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Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines Preview and Prediction

By Mike Bainbridge, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Rivalry games are always a treat to watch, but this year’s version of Michigan State (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. Michigan (4-0, 1-0) is of particular interest to fans of defense. Both the Spartans and Wolverines rank in the top five in all of college football in total defense after putting on defensive clinics in their most recent showings.   MSU limited star running back Akrum Wadley to...

Maryland Terrapins vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Preview and Prediction

By Chip Minnich, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The Maryland Terrapins travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten East Division battle. Maryland enters the game at 3-1, while Ohio State has a record of 4-1. Maryland is coming off an impressive 31-24 road win at Minnesota, and Ohio State had a dominating road win at Rutgers, 56-0.   This game will mark the fourth time that Maryland has faced Ohio State as a...

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers Preview and Prediction

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Purdue Boilermakers will hook up in a key-but-underrated Big Ten West contest on Saturday. Both teams are coming off of losses, as Minnesota dropped its first game of the season last week against Maryland and Purdue lost to Michigan two weeks ago.   Despite stellar starts to their respective seasons and tenures at their new programs, head coaches P.J...

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview and Prediction

By Eric Sorenson, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Please excuse Cornhuskers fans if they’re rolling into the fetal position and sucking their thumbs going into this Saturday’s Nebraska-Wisconsin game. The battle of Big Reds has been one-sided and even rather ugly at times.   In the last six meetings, Wisconsin has won five times by scores like 48-17, 59-24 and a shocking 70-31 in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game,...

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 6

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 4 days ago
I'm calling Week 6 of the 2017 college football season "Who Are You?" week, especially in the Big Ten. We have before us a very interesting slate of matchups this weekend, and those matchups open the door wide for some outrageous outcomes.   We're going to learn a lot about a number of contenders across the country this week. Which teams are legit, and which are merely a...

College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 6

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Week 6 of the 2017 college football season features conference play and league showdowns among top 25 teams, and Athlon Sports is ready with complete predictions, preview and picks for the sixth weekend of action. The Week 6 slate begins on Wednesday night, as Arkansas State and Georgia Southern meet in the Sun Belt opener for both teams. A top 25 showdown between Louisville and NC State is...

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Preview and Prediction

By J.P. Scott, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Iowa Hawkeyes both enter Saturday's contest looking to play catch-up in the Big Ten standings. The Illini dropped a home game last Friday night against a Nebraska team that many thought was ripe for an upset. Iowa traveled to East Lansing and came out on the short end of a sloppy, low-scoring game — possibly the result of a letdown after the Hawkeyes...

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Northwestern Wildcats Preview and Prediction

By Kevin McGuire, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald has never lost to Penn State head coach James Franklin, but Fitzgerald’s Wildcats have never had to go up against a Penn State team this highly ranked with a potential Heisman Trophy front-runner leading the charge.   This week, Northwestern will look to score a major upset in Big Ten play as it hosts the defending Big Ten champions...

Nebraska Defense Rounding into Form at Right Time

By Mark Ross, 2 weeks 5 days ago
September certainly didn’t lack for intrigue for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Whether it was the stunning home loss to Northern Illinois or the firing of athletic director Shawn Eichorst shortly thereafter, there has been no lack of talk surrounding the future of the program.   But take a step back and Mike Riley’s team is a respectable 3-2 and, more importantly, 2-0 in the Big...

Ranking the Best College Football Games in October

By Bryan Fischer, 2 weeks 5 days ago
What a month it’s been to start the college football season as we saw upsets galore, some incredible plays and a number of surprises that just keep us coming back for more. The calendar has turned a page however and that means conference title races are in full swing, a bunch of bowl game spots are still up in the air and the national championship field is starting to narrow with each...