Big Ten Weekend Predictions
My “No Stats, Just Write” predictions for Week 2 of Big Ten Conference play:
#21 Nebraska at #12 Ohio State – The Big Ten Game of the Week pits the Buckeyes against the Cornhuskers as two of college football’s blue bloods battle at Ohio Stadium for the first time in over 50 years. QB Braxton Miller and Ohio State seemingly have a lot of momentum coming into this primetime matchup against Nebraska. Big Mo comes to a screeching halt in Columbus as Husker QB Taylor Martinez makes the big plays against a tough Buckeye D and notches the biggest win of his career.
Nebraska 21, Ohio State 14
#24 Northwestern at Penn State – The darling of the conference takes their show to the Keystone state in a matchup with red hot Penn State and leader of Linebacker-U LB Michael Mauti. Team Purple wins this matchup of offense versus defense as head coach Pat Fitzgerald and company are riding high into next week’s very winnable contest at Minnesota.
Northwestern 23, Penn State 20
Michigan at Purdue – Purdue may find a spark if injured QB Robert Marve and RB Ralph Bolden return to the lineup. While Michigan QB Denard Robinson will cause fits, a(nother) big mistake does in the Big Blue. The Boilers remain undefeated at Ross-Ade while the Wolverines continue searching for their first road win.
Purdue 24, Michigan 16
Illinois at Wisconsin – We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not about who you play, it’s about when you play them.” Let’s just say that Illinois is coming to Camp Randall at the wrong time. RB Montee Ball is licking his chops in anticipation of this matchup. The Badgers will take out their aggression on the overmatched Illini.
Wisconsin 33, Illinois 10
Michigan State at Indiana – After a letdown last week, Sparty looks to get going against a porous Indiana defense. Spartan RB Le’Veon Bell really labored last week but will see big holes in this matchup. As stout as the Michigan State D might be, the home team keeps this one close on the strength of their spread attack.
Michigan State 30, Indiana 20
Bonus: Miami at #9 Notre Dame (Chicago) – In an upset of national significance, I like the Hurricanes over the Irish. Miami presents the first Notre Dame opponent that can actually move the ball through the air. Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees makes a big mistake in his hometown against a poor defense that changes the game.
Miami 23, Notre Dame 21
Minnesota, Iowa – Bye
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