Predicting the Big Ten Season Game by Game: Weeks 3, 4, and 5

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Predicting the Big Ten Season Game by Game: Weeks 3, 4, and 5
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Wondering how your favorite team will fare in 2009?

Trying to figure out which bowl game to buy tickets for?

Curious if your school will be an upset victim?

Wonder no longer. FirstandBigTen.com continues to predict the result of every Big Ten game of the season (and on our site, every game for the entire year.)

 

September 19

Michigan over Eastern Michigan
Forcier finally looks like the quarterback who wowed fans in spring game, having his way with overmatched Eagles.

 

California over Minnesota
This one could go either way, but Cal's defensive scheme manages to take Decker completely out of the game, and the Bears win a thriller.

Penn State over Temple
Jay Paterno mistakenly asks on Twitter when the exhibition games end.

Wisconsin over Wofford
After escaping a near upset loss to fellow FCS school Cal-Poly in 2008, the Badgers don't make mistake of overlooking Terriers.

Purdue over Northern Illinois
Honestly, I'm not sure the Boilers will go 2-0 against MAC teams this year, but I'll be crushed if they don't, so I have to pick them again, strictly for my own mental well-being.  I'm sure you'll understand.

Ohio State over Toledo
Buckeyes get an easy win in the Cleveland Browns Stadium, conduct clandestine meetings with Browns officials about replacing Cleveland in the AFC North.

Notre Dame over Michigan State
Spartans have historically played well in Notre Dame Stadium.  Oh well.  Jimmy Clausen goes all "Hawaii-Bowl" on MSU, leads Irish to win.

Indiana over Akron
It's not easy for Hoosiers on the road in Akron, but IU needs all the non-conference wins they can get and will find a way to zip past the Zips.
 

Iowa over Arizona   
Yet another game in the unofficial Big Ten/Pac-10 challengeHawks snag this one at home, thanks to Jewel Hampton.

Syracuse over Northwestern
Wildcats come up short in Syracuse, still trying to find someone besides Kafka willing to carry the ball.


September 26

Michigan over Indiana
So this is what RichRod's spread option is supposed to look like.

Penn State over Iowa
Anybody else think this one's been circled on the calendar in Happy Valley for quite some time?

Notre Dame over Purdue
If the Boilers finish non-conference 2-2, I'll be happy...and with a schedule of Toledo, Oregon, Northern Illinois, and Notre Dame, I'm taking the easy two, although the rare West Lafayette night game environment could give Purdue a chance at upsetting the Domers.

Northwestern over Minnesota
After Pat Fitzgerald threatens to bench all three linebackers and insert himself into the starting lineup during a brutal week of practice, the Wildcats take out their frustration from the previous weekend on the visiting Gophers.

Illinois over Ohio State
Juice becomes one of a precious few visiting quarterbacks to win in the Horseshoe twice, likely killing whatever chance the Big Ten had of producing a national champion.

Michigan State over Wisconsin
Spartans snap slide in Madison, thanks to a single-game record 84 tackles from Greg Jones.


October 3

Purdue over Northwestern
Boilermakers' defense comes to play, giving Danny Hope his first conference win.

Ohio State over Indiana
Toss-up between number of "Pryor for Heisman" signs and IU fans wearing paper bags during this one-sided affair in Bloomington.

Michigan State over Michigan
Spartans have owned this rivalry for a long time in basketball, now they're trying to take a stranglehold on the football edition as well.

Wisconsin over Minnesota
Eric Decker thinking about resuming his baseball career after another home loss.

Illinois over Penn State
Surprising Illini continue their winning ways at home despite 150 yards from Evan Royster.

Iowa over Arkansas State
Ricky Stanzi throws for four touchdowns to get Hawkeyes back on track.

 

Complete predictions for every game of the entire season are available now on FirstandBigTen.com, a Bleacher Report blog dedicated to Big Ten football.

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