Big Ben is back - but is he better than ever?

He feels that only winning 8 of 11 games picked was a tough go. There are many teams in Division 1A football that would quit right now and take that record - and the bowl game that comes with it. But, Ben Worgull is a perfectionist. Will that pay off this week? Read on to find out.

Well, this kind of sucks. Already behind the eight ball because Eastern Illinois, Miami (OH) and Western Michigan forgot to bring their offenses and make me look bad. Now with an 8-3 mark, I need to start thinking logically … or irrationally. I let you know what I chose on Sunday after these games.

Central Michigan (0-1) at No.10 Michigan (1-0) Fans were getting on the Wolverines case because they only beat Vanderbilt by 20 points last weekend. Did anyone get hurt? Nope. Did Mike Hart get hurt early in the season like he did last year? Don't think so. Did Chad Henne throw any interceptions? Not according to my box score. Is Michigan an ivy school wannabe? Absolutely. Does Central Michigan have a chance? Not really. Michigan 31–20

Illinois (1-0) at Rutgers (1-0)

Illinois actually looked like a football team last week and beat an Eastern Illinois team that was picked to finish well in their own conference. Illinois QB Tim Brasic threw for 149 yards and Pierre Thomas rushed for 126 yards en route to 42 Illinois points. Not too bad for a team that hadn't won since September 2005. As good as they're feeling now, Illinois is going to be playing against a tough Rutgers team with bruising running back Ray Rice, who rushed for 201 yards and a career-high three touchdowns at North Carolina last weekend. With Illinois' poor defense and playing on the road, Rutgers will be victorious. Rutgers 35-17

Miami (OH) (0-1) at Purdue (1-0)

Miami had no offense against Northwestern and Purdue scored more points than any other team in Division I last weekend. Whatever Joe Tiller put in the water in West Layfette certainly worked last weekend and should continue this week. Can Purdue average these big offensive numbers throughout the season? Of course not, but they certainly have the weapons to run over an unprepared defense. The Boilermakers chug to 2-0. Boilers 40-20

New Hampshire (0-0) at Northwestern (1-0)

While the offense was on life support last weekend, Northwestern's special teams won the game by blocking a punt that turned the entire complexion of the game around. Pat Fitzgerald has jumped into a difficult situation and so far, he has the players and the community united. Division I-AA opponent New Hampshire should be easy pickings for Northwestern, as they celebrate Randy Walker's life by renaming the road in front of Ryan Field after him before the game. Wildcats will once again be inspired and go 2-0. NU Wildcats 42-7

Western Illinois (1-0) at Wisconsin (1-0)

After Bowling Green marched down the field on their first offensive possession, you could hear Wisconsin nation say the collective, "Oh crap, here we go again." Oh contraire. Bielema and company made the necessary adjustments and shut down the Falcons offensive attack. Additionally, a Wisconsin running back once again broke out onto the national scene against the Falcons, with P.J. Hill rushing for 128 yards and one score in his collegiate debut. Things should be just as rosy for Wisconsin this weekend as their EXTREMELY CHALLENGING NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE continues. Camp Randall and the Badgers will be rocking. Western Illinois will be taking the money and running. Badgers 41-10

No.14 Iowa (1-0) at Syracuse (0-1)

Iowa looked solid last week against Montana and will continue to roll through a non-conference schedule that could challenge Wisconsin for being the weakest ever assembled. Of course, Iowa does have to play Iowa State, a team that cleaned their clock last season. However, Syracuse needs Jim Boeheim, Gerry McNamara and might have to borrow some of the New York Giants in order to win this game. Iowa wins and looks ahead to their rematch with Iowa State. Iowa 45-13

Eastern Michigan (0-1) at Michigan State (1-0)

What's the problem with college football fans in Michigan? As much as the Wolverines got ragged on for their game against Vanderbilt, State got it from all angles for only beating Idaho by 10 points. Quarterback Drew Stanton played well and looked to put his arm injury well behind him. Plus, State allowed Idaho to only 252 yards of total offense and Sparty committed only two penalties the entire game. Eastern Michigan, on the other hand, looked like a train wreck against Ball State. The wreck won't be cleaned up this week as the Stanton Express is rumbling down the tracks. State silences the doubters in East Lansing. MSU 40-13

No.19 Penn State at No.4 Notre Dame

Who would have thought that Notre Dame would win a road game with defense? Probably not even Charlie Weis could have imagined that the Irish would limit the Yellow Jackets to 258 total yards. Yeah so the Irish's offense struggled. Big deal. Whoever said winning on the road in college football was easy anyway? Thought so. Penn State is going to have to bring a lot of weapons and wake up their ineffective offense in order to spoil the Irish's home opener and it probably won't happen. Notre Dame 31-20

Indiana (1-0) at Ball State (1-0)

One of the more intriguing match-ups in the Big Ten this week, even though you probably wouldn't think so if you lived outside of Indiana. Both teams played above pre-season expectations last week, with both Ball State and Indiana scoring more than 35 points. Both teams' defenses game up 20 points last weekend and are pretty evenly matched. The coin flip goes to the Hoosiers, who have won 16 straight games over a Mid-American Conference school. Although it will be close, Indiana will make it 17 straight. Indiana 35-30

Minnesota (1-0) at No.22 California (0-1)

Cal was EMBARASSED by a Tennessee team that had a lot more to prove than Cal. Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said on Tuesday that he still hadn't slept soundly from the nightmare in Knoxville. Ouch! The Bears return home with a big chip on their shoulders, and face a Minnesota team that looked go on the road against a bunch of high school kids last week. However, the Goofs just don't have a prayer against a team that was humiliated as much as the Golden Bears were.Cal 34-17

No.1 Ohio State (1-0) at No.2 Texas (1-0)

Bring back Keith Jackson from retirement! This is his type of game; a physical, grinder of a game. A rematch of last year's thriller in Columbus that ended with Vince Young throwing a late touchdown pass as Texas made their first step towards the national championship. Rest assured that whoever wins this game will be on that same path. Ohio State looked good against a very underrated Northern Illinois team and Troy Smith showed why he's the odds on favorite to pose with the Heisman come winter. Texas looked strong as ever, crushing North Texas in convincing fashion. The one thing going against Texas is that they'll be without starting No.1 corner Tarell Brown after he was suspended for his arrest on a misdemeanor drug and weapon charges. Regardless, Texas is at home and will hook the Buckeyes by a snout. Set the VCR, this will be a barnburner. Texas 27-24


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