Illini has competed in a few too-close-for-comfort games this season and their luck will run out soon enough.