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The B1G Preview & BSD Challenge: Game of the Year, Part 1

Penn State and Ohio State meet in a clash of unbeaten top 10 teams on Saturday.

Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman (14) breaks up a pass intended for Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Parker Washington (3) during the first half of the NCAA Division I football game at Beaver Stadium. Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK

We’re here! We’re finally here! game one of the three-game season in the Big Ten kicks off on Saturday, as No. 7 Penn State makes its trip to Columbus to face No. 3 Ohio State. This is the first time both teams are in the top 10 since the 2019 contest that went down to the wire. Can the Nittany Lions win their first game since 2016?

Games

All games on Saturday

12:00 PM

No. 7 Penn State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten)

OSU -4.5 | O/U: 45.5 | FOX

Generally speaking, most pundits, and most reasonable people, agree that Penn State is good, but we don’t know how good. Now they get to prove whether they’ve made the jump to “elite” on Saturday, as they travel to Columbus to takeo on an Ohio State team that has its own concerns going into the game.

The Buckeyes, up until last week, had not been as explosive as they are accustomed to. They also have a couple of players who are integral to what they like to do, who may sit out (or not be at 100 percent) of this game. Penn State has not beaten Ohio State in Columbus since 2011, and has only beaten the Buckeyes twice in that time span.

Should you watch? Uh...
Prediction: Penn State 56, Ohio State 17

Rutgers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) vs. Indiana (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten)

RUTG -5.0 | O/U: 40 | B1G Network

Look at that! Rutgers is playing for a bowl game in this one! In October! The Scarlet Knights just came off one of the biggest comebacks of the weekend, second to the 29-point comeback win by Stanford against Colorado.

Indiana, on the other hand, played well for a quarter, then fell to Michigan the same way everyone else has so far. Is there more in the tank for the Hoosiers?

Should you watch? You’re busy
Prediction: Rutgers 27, Indiana 20

3:30 PM

Minnesota (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) vs. No. 24 Iowa (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten)

IOWA -3.5 | O/U: 30.5 | NBC

First to three wins.

Should you watch? God no
Prediction: Iowa 10 (two safeties, two field goals), Minnesota 6

Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. Illinois (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten)

WIS -2.5 | O/U: 40.5 | B1G Network

An Illinois team that found something against Maryland against a Wisconsin team that couldn’t find anything against Iowa. To make matters worse, Tanner Mordecai is out indefinitely with a broken hand. The “former Wisconsin coach” may be brought up here and there, but at this point, I don’t think it plays much of a part. The biggest thing to see here is whether Braelon Allen can carry the Badgers on his back and keep the Wisconsin season from derailing.

Should you watch? Could be a good game
Prediction: Illinois 21, Wisconsin 17

Northwestern (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) vs. Nebraska (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten)

NEB -11.5 | O/U: 41 | B1G Network

The Battle for NU kicks off on Saturday! It would be ideal for Penn State’s interests if Northwestern could pull this one out, but that’s a tough sell on the road against a Nebraska team that seems to be figuring some things out.

Should you watch? If it’s close, sure
Prediction: Nebraska 23, Northwestern 13

7:30 PM

No. 2 Michigan (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) vs. Michigan State (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten)

MICH -24.0 | O/U: 46 | NBC

No wonder why Michigan’s boring ass offense has looked unstoppable with half a running game. Too bad Michigan State isn’t the team to take advantage of it.

Should you watch? First quarter should be good
Prediction: Michigan 31, Michigan State 20

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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