We’re halfway through the season and getting in to the bulk of Big Ten play. The conference is still wide open and teams are trying to put together a run to make it to Indianapolis. Week 8 features several exciting matchups and rivalry games.
The Buckeyes will be looking for revenge from last season when the Boilermakers took down OSU. Urban Meyer and his team are playing a different brand of football and should be able to run all over a poor Purdue run defense. Braxton Miller will run for over 150 yards and add two touchdowns while putting up 200 through the air. The Buckeyes will go 8-0 and Purdue will continue to scratch their heads about their disappointing season…OSU 35, Purdue 14
The Gophers have had problems stopping the run lately and that’s not a great sign when heading to Madison. Wisconsin is rejuvenated and Montee Ball is beginning to get his mojo back. Minnesota is also banged up and will be missing quarterback MarQueis Gray. Ball will put up big numbers on Saturday and carry his team on his back for a big win…Wisconsin 42, Minnesota 17
This has the potential to be the most exciting game of the weekend as both blackshirts will be going at each other. The Wildcats will wear their black Under Armour uniforms against the Husker blackshirt defense Saturday while Northwestern enjoys a nice nap before the game. Kain Colter and Venric Mark will make plays early and keep Nebraska and Taylor Martinez off the field. It will come down to the last few plays but Northwestern will just hold on…Northwestern 35, Nebraska 31
This is the year the Wolverines finally beat MSU. Denard Robinson will break off a long run after being stuffed all day long and Michigan will make enough plays to outscore a sorry Spartans offense. Le’Veon Bell may be the only chance MSU has at staying with Big Blue but even that won’t be a enough…Michigan 24, Michigan State 13
The Hoosiers need to be careful in this one but should be able to put up enough points to get the W. The Midshipmen defense will not be able to handle IU’s passing attack while Shane Wynn catches two long touchdowns passes. Navy will be able to run on the Hoosiers but won’t be able to keep up on offense…Indiana 34, Navy 28
The Hawkeyes are coming off a big win in East Lansing last week and Mark Weisman will be able to play with his injured ankle. The PSU defense will be able to shut down Iowa’s run game just enough and have no problem keeping struggling QB James Vandenberg in check. Matt McGloin will continue his impressive play and throw a pair of touchdowns in the second half…Penn State 24, Iowa 17
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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