Week Two Big Ten Predictions

Here is HawkeyeNation.com Publisher Jon Miller's look and predictions at the Week Two schedules for the 11 members of the Big Ten Conference. Week One saw each team win its game; the same cannot be said for Week Two.

Here is HawkeyeNation.com Publisher Jon Miller's look and predictions at the Week Two schedules for the 11 members of the Big Ten Conference. Week One saw each team win its game; the same cannot be said for Week Two.

To read Jon's picks from Week One, CLICK HERE

Illinois at Rutgers: The Illini beat the Scarlet Knights last year in Champaign, but it took overtime to do it. Rutgers finished 7-5 last year and returns seven starters on both sides of the ball. They return a 1,000 yard rusher and most of their receivers. They will break in a new quarterback who has a strong arm but threw 10 INT's in just 101 attempts last year. I'll call for a Rutgers win. RUTGERS

Indiana at Ball State: The Ball State Cardinals return 10 starters on offense and eight on defense, so Indiana had better bring its ‘A' game. The only offensive starter not back is their leading rusher, but the Cardinals used a committee system. Joey Lynch should still be the starter at QB this year, ahead of Iowa native Warren Suess. I will take the Hoosiers, but this should be a contest. INDIANA

Michigan vs Central Michigan: This is a carpal tunnel saver. MICHIGAN

Michigan State vs Eastern Michigan: MSU has more talent, but that does not always equal a win for them in league play. But this isn't league play. MSU

Minnesota at Cal: That's two road games to start the year for a Minnesota team that will not be where they have been in recent years. That means a ‘rare' early season loss for the Gophers; rare only because they never play anyone as good as Cal early on. Cal

Northwestern at New Hampshire: New Hampshire has a solid program, but one at the D1-AA level. Northwestern

Ohio State at Texas: This game should be closely contested. Texas will be breaking in a new quarterback, but the rest of the team is very solid, including seven starters returning on defense. Ohio State returns nearly everyone on offense, but loses nearly everyone on defense. If Texas sputters on offense, do not fear, Iowa fans. They may take a while to get going in the post-Vince Young era. I think both of these teams will be fearsome come November, but might not play their best ball at this time of the season. I have gone back and forth on this one, and I will take the Buckeye offense in this one, on the road at a place that has been next to impossible to win at. Call me a Big Ten homer, or call me someone that wants to see OSU and Iowa with 5-0 records come September 30. OHIO STATE

Penn State at Notre Dame: I don't like Notre Dame. Have I ever told that to you before? That being said, they should have one of the better offenses in the nation and Penn State returns just four starters on defense. Their defense will be better than their offense in the early going, however. As average as I believe Notre Dame's defense will be this year, it should be enough to beat PSU at home. NOTRE DAME

Purdue vs Miami (OH): As we said in our week one capsule, Miami is not bad. I just think Purdue is better, especially at home. PURDUE

Wisconsin vs Western Illinois: We love the Leathernecks, but they won't pull the upset. WISCONSIN

Iowa at Syracuse: This is a good road game to have. It's winnable, Iowa will be favored, yet its against a BCS conference school in a very challenging environment. The Carrier Dome will be the third domed stadium that Iowa has ever played in; The Metrodome & The Alamo Dome being the other two. IOWA

Jon Miller's Predicted Big Ten Standings after Two Games

2-0 IOWA
2-0 Ohio State
2-0 Michigan
2-0 Wisconsin
2-0 Purdue
2-0 Northwestern
2-0 Indiana
2-0 Michigan State
1-1 Illinois
1-1 Minnesota
1-1 Penn State

Looking ahead to Week Three that we will roll out tomorrow, the Hawkeyes host ISU, Michigan is at Notre Dame and MSU is at Pittsburgh. Will those three Big Ten teams still be undefeated? See you then.


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