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Just when you thought it was safe to have a typo, Eric Schmoldt is back. With a very difficult 12-hour first semester schedule, this should be a welcomed break for EvilE. Do Eric know upsets? Find out here.

Indiana at Ball State – This matchup is actually pretty intriguing. Indiana got it done last week by posting at least one touchdown by way of offense, defense and special teams, which is impressive. But Ball State looked formidable last weekend as two quarterbacks combined for four touchdown tosses and Dante Love touched the ball just twice, but amassed nearly 80 yards a pair of scores. If the Cardinals hang tough, I wouldn't be surprised by a late-game Brian Jackson field goal to win it. That said, I'm going to take the Hoosiers and guess that they jump out to a small, albeit sufficient lead. Indiana 31, Ball State 25.

New Hampshire at Northwestern – New Hampshire has something going for them: They have not lost yet. For those of you who did not notice, the Wildcats did not play last week. This week, it will be Wildcats against Wildcats and Tyrell Sutton should run wild. Northwestern 48, New Hampshire 6.

No. 14 Iowa at Syracuse – Syracuse mustered less than 150 total yards against Wake Forest last week … I repeat, 150 yards, good for 115th in Division I football. It should not get any easier against the Hawkeyes this weekend. I do not even know what more I can say … 150 yards, including 45 through the air … Iowa 34, Syracuse 9.

Eastern Michigan at Michigan State – Eastern Michigan matched Ball State stat-for-stat last week, but lost by 18 points … curious. Michigan State held on to beat Idaho last week 27-17 … more curious? Having not seen either of those games, I am more tempted to go out and find them on tape than to watch this game on Saturday. Drew Stanton will be steady again. Michigan State 40, Eastern Michigan 13

Miami (OH) at Purdue – It's no secret that Purdue's offense can be fun to watch. It was last week in a 60-35 win. While giving up 35 points to Indiana State is pretty scary, it is not scary enough to favor Miami, which lost 21-3 to Northwestern last Thursday. Miami will undoubtedly put up more points, but Curtis Painter, Kory Sheets and Dorien Bryant will have some fun for the second consecutive week. Purdue 42, Miami 20

Central Michigan at No. 10 Michigan – A 27-7 victory over Vanderbilt last week was less than stellar for the Wolverines, but they got a week under their belt and should be able to work any remaining kinds out against the Chippewas. Michigan's defense was the bright spot last week, and it may give up a touchdown or less for the second straight week. Michigan 45, Central Michigan 7.

Illinois at Rutgers – Mark it on your calendar, after the first week of play, Illinois is fourth in the country in rushing yards. That's what an opening game against Eastern Illinois will get you. However, Rutgers was one of the most impressive teams last week, beating North Carolina thanks to 201 yards on the ground by Raymell Rice. The Scarlet Knights should improve to 2-0, especially if they can keep an opposing player from rushing for 100 yards for the second week in a row. Rutgers 30, Illinois 14.

Western Illinois at Wisconsin – Interestingly, a little research shows that Western Illinois has better record than Wisconsin in close games over the past five years. Fortunately for the Badgers, this will not be one of those close games. P.J. Hill will rumble and UW will roll. Wisconsin 45, Western Illinois 13.

Minnesota at No. 22 California – I have to admit, I did enjoy watching Lee Corso's preseason NCAA champion fall in the first week of the season to Tennessee. The Bears looked atrocious against the Vols last week and they better hope they come ready to respond or they could be in for another surprise. Though it was only one game, Minnesota's running game appears to be in good hands with Amir Pinnix and Alex Daniels. Maybe, with Cal still seemingly hunting for a bonafide starter under center, the Gophers can catch the Bears on their heels. Two weeks ago I would've called myself crazy, but here goes nothing: Upset special. Minnesota 31, Cal 28.

No. 19 Penn State at No. 4 Notre Dame – Probably the marquee matchup in any week when the top two teams in the country are facing off. It's too bad this game has to be going on while I will be at Camp Randall. Notre Dame was unimpressive last weekend, so it would not be all that surprising to see the Nittany Lions pull out a win. That said, it seems to simple to look at it like that. I think the Golden Domers will use the reality check to their advantage. Notre Dame 27, Penn State 16

No. 1 Ohio State at No. 2 Texas – Honestly, I think this one could go either way and I do not really care who wins as long as the game is remotely close to being as entertaining as last year's matchup between the Longhorns and the Buckeyes. But Mr. Miller says I cannot simply root for sports in this game, so I'll predict a repeat score from a year ago, with the away team coming out on top again, < b>OSU 25, Texas 22.

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