Since everyone will be watching Michigan, Ohio State and
probably Wisconsin this weekend, here is a preview of some of the
Big Ten games you may not see.

Indiana (0-1) at No. 22 Washington (0-1) – 4 p.m.:
Indiana, ranked No. 7 in ESPN’s “Bottom Ten” ranking of the worst
10 teams in Division I football, is coming off an embarrassing
34-10 loss to Connecticut. The Huskies, who were ranked No. 19 in
the preseason before a loss at Ohio State knocked them out of the
top 25, should control both sides of this game. With arguably the
best quaterback-wide receiver duo in the country in Cody Pickett
and Reggie Williams, look for Washington to get revenge on the Big
Ten after being thrashed by Ohio State.

Washington 38, Indiana 6

Illinois State (1-0) at Illinois (0-1) – Noon, ESPN Plus:
The Fighting Illini are coming off a rough season opener in which
they lost to Missouri while pounding out almost twice as many yards
as the Tigers. The Redbirds opened the season with a win against
Drake, but don’t expect this I-AA team to do too much against this
week’s Big Ten opponent. The game will be closer than it should be,
because it is an in-state rivalry, but the Illini will prevail.

Illinois 24, Illinois State 17

Rutgers (1-0) at Michigan State (1-0) – 3:30 p.m., ESPN
After holding off Western Michigan last weekend, Michigan
State looks to improve to 2-0 by defeating the Scarlet Knights this
weekend. Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker hit six receivers
multiple times en route to 326 yards passing Saturday. This was
Smoker’s first start since late last season, when he was suspended
for five games after admitting that he had a substance abuse
problem. Rutgers, which just broke its nine-game losing streak in
its season opener against Buffalo, will not be able to compete with
the Spartans and will lose its winning record for the rest of the

Michigan State 24, Rutgers 7

Buffalo (0-1) at Iowa (1-0) – Noon, ESPN Plus: Iowa will
look forward to an easy win against Buffalo, which currently holds
the longest losing streak in NCAA football (11 games). Don’t watch
this game unless you love Iowa, hate Buffalo or are sadistic and
want to see a beating.

Iowa: A lot, Buffalo: A lot less

Troy State (0-1) at Minnesota (1-0) – 8 p.m., ESPN Plus:
Minnesota and Troy State are both coming off equally lopsided games
in their season openers. Minnesota annihilated Tulsa 49-10 while
Troy State lost by a 36-point margin to Kansas State. Minnesota,
boasting it’s best squad in years, looks to finish in the upper
half of the Big Ten. Whether or not the Gophers manage to
accomplish that goal, they should be able to handle a pretty
miserable Trojan squad that seemed completely unable to offer any
sort of protection to their quarterback on Saturday.

Watch for Minnesota quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq to put up
amazing offensive numbers, as Minnesota will once again run up the
score against an inferior team.

Minnesota 45, Troy State 7
















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