As sad as it is to think, the college football season is just about to round up. This includes the Big Ten, which is Ohio State’s conference to lose. Let’s take a look at the rest of the Big Ten schedule this week.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Indiana (away) vs. #3 Ohio State (home): The Indiana Hoosiers go into Columbus, Ohio looking to perform a lot better than what they showed last week against the Wisconsin Badgers, losing 51-3. The Hoosiers high powered offense is one of the best in the country and will allow them to be competitive against Ohio State because they too play an exciting fast pace style of football. I’m expecting both teams to score a lot of points and maybe finish the game with close to 1,000 yards between both teams. In the end Buckeye QB Braxton Miller will show Indiana why he is the best player in the Big Ten Conference. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio State
Purdue (home) vs. Illinois (away): Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase has been a bright spot all season for the Illini. Purdue is a young football team looking to rebuild the program back to Big Ten Championship status. Illinois hasn’t had many consistent players offensively to help Scheelhaase and defensively Illinois hasn’t played that well. Purdue has only been victorious once this season, but has played hard every week gaining moral victories. I’m expecting Boilermaker all purpose RB Akeem Hunt, and QB Danny Etling to score points and outplay the Illini defense. This will be a fun game to watch and Purdue will get their second win of the season. #JYPREDICTION: Purdue
#25 Minnesota (home) vs. #19 Wisconsin (away): This game may be one of the best games to watch in all of college football this weekend. Minnesota has been playing great football and the Gophers are in a position to compete for the Big Ten Championship. Wisconsin has been dominant all season on both sides of the football. Defensively the Badgers are physical, wear you down, and get stops. Offensively, Wisconsin beat you up on the front line and their running game opens up every possible opportunity in their offense. Even though Minnesota is having one heck of a season, this weekend Wisconsin will be much better. #JYPREDICTION: Wisconsin
#13 Michigan St. (away) vs. Northwestern (home): Northwestern is in a must win situation to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Wildcats have played and lost some extremely close games in the past four weeks. The great news for Northwestern is that Michigan State will be in Evanston, Illinois for this contest. The bad news for Northwestern is that offensively they will be facing the #1 defense in the nation, and Spartans RB Jeremy Langford will be tough to contain, as the Wildcats struggle defensively against the run. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan St.
Iowa (home) vs. Michigan (away): Earlier in the season Michigan would’ve been a huge favorite in this game. However, the season has changed drastically since the Wolverines lost to Penn State in triple overtime. Last week, Michigan got a little momentum and confidence back with a big time win on the road against Northwestern in triple overtime. Wolverine QB Devin Gardner has experienced a season full of highs and lows, but remains confident in his ability to win games and lead this Wolverine team. Iowa plays physical, hard, smash mouth football offensively, as well as on the defensive end. Hawkeye QB Jake Rudock has improved his play throughout the season. This will be a game that will come down to the wire but Michigan finds a way to get it done. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan
Penn State (home) vs. Nebraska (away): Freshman sensation QB Christian Hackenberg has an opportunity to lead his team to victory over a good football program in Nebraska. Corn Huskers RB Ameer Abdullah has been phenomenal all season and will have another good performance against Penn State. Nittany Lion Coach Bill O’brien has done everything to make sure his guys are prepared for Nebraska. This will be a one possession game, but I’m choosing Christian Hackenberg to stand victorious when the buzzer sounds. JYPREDICTION: Penn State
Who do you like between Minnesota and Wisconsin? Does Ohio State have a shot at the title game? Do they deserve a shot? Let us know in the comments!