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Big Ten Preview - Week 2

It’s directional Michigan week in the Big Ten!

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The first week of football did not teach us very much about the Big Ten, beyond the fact that you shouldn’t play with a wolf pack in the desert. Let’s see what we’ve got for week two! I’ll be making weekly picks straight up, so read on, make your own picks, and see if you know better than me!

Cincinnati (1-0) at #5 Ohio State (1-0)

Columbus, OH

Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 PM

Line: OSU -16.5

This is going to be one of the games that I keep an eye on. OSU came out on fire against FAU last week, going up 28-0 in the first quarter, and then let off the gas against the Owls. Cincinnati, meanwhile, upended UCLA 24-14. The Bearcats would love to knock off their in-state rivals, and they may just have the horses to do it.

Ohio State 34, Cincinnati 27

Army (1-0) at #7 Michigan (1-0)

Ann Arbor, MI

Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 PM

Line: MICH -22.5

Another game that should be a fun one. Michigan managed Middle Tennessee, but looked lackluster overall. Army is a veteran team (hyuck hyuck) but struggled in week one against Rice. Can the Golden Knights take down the Wolverines?

Michigan 28, Army 17

Rutgers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) at #20 Iowa (1-0, 0-0)

Iowa City, IA

Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 PM

Line: IOWA -20

Our first Big Ten game of the season has the Scarlet Knights traveling to Kinnick. Iowa will win this game, but how they win it could give us some insight into how good the Hawkeyes actually are.

Iowa 38, Rutgers 21

#21 Syracuse (1-0) at Maryland (1-0)

College Park, MD

Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 PM

Line: MD -2

Yet another fun game has the Orange visiting Maryland. Syracuse dispatched Liberty 24-0, while Maryland walloped Howard 79-0. If Maryland wants to make a national statement, beating the Fightin’ Dino Baberses would be a good start.

Maryland 31, Syracuse 28

Vanderbilt (0-1) at Purdue (0-1)

West Lafayette, IN

Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 PM

Line: PUR -7

The battle of the also rans! Neither team looked particularly impressive in week one, as Vandy fell to UGA 30-6, while Purdue lost on a last second field goal to Nevada on the road. I’ll stick with the home team in this one, but it may be a coin flip.

Purdue 24, Vanderbilt 21

Central Michigan (1-0) at #17 Wisconsin (1-0)

Madison, WI

Saturday, September 7th, 3:30 PM

Line: WIS -35

A Big Ten team vs. a directional Michigan team, name a more iconic non-conference duo. The Chippewas got by Albany 38-21, while Wisconsin smoked USF 49-0. Methinks Wisconsin will be just fine in this game.

Wisconsin 42, Central Michigan 14

#25 Nebraska (1-0) at Colorado (1-0)

Boulder, CO

Saturday, September 7th, 3:30 PM

Line: NEB -3.5

Seriously, how in the world is Nebraska ranked? That was some doo doo they laid on the field last week against South Alabama. Whatever pollsters, you do you. The Buffs beat in-state rival Colorado State 52-31, and looked strong in doing so. I like the old Big 8 revival, and these two old rivals getting to duke it out again. A coin flip came up tails, so I’m going with the home team in this one.

Colorado 28, Nebraska 24

Illinois (1-0) at UConn (1-0)

East Hartford, CT

Saturday, September 7th, 3:30 PM

Line: ILL -20

Love it when a P5 team goes to visit a G5 team, especially when that G5 team is not great. The Huskies snuck by Wagner 24-21 in week one, while Illinois routed Akron 42-3. Something tells me this will also be an ugly game.

Illinois 38, UConn 13

Eastern Illinois (0-1) at Indiana (1-0)

Bloomington, IN

Saturday, September 7th, 3:30 PM


The only thing worse than a FCS team playing a FBS team is a bad FCS team playing a . . . mediocre FBS team? Indiana should have a fairly easy time with this game, not much else to say about it.

Indiana 41, Eastern Illinois 7

Western Michigan (1-0) at #19 Michigan State (1-0)

East Lansing, MI

Saturday, September 7th, 7:30 PM

Line: MSU -16

Like Nebraska, I’m not exactly sure why Michigan State is ranked. I like that they held Tulsa to -73 rushing yards. I don’t like that despite that stat, they only won 28-7. I’m sure Sparty will get the win this week, but I’m betting it’s just a matter of time before they get exposed.

Michigan State 35, Western Michigan 7

Minnesota (1-0) at Fresno State (0-1)

Fresno, CA

Saturday, September 7th, 10:30 PM

Line: MIN -3

This game should be another fun one. We get some Mountain West After Dark action in the Big Ten, which doesn’t happen very often. The Bulldogs gave USC all that they could handle, losing 31-23 in week one, while Minnesota struggled mightily with FCS South Dakota State. An upset here would not shock me in the least, but I’ll stick with the Gophers.

Minnesota 24, Fresno State 21

Bye Week

Northwestern (0-1)

The Wildcats get a chance to lick their wounds after managing just seven points against Stanford in week 1.

I had a pretty respectable week 1, if I do say so myself. Here’s how I’m looking through the first batch of games of the season:

Week 1: 12-1

Season: 12-1

The only game that I missed was Nevada upsetting Purdue. Never trust a Boilermaker!

So, who ya got in week one?