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Big Ten Football Week 2 Game Predictions

Big Ten Week 2 Game Predictions

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After a successful opening week that saw the teams within the conference go 12-2, Week 2 will provide more competitive games and will go a long way in determining how good the Big Ten is from top to bottom. Here is how each team will fare this week.

Rutgers vs. Howard 12:00 p.m. BTN

Paul James
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Rutgers vs. Howard 12:00 p.m. BTN

Paul James
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After defeating Washington St. to open the season, conference newcomer Rutgers gets an easier game this week as they welcome HBCU Howard to New Jersey. This should be over by halftime which will allow the Rutgers staff to assess the depth in the program.
Rutgers 52, Howard 10

Purdue vs. Central Michigan 12:00 p.m. ESPNEWS

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Purdue vs. Central Michigan 12:00 p.m. ESPNEWS

Akeem Hunt
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Purdue takes on another Michigan MAC school this week in Central Michigan. And while the Chippewas are a better program at this moment than the Western Michigan squad the Boilermakers faced last week, this still should be an easy victory for coach Hazell and Co.
Purdue 34, Central Michigan 20

Penn St. vs. Akron 12:00 p.m. ESPN/ABC

Penn St.
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Penn St. vs. Akron 12:00 p.m. ESPN/ABC

Penn St.
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After escaping Dublin, Ireland with a victory over UCF, the Nittany Lions host the Akron Zips in what should be an easier game for the Penn State fans to watch. But don't sleep on Terry Bowden and Akron as they did push Michigan to the limits last season.
Penn St. 38, Akron 13

Illinois vs. Western Kentucky 12:00 p.m. BTN

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Illinois vs. Western Kentucky 12:00 p.m. BTN

Geronimo Allen
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The Fighting Illini host a Western Kentucky program coming off a victory over Bowling Green in which quarterback Brandon Doughty passed for 569 yards. While Illinois still is trying to find some traction in the conference's pantheon of teams, they are still more talented than the Hilltoppers and should be able to hold fort at home.
Illinois 31, Western Kentucky 21

Nebraska vs. McNeese St. 12:00 p.m. ESPNU

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Nebraska vs. McNeese St. 12:00 p.m. ESPNU

Tommie Armstrong Jr.
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After putting up 784 yards against Florida International, the McNeese St. fans have to hope that the Cornhuskers don't put up 1,000 yards on their team. While that's a stretch, Nebraska should be able to control this game from start to finish and will give plenty of playing time to their backups.
Nebraska 58, McNeese St. 13

Wisconsin vs. Western Illinois 12:00 p.m. BTN

Tanner McEvoy
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Wisconsin vs. Western Illinois 12:00 p.m. BTN

Tanner McEvoy
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After losing a game that they were ahead 24-7 against a SEC power, the Badgers will be mad, angry and the poor victim will be the Leathernecks. This is the perfect opportunity for Tanner McEvoy to get back on track and also find a suitable backup in mop-up duty if Joel Stave is not healthy enough for the job.
Wisconsin 63, Western Illinois 16

Maryland at USF 3:30 p.m. CBS Networks

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Maryland at USF 3:30 p.m. CBS Networks

CJ Brown
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After handling James Madison pretty easily, the Terrapins head to Tampa to face a USF program that avoided another opening season loss to a FCS program. While Maryland put up a lot of points there still is a lot of room for improvement, especially at the quarterback position where CJ Brown only passed for 111 yards on 11-of-24 passing. They will straighten things out against a slowly improving Bulls program.
Maryland 38, USF 17

Iowa vs. Ball St. 3:30 p.m. ESPN2

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Iowa vs. Ball St. 3:30 p.m. ESPN2

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The Hawkeyes were able to avoid an early season upset last weekend against Northern Iowa and should be better prepared in facing MAC opponent Ball St. While the Cardinals will be one of the better teams in their conference, they don't have enough talent to keep up with the Hawkeyes.
Iowa 34, Ball St. 17

Minnesota vs. Middle Tennessee St. 3:30 p.m.

Mitch Leidner
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Minnesota vs. Middle Tennessee St. 3:30 p.m.

Mitch Leidner
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Minnesota easily handled Eastern Illinois and should be able to handle a pesky Blue Raiders team that is coming off an 8-5 season in 2013. Minnesota did struggle with pass defense in Week 1, and MTSU QB Austin Grammer showed himself to be a capable passer in the 61-7 rout of Savannah St; but Minnesota isn't a FCS school and should provide a stiffer challenge.
Minnesota 45, MTSU 28

Northwestern vs. Northern Illinois 3:30 p.m. BTN

Trevor Siemian
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Northwestern vs. Northern Illinois 3:30 p.m. BTN

Trevor Siemian
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After a bad home loss to Cal in Week 1, Northwestern will be looking to get things on track against the in-state MAC opponent. As with Northwestern, NIU has to replace a mobile quarterback in Jordan Lynch, but the Wildcats have a capable replacement for Cane Colter in Trevor Siemian as well as better talent at other positions.
Northwestern 31, Northern Illinois 21

Michigan St. at Oregon 6:30 p.m. Fox Sports

Michigan State
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Michigan St. at Oregon 6:30 p.m. Fox Sports

Michigan State
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The Spartans face Oregon in a game that could place MSU in the driver's seat to be considered for a college football playoff spot but also go a long way to repair the damaged national perception of the conference. If Jeremy Langford is healthy enough to make it through the game and the MSU defense can slow down the high-octane Ducks offense, they will cement their name as a 2014 national power. Neither happens, though.
Oregon 28, Michigan St. 24

Michigan at Notre Dame 7:00 p.m. NBC

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Michigan at Notre Dame 7:00 p.m. NBC

Mason Cole
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The Wolverines head to South Bend in the final game of this rivalry. Michigan must prove they can run the ball against a capable Irish defense led by defensive tackle Sheldon Day. Head coach Brady Hoke has yet to win on the road against a quality opponent. And despite the return of Everett Golson to the quarterback position, missing five key players due to the suspension will hurt the Irish.
Michigan 24, Notre Dame 20

Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech 8:00 p.m. ESPN

Ohio St.
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Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech 8:00 p.m. ESPN

Ohio St.
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Despite the scare from Navy in Week 1, OSU showed that they will be in good hands with JT Barrett playing quarterback in place of Braxton Miller. There are enough offensive weapons to take the focus of the young signal caller, and the only way the Buckeyes lose to Virginia Tech is if the defense lets them down, which won't happen.
OSU 30, Virginia Tech 17