Week 1: We predict all 12 Big Ten games

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina and Sean Merriman make their predictions for all the Big Ten games. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to pick their winners. This year, we’re proud to include former Flyin’ Illini and new BTN basketball analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge college football fan, to the weekly feature.

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 Week 1 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo
ISU at Indiana
Indiana, 35-23 Indiana, 41-24 Indiana, 31-24 Indiana, 42-35
UNLV at Minnesota
Minnesota 28-27 Minnesota, 32-17 Minnesota, 27-14 Minnesota, 28-7
WMU at Michigan St.
Michigan St., 24-7 Michigan St., 24-7 Michigan St., 31-7 Michigan St., 21-10
Purdue at Cincinnati
Cincinnati, 27-18 Cincinnati, 31-20 Cincinnati, 28-21 Cincinnati, 31-20
SIU at Illinois
Illinois, 27-21 Illinois, 37-21 Illinois, 31-17 Illinois, 21-17
Buffalo at Ohio State Ohio State, 55-3 Ohio State, 51-13 Ohio State, 56-3 Ohio State, 42-7
UMass at Wisconsin
Wisconsin, 44-14 Wisconsin, 55-10 Wisconsin, 38-14 Wisconsin, 49-14
CMU at Michigan
Michigan, 33-13 Michigan, 45-17 Michigan, 35-10 Michigan, 35-14
Penn State vs. ‘Cuse
Penn State 24-20 Syracuse, 27-24 Penn State 24-21 Penn State, 24-21
NIU at Iowa
Iowa, 21-19 Iowa, 24-23 NIU, 21-17 NIU, 31-28
UWY at Nebraska
Nebraska, 50-21 Nebraska, 48-23 Nebraska, 49-17 Nebraska, 28-17
Northwestern at Cal
NU, 29-23 NU, 34-28 NU, 31-28 NU, 35-14


Indiana State (0-0) at Indiana (0-0); 7 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go

UNLV (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0); 7 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go


Western Michigan (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0); 8 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go


Purdue (0-0) at Cincinnati (0-0); noon ET, ESPNU

Southern Illinois (0-0) at Illinois (0-0); noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Buffalo (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0); noon ET, ESPN2

UMass (0-0) at Wisconsin (0-0); noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Central Michigan (0-0) at Michigan (0-0); 3:30 ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Penn State (0-0) vs. Syracuse (0-0); 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2

Northern Illinois (0-0) at Iowa (0-0); 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Wyoming (0-0) at Nebraska (0-0); 8 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Northwestern (0-0) at Cal (0-0); 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (7 Comments)
Desmond Jones on 8/26/2013 @ 7:21pm EDT Said:

Apparently the Big Ten is down every year according to pundits. Pre-season rankings are the worst monster for college sports. How much do we really learn from intra-squad scrimmages!?

G D Woodman (@Poppie61) on 8/26/2013 @ 9:28pm EDT Said:

go big ten

Dean on 8/26/2013 @ 9:37pm EDT Said:

B10 should be very competitive every week this year. Can’t wait to get it all started.

Mike Smith on 8/27/2013 @ 12:18am EDT Said:

Let’s kick it off! I don’t have ESPNU so we’re not exactly starting College Football Saturday with a bang. Morning games are OSU, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Well, I guess Illinois might be competitive, but for the wrong reasons. Nice slate at 2:30, though. Iowa, Penn St, and I’m a ND fan. And if still awake, NW should be good.

BILLY on 8/27/2013 @ 7:39am EDT Said:


Don on 8/29/2013 @ 5:26pm EDT Said:

If you are not in the SEC you do not count.

Matt on 9/5/2013 @ 8:37am EDT Said:

Really Stephen Bardo, 28 points for a Nebraska team that put over 300 yards on the ground and over 500 yards of offense? Are you even trying with your pick?

Are you sure you didn’t mean to give Southern Miss the 28, and Nebraska something more realistic, like say, 48?