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B1G Preview Week 7: The Last Non-Conference Game Of The Season

Penn State plays the last non-conference game of the Big Ten season.

Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Brent Wilkerson (11) celebrates with Penn State Nittany Lions tackle Albert Hall (71) after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Massachusetts 48-7. Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

This week marks the last week where a non-conference game will be played by a Big Ten team. Your Penn State Nittany Lions will welcome the Massachusetts Minutemen to Happy Valley, in what should be the easiest game coming out of a bye week for James Franklin at Penn State. Given how the team has performed out of a bye historically, scheduling this game for this slot was nothing short of genius.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Iowa and Wisconsin play in the de facto Big Ten West title game, and Maryland tries to prove that they can be October Maryland too!

Games

All games on Saturday

12:00 PM

Indiana (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) vs. No. 2 Michigan (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten)

MICH -33.5 | O/U 44.5 | FOX

Indiana’s defense is inarguably improved over their 2022 counterpart, but their offense still leaves a lot to be desires. So much so, that the Hoosiers fired their offensive coordinator over the bye week. Now, they get to face a Michigan team that has yet to allow more than 10 points on the season. This game won’t be in question at any point, so the real thing to see is whether Michigan can cover a third straight line.

Should you watch? No
Prediction: Michigan 38, Indiana 7

No. 3 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) vs. Purdue (2-4, 1-2 Big Ten)

OSU -19.5 | O/U 49.5 | Peacock

Peacock. Home of your Purdue Boilermakers. I’m sure Purdue fans are loving having all their games on The Cock, getting all the value out of that subscription. The Boilermakers have given Ohio State trouble in Ross-Ade, and, at 2-4, Purdue will be desperate for a win. Will this be a lookahead spot for the Buckeyes?

Should you watch? Yes
Prediction: Ohio State 30, Purdue 20

Michigan State (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) vs. Rutgers (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten)

RUTG -4.5 | O/U 39.5 | B1G Network

This is the litmus test for Rutgers. If they’re ready to content for a bowl, or better, they need to beat this Michigan State team squarely in free fall mode, especially when the game is at home.

Should you watch? If the other games get out hand quickly...
Prediction: Rutgers 23, Michigan State 20

3:30 PM

Massachusetts (1-6) vs. No. 6 Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten)

PSU -41.5 | O/U 54.5 | B1G Network

UMass has allowed less than 30 points just once this season. The one other power 5 opponent on their schedule so far, Auburn, dropped 59 on them. The Tigers are not exactly offensive juggernauts. The only thing that could stop Penn State in this game is Penn State, and the weahter.

Should you watch? Banned if you don’t.
Prediction: Penn State 56, UMass 17

Illinois (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) vs. Maryland (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten)

MD -14.0 | O/U 51 | NBC

It was unrealistic to expect Maryland to beat Ohio State, but this Illinois team shouldn’t provide much opposition to the Terps, and, if they do, the September Maryland™ jokes may never end.

Should you watch? You’re occupied.
Prediction: Maryland 38, Illinois 14

4:00 PM

Iowa (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten)

WIS -10.0 | O/U 34.5 | FOX

Your friendly reminder that this game is only at 4 PM because Fox wants to fit an extra half an hour of commercials down our throats. If Wisconsin wins this game, they’ll have a two-game lead on everyone in the West, so the rest of the season would effectively be a formality. Meanwhile, Iowa can put itself in position to win the West by winning this game just as much, and with what they have left on their schedule, they might not lose again.

Should you watch? Even if to see whether Iowa breaks 25
Prediction: Iowa 20, Wisconsin 17

Picks

Big Ten Picks

Writer Spread Straight up Away Team Score Home Team Score
Writer Spread Straight up Away Team Score Home Team Score
Chris Illinois Illinois 21 28
Colin Illinois Illinois 13 20
Lando Illinois Illinois 17 24
Marty Indiana Illinois 20 24
Tim Indiana Indiana 27 24
Chris Rutgers Rutgers 21 10
Colin Iowa Iowa 10 17
Lando Rutgers Rutgers 17 13
Marty Rutgers Iowa 13 14
Tim Iowa Iowa 9 16
Chris Maryland Maryland 24 17
Colin Nebraska Nebraska 23 27
Lando Nebraska Nebraska 20 21
Marty Nebraska Nebraska 21 23
Tim Nebraska Nebraska 21 24
Chris Ohio State Ohio State 10 42
Colin Ohio State Ohio State 7 41
Lando Ohio State Ohio State 7 38
Marty Ohio State Ohio State 7 38
Tim Michigan State Ohio State 10 38
Chris Penn State Penn State
Colin Penn State Penn State
Lando Penn State Michigan
Marty Michigan Michigan
Tim Penn State Michigan
Chris Minnesota Minnesota 28 14
Colin Minnesota Minnesota 31 28
Lando Minnesota Minnesota 27 24
Marty Minnesota Minnesota 22 17
Tim Minnesota Minnesota 35 14
Chris Northwestern Wisconsin 10 21
Colin Wisconsin Wisconsin 14 28
Lando Wisconsin Wisconsin 14 28
Marty Wisconsin Wisconsin 13 28
Tim Wisconsin Wisconsin 13 31
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