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Big Ten Week 7 Predictions: Michigan-Michigan State Rivalry Showdown, Penn State Visits Ohio State

Connor Cook

Connor Cook

The state of Michigan is the epicenter for college football’s Week 7 slate. The annual rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan is always a must-see matchup. However, the stakes are even higher in 2015. The Spartans and Wolverines are playoff contenders, and the winner of this game will position itself as Ohio State’s biggest threat in the Big Ten. Michigan State has won six out of the last seven in this series, but the Wolverines are favored at home. Outside of Ann Arbor, Ohio State hosts Penn State in another one of the Big Ten’s top matchups. There’s no shortage of defensive talent in this game, but will Penn State’s offense consistently move the ball against the Buckeyes? Elsewhere in the Big Ten this Saturday, Iowa hits the road to take on Northwestern, Minnesota hosts Nebraska, Wisconsin should have an easy win over Purdue, and Indiana meets Rutgers in a critical game for both team’s postseason hopes. 

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Athlon Sports offers its Big Ten Week 7 predictions from four editors: Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven), Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch), David Fox (@DavidFox615), and Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

Big Ten Week 7 Game Power Rankings & Predictions

1. Michigan State at Michigan

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Michigan -8

Predictions for Michigan State at Michigan

StevenLassan

MitchLight

DavidFox

BradenGall

@AthlonSteven

@AthlonMitch

@DavidFox615

@BradenGall

24-20

-

28-10

27-24

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2. Penn State at Ohio State

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Ohio State -17

Predictions for Penn State at Ohio State

StevenLassan

MitchLight

DavidFox

BradenGall

@AthlonSteven

@AthlonMitch

@DavidFox615

@BradenGall

34-13

-

35-14

34-17

3. Iowa at Northwestern

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ABC/ESPN2

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Spread: Iowa -2.5

Predictions for Iowa at Northwestern

StevenLassan

MitchLight

DavidFox

BradenGall

@AthlonSteven

@AthlonMitch

@DavidFox615

@BradenGall

24-20

-

21-13

27-24

4. Nebraska at Minnesota

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Minnesota -2

Predictions for Nebraska at Minnesota

StevenLassan

MitchLight

DavidFox

BradenGall

@AthlonSteven

@AthlonMitch

@DavidFox615

@BradenGall

27-24

-

24-17

30-28

5. Rutgers at Indiana

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: NL

Predictions for Rutgers at Indiana

StevenLassan

MitchLight

DavidFox

BradenGall

@AthlonSteven

@AthlonMitch

@DavidFox615

@BradenGall

38-34

-

24-17

38-31

6. Purdue at Wisconsin

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET

TV Channel: Big Ten Network

Spread: Wisconsin -23.5

Predictions for Purdue at Wisconsin

StevenLassan

MitchLight

DavidFox

BradenGall

@AthlonSteven

@AthlonMitch

@DavidFox615

@BradenGall

38-10

-

31-10

40-17