Thursday, September 6, 2012

B1G Predictions: Week 2

Minnesota 35, New Hampshire 23: The Gophers look much more efficient offensively and cash in their scoring opportunities with touchdowns.  MarQueis Gray hits open targets and Donnell Kirkwood rushes for over 100 yards.  However, the Gopher defense, which looked good last week takes a step back and gives up 400+ yards to the UNH spread attack to keep things too close for comfort.

Ohio State 38, Central Florida 14: Urban Meyer does what he does and that’s dominate the state of Florida.   Whether that’s in recruiting or beating the likes of FSU or UCF the Pontiff gets er’ done once again.

Virginia 17, Penn State 10: The Nitts will make this one interesting in Charlottesville, but their offense will stall in the red zone late in the 4th quarter preventing them from forcing the game into an overtime.

Notre Dame 31, Purdue 14: This one won’t be as close as many think and I know one thing for sure: Purdue isn’t winning this game, no shot!  The Irish are in a foul mood over the lack of love they have been getting from the national media and they aim to take it out on the overrated Boilermakers in their home opener.  You can have Danny Hope and Caleb Turbush, I’ll take Brian Kelly and Everett Golson.

Indiana 27, UMass 21: The Hoosiers will get into a see-saw battle with the Minutemen.  Kofi Hughes catches a touchdown from Tre Roberson in the final minute as the Hoosiers escape with a victory.

Michigan 24, Air Force 21: The Falcons take the lead at halftime as the Wolverines try to get over their hangover from the Alabama game.  The triple option offense doesn’t help their hangovers – in fact it just gives them an even bigger headache.  At halftime Brady Hoke forces his team to take ibuprofen and slam a bottle of water before taking the field.  It works as Denard Robinson runs wild in the second half and the defense shuts down the AFA triple option attack.

Michigan State 38, Central Michigan 10: Andrew Maxwell looks like a real B1G quarterback throwing for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns in a route.  Mark Dantonio rests LeVeon Bell for the final three quarters in preparation for the Notre Dame game.

Iowa 24, Iowa State 21: The Hawkeyes march 80 yards in 10 plays capped by a James Vendenberg to C.J. Fiedorowicz touchdown pass with 1:42 to play in the 4th quarter.  James Morris picks off an Iowa State 4th down pass in Iowa territory with :20 to play to preserve the victory.

Wisconsin 38, Oregon State 34: The Badgers defense once again looks putrid and almost costs them a victory.  Oregon State has a real chance to win this game folks.  Reeser Stadium in Corvallis is a tough place to play and the Badgers will definitely be on upset alert.

Nebraska 28, UCLA 24:  This is another game that will go down to the bitter end.  Jim Mora Jr’s team will have plenty of scrap to it and the Huskers will need to make a late stop to preserve the victory.

Northwestern 24, Vanderbilt 20: The Commodores offense is dog vomit.  I can’t believe that Jordan Rodgers is Aaron’s little bro.   He is awful.  Anyway, the Cats defense doesn’t need to be spectacular this week.

Arizona State 27, Illinois 17: If Nathan Scheelhaase plays the Illini have a real shot to win this game.  If Reilly O’Toole is the quarterback they may as well not even bother taking the field.

Season Record: 9-3 (.750)

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