By Tanner Wooten
Welcome! I will be starting a Big Ten sports blog with football, basketball, and general sports.
Last night, the Wisconsin Badgers knocked off the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 51 – 17. Former North Carolina State Russell Wilson made his Wisconsin debut by going 10 -13 through the air for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He added 62 yards on the ground, including a 46 yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Montee Ball rushed for 63 yards on ten carries and three touchdowns; his counterpart in the backfield, James White, rushed for 64 yards on eleven carries with one touchdown.
Tonight, the Michigan State Spartans take on the Youngstown State Penguins at Spartan Stadium. Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins should have a huge night against an undermanned Penguins squad, who makes the journey from Ohio to East Lansing. My prediction is for the Spartans to run away with the game 48 – 17.
Northwestern travels to Boston to take on the Boston College Eagles without their star quarterback Dan Persa who tore his Achilles heal last season. I think Boston College will take advantage of him being out of the game and win this one 34 – 20.
Coming off of a off – season filled with scandalous allegations and NCAA infraction, the Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the Akron Zips in an inter state battle. The 18th ranked Buckeyes should take care of business easily as freshman quarterback Braxton Miller shreds the defense in his Ohio debut. Buckeyes get the win 45 – 7.
Robert Bolden, starting for the Penn State Nitanny Lions, should have a great day against the Indiana State Sycamores, and I think they will win easily 52 – 21 and I think the Penn State defense gets multiple turnovers to set the offense up inside opponents territory.
The Iowa Hawkeyes welcome the Tennessee Tech Eagles to town and I think the Iowa offense sputters at first with a new quarterback and running back, but inevitably pull away to win 41 – 16 as the Hawkeyes have a big day from new starting quarterback James Vandenberg takes over for Ricky Stanzi.
The Purdue Boilermakers welcome the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders to West Lafayette and I think that Purdue ‘Boils Up’ and gets the win here 33 – 19 with quarterback Caleb Ter Bush having a nice day throwing the ball.
Minnesota has possibly the toughest game of the week in the Big Ten as they head to Los Angeles to play the USC Trojans in Lane Kiffin’s second season as head coach. I think USC’s Matt Barkley throws for four touchdowns, but Minnesota hangs tough with MarQuies Gray under center. Eventually, USC pulls away to win 45 – 27.
Western Michigan comes to the Big House for the second time in three years to help Michigan kick off their season. In what will be Brady Hoke’s first game at the helm, I believe Big Ten player of the year Denard Robinson has a huge day and the defense play very well to give Michigan the win 48 – 14.
Chattanooga – Tennessee travels to Lincoln to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. This game is never close as Taylor Martinez and Jared Crick have huge days in a huge Nebraska win, 55 – 6.
Arkansas State travels to Champaign, Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini. I think that Nathan Scheelhause has a huge day throwing and running and leads the Illini to a big win 41 – 16.
Indiana and Ball State go to Lucas Oil Stadium for an in state showdown. I think Indiana comes out on top with the win 35 – 20.