Once again, the Big Ten is at the focus of the college football world, as there is another battle of highly ranked opponents facing off. Let’s breakdown who we think will win that one and some of the other Big Ten contests.
Saturday, October 5th
Minnesota (away) vs. #19 Michigan (home): Michigan has had a week off to get their loose ends tightened and get back refocused after two close games to Akron and UCONN. Minnesota last week lost at home to a tough Iowa Hawkeyes team but they go on the road to the “Big House.” Michigan is definitely the favorite in this game. However, if they play as sloppy as they did against Akron and UCONN, the Golden Gophers will upset the Wolverines and leave Ann Habor with a victory. I’m expecting a big game from Devin Gardner. Gardner is a smart football player, and I’m sure this “student of the game” (as Head Coach Brady Hoke refers to his starting QB) understands where he needs to improve and will show it this weekend. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan
Indiana (home) vs. Penn State (away): Indiana so far this season has shown the Big Ten we can score points. The Hoosiers football team is very exciting to watch, and they have some NFL prospects. It’s one thing that Penn State does which gives them the edge in this game, and that is their defense. I watched Indiana play this season against Navy and Missouri. These two opponents play a physical and rugged style of football similar to that of Penn State. The Nittany Lions are physical on both sides of the football, they’re disciplined, and well coached. True Freshman QB Christian Hackenberg has been every bit of impressive in his first season playing college football. Hoosier QB Tre Roberson may get the start this week, but Indiana need to pick a starter and allow that one QB to lead the team. Penn State maybe isn’t as talented offensively as Indiana, but they are a better all-around team. #JYPREDICTION: Penn State
Michigan St (away) vs. Iowa (home): If football was only about who could get the most defensive stops, Michigan State would win this game easily. Unfortunately for the Spartans you got to play offense as well as defense and the team with the most points wins at the end of the game. Sophomore Connor Cook QB for the Spartans has won the job and hopefully he can put points on the board to assist this tough Spartan defense in winning football games. Iowa is a tough opponent at home, and the fans in Iowa City energizes this football team. Jake Rudock has improved every game at QB and is playing more and more confident each week. Fullback Mark Weisman has been a beast in this early season. This will be a great game but Iowa wins this game to stay undefeated in BigTen play. #JYPREDICTION: Iowa
#4 Ohio St (away) vs. #16 Northwestern (home): Braxton Miller balled out last week against Wisconsin to lead the Buckeyes to a victory. Running back Carlos Hyde also appeared in his first game back and with he and his running mate Miller together for the remainder of the season, this team confidence is through the roof. On the quest for a Big Ten Championship and National Championship appearance, will Ohio State let their guard down and underestimate a good and well coach Northwestern Wildcat football team who is similar to Wisconsin defensively but with better offensive players. Northwestern running back Venrick Mark will be in action against Ohio State recovering from an injury of his own. Kain Colter and Trevor Seimian will confuse the defensive game plan of Ohio State. This game will be the biggest challenge for the Buckeyes because its almost like you are preparing for two teams in one football program. Northwestern is at home and Coach Pat Fitzgerald has motivated his team, and prepared these young men for this very moment. College Game Day will be on campus for the first time since 1995. As a former alum of Northwestern I am pulling for the Wildcats to win this game. As a journalists and making an impartial decision, Ohio State has the better team and will pull out the win in a great football environment. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St
Illinois (away) vs. Nebraska (home): Nathan Scheelhaase at this rate will be on a lot of NFL radars, especially with many teams looking for a quarterback. Right now though, its all about college football and Scheelhaase has played sensational. The Illini go on the road to play in one of the most intimidating, yet exciting college football atmospheres any young man would ever want to experience. Nebraska is playing well, but after that lost to UCLA, I look at the Corn Huskers as an average program and not dominant. Offensively Nebraska has weapons in QB Taylor Martinez and RB Ameer Abdullah, but defensively the Corn Huskers are young. Illinois from what I seen so far this season is under rated which is a good thing for them to stay under the radar. I however pick up on the “radar signal” of the Fighting Illini and I believe they will go into Lincoln, Nebraska and pull off the upset. #JYPREDICTION: Illinois
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