Before we turn our complete attention to Week 2, it’s time to look back at how we all fared with our Week 1 predictions. One look at the results, and it’s clear everyone involved did great. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, Big Ten fans and myself all went 11-1, the only miss being Penn State’s loss to Ohio.
Brent: 11-1; .917
BTN.com fans: 11-1; .917
Tom: 11-1; .917
Minnesota 30, UNLV 27 (3 OT)
Tom’s pick: Minnesota, 29-27 – The Gophers will use a strong ground game to build an early lead–and then hold on.
Brent’s pick: Minnesota, 34-20 – UNLV has gone 16-45 since 2007, including 4-21 the last two seasons. Enough said.
Michigan State 17, Boise State 13
Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 27-13 – The Spartans will ride RB Le’Veon Bell and its strong defense to a workmanlike victory.
Brent’s pick: Michigan State, 23-17 – As if replacing Kellen Moore wasn’t hard enough, Joe Southwick debuts against an intimidating Michigan State defense.
Illinois 24, Western Michigan 7
Tom’s pick: Illinois, 27-20 – Yes, the Broncos have a nice offense led by QB Alex Carder, but the Illini defense will be too much.
Brent’s pick: Illinois, 30-20 – Defense rallies Illinois from early deficit, sends Tim Beckman to win in debut.
Indiana 24, Indiana State 17
Tom’s pick: Indiana, 31-21 – This is just what the doctor ordered for an ailing Hoosier team.
Brent’s pick: Indiana, 37-24 – Indiana wants to throw the ball a lot and its defense is far from stellar, so expect points to be scored.
Iowa 18, Northern Illinois 17
Tom’s pick: Iowa 24-21 – The Hawkeyes will need a late field goal to pull this one out vs. the MAC’s top team.
Brent’s pick: Iowa, 30-23 – Iowa comes up with a late stop to hold off one of the nation’s more underrated programs.
Alabama 41, Michigan 14
Tom’s pick: Alabama, 24-10 – Bama will win this one in the trenches, out physicaling a young Wolverine team that isn’t ready for this.
Brent’s pick: Alabama, 27-17 – Alabama bottles up Michigan’s run game and forces Denard Robinson into costly turnovers.
Nebraska 49, Southern Miss 20
Tom’s pick: Nebraska, 30-17 – Offensive balance along with a quick and deep defense will overwhelm the Golden Eagles.
Brent’s pick: Nebraska, 41-20 – Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead run away with this one early.
Northwestern 42, Syracuse 41
Tom’s pick: Northwestern, 24-21 – The defense–yes, the defense–will make a late stand to preserve victory.
Brent’s pick: Northwestern, 28-24 – Kain Colter has a hand in all four Wildcat touchdowns.
Ohio State 56, Miami (OH) 10
Tom’s pick: Ohio State, 31-7 – Amid a carnival-like atmosphere, the wraps will be taken off the Urban Meyer era. And the offense will shine.
Brent’s pick: Ohio State, 43-10 – Ohio State never loses to instate foes, and it certainly won’t happen in Urban Meyer’s debut.
Ohio 24, Penn State 14
Penn State, 27-24 – The Nittany Lions ride a wave of emotion and the passing—yes, passing—of Matt McGloin to victory.
Penn State, 17-13 – Some have Ohio pegged as a BCS buster, but Penn State’s defense is too strong to allow the upset.
Purdue 48, Eastern Kentucky 6
Tom’s pick: Purdue, 28-17 – Danny Hope’s alma mater is gonna stay in this one for three quarters, as the Boiler offense takes time to get on track.
Brent’s pick: Purdue, 33-13 – Raheem Mostert starts this one with a big return, and the Boilers never look back.
Wisconsin 26, Northern Iowa 21
Tom’s pick: Wisconsin, 55-14 – This will be one of those classic Bret Bielema romps that scoreboard light salesmen love.
Brent’s pick: Wisconsin, 51-17 – This one’s over so early, Montee Ball doesn’t even get a carry in the second half.