5 bold predictions for Week 6 in the B1G
It’s hard to believe we’ve almost hit the halfway point of the college football season. Seriously, it needs to slow down a bit.
Unfortunately, the Week 6 slate in the B1G doesn’t provide us with many marquee matchups. There are a few interesting head-to-head bouts this weekend — Iowa vs. Minnesota; Northwestern vs. Michigan State — but nothing of the magnitude of last week’s Ohio State-Penn State game.
But hey, usually these weekends in college football produce some of the biggest upsets of the season. Maybe things will get crazy in the B1G on Saturday.
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Let’s jump into this week’s bold predictions, shall we?
Jonathan Taylor rushes for 200+ yards for the second time this year
I actually think Nebraska keeps this game pretty close, but the Huskers won’t have an answer for Wisconsin’s offensive line and its star running back. Nebraska is giving up an average 165 rushing yards per game and Taylor has hit the 200-yard mark four times in his career. Make it number five on Saturday.
Michigan State gets knocked out of the CFB Playoff picture
The last time the Wildcats were 1-3 (2016) they marched into Kinnick Stadium and knocked off No. 21 Iowa. Northwestern has also won the last two meetings against the Spartans. Considering how poorly Michigan State’s offense has played, don’t be surprised if Pat Fitzgerald’s team gets its second B1G win of the year and eliminates Sparty from the CFB Playoff race.
Iowa-Minnesota hits under the 43-point mark
Neither the Hawkeyes or Gophers have much of an offense to speak of. This will be an old-school, rough-and-tough battle for Floyd of Rosedale. Vegas is setting the over/under at 43 points. This matchup may not exceed 35 points.
Dwayne Haskins throws two interceptions against Indiana
Urban Meyer’s teams have struggled after big wins the last two years. Fortunately, Ohio State plays an Indiana team that just doesn’t have the talent level to pull off the upset. Still, the Buckeyes will have a letdown performance and won’t be as convincing as they’ve been through five weeks. Indiana leads the B1G in forced turnovers, gaining 10 this season. Haskins will look a little more like Clark Kent than Superman this week.
Matt Canada’s offense finds ways to score against Michigan
Maryland has had two weeks to prepare for Don Brown’s defense. I don’t believe that leads to an upset in Ann Arbor, but I do believe it’ll translate to the Terrapins scoring enough points to keep things interesting. Expect Maryland’s offense to look like it did against Texas in the season opener.