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Although we've come to the end of the road ... OK, we'll spare you the Boyz II Men lyrics. But our 2015 ultimate Big Ten road trip series has reached its final stop on the tour.
In case you missed our previous installments, we picked what game we would attend in each week of the 2015 season, assuming (for fantasy purposes) that money and editorial decisions were no object. We could each choose only one game per week.
To the season finales:
Friday, Nov. 27
Iowa at Nebraska
Saturday, Nov. 28
Northwestern vs. Illinois
Ohio State at Michigan
Penn State at Michigan State
Wisconsin at Minnesota
Indiana at Purdue
Maryland at Rutgers
Brian Bennett's pick: Ohio State at Michigan
Urban Meyer's team ends the season with two consecutive Saturdays against the Michigan schools, creating intriguing, if wildly different, storylines. Are the Wolverines ready to compete with Ohio State? The Maize and Blue actually played the Buckeyes very well in the past two editions of "The Game" and get this one back at the Big House. Of course, the main interest here is Jim Harbaugh's first foray into the rivalry as head coach and possibly the beginning of an epic Harbaugh-Meyer duel for the ages. Like the past two years, Michigan could be attempting to spoil Ohio State's national title hopes on the season's final Saturday. Whenever these two teams play, I'm in. This year, especially so.
Mitch Sherman’s pick: Wisconsin at Minnesota
Harbaugh gets one more year before the expectation arrives that Michigan ought to go toe-to-toe with rival Ohio State. In the meantime, give me a trip to Minneapolis, if for no other reason than that this Wisconsin visit comes almost exactly one year after Minnesota battled Ohio State in the snow, leading to pictures and video of Dilly Bar Dan on the sideline. Can it happen again? Even if not, the game promises to carry big implications in the West. In 2014, it determined the division title. I don't see anything from the other contenders yet to convince me the next meeting won't be equally as important.
Josh Moyer's pick: Ohio State at Michigan
I've never been to "The Game" before ... do I really need another reason? ESPN named it the greatest 20th century rivalry in all of sports, and the importance of this game goes beyond the standings. Plus, it's been pretty close as of late. Three of the past four meetings have been decided by a single score, and the series (in Big Ten play only) stands at 46-46-4. Who'll take the lead here? I can't wait to find out.
Dan Murphy's pick: Ohio State at Michigan
The return of the "Woody and Bo" days in one of college football's greatest rivalry? Michigan might not be ready in Year 1 to live up to the high hopes for the Meyer-Harbaugh annual showdowns, but this could be one of those "Where were you when it first started" games. Ohio State, if all goes according to plan, could be closing in on another playoff bid in the season finale. Michigan, no matter where its record stands, will be up to play the spoiler. Harbaugh took down Stanford's Pac-12 Goliath, USC, early in his career with the Cardinal. Can he do the same in the Big Ten? It would be hard to justify missing it for any other game on the schedule if he does.
Week 1: Bennett and Murphy at Ohio State-Virginia Tech; Ward at Michigan-Utah; Moyer at Wisconsin-Alabama
Week 2: Unanimous: Oregon at Michigan State
Week 3: Sherman and Murphy at Rutgers-Penn State, Bennett and Ward at Nebraska-Miami
Week 4: Bennett and Ward at Maryland-West Virginia, Sherman and Moyer at BYU-Michigan
Week 5: Unanimous: Iowa at Wisconsin
Week 6: Unanimous: Nebraska at Wisconsin
Week 7: Moyer and Ward at Penn State-Ohio State, Murphy at Michigan State-Michigan, Sherman at Nebraska-Minnesota
Week 8: Bennett and Moyer at Penn State vs. Maryland, Sherman at Ohio State-Rutgers, Ward at Northwestern-Nebraska
Week 9: Bennett, Moyer and Sherman at Michigan-Minnesota, Murphy at Rutgers-Wisconsin
Week 10: Moyer, Murphy and Sherman at Nebraska-Michigan State, Ward at Minnesota-Ohio State
Week 11: Unanimous: Minnesota at Iowa
Week 12: Unanimous: Michigan State at Ohio State
Our 2015 ultimate Big Ten road trip series has reached its final stop on the tour here in Week 13. Will it be OSU-Michigan or Wisconsin-Minnesota?