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Big Ten Preview - Week 3

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After an intriguing week 2, week 3 seems much more mundane

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A mostly uneventful game in the conference saw a cakewalk for most everyone, except for Nebraska. Sorry Big Red! Let’s see what we’ve got for week three! I’ll be making weekly picks straight up, so read on, make your own picks, and see if you know better than me!


#6 Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) at Indiana (2-0, 0-0)

Bloomington, IN

Saturday, September 14th, 12:00 PM

Line: OSU -16

Through two weeks, Ohio State has once again looked like the class of the Big Ten, demolishing Cincinnati 42-0 last week. While Indiana has also looked solid, there’s a big gap between the two teams. The Buckeyes roll.

Ohio State 34, Indiana 14


#21 Maryland (2-0) at Temple (1-0)

Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, September 14th, 12:00 PM

Line: MD -7

On one hand, Maryland spanked Syracuse so hard they turned from orange to red. On the other hand, Syracuse did NOT look like a top 25 team, either before that game or during it. This week may not tell us more about the Terrapins either, as although Temple had a bye before this game, the talent gap should make that irrelevant. The Terps get an easy win, and a big showdown in two weeks against Penn State is brewing.

Maryland 42, Temple 17


Eastern Michigan (1-1) at Illinois (2-0)

Champaign, IL

Saturday, September 14th, 12:00 PM

Line: ILL -7.5

The Illini struggled with UConn, which does not say much about my confidence in them going forward. I’ll take the safe bet with the P5 team at home, but EMU could upend a Big Ten team, it’s happened before.

Illinois 24, Eastern Michigan 20


UNLV (1-1) at Northwestern (0-1)

Evanston, IL

Saturday, September 14th, 3:30 PM

Line: NW -18.5

Talk about a snoozefest. A week after the Wildcats lost to Stanford, the Cardinal went and lost their week 2 game. You’d be forgiven if you skipped this game entirely.

Northwestern 24, UNLV 10


Georgia Southern (1-1) at Minnesota (2-0)

Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, September 14th, 3:30 PM

Line: MIN -15.5

Will this be the week that Minnesota actually gets a convincing win? The Gophers better hope so, because they don’t have a ton of easily winnable games left on the schedule. FOr a supposed B1G West dark horse, Minny has looked like anything but.

Minnesota 31, Georgia Southern 14


Arizona State (2-0) at #18 Michigan State (2-0)

East Lansing, MI

Saturday, September 14th, 4:00 PM

Line: MSU -14

This game is a sneaky good one, as I don’t believe the Spartans are actually two touchdowns better than ASU. They have a suffocating defense, yes, but their offense has only looked so-so. If they get a lead, it will be tough for the Sun Devils to come back, but a quick score by Arizona State and this game could be a barn burner.

Michigan State 28, Arizona State 24


#19 Iowa (2-0) at Iowa State (1-0)

Ames, IA

Saturday, September 14th, 4:00 PM

Line: IOWA -2

¡El Assico! This game was thisclose to being a contest between two ranked teams, but the AP decided it wasn’t to be. I’m still not sure what to make of Iowa, who beat Rutgers by 30 points in a shutout, but only beat Rutgers by 30 points. This game should give us a pretty good indication whether the Hawkeyes are a threat this year or not.

Iowa 27, Iowa State 24


TCU (1-0) at Purdue (1-1)

West Lafayette, IN

Saturday, September 14th, 7:30 PM

Line: TCU -2.5

Am I the only one who didn’t realize that TCU had gotten so bad? Granted it’s at Purdue, but I would have expected the purple frogs to be at least a touchdown favorite over the Boilermakers.

TCU 35, Purdue 24


Northern Illinois (1-1) at Nebraska (1-1)

Lincoln, NE

Saturday, September 14th, 8:00 PM

Line: NEB -14

For a moment I thought Nebraska had shaken off its week one rust, and may actually be a legit team. Then they let Colorado come back from 17 points down, and the rest is history. Do the Cornhuskers right the ship this week? Probably. Are they a B1G West or playoff contender? No.

Nebraska 28, Northern Illinois 17


Bye Week

Rutgers (1-1), #10 Michigan (2-0), #14 Wisconsin (2-0)

The Scarlet Knights got shut out last week, while Michigan came thisclose to losing to Army. Wisconsin has not yet allowed a point in 2019, and they won’t allow one in week 3 either.


And that’s how you do it in week 2, ladies and gentlemen. A perfect week two record has my season looking pretty good:

Week 2: 11-0

Season: 23-1

Colorado almost made me look foolish, but Nebraska gave up a 17 point lead and the Buffs got the dub.

So, who ya got in week two?