Last week proved to be mostly chalk, with the exception of one particular game we will not talk about. The cream rose to the top of the crop, and other teams showed promise
Minnesota (0-1 Big Ten) at Maryland (0-1)
7:30 PM Eastern (Friday), ESPN
Both of these teams suffered demoralizing blowout losses. One of them was expected, the other was supposed to return an experienced team that would challenge Wisconsin for the West division. Minnesota’s experience should prevail here, but after last week’s performance, this should be an interesting game.
Should You Watch? It’s worth a quarter at least.
Prediction: Minnesota 31, Maryland 10
No. 9 Wisconsin (1-0) at Nebraska (0-1) XX:XX PM Eastern, XXX
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Michigan State (0-1) at No. 13 Michigan (1-0)
Noon Eastern, Fox
Michigan looked way better than expected in last week’s game against Minnesota, whereas Michigan State looked way worse than expected in a loss to Rutgers, one that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. That should be all you need to know.
Should You Watch? A heated rivalry where teams legitimately hate each other? Of course!
Prediction: Michigan 55, Michigan State 10
Purdue (1-0) at Illinois (0-1)
Noon PM Eastern, ESPN
The Boilermakers will be looking for revenge after last season’s home loss to the Illini. And, after having upset Iowa a week ago, there’s a good chance they’re going to get it. Illinois could not move the ball against Wisconsin last week, and turned it over whenever they did try, but the Purdue defense is not the Wisconsin defense.
Should You Watch? Yes, if Michigan/Michigan State is as lopsided as the line suggests.
Prediction: Purdue 35, Illinois 13
Northwestern (1-0) at Iowa (0-1)
3:30 PM Eastern, ESPN
Iowa is coming off a somewhat surprising loss to Purdue, given that the Boilermakers were without their head coach for this game. Northwestern, on the other hand, has to be feeling pretty good about putting away a Maryland team that may actually be worse than last season. In typical Iowa/Northwestern fashion, however, this game will likely be decided on the last drive and will require some weird, miraculous play to do so.
Should You Watch? No. You can watch the highlights if Northwestern pulls the upset.
Prediction: Iowa 17, Northwestern 10
No. 17 Indiana (1-0) at Rutgers (1-0)
3:30 PM Eastern, Big Ten Network
Suddenly this is very appealing game! Both teams coming off surprising losses, with the potential to start 2-0 in the Big Ten East. Rutgers beating Michigan State wasn’t as surprising, but it still goes to show that maybe Greg Schiano was the right choice all along for the Scarlet Knights. Meanwhile, Indiana got the top 10 monkey off their back last week, and now they can do even more.
Should You Watch?
Not unless you’re a degenerate or a fan. Yes you should watch this of course!
Prediction: Indiana 38, Rutgers 31
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No 3 Ohio State (1-0) at No. 18 Penn State (0-1)
7:30 PM Eastern, ABC
This was supposed to be the game of the year in the Big Ten, and it may very well still be. Losing to Indiana a week ago, however, has made the matchup look more lopsided that it probably will be. The Nittany Lions will try to avoid a 0-2 start to the season, while the Buckeyes try to march their way into an undefeated season and a College Football Playoff appearance. Can Penn State avoid all the mistakes that doomed them against the Hoosiers last week? We shall see!
Should You Watch? I’m not going to tell you how to run your life, but are you a fan if you miss this?
Prediction: Penn State 56, Ohio State 17