It’s almost here! College Football is literally around the corner, and we are getting you ready by previewing the week ahead in the Big 10! Be sure to tune in throughout next week for our recaps and previews of all the games from the major conferences. We hope you enjoy our preview of Week 1 in the Big 10!
Thursday, August 29
Minnesota (home) vs. UNLV (away): The Gophers highly talented secondary will be tested right away against a fast pace and high-octane offensive style of play by the UNLV Running Rebels. Gophers saftey Brock Vereen is the leader of that Minnesota Gophers defensive unit and is expected to have a great season. #JYPREDICTION: Minnesota
Indiana (home) vs. Indiana St (away): The Hoosier look to start off the 2013 season on a positive note against Indiana St. QB Tre Roberson, who is probably the best offensive threat for Indiana, got injured last season and his backup Cameron Coffman was the #1 QB in passing offense in the Big Ten throwing for over 2,700yds and 15TDs. Indiana is also returning nine starters defensively from last season, and should cruise to an easy win over their in-state rivals.
Friday, August 30
Michigan St (home) vs. Western Michigan (away): Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans come into this season with a little edge and something to prove after experiencing somewhat of a down year going 7-6 losing four games by a total of four points. Having reached the Big Ten Championship two years ago with Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins) at QB, Michigan State maintains that bar of success for its program. The Spartans Defense was ranked 9th last season in the country and looks to showcase their dominance versus Western Michigan. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan State
Saturday, August 31
#2 Ohio St (home) vs. Buffalo (away): Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes are focused on winning a Big Ten Championship and then a National Championship. With Heisman Candidate Braxton Miller leading the way, the Buckeyes should have no problem in their opener against Buffalo. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St
#22Wisconsin (home) vs. UMASS (away): You can never count the Badgers out of the Big Ten Championship conversation in any season. Last year playing without QB Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) it seemed as if Wisconsin offensively was figuring out their identity. Going 8-6, along with winning the Big Ten Championship game gives Wisconsin a lot of momentum and more certainty in who they are. Expecting a great 2013 season for the Badgers. #JYPREDICTION: Wisconsin
Illinois (home) vs. S. Illinois (away): Illinois began the 2013 season against a confident Southern Illinois group who went 6-5 last season. Tim Beckman in his second season as Head Coach of the Illini is looking for his team to improve starting with the leadership of senior QB Nathan Scheelhaase. Illinois is returning a solid defensive unit who looked pretty good during the spring. We shall see what lies ahead for the Illini in 2013. #JYPREDICTION: Illinois
Purdue (away) vs. Cincinatti (home): Purdue goes on the road to face a good all-around team in the Cincinatti Bearcats coming off a 10-3 season in 2012. Boilermakers defense came up big last season in their wins. Looking to build on their defensive success and being more consistent, Purdue is anchored by Senior defensive tackled Bruce Gaston. Having tasted the bowl game experience from last season, new Head Coach Darrell Hazell has a lot of positive pieces to work with in building Purdue’s program back to national prominence. #JYPREDICTION: Cincinatti
#17Michigan (home) vs. Cent Michigan (away): Denard Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars) had a record setting career in Ann Habor. As Michigan looks forward to the future, QB Devin Gardner has all the tools to lead the Wolverines to a Big Ten Championship. Coach Brady Hoke has one of the best defensive units in the country and expects to get off to an 1-0 start versus Central Michigan.
Penn State (home) vs. Syracuse (away): With all Penn State suffered from the loss of legend Joe Paterno, the fines, distractions, and being inelgible for bowl games the next three years, everyone thought that Penn State would fall. However, Bill O’Brien has motivated these young men to be the best on the field, play for themselves, and to represent Penn State with a lot of pride. Penn State finished 2012 season at 8-4 with their physical style of play offensively and defensively. Can the Nittany Lions give the world an anchor performance this season in the Big Ten? #JYPREDICTION: Penn State
Iowa (home) vs. N. Illinois (away): Iowa will have their hands full starting off the season against Northern Illinois Huskies who went 12-2 last season with one of the most talented players in the country in Jordan Lynch returning for his senior year. Iowa looks for home field advantage and physical play defensively to beat up on that offensive line of Northern Illinois and try to get to Lynch as much as possible. The Hawkeyes won 18-17 in last years battle at Soldier Field versus the Huskies.
#18Nebraska(home) vs. Wyoming (away): Nebraska opens up their 2013 campaign at home against the Wyoming Cowboys. Offensively Nebraska has it all: passing game, running the football, play-makers at wide receiver. Defensively Nebraska is looking to improve from last season. After a good spring, competitive preseason, and some talented recruits joining the program, the Cornhuskers feel good about their chances at capturing a Big Ten Championship. This team will go as far as Senior QB Taylor Martinez carry them.
#22Northwestern (away) vs California (home): The Northwestern Wildcats go on the road to open their season against an improved California Bears program. Northwestern prides themselves on defense, and with a veteran group returning on both sides of the football Northwestern has the potential of being a very dangerous team to face each week. With a 10-3 record last season and their first bowl win, the Wildcats enter the 2013 season with a huge wave of momentum and confidence.
Written by Jitim Young