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Big Ten Preview - Week 6

After a down week, the Big Ten features a pair of top 25 match ups in week 6

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Week 5 in the Big Ten featured chalk and a few blow outs. Week 6 looks better on paper with a pair of top-25 match ups. Now, let’s dive in and make some picks!

#14 Iowa (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at #19 Michigan (3-1, 1-1)

Ann Arbor, MI

Saturday, October 5th, 12:00 PM

Line: UM -7

We’ll start with the marquee match up in the B1G this weekend. Michigan’s offense has faced one good defense this year and looked putrid in that game. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the rest of America, Iowa has a good defense. Quarterback Nate Stanley and the Hawkeye offense does just enough to pull the upset in the Big House.

Iowa 21, Michigan 17

Maryland (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at Rutgers (1-3, 0-2)

Piscataway, NJ

Saturday, October 5th, 12:00 PM

Line: UMD -14.5

The Big Ten East toilet bowl, baby! Maryland and Rutgers lost by a combined score of 111-0 last week and will now fight to the death with the loser destined to finish last in the Big Ten East. Rutgers will have an interim coach after firing Chris Ash on Sunday, this combined with Maryland actually having some decent talent and just questionable coaching gives the Terps the edge.

Maryland 31, Rutgers 13

Kent State (2-2) at #8 Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0)

Madison, WI

Saturday, October 5th, 12:00 PM

Line: WIS -37

Wisconsin is one of the best teams in the country. Kent State is one of the worst teams in the country. Good luck, Golden Flashes.

Wisconsin 49, Kent State 0

Illinois (2-2, 0-1) at Minnesota (4-0, 1-0)

Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, October 5th, 3:30 PM

Line: MIN -14.5

Through four games Minnesota has been surviving by the skin of their teeth. Despite close class, PJ Fleck and the Gophers have rowed the boat to 4-0. Illinois started 2-0, then remembered they were Illinois.

Minnesota 35, Illinois 20

Northwestern (1-3, 0-2) at Nebraska (3-2, 1-1)

Lincoln, NE

Saturday, October 5th, 4:00 PM

Line: NEB -8

Northwestern’s offense is one of the worst in the Power 5. Nebraska was the most overrated team in the country in the preseason and is pretty meh. This game will probably suck.

Nebraska 25, Northwestern 20

#25 Michigan State (4-1, 2-0) at #4 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0)

Columbus, OH

Saturday, October 5th, 7:30 PM

Line: OSU -17

It’s the same old story for Sparty - awesome defense but bad offense. As for Ohio State, they look like one of the best teams in the country and by far the class of the Big Ten. This one won’t be close for Dantonio and company.

Ohio State 38, Michigan State 10