Not many surprises in the first week of the Big Ten Football season. For those of you who were keeping score I was 10-2 the first week with my only losses being Northwestern and Indiana. Here is hoping to improve in week 2 of the season. Here are my picks.
Michigan State 38 Florida Atlantic 7
Sparty shouldn't be tested at home against a much weaker opponent. No real surprises in this one.
Iowa 24 Iowa State 21
This game is always a great contest when the two state schools meet up. I like the Hawkeyes by three in what should be a tight game.
Wisconsin 49 Oregon State 10
Bucky should roll again. The Beavers seem down this year and Wisconsin looks to be a possible BCS Bowl team once again. Badgers should win big.
Illinois 52 South Dakota State 21
Illini offense was impressive in their week one win. No reason it shouldn't continue this week. Illini should win with ease at home.
Ohio State 42 Toledo 17
Wouldn't be shocked if Toledo made it a game for a quarter or so, because those MAC teams can be kind of sneaky. Buckeyes will pull away in the second half and make it look like a blowout.
Alabama 31 Penn State 17
Roll Tide. Happy Valley not an easy place to play, but 'Bama is used to hostile environments and will win this one also. Game will be closer than when the two teams met last season, but Alabama should still win.
Northwestern 31 Eastern Illinois 14
If one thing was evident last week it was this. No Persa. No Problem. Uncertain if the 'Cats star QB will play, but either way they should win their home opener.
Minnesota 28 New Mexico State 17
Gophers looked a lot better than expected last week against USC. I like Minnesota at home in this matchup.
Rice 31 Purdue 27
The Boilermakers struggled in their week one victory at home against Middle Tennessee. Now they hit the road and I expect the Owls to win a close game.
Nebraska 51 Fresno State 14
Nebraska faces a better opponent this week, but I still like the 'Huskers at home.
Virginia 28 Indiana 20
Hoosiers continue their struggles dropping a close one to the Cavaliers.
Michigan 31 Notre Dame 24
Irish couldn't beat South Florida at home. This will be a close game. but Michigan will win at the Big House.
Enjoys the games everyone.