CM – Pioneer Press Big Ten Football Picks: Week 1


The Gophers went to Columbus in 2018 and kept it close before beating what was then No. 3 Ohio State at 30:14. If they do it again against a newly loaded Buckeyes team, the temptation in groupthink will be to seek a moral victory. Fight that urge. Ohio State, 38-21

The three victories of Rutgers trainer Greg Schiano in a shortened season 2020 corresponded to the total of the Scarlet Knights from the normal seasons 2018-19. Here’s an early chalk. Rutgers, 30-13

After a 2-5 debut, Spartan’s sophomore coach Mel Tucker has the chance to make a statement against the Big Ten West defending champions. State of Michigan, 21-17

The only thing worse than having Scott Frost as the Nebraska manager dropping to 12:21 after losing to Illinois in Week 0 was the fact that only a handful of other games were on on the schedule, which meant the Cornhusker’s condition has soaked up a lot of college football coverage over the past week. Nebraska, 28-12

If he’s not too distant, his ardent colleague Jim Harbaugh must be happy that Frost is in the same conference. Michigan, 42-17

While there are some good non-conference games for SEC programs this week, the Big Ten jumping into big matchups just mean more. As a reminder, Big Ten teams play nine league games each year; SEC teams are still playing eight. Wisconsin, 24-20

When the Hawkeyes meet the Hoosiers and No. 7 Iowa State they will be the team to beat in the Big Ten West. Iowa, 21-20

The Terrapins scored 45 points against the Gophers in week 2 of last season, but had only 49 points in the game before and in the two games afterwards. This concludes your memory of how bad the U.S. defenses were at the start of 2020. West Virginia, 28-21

These are also the types of scheduled games we can look forward to as the Big Ten and Pac-12 begin to reap the benefits of their newfound « alliance ». FOX and ESPN only salivate. Purdue, 21-14

The new Illinois coach Bret Bielema had an excellent start to his tenure with the win against Nebraska. Now don’t screw it up. Illinois, 28-17
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