Tag:Big Ten
Posted on: September 30, 2008 5:50 pm

Big Ten conference play, Week 2

I’ll start this week off with my revamped Big Ten Rankings:

1.       Penn State

2.       Ohio State

3.       Wisconsin

4.       Northwestern

5.       Michigan State

6.       Minnesota

7.       Illinois

8.       Iowa

9.       Michigan

10.   Purdue

11.   Indiana

That’s how I see it for right now and here’s how I see this week’s games

Penn State at Purdue The Boilermakers have struggled on defense this year, the Lions have excelled with their new offense. This was my preseason upset pick for the Lions, but they’ve done a lot better than expected. Darryl Clark will miss Jordan Norwood if he can’t play due to his hamstring, however Evan Royster and Stepfon Greene should run all over this horrid defense. Curtis Painter is having a good year, like expected, but not a great year. Until he shows how good he really is, Purdue will continue to go down. Prediction: Penn State 52 Purdue 27

Ohio State at Wisconsin This is the best game in the Big Ten this week with serious title implications. The Buckeyes have handed the team over to their stellar freshman, Terrelle Pryor, and are coming off a big win against the Golden Gophers. The Badgers lost a heartbreaker last week as they tried their hardest to be mentioned in the same sentence as the Oakland Raiders. Travis Beckum is back for good now after playing limited last week and that should be a huge boost for Allan Everidge. Pryor’s first big test of the year. Prediction: Wisconsin 21 Ohio State 20

Iowa at Michigan State Javon Ringer is carrying the Spartans to victories this year. The senior RB is averaging 180 yards a game this year. Ridiculous. Iowa has finally settled on a QB and has a defense that shuts down the run. This Hawkeyes team is a lot better than I originally thought they were and suffered a tough loss against Northwestern last week. Michigan State has looked great since the opening week loss. Prediction: Iowa 24 Michigan State 21

Indiana at Minnesota The big question for the Hoosiers is what’s going on with Kellen Lewis? If you were watching last week against the Spartans, Lewis was favoring his leg the whole second half and not showing off his ability to win with his legs and his arm. Minnesota played tough, but lost to the Buckeyes last week. The Gophers are doing great this year and I think they’ll continue to do so by throwing the ball. Prediction: Minnesota 42 Indiana 28

Illinois at Michigan The Fighting Illini are coming off a road loss at Penn State, giving them a 2-2 record. The good news is that they’ve lost to two great teams, both are in the top 6 in the nation. Juice Williams looked great running the option against the Lions, and I think he needs to do that to beat this Wolverines squad. Michigan is coming off a huge home win against Wisconsin, giving Rich Rodriguez a newly found confidence in his team. Michigan survived all their first half mistakes and turnovers and came back on offense and defense to defeat the Badgers.  Prediction: Illinois 38 Michigan 17

Well that’s it for now, hopefully I do better in my predictions this week than last week, although I did hit the Penn State game dead on! Let me know what you think!

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