Pickin’ the Big Ten: No. 4 Ferris State at No. 3 Michigan, Dec. 11, 2013

Hey! There’s a game tonight! And it’s a doozy!

Ferris State at Michigan

Paula: That the Bulldogs are tearing up the new WCHA makes my heart very happy. Very.

Undefeated in the WCHA (10-0-2), Ferris State is riding a 13-game undefeated streak into Yost Ice Arena. Last weekend, FSU swept former CCHA and current WCHA rival Lake Superior State, 5-3 and 3-1. Most recently, Michigan dropped a 5-4 overtime exhibition game to the U.S. Developmental Team (Dec. 5), but previous to that had swept Ohio State (Nov. 29, Dec. 2) in a home-and-home series.

These former CCHA rivals are meeting for the 104th time, so if you’re new to this you should realize that there is a lot of history here — and a whole lot of love. Last season, the teams went 1-1-2, each winning a game in its own arena and with Michigan taking the extra shootout point in each of the overtime games. The last time the Bulldogs and Wolverines met was in Yost (Mar. 1-2) in the last-ever regular-season weekend of CCHA play. Michigan won 4-1 and the teams tied 1-1.

Drew: Paula is the expert on the former CCHA teams, so I’m not going to even try to out analyze her on this one. It should be a great game. I wish BTN was carrying it so I could watch it from the frozen tundra of Southern Minnesota. Maybe it’s time I finally figure out how to work BTN2Go.

Paula’s Pick: This game begins at 7:05 p.m. and I’m grateful that it’s being carried by Fox Sports Detroit, because I cannot attend. (I am also grateful that the Bulldogs play the Spartans Saturday, because I am so there.) I hate to call against a streak, but I’m going with the odds; Michigan is 41-11-1 versus Ferris State in Yost. Michigan 4-3.

Drew’s Pick: I hate to call against a streak, so  won’t. Ferris State 4-3.