We took a quick peek at the Big Ten schedule this week, and here’s how we think the games are going to shake down.
Saturday, September 21st, 2013
Minnesota (home) vs. San Jose State (away): Minnesota has shown plenty of heart and focus early in the season. Last week with Head Coach Jerry Kill suffering a seizure during halftime of the Western Illinois game. The Golden Gophers remained focused, stuck to their game plan, and pulled away with a victory. San Jose State has more weapons offensively than Western Illinois did last week. This Minnesota team has taken pride in their defense. Since the preseason, both players and coaching staff have raved about the potential of being amongst the elite in the Big Ten. I believe in Minnesota from what they have shown thus far. I feel they win this game at home on Saturday. #JYPREDICTION: Minnesota
Indiana (home) vs. Missouri (away): The Missouri Tigers of the SEC enters Big Ten country on Saturday as they face the 2-1 Indiana Hoosiers. Last week Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld played extremely well passing for 335 yards with two touchdowns against Bowling Green. This week facing an SEC defense I still believe in Indiana’s ability to put points of the board. The question is “Can the defense get stops against good teams?” Missouri is undefeated with an impressive win over Toledo last week 38-20. Tigers QB James Franklin passed for 212 yards and a touchdown, he also rushed for 77 yards. Missouri defense makes plays, and they will be tested tremendously against the Hoosier offense. I think this will be a close game. My heart wants to pick Indiana, but until the defense show me otherwise, I’m going to go with Mizzu. #JYPREDICTION: Missouri
Michigan St (away) vs. #22 NotreDame (home): Michigan State last week found a QB in sophomore Connor Cook who passed for 202 yards and four touchdowns. Cook also rushed for 25 yards and showed alot of energy and confidence that Spartan fans has been searching for since Kirk Cousin (QB Washington Redskins). Notre Dame came off a close game last week against Purdue. Michigan State defense is much better than the Boilermakers. In my opinion Notre Dame is overrated. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan State
#4 Ohio St (home) vs. Florida A&M(away): The best way to describe Ohio State so far in this non-conference season is impressive. Every game they have gotten better and improved at each position, each play, each quarter. Florida A&M is coming to Columbus, Ohio and they will leave with memories and stories they will get to share with their kids and grandchildren about playing in the “Horseshoe.” Ohio State wins this game and Braxton Miller gets to rest for their Big Ten opener against Northwestern October 5th. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St
#24 Wisconsin (home) vs. Purdue (away): After last week lesson about life not being fair at times, the Badgers open up the Big Ten season against Purdue with a new lesson in life: “You live to fight another day.” Melvin Gordon III has been the most impressive running back in college football early on in the season. He has speed, power, agility, and can make plays in the open field. Badger QB Joel Stave has looked solid passing for 603 yards with six touchdowns and only two interceptions. Purdue goes on the road after playing great against Notre Dame, but couldn’t finish the game late and pull off the upset. That experience is valuable and makes this Boilermaker team dangerous especially if they can hang around opponents. Purdue’s RB Akeem Hunt is such a talented playmaker in the backfield and can also catch the football. He has been huge and excting to watch this season. In the end Wisconsin is championship material and they win this game. #JYPREDICTION: Wisconsin
#15 Michigan (away) vs. UCONN (home): If this was basketball season it would be an exciting match up with the Wolverines and Huskies going at it. Right now we are talking football and Michigan is looking to make a statement after nearly being upset by Akron last week. The Huskies representing the ACC hasn’t won a game this season with an 0-2 start. Michigan plays a lot better than what they showed us last week and dominate this game. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan
Penn State (home) vs. Kent State (away): Penn State last week played a tough UCF team and fell short 34-31. Penn State’s bread and butter all season, as well as last year, revolved around defense. The Nittany Lions defense didn’t show up until the fourth quarter last week and Coach Bill O’Brien has challenged his defense to play at the level in which they are expected. Kent State, 1-2 on the season ,is led by their talented QB Colin Reardon who passes the ball well but also looks to scramble and make plays with his feet. I’m picking Penn State because the defense will except the challenge and play that tough/physical style of football we enjoy watching. #JYPREDICTION: Penn State
Iowa (home) vs. Western Michigan (away): Western Michigan has gotten to know the Big Ten Conference very well in their non conference season. They now head to Iowa to face a solid Hawkeye team coming off a huge win over in-state rival Iowa St. Iowa plays that old school “hit you in the mouth” football and grind out plays defensively and pound you with those big running backs offensively. Iowa rely heavily on their tight end play which also makes them tougher offensively; even more intimidating. This is a fight Western Michigan can’t win. #JYPREDICTION: IOWA
Nebraska (home) vs. SDSU(away): This game has upset written all over it. South Dakota State is a very well coached football team, who play discipline and use tactics against their opponents. The Jack Rabbits have a talented RB in Zach Zenner and a duel threat QB Austin Sumner who may be faster than Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez. I’m going to give the Corn Huskers a thumbs up in this one because Ameer Abdullah will be the one player that South Dakota State will have a tough time containing. This is a game that Nebraska needs to show the Big Ten they are better than average. Right now I’m not too sold on Corn Husker football. #JYPREDICTION: Nebraska
#18 Northwestern (home) vs Maine (away): The Maine Black Bears come into Evanston, Illinois 3-0 against a good Northwestern football team that is 3-0. Northwestern is favored to win this game but this wont be a walk in the park easy victory for the Wildcats. Last week Michigan underestimated Akron and almost lost. Northwestern cannot look ahead to Ohio State October 5th until they handle business against Maine. Maine has an amazing QB and playmaker in Marcus Wasilewski. Wasilewski has a swagger and confidence that he belongs on the big stage and can beat you in the air and on the ground. Last week Wasilewski threw for 263 yards and four touchdown as well as rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown against Bryant University. Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald will have his team focused im sure and ready to compete and come away victorious. #JYPREDICTION: Northwestern
What do you think the Big Ten will do today? Will Michigan State pull off the upset over Notre Dame? Let us know what you think in the comments!