Big Ten Previews and Predictions for Week 4
Week 4 Big Ten Predictions
The Big Ten saw some great action in week three as there are five teams that remain unbeaten heading into week four. If you were looking for a down-to-the-wire game, there was one in particular that stuck out. The Wisconsin Badgers traveled to the desert to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in a solid week three matchup that ended in controversy.
What do I mean by controversy? Well, Wisconsin had a chance to win the game with possession of the ball with 18 seconds left and no timeouts left down inside the Arizona State 20-yard line. Joel Stave took the snap, ran to his left to take knee so the field goal would be an easy straight-on kick, instead of on an angle. There were 15 seconds left after he took a knee but there was some confusion. Arizona State players jumped on the ball, thinking it was a fumble, and the refs did nothing to stop the clock, leading to a 32-30 Badgers loss.
If you missed the other close game that came down to the final seconds, you almost missed the second-biggest upset in Michigan Wolverines history. Taking on an Akron Zips team that had been awful for years heading into this game – you could count on one finger how many wins they’ve had in the past three years – the Wolverines looked sluggish coming off a win against Notre Dame.
The Zips had a chance to win with the ball on the Wolverines five-yard line with under 10 seconds left and down 28-24. They threw an incomplete pass with time expiring in the endzone that would have won the game.
Week four of the season is sure to be just as exciting as Big Ten play is beginning for two teams and a week away for the rest. Take a look at the week four preview and predictions for each Big Ten game.
San Jose State at Minnesota
San Jose State is a primarily-defensive squad that could give Minnesota some fits. However, the Minnesota team of years past is not the same as the one that takes the field today. The Golden Gophers' run game will be the difference in this one.
PREDICTION: San Jose State 24, Minnesota 31
Western Michigan at Iowa
Western Michigan has seemingly taken on Big Ten team after Big Ten team and week four is no different. However, the Hawkeyes' offense with quarterback Jake Rudock under center will show the Broncos that maybe they should schedule less teams from the Big Ten next season.
PREDICTION: Western Michigan 13, Iowa 30
Florida A&M at No. 4 Ohio State
Florida A&M has to face one of the best teams in the nation in the Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes are 3-0 while the Rattlers are 1-2 while not competing against a quality opponent yet. The Buckeyes are likely to get Heisman-contending quarterback Braxton Miller back for the game against FAMU -- not good news for the opposition.
PREDICTION: FAMU 3, Ohio State 42
South Dakota State at Nebraska
While Nebraska seems to be a program on the way down with the whole Bo Pelini mess, they will have no problem taking care of business at home against South Dakota State. Taylor Martinez is still one of the most talented quarterbacks in the Big Ten and Ameer Abdullah will run all over the lowly defense.
PREDICTION: South Dakota State 14, Nebraska 34
Kent State at Penn State
Penn State will not lose yet another game at home to a lesser opponent this season -- they may not even lose a home game for the rest of the year. The Nittany Lions were embarrassed on their home field against Central Florida and that's where Bill O'Brien draws the line. Christian Hackenberg needs to step his game up and grow up fast.
PREDICTION: Kent State 12, Penn State 28
Purdue at Wisconsin
Purdue is coming off a close road win against Notre Dame, but the Fighting Irish don't nearly have the type of offense that Wisconsin has. Without an offense, the Boilermakers stand no chance against the run game of Melvin Gordon, James White and the Badgers.
PREDICTION: Purdue 10, Wisconsin 35
Michigan State at No. 22 Notre Dame
Michigan State hasn't found an offensive identity until week three when Connor Cook was named the starting quarterback. That doesn't bode well for an average Notre Dame team that had a hard time against Purdue at home.
PREDICTION: Michigan State 24, Notre Dame 17
Maine at No. 18 Northwestern
Maine will travel to Northwestern this weekend to take on a tough Wildcats team. The Wildcats are 3-0 thanks to the successful dual-quarterback situation with Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter. Colter is the running quarterback with nearly 200 yards on the season while Siemian leads the passing attack with over 600 yards passing in three games.
PREDICTION: Maine 14, Northwestern 41
Missouri at Indiana
Missouri looks to be the most talented team that Indiana has faced so far this season and that could be a big problem for the Hoosiers who dropped their week two game against Navy. Indiana's offense is solid, however, but the defense has been miserable against poor teams.
PREDICTION: Missouri 24, Indiana 21
No. 15 Michigan at Connecticut
The Michigan Wolverines face off against their second-straight soft opponent. The Huskies have had a terrible season thus far and will give Michigan a little break following their awful game against the lowly Akron Zips. Connecticut, however, will be at home and could pose a far greater threat than the Zips did.
PREDICTION: Michigan 42, Connecticut 14