Big Ten Football Weekend Preview: Another ugly slate is upon us!

Before I get down to business, I’d like to point out that this is a terrible Big 10 list this week and these rankings may be terrible because of it. If anyone needs evidence that the Big Ten need to get rid of a non-conference game from the schedule, this week has more than enough proof.

14. Wag[email protected] rutgers 3:00 p.m. on BTN

Rutgers is already the least intriguing team in the Big Ten. Compare them against Wagner, who lost to FORDHAM, and you get the worst game of the week. Rutgers is favored by 50.5 points.

13. Hawaii @ Michigan 7pm on BTN

Michigan got a lot of publicity after they dominated against Colorado State last week. Michigan is a 46-point favorite and Hawaii sucks. Find another game to watch.

12. State of Arkansas @ Ohio State 11 a.m. on BTN

There is no interest in seeing this mess. Ohio State is favored by 44 points and the only thing that will stop them from covering will be when Ohio State throws out their starters in the game.

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11. Indiana State @ Purdue 3 pm on BTN

Purdue is coming off a loss that probably has them very bitter. This is technically an instant rivalry game, but it’s not going to be a game. Purdue is favored by 34.5 points.

[email protected] state of michigan 3:00 p.m. on BTN

Akron won’t be in this game for long. Michigan State is favored by 34 points and isn’t worth anyone’s time.

8. Western Illinois @ Minnesota 11am on BTN

Minnesota is a 35.5-point favorite, but I ranked it higher than the Michigan State game because I’m personally intrigued to see Minnesota this year. They feel like a team that’s going to be in the conversation to win the West all year.

8. Idaho @ Indiana 7pm on BTN

Indiana is favored 31.5 but Idaho gave Washington state a decent game last week. They had a chance to tie the game with a minute left before throwing an interception. If Indiana covers, it could be a sign that they are better than last year.

7. Maryland @ Charlotte 2:30 p.m. at the stadium

Maryland is favored by 27 points and you should find something else to watch. The only reason this is number 7 is because the spread is closer than those ranked behind them.

6. Ohio @ Penn State 11 a.m. on ABC

Penn State is favored by 26.6 points in this one. Will it be something good? Probably not.

5. South Georgia @ Nebraska 6:30 p.m. FS1

I said it last week. Don’t miss a game from Scott Frost’s trainers this year. Nebraska was close until the third quarter against North Dakota last week and somehow Frost was able to slip away. I have no idea how good Georgia Southern is this year, but last week they had 59 points against Morgan State. Nebraska is favored by 23.5 points, but could this be a shootout given Nebraska’s defense? If Nebraska loses, Lincoln will burn.

4. Virginia @ Illinois 3 p.m. on ESPNU

I’m not sure this game has any intrigue other than it may be a closed game. Illinois is favored by 3.5 points, which is practically nothing. I wouldn’t be surprised if Virginia wins outright after Illinois lost a close game against Indiana last week.

3. Duke @ Northwest 11am on FS1

Smart Kids Gathering in Evanston! If you’re a Big Ten addict, this should be your 11am game on Saturday. Northwestern looked strong offensively in Ireland two weeks ago. Can you replicate that? Northwestern is favored by 8.5 points and if their defense steps up their game, they could win by much more.

2. Washington State @ Wisconsin 2:30 p.m. on Fox

Check out some of our other trailers for this one. By far the most interesting game on the schedule outside of Badger’s conference.

1.Iowa State @ Iowa 3pm on BTN

The only reason this game is #1 over Washington State and Wisconsin is because of the rivalry. It must be a fascinating game. I won’t go so far as to call it a great game, especially after how Iowa’s offense looked last week, but I’m intrigued to see if Iowa’s defense can win another game against them. Iowa is favored by 3.5 points and the plus/minus is set at 40.5. Expect an ugly game unless something changes for Iowa’s offense in practice this week. Shortstops and trick plays could be the recipe for Iowa to win this one. I keep the state of Iowa and everything else.

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