Well, before I break down this weeks games, i'm going to rank the entire conference.
- Wisconsin 3-0
- Penn State 4-0
- Ohio State 3-1
- Illinois 2-1
- Michigan State 3-1
- Purdue 2-1
- Northwestern 4-0
- Iowa 3-1
- Minnesota 4-0
- Indiana 2-1
- Michigan 1-2
Wisconsin at Michigan The Badgers come into this game with a solid running game led by P.J Hill. The Michigan defense is horrible and the Badgers will definitly take advantage of it. Travis Beckum has been injured, but to me is the best TE in the nation and a huge target for Everidge. Steven Threet is the transfer starter from nowhere for Rich Rodriguez and the Wolverines "offense", he's been beat up pretty bad so far by dismal defenses like Miami (OH) and Notre Dame. I think the Badgers will take this game easily, it's going to be a long year in Ann Arbor, but all of your young guys are getting playing time, and it'll help you in the end. Prediction: Wisconsin 34 Michigan 13.
Illinois at Penn State This is the biggest and best game in the opening week of the Big Ten, which is why it's in primetime. The Nittany Lions are calling for white out conditions at Beaver Stadium on Saturday night in what is their first test of the year. The Illini have already played a big game, a shootout with Missouri in their first game of the year. Juice Williams has shown that he can throw the ball and win some big games a la OSU last year. Penn State is looking to show how amazing their Spread HD really is. They haven't played anybody yet this year, but every fan knows that with Darryl Clark behind that solid offensive line, they've got a chance to take the Big Ten this year. Crazy conditions for this game. Prediction: Penn State 38 Illinois 24.
Minnesota at Ohio State The Buckeyes had a rough time last week against Troy, leading by only 4 at halftime. Terrelle Pryor is their starter and he's a playmaker. Some of the passes looked really rough last week, but he'll get alot of help this week as Chris "Beanie" Wells is probable for this game. The Golden Gophers are led by their signal caller, Adam Weber. Weber is only a sophomore and has a QB rating of 165. Wow. He hasn't played against a defense like the Buckeyes have, but I think he'll make some plays. Minnesota's defense has done a great job this year, but once again they haven't really played anybody. I think the Bucks early test against USC diminishes the hopes of an upset here. Prediction: Ohio State 27 Minnesota 21
Michigan State at Indiana Javon Ringer. That's why Michigan State is ranked as high as I have them. This RB is ridiculous and is making every defense look like swiss cheese. The Spartans also have good leadership but bad play at QB with Brian Hoyer. The senior only has 1 touchdown all year. Kellen Lewis is Indiana's workhorse. Lewis made mistakes as he threw 2 picks last week against Ball State and the Hoosiers are going to need Lewis to throw as good as he runs if they want to win this one. Prediction: Michigan State 28 Indiana 24.
Purdue at Notre Dame Why dont the Irish just join the Big Ten already? Anyway, Curtis Painter is the best QB in the Big Ten. He's shown his leadership in everygame so far this year for the Boilermakers. Last week the Boilermakes beat a tough, yes a tough, Central Michigan team in the waning moments of the game. Purdue's defense doesn't look too great this year, but neither does Notre Dame's. Prediction: Purdue 45 Notre Dame 28
Northwestern at Iowa This might be the most intrigue match up of the guys who don't get alot of respect. The Wildcats are led by Tyrell Sutton, the star RB. Sutton was hurt last week, but will be ready to play in this matchup. He's averaging over 100 total yards and 1.5 TDs a game. Iowa has questions at quarterback, they're trying to run a two QB system is how I take it. Ricky Stanzi is starting again this week for the Hawkeyes as they come off a 1 point loss to Pitt last week. This game will decide who the longshot in the Big Ten is. Prediction: Iowa 31 Northwestern 21.
Well that's how I see the first week of Big Ten conference play taking shape. If you disagree or have any comments as always let me know! Have a good week everybody and watch as much football as you can!