Say goodbye to Willy Wonka and the cupcakes that were shoved down our throats the last two weeks and say hello to a real schedule of games.
It is a make-or-break week for the Big Ten as four teams face off against Pac-12 foes—two on the road, one at home and one in Chicago. Additionally, Notre Dame and Iowa State join the parade in what will be the 2013 version of the defining week for the Big Ten.
There's no question that the league has taken a tumble down the respect meter, but this weekend's slate of games, the conference has a major opportunity to climb back to the top alongside the SEC.
So, how does this pivotal week shape up for the Big Ten? Come on inside and let's find out together! Welcome to the jungle...It's put-up or shut-up time for the conference and for my picking skills.
Here is a reminder of where we left off after last week:
Last week's picks: 10-2, 9-3 ATS
2013 Picks: (22-2, 17-7 ATS)
*All lines courtesy of VegasInsider.com.