Wednesday, September 12, 2012

B1G Predictions: Week 3

Minnesota 27, Western Michigan 17: This game isn’t going to be as high scoring as many think.  Minnesota’s pass rush is legitimate and should be able to continue to get into the backfield against a MAC offensive line.  Jerry Kill knows how to beat MAC teams and Saturday in Minneapolis will be no different.  Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray will have the best passing day of his career as the Broncos will crowd the line of scrimmage and force Gray to throw.   

Nebraska 38, Arkansas State 23: Former Auburn Offensive Coordinator Gus Mulzahn will bring his high flying brand of football to Lincoln and should continue the trend of teams that are able to move the ball against the Nebraska defense.   Taylor Martinez will continue to throw the ball more than a typical Nebraska quarterback does as Rex Burkhead tries to get healthy for the B1G season.

Illinois 34, Charleston Southern 7: I have no idea what a Charleston Southern is, but it sounds good.  Does it taste like a Charleston Chew?

Purdue 31, Eastern Michigan 9: This is soooo Purdue, squeeze Notre Dame in between a bunch of cupcakes.  Should we call it a Purdue dog?

Ohio State 33, Cal 17: The Buckeyes get a visit from one of the worst teams in the PAC12.  You’ve got to think that Jeff Tedford has overstayed his welcome in Berkley.

Northwestern 24, Boston College 20: The Cardiac Cats squeak out another one as Trevor Siemian hits Demetrius Fields in the corner of the end zone with :46 left.  The Cats tack on the extra point for a 4 point lead and hang on after batting down a Boston College Hail Mary pass in the end zone as time expires.

Penn State 21, Navy 16: The Nittany Lions won’t need to worry about a missed field goal this week.  They turn all 3 red zone trips into touchdowns and Bill O’Brien notches his first victory at Penn State. 

Iowa 23, Northern Iowa 21: The Hawkeyes continue their struggles against in-state rival UNI.  The running game can’t get going forcing James Vandenberg to throw 40 passes.

Michigan 48, UMass 17: Denard Robinson’s day will be over after the first half as they rest him for the Notre Dame game. 

Indiana 28, Ball State 24: The Hoosiers are 3-0!!!

Wisconsin 34, Utah State 21: Utah State isn’t bad and they will throw a scare into the Badgers.  The Wisconsin offensive line and running game will wear down Utah State late (finally!) and the Badgers will win by a somewhat comfortable margin. 

Michigan State 17, Notre Dame 13: The Spartans will give up their first offensive touchdown of the year, but will still give up less than 300 yards of offense and will get revenge on the Irish after being humiliated by them last year in South Bend.  

Last Week: 9-3, Overall 18-6 (.750)

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