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This Week in Big Ten Action

September 19, 2018

Written by Marty Millard

KICKOFF:  8PM Friday 

#10 PENN ST (3-0) @ ILLINOIS (2-1): This Friday night clash in Champaign finds the visiting Nittany Lions fresh off two good outings blowing out Pittsburgh on the road and then worked Kent St like a part time job 63-10. The Illini had a lead heading to the fourth quarter but were outscored 18-0 in that stanza. The Illini is competing better but they are outclassed here. McSorley and company are on a mission to put this one away early and head to the bench with a home date against Ohio St looming next Saturday. NITTANY LIONS 45 ILLINI 13

KICKOFF: 11AM Saturday (FS1 Logo)

NEBRASKA (0-2) @ #19 MICHIGAN (2-1): The Huskers have won one of their last 9 games dating back to 2017 and Frost t-shirt sales are tumbling. There is no momentum in the Husker program right now. True freshman QB Adrian Martinez sat out in the loss to Troy due to a knee injury and Andrew Bunch got his first start. The Wolverines appear to be putting things together on offense. This game is about one matchup. Wolverine genius defensive coordinator Don Brown will be two steps ahead of either freshman QB that will be behind center for the Huskers. A majority of this game will be played on the Nebraska side of the 50-yd line. WOLVERINES 31 HUSKERS 13

KICKOFF: 11AM SATURDAY (BTN Logo)

BUFFALO (3-0) @ RUTGERS (1-2): Practice this week for the Scarlet Knights must have been interesting after getting bombed at Kansas 55-14. I wish I had better news for Rutgers fans this week as Buffalo comes into town fresh off a 35-28 win over Eastern Michigan who won at Purdue 20-19. I am looking at one real disturbing stat for Rutgers from last Saturday’s nightmare. Kansas rushed for (400) yards on the ground last Saturday. Rutgers has had their ass whipped 107-17 over the last two weeks. I am not sure there is a quick fix for the home team! BULLS 34 SCARLET KNIGHTS 20

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KICKOFF: 11AM SATURDAY (BTN Logo)

MINNESOTA (3-0) @ MARYLAND (2-1): The host Terrapins dropped one to visiting Temple last weekend 35-14. The turtles had been playing pretty well but only passed for (63) yards and were never really in it. Meanwhile, the Gophers took care of business 26-3 over Miami OH at home. I have a feeling the Terrapin offense will have success due to their athleticism at QB. The Gophers hit the road for the first time with freshman QB Zach Annexstad who left the Miami OH game with an ankle injury and his status is unknown at this time. TERRAPINS 27 GOPHERS 17

KICKOFF: 11AM SATURDAY (ESPN 2 Logo)

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#23 BOSTON COLLEGE (3-0) @ PURDUE (0-3): I kicked Purdue to the curb last week. No way I will be getting back on their wagon here. There is nothing worse than turnovers and bad penalties and those have been prominent in (12) quarters of play for Coach Brohm’s squad. Purdue is currently (-4) in turnover margin and rank #119 in the country. The Eagles are quietly 3-0 and look the part of a challenger in the ACC. I will back RB AJ Dillon here and a steady offensive line to win on the ground. The Eagles are ranked #9 in the country in turnover margin at (+7). EAGLES 31 BOILERS 20

KICKOFF: 2:30PM SATURDAY (BTN Logo)

TULANE (1-2) @ #4 OHIO ST (3-0): Urban Meyer is back on the sideline after his episode of memory loss and reading prepared statements. One thing he will remember is that he does have a dominant football team. The victory over a solid TCU outfit was impressive in a neutral road environment. The Stadium will be rocking with Meyer’s return and a trip next weekend to Happy Valley. This will get ugly as Green Wave QB A.J. Erdely will be running for his life. The Buckeyes can punch the clock whenever they want this Saturday and focus on the Nittany Lions. BUCKEYES 50 GREEN WAVE 10

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KICKOFF: 6:30PM SATURDAY (BTN Logo)

#24 MICHIGAN ST (1-1) @ INDIANA (3-0): The Spartans trip out West did not go as planned with the loss to Arizona St. These two teams battled late into the fourth quarter in 2017 and I see the same thing this year. I can’t put my finger on it but something is not right with Sparty. Indiana has a lot of confidence right now and this game will come down to turnovers and the kicking game. The Hoosiers are playing inspired football. This is their chance for an upset. SPARTANS 24 HOOSIERS 20

KICKOFF: 7:30PM SATURDAY (FOX Logo)

#18 WISCONSIN (2-1) @ IOWA (3-0): Unfortunately, the Badgers did not hold up their end of the deal to enter this contest undefeated by losing at home to BYU 24-21. This sets up as the game of the year in the Big Ten West. The Badgers will do what they do, they will pound the ball and it’s the Hawkeyes job to make QB Alex Hornibrook beat them through the air by putting the Badgers in 3rd and long situations. I don’t think Hornibrook can convert consistently enough to win on the road in a tight game. In order to go man up with the Badger offensive line you have to have some dog warriors in the defensive line. The most impressive thing to me has been the development of depth and rotation in the defensive line for the Hawks and that will be a factor in the outcome here. HAWKEYES 24 BADGERS 17

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