Football is finally here! Rejoice! ...and don't look at the schedule for this weekend. While Big Ten football is back, it's mostly filled with the requisite cupcakes and creampuffs we all
love hate. But hey, football is football, and even if the opponent has no business being on the same field as your team, it's still nice to see your record standing at 1-0 going into week 2. Now onto the previews!
This is the de-facto game of the week because it should be the only game that finishes with a score that's within two touchdowns. There's a lot of hype surrounding Northwestern this year (especially from our favorite writers over at the Patriot News) and they'll certainly face the stiffest test (of any Big Ten team with hopes of winning) on Saturday. Even if Dan Persa can't go (his pimp walk may end up keeping him out of the game) I think Northwestern ends up winning this one.
Prediction: NW - 27 BC - 13
Cupcake Rating (out of 5): 1
All the Rest:
University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels 0-0 (0-0) at Wisconsin Badgers 0-0 (0-0) - Thursday at 8 pm on ESPN
Wisconsin kicks off the season for the Big Ten with a Thursday night home game against UNLV. Wisconsin is a team that's struggled at times with OoC opponents, but UNLV was 2-11 last year, and Wisconsin should make short work of them at home.
Prediction: Wisconsin - 35 UNLV - 14
Cupcake Rating: 4
Youngstown State Penguins 0-0 (0-0) at Michigan State Spartans 0-0 (0-0) - Friday at 7:30 pm on BTN
Michigan State is playing Penn State's favorite FCS team in a Friday night game. Needless to say, this game will be over by 8 pm.
Prediction: MSU - 55 YSU - 10
Cupcake Rating: 5
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 0-0 (0-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes 0-0 (0-0) - Saturday at 12 pm on BTN
Another game against an FCS team, another likely blowout.
Prediction: Iowa - 42 TT - 6
Cupcake Rating: 4
Akron Zips 0-0 (0-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes 0-0 (0-0) - Saturday at 12 pm on ESPN
Ohio State is actually playing a FBS team... but still not a very good one, the Zips were 1-11 last year. Even without the Tat5 OSU will win this one going away.
Prediction: OSU - 38 Akron - 0
Cupcake Rating: 3
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders 0-0 (0-0) at Purdue Boilermakers 0-0 (0-0) - Saturday at 12 pm on BTN
The Blue Raiders actually made a bowl game last year (a year in which they lost to Minnesota). They lost it, but that's more than Purdue can say. I actually think this should be a closer game, but I'm picking MTSU to beat Purdue this year.
Prediction: MTSU - 24 Purdue - 17
Cupcake Rating: 2
Arkansas State Red Wolves 0-0 (0-0) at Illinois Fighting Illini 0-0 (0-0) - Saturday at 3:30 pm on BTN
Once upon a time, Arkansas State was a pretty decent team. They played in the Refrigerator Bowl twice in the 1950's, and made bowl games with relative frequency until the 1970's. Now, they're a middling Sun Belt team and week 1 fodder for Illinois.
Prediction: Illinois - 33 Arkansas St. - 12
Cupcake Rating: 3
Michigan loves playing directional Michigan opponents. This will mark the third time that Michigan and Western Michigan have met since 2002. Michigan has played at least one directional Michigan team in 8 of the past 10 years.
Prediction: Michigan - 41 WMU - 20
Cupcake Rating: 2.5
Chattanooga Mocs 0-0 (0-0) at Nebraska Cornhuskers 0-0 (0-0) - Saturday at 3:30 pm on BTN
Nebraska has won 25 straight home openers. This will be #26.
Prediction: Nebraska - 45 Chattanooga - 3
Cupcake Rating: 4.5
Minnesota Golden Gophers 0-0 (0-0) at University of Southern California Trojans 0-0 (0-0) - Saturday at 3:30 pm on ABC
Minnesota will be a better team this year than they were last year thanks to Jerry Kill, unfortunately it won't be enough to topple USC on the road.
Prediction: USC - 30 Minnesota - 14
Cupcake Rating: Minnesota is USC's week 1 cupcake
Ball State Cardinals 0-0 (0-0) vs. Indiana Hoosiers 0-0 (0-0) - Saturday at 7 pm on ESPN3.com
Indiana begins their season in a neutral site game against Ball State. When these two teams met in 2008, Ball State walked away with a 42-20 win. This year I don't think they'll be so lucky.
Prediction: Indiana - 24 Ball St. - 10
Cupcake Rating: 3.5
So these are my predictions for the week 1 slate of B1G games. Lets hear yours in the comments.