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The B1G Preview & BSD Challenge: College Football Is Back

Another year, another degenerate preview.

Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Anthony Grant (10) runs with the ball as Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Michael Dixon (11) attempts a tackle during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome, welcome, welcome! Another season of college football is upon us, and another season of Big Ten previews begins! For those of you joining us for the first time, the concept is pretty simple: I preview each Big Ten game for the week, and the staff (former and current) picks the outcome of each game.

To make things fun, we make it a competition! We all pick the scores of each game, and we get points based on the following criteria:

  • Picking the correct winner earns 2 points.
  • Picking the correct spread gets you 3 points.
  • Picking the correct margin of victory nets you 4 points.
  • Getting the score of the game right nets you a whopping 10 points.
  • The writer that picks the closest score to what actually happened earns a bonus 6 points.

Without further ado, let’s get into the games!

Thursday, August 31

8:00 PM

Nebraska (0-0) vs. Minnesota (0-0)

MINN -7.0 | O/U 45.5 | FOX

The Matt Rhule era at Nebraska begins with a road game against a Minnesota team that must be kicking themselves for not seizing on the opportunity to win the West last season. With a retooled offense, can the Gophers finally earn a West crown in the last season of divisions? On the other hand, can Rhule’s patented turnaround come ahead of schedule?

Should you watch? This is likely the best game of the evening, along with Florida/Uta, so yes.
Prediction: Minnesota 31, Nebraska 24

Friday, September 1

7:00 PM

Central Michigan (0-0) vs. Michigan State (0-0)

MSU -14.5 | O/U 49.5 | FS1

No team fell harder than Michigan State in 2022, as they tied for worst win differential in the country at -6. In Mel Tucker’s fourth season at the helm, the goal is going to be proving that 2020 and 2022 were the anomalies, and 2021 is what should be expected. We won’t find out much against Central Michigan, who themselves came off their worst season under Jim McElwain.

Should you watch? Slim pickings on Friday, so if you’re looking for something to watch...
Prediction: Michigan State 31, Central Michigan 14

Saturday, September 2:

12:00 PM

East Carolina (0-0) vs. No. 2 Michigan (0-0)

MICH -36.0 | O/U 52 | Peacock

As to not compete with Fox, Michigan gets “The Cock” treatment in its season opener against East Carolina, as their game with the Pirates will be NBC’s streaming service, Peacock. The Wolverines will be without Jim Harbaugh and Sherrone Moore for the game (with the former suspended the first three games of the season), which should do, well, nothing to prevent the beatdown the Pirates are about to get. All that said, 36 points seems like a lot given the circumstances.

Should you watch? If you have The Cock, why not?
Prediction: Michigan 49, East Carolina 14

Utah State (0-0) vs. No. 25 Iowa (0-0)

IOWA -23.0 | O/U 43 | FS1

Word on the street is Cade McNamara may miss this game, so if you want to watch Iowa score three safeties and two field goals en route to a prime number victory, this is your jam!

Should you watch? God no.
Prediction: Iowa 31, Utah State 7

Fresno State (0-0) vs. Purdue(0-0)

PUR -4.0 | O/U 50.5 | B1G Network

Fresno State won the Mountain West last season, and Purdue is effectively starting over, with Ryan Walters taking over the reins in West Lafayette. Can Purdue avoid an upset on opening weekend?

Should you watch? Of the noon slate, this has the most potential for shenanigans.
Prediction: Purdue 27, Fresno State 24

3:30 PM

No. 3 Ohio State (0-0) vs. Indiana (0-0)

OSU -28.5 | O/U 59.5 | CBS

Indiana gon get got.

Should you watch? If you’re into snuff films, then sure!
Prediction: Ohio State 48, Indiana 14

Buffalo (0-0) vs. No. 19 Wisconsin (0-0)

WIS -27.0 | O/U 54.5 | FS1

The third of four new coaches in the Big Ten West (based on preview order), Luke Fickell is sure to turn Wisconsin into whatever version of a contender the Badgers will ultimately become under him. And, 2023’s Buffalo is most certainly not Lance Leipold’s Buffalo, so the Badgers should have no problem dispatching of the Bulls.

Should you watch? There are better things on in this slot.
Prediction: Wisconsin 31, Buffalo 10

Towson (0-0) vs. Maryland (0-0)

No Line Available | No O/U Available | B1G Network

Sacrificial lamb. Moving on.

Should you watch? No.
Prediction: Maryland 66, Towson 0

7:30 PM

West Virginia (0-0) vs. No. 7 Penn State (0-0)

PSU -20.5 | O/U 53.5 | NBC

Penn State will renew its series with West Virginia, one that hadn’t been played since 1992, as they open the season against the longtime rival. This Mountaineer team is a far cry from the Rich Rodriguez teams that nearly played for a national championship, but, as Penn State fans, we take no opponent lightly. That’s what Penn State Pessimism™ is all about.

...we’ll at least for you suckers.

Should you watch? If you need me to answer this for you, there’s some soul searching in your future.
Prediction: Penn State 56, West Virginia 17

Toledo (0-0) vs. Illinois (0-0)

ILL -9.0 | O/U 49.5 | B1G Network

Toledo comes into the season as a MAC favorite, and plenty of folks even believe the Rockets can give Illinois a game. I happen to think Bret Bielema is building something in Champaign, but I’ll give Toledo the points.

Should you watch? You’re busy.
Prediction: Illinois 24, Toledo 17

Sunday, September 3

12:00 PM

Northwestern (0-0) vs. Rutgers (0-0)

RUTG -7.0 | O/U 40.5 | CBS

It is, technically, football.

Should you watch? I mean if you’re super bored I guess...
Prediction: Rutgers 17, Northwestern 10

The Picks

Big Ten Picks

Writer Spread Straight up Away Team Score Home Team Score
Writer Spread Straight up Away Team Score Home Team Score
Bennett Florida Atlantic Illinois 16 27
Chris Illinois Illinois 14 38
Colin Illinois Illinois 14 31
Jared Florida Atlantic Illinois 17 28
Lando Illinois Illinois 10 28
Marty Illinois Illinois 10 26
Tim Illinois Illinois 17 35
Will Illinois Illinois 3 30
Bennett Akron Indiana 17 31
Chris Indiana Indiana 17 37
Colin Indiana Indiana 3 28
Jared Indiana Indiana 10 31
Lando Indiana Indiana 14 35
Marty Akron Indiana 14 27
Tim Indiana Indiana 7 38
Will Indiana Indiana 13 34
Bennett Michigan Michigan 10 38
Chris Rutgers Michigan 14 27
Colin Michigan Michigan 14 41
Jared Rutgers Michigan 16 34
Lando Rutgers Michigan 17 38
Marty Rutgers Michigan 14 35
Tim Michigan Michigan 10 38
Will Rutgers Michigan 14 31
Bennett Maryland Maryland 34 17
Chris Maryland Maryland 35 14
Colin Maryland Maryland 34 10
Jared Maryland Maryland 35 21
Lando Maryland Maryland 31 14
Marty Maryland Maryland 31 14
Tim Maryland Maryland 35 17
Will Michigan State Maryland 24 21
Bennett Louisiana Tech Nebraska 17 34
Chris Louisiana Tech Nebraska 17 35
Colin Nebraska Nebraska 7 38
Jared Louisiana Tech Nebraska 17 30
Lando Nebraska Nebraska 7 28
Marty Louisiana Tech Nebraska 14 27
Tim Nebraska Nebraska 10 31
Will Nebraska Nebraska 10 40
Bennett Minnesota Minnesota 28 13
Chris Minnesota Minnesota 28 10
Colin Minnesota Minnesota 30 6
Jared Minnesota Minnesota 28 7
Lando Minnesota Minnesota 27 14
Marty Minnesota Minnesota 30 7
Tim Minnesota Minnesota 31 10
Will Northwestern Minnesota 20 10
Bennett Iowa Penn State 😈 😈
Chris Iowa Penn State 😈 😈
Colin Penn State Penn State 😈 😈
Jared Penn State Penn State 😈 😈
Lando Penn State Penn State 😈 😈
Marty Iowa Penn State 😈 😈
Tim Penn State Penn State 😈 😈
Will Iowa Penn State 😈 😈
Bennett Wisconsin Wisconsin 31 23
Chris Purdue Wisconsin 31 27
Colin Wisconsin Wisconsin 31 20
Jared Wisconsin Wisconsin 30 23
Lando Wisconsin Wisconsin 28 21
Marty Wisconsin Wisconsin 27 17
Tim Wisconsin Wisconsin 38 24
Will Wisconsin Wisconsin 21 10
Bennett Notre Dame Notre Dame 35 38
Chris Notre Dame Notre Dame 32 35
Colin Notre Dame Notre Dame 20 27
Jared Notre Dame Notre Dame 27 28
Lando Ohio State Ohio State 38 28
Marty Notre Dame Ohio State 27 21
Tim Notre Dame Ohio State 31 30
Will Notre Dame Notre Dame 23 27
Black Shoe Degenerates Week 4

Feel free to play along in the comments, dear reader! 100 BSD Bucks to whoever tallies the picks from the comments!