10 of the 14 Huge Ten groups are in motion this Saturday, and eventually nonconference is basically over (although there are nonetheless some holdovers in future weeks).
There’s one gigantic, ranked-on-ranked matchup between No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Penn State, and in any other case three video games that includes ranked Huge Ten groups. The only real unranked-on-unranked matchup is between Wisconsin and Illinois.
4 groups are idle — Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana, and Northwestern. For the Boilermakers, Hoosiers, and Wildcats, it’s an excellent likelihood for them to lick their wounds after having suffered losses in Week 5.
For individuals who are enjoying, right here is how we see it happening on Saturday.
3 keys to a Michigan soccer win vs. Nebraska
Maryland (4-1) at No. 7 Ohio State (4-1)
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Trent Knoop: Maryland let me down final week as I picked the Terrapins to upset Iowa and boy, was I unsuitable. It was the primary actual problem that Maryland confronted all season and all it may muster was 14 factors — granted, Iowa is a very good protection. Taulia Tagovailoa threw 5 interceptions final week, and now we have no clue if he might be prepared mentally for the rising Buckeye protection. Ohio State hasn’t allowed an opponent to attain greater than 20 factors since week 2 loss towards Oregon. C.J. Stroud seems to be locked in once more after his efficiency final week and TreVeyon Henderson continues to place up big numbers within the restricted touches he will get. I feel Maryland hangs with Ohio State for a half, however the Buckeyes win simply. Ohio State 41, Maryland 21
Isaiah Gap: Right here’s the factor: Ohio State is lastly wanting like Ohio State for the primary time this 12 months, nevertheless it’s actually solely been two video games, so I’m not bought it’s righted all of its wrongs on the defensive aspect of the ball. Offensively, I’m bought, however Maryland has one of many high offenses within the nation, not to mention the convention. I don’t assume Taulia Tagovailoa will throw that many interceptions once more in any recreation this season as he did within the debacle towards Iowa. Maryland has no protection, so it can want the offense to get all of it collectively — a tougher proposition with Dontay Demus out for the season. I feel it’ll be nearer than the unfold, however not by a lot. Ohio State 48, Maryland 28
No. 11 Michigan State (5-0) at Rutgers (3-2)
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Trent Knoop: The Scarlet Knights obtained thrashed final week towards the Buckeyes, however I nonetheless consider they’re a a lot better workforce than that. This might be a lure recreation for the Spartans, particularly if the Michigan State secondary can’t cease the passing recreation. Noah Vedral might want to step up in an enormous approach this weekend to get Rutgers again within the win column. Alternatively, this can be the very best offense that Michigan State has had in a very long time behind the arm of Payton Thorne, who has thrown just one interception this 12 months, and working again Kennth Walker III is a beast on the bottom. I can’t see the Spartans shedding this one, however it is going to be shut. Michigan State 24, Rutgers 20
Isaiah Gap: Properly, I believed Rutgers would present up final week towards Ohio State and I used to be brutally unsuitable. I feel they’ll present up towards Michigan State. However I don’t assume it’ll make a distinction. The Spartans’ cross protection has been atrocious all 12 months, however they’ve nonetheless discovered methods to win. MSU has additionally received on the highway twice, so I don’t count on it to be shell shocked. I feel it’ll be a detailed recreation for 3 quarters after which the State offense pulls away. Michigan State 31, Rutgers 17
Wisconsin (1-3) at Illinois (2-4)
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Trent Knoop: This Badgers workforce doesn’t remotely resemble the workforce that we’re used to seeing 12 months in and 12 months out. Wisconsin doesn’t have a lot of a run recreation and the passing recreation appears even worse with Graham Mertz throwing the ball. Fortunately, the Badgers face Illinois this weekend and they’re certain to get a win. The Preventing Illini look actually unhealthy and so they have zero offensive id so far within the 12 months. The Illinois protection appears respectable, nevertheless it offers up a ton of yards per recreation. This needs to be a recreation that Wisconsin will get its offense flowing. Wisconsin 28, Illinois 14
Isaiah Gap: Wisconsin isn’t this unhealthy, proper? Illinois is discovering some juice, however it’s this unhealthy, I feel. Brandon Peters can’t do a lot of something by the air, however Joshua McCray, the freshman working again, has been a revelation as of late. Nevertheless, the Badgers nonetheless characteristic the top-ranked run protection within the nation, and the No. 3 protection total. As a lot as Wisconsin has little going for it offensively, it seems that Graham Mertz will return, and we noticed what he did to the Illini in Week 1 final 12 months. Give me Bucky Badger, large. Wisconsin 38, Illinois 7
No. 4 Penn State (5-0) at No. 3 Iowa (5-0)
Trent Knoop: This needs to be an incredible recreation with the Penn State offense towards the Iowa protection. The Nittany Lions common 418 yards per recreation and the Hawkeyes solely permit 271 yards-per-game. This one will come all the way down to which quarterback could make extra performs. Spencer Petras hasn’t actually impressed me this 12 months, however he actually hasn’t been requested to do an excessive amount of with the mighty protection the Hawkeyes have. I like Sean Clifford far more right here, and I like his weapons, like Jahan Dotson, to throw to. This recreation is certainly a toss as much as me, however I’ve to take the house workforce right here. Iowa 21, Penn State 20
Isaiah Gap: I’m salivating at this one, two undefeateds, ranked within the high 5, going at it. I don’t know that I’m absolutely bought on Penn State as a playoff contender, however I’m bought on the Nittany Lions as a whole workforce. Between them and Iowa, I feel PSU’s obtained a a lot better offense and James Franklin lastly obtained the massive highway win monkey off his again in Week 1 in Camp Randall. That is near being an evening recreation, nevertheless it’s not the identical being a 3 p.m. native kick. No Kinnick magic this time round. Penn State 20, Iowa 17
No. 9 Michigan (5-0) at Nebraska (3-3)
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Trent Knoop: I feel this recreation finally comes all the way down to the Nebraska offense towards the Michigan protection. Adrian Martinez does an incredible job with the read-option assault, but when the Michigan edge defenders can cease him, then the Wolverines ought to win this recreation pretty simple. Cade McNamara has performed an incredible job managing the the Michigan offense, he has but to throw an interception, and he might want to proceed doing simply that in a hostile atmosphere at evening. I’ll take the Wolverines to win their first recreation ever in Lincoln. Michigan 31, Nebraska 17
Isaiah Gap: Nebraska is a lot better than its document, having misplaced all three video games by only one rating. The offense is high-powered and the protection is stellar. The most important challenge for the Huskers is that they make errors and are undisciplined, primarily beating themselves. This can be a house recreation, at evening. All this stuff favor Nebraska. Besides, it hasn’t (theoretically) seen a protection like Michigan’s and so they have the worst offensive line within the nation. For me, the massive query is how the Wolverine protection will deal with Adrian Martinez, as I feel the offense will be capable of rating, given what it was in a position to do vs. Wisconsin. I feel this might be a troublesome recreation, however Michigan pulls away on the highway. Michigan 42, Nebraska 24