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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Preview and Prediction

By Chip Minnich, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The Northwestern Wildcats make their first return to Ohio Stadium since 2007, seeking to ride a three-game winning streak back into Big Ten West Division contention. Conversely, Ohio State is coming off a surprising loss on the road at Penn State, regrouping for an opportunity to get back to its winning ways.   Northwestern has built its offense around junior running back Justin Jackson....

College Football's 12 Best Position Battles to Watch in Week 9

By Bryan Fischer, 3 months 3 weeks ago
We’re just a few days out from the first set of College Football Playoff rankings so the games this weekend figure to play a big part in the national title race. This week has some huge Top 25 matchups between some big-name teams, but it’s the one-on-ones between the names on the back of the jerseys that are even juicier.   Whether you’re a college football fan, a...

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview and Prediction

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The battle to win the Big Ten’s West Division comes into focus on Saturday night, as Nebraska travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin in a crucial game for both teams. The Cornhuskers enter Week 9 atop the West Division at 4-0 in Big Ten action. However, Nebraska has yet to hit the toughest part of its schedule, which begins on Saturday night against the Badgers. Wisconsin has already...

10 College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 9

By Mitch Light, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The Week 9 edition of college football’s picks against the spread features predictions for some of Saturday’s biggest games, including Clemson-Florida State, West Virginia-Oklahoma State, Washington-Utah and Georgia-Florida. Additionally, conference matchups such as Iowa State-Kansas State, Northwestern-Ohio State, Michigan-Michigan State and Baylor-Texas feature lines...

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Purdue Boilermakers Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 3 months 3 weeks ago
James Franklin and Penn State scored a much-needed signature victory Saturday night in front of a White Out crowd against Ohio State, and now the Nittany Lions are back in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2011. It’s been a long time coming for the program, but now the focus is on avoiding a letdown this week on the road against Purdue.   Sometimes it can be good to go on the...

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview and Prediction

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys has quietly guided the 2016 edition of the Golden Gophers to within one game of bowl eligibility before the end of October. After dropping its first two Big Ten games of the season, Minnesota has turned it around with back-to-back wins over Maryland and Rutgers. With a game against Illinois this weekend and another against Purdue the following Saturday, it's...

Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans Preview and Prediction

By Mike Bainbridge, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Prior to the start of the regular season, most people likely assumed the Michigan Wolverines (7-0) would be the favorites entering their yearly matchup against the Michigan State Spartans (2-5). Favored by 23.5 points though? Probably not.    The Wolverines have been as impressive as any team in the country through eight weeks of the season, smothering teams with their No....

Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 9

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
College football’s Week 9 slate kicks off on Thursday night with five matchups. Virginia Tech at Pitt and California at USC are the two marquee contests on Thursday, but Appalachian State at Georgia Southern is a key game for positioning within the Sun Belt. Three games are slated for Friday night, with USF hosting Navy in a critical American Athletic Conference matchup. After South...

5 Greatest Blocked Kicks in College Football History

By Aaron Tallent, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Grant Haley’s 60-yard return of a blocked Ohio State field goal for a touchdown last Saturday reminded us just how quickly a game can change when the kicking game is disrupted. All college football fans can think of a time where their team’s fate turned on a kick that failed to launch, and sometimes it can mean the difference in their national championship hopes.   While...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 9

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The Big Ten ended up winning the day last weekend on the back of Penn State's upset of Ohio State. Everything about the game — from the blocked field goal to the fans to the suddenly unstoppable defensive front of Penn State — was nothing short of outrageous.   This weekend, the Big Ten takes center stage once again with a trio of matchups that have the potential to...