Today we take a look at the week ahead in the Big Ten. Can Michigan bounce back from the Penn State upset last week?
Saturday, October 19
Purdue (away) vs. Michigan State (home): Michigan State hosts the second Big Ten team in back-to-back weekends from the state of Indiana in Purdue University. Last week, the Spartans defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 42-28. The young Boilermakers will be starting a new defensive unit against Michigan State. Head Coach Darrell Hazell is building for the future with his young freshman QB Danny Etling, as well as giving his underclassmen some experience on the defensive side of the football. Jeremy Langford had a monster game last week, and for most Big Ten analysis, their predicting another successful week on the football field for the junior running back. Spartans QB Connor Cook has been a breath of fresh air. If Cook continues to move the football and put Michigan State offense in a position to score; this team will compete for a Big Ten Championship. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan State
Michigan (home) vs. Indiana (away): After being upset on the road last week to Penn State, Michigan will be out for payback against Indiana. Wolverines RB Fitzgerald Toussaint struggled last week and I’m expecting that front line of Michigan to be at their best, and Toussaint to have a big game. Devin Gardner has played well this season. A game coming off a tough loss will show the kind of character he has as well as his leadership to get his football team back on track. Indiana has a high powered offense, but I feel the Hoosier’s scheduled Michigan on the wrong day. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan
Iowa (away) vs. #4 Ohio State (home): Iowa goes on the road with a huge opportunity to not only defeat a top five football program in the country, but to end the impressive winning streak Ohio State has accomplished the last two seasons. Hawkeye FB Mark Weisman is physical, he’s talented, and makes plays. Weisman is one of the biggest game changers in the Big Ten Conference. However, Ohio State has plenty of talent, playmakers, game changers, and athletes on their side of the field. The Buckeyes also have one of the best players in the country in QB Braxton Miller. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is doing a tremendous job of keeping his football team loose, not focusing on the streak, and taking everything one game at a time. Ohio State will be too much at home for Iowa. Hawkeye QB Jake Rudock will see more pressure against that Buckeye defense than he has all season against any opponent. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St.
#25 Wisconsin (away) vs. Illinois (home): Wisconsin faces their second Big Ten opponent from the state of Illinois in back-to-back weeks as the square up against the Fighting Illini. Last week the Badgers dominated Northwestern 35-6 led by Melvin Gordon III and that powerful running game Wisconsin is known for. Illinois defense has holes, and up front they will be no match for that huge Wisconsin offensive front line. Wisconsin will go on the road and win this game by three scores. #JYPREDICTION: Wisconsin
Northwestern (home) vs. Minnesota (away): Even without Venric Mark and Kain Colter sitting this one out. Northwestern still have QB Trevor Siemian and RB Treyvon Green. People are picking this game as upset alert because Minnesota has some of the best corners and safeties in the Big Ten. Northwestern defense can make plays and score points. Gopher’s freshman QB Mitch Leidner does have talent, but I believe the pressure of the Wildcats will be too much for him. #JYPREDICTION: Northwestern