Week 1: We predict all 14 Big Ten football games

B1G 1-ON-1 - Kurtis Drummond: 'If I weren't a football player, I'd be an astronaut.'

Every week during the 2014 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a different Big Ten beat writer make their Big Ten picks. This week, it’s Illinois writer Bob Asumessen joining us. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners.

See our predictions below and scroll down to vote for your winners in this post.

Get our latest Week 1 coverage:

Tom DienhartTom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)
Week 1 picks: Minnesota 35, Eastern Illinois 13; Washington State 38, Rutgers 28; Michigan State 38, Jacksonville State 9; UCF 27, Penn State 24; Illinois 40, Youngstown 23; Indiana 55, Indiana State 24; Iowa 29, Northern Iowa 17; Michigan 29, Appalachian State 13; Purdue 28, Western Michigan 14; Ohio State 30, Navy 20; Maryland 33, James Madison 10; Nebraska 41, Florida Atlantic 14; Northwestern 30, Cal 29; LSU 21, Wisconsin 20

Sean MerrimanSean Merriman (@BTNSean)
Week 1 picks: Minnesota 27, Eastern Illinois 21; Rutgers 28, Washington State 24; Michigan State 38, Jacksonville State 0; Penn State 24, UCF 20; Illinois 31, Youngstown State 24; Indiana 63, Indiana State 27; Iowa 35, Northern Iowa 21; Michigan 38, Appalachian State 24; Purdue 17, Western Michigan 14; Ohio State 38, Navy 21; Maryland 42, James Madison 10; Nebraska 34, Florida Atlantic 17; Cal 27, Northwestern 21; LSU 27, Wisconsin 24

Brent YarinaBrent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina)
Week 1 picks: Minnesota 31, Eastern Illinois 13; Washington State 34, Rutgers 27; Michigan State 40, Jacksonville State 3; Penn State 27, UCF 23; Illinois 37, Youngstown State 20; Indiana 41, Indiana State 21; Iowa 34, Northern Iowa 13; Michigan 30, Appalachian State 13; Purdue 20, Western Michigan 16; Ohio State 37, Navy 17; Maryland 40, James Madison 23; Nebraska 41, Florida Atlantic 23; Cal 33, Northwestern 31; LSU 30, Wisconsin 24

Bob Asmussen, news-gazette.com (@BobAsmussen)
Week 1 picks: Minnesota 45, Eastern Illinois 14; Washington State 21, Rutgers 20; Michigan State 50, Jacksonville State 0; Penn State 28, UCF 21; Illinois 42, Youngstown State 20; Indiana 59, Indiana State 12; Iowa 57, Northern Iowa 14; Michigan 34, Appalachian State 32; Purdue 38, Western Michigan 21; Ohio State 39, Navy 9; Maryland 30, James Madison 20; Nebraska 48, Florida Atlantic 6; Northwestern 33, Cal 23; Wisconsin 24, LSU 21

FansBig Ten fans
Week 1 picks: See polls below




Minnesota 42, Eastern Illinois 20 (Watch replay on BTN2Go)

Rutgers 41, Washington State 38



Michigan State 45, Jacksonville State 7 (Watch replay on BTN2Go)



Penn State 26, UCF 24

Illinois 28, Youngstown State 17 (Watch replay on BTN2Go)

Indiana 28, Indiana State

Iowa 31, Northern Iowa 23 (Watch replay on BTN2Go)

Michigan 52, Appalachian State 14

Ohio State 34, Navy 17 (Baltimore)

Purdue 43, Western Michigan 34

Maryland 52, James Madison 7 (Watch replay on BTN2Go)

Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7 (Watch replay on BTN2Go)

Cal 31, Northwestern 24

Wisconsin vs. LSU (Houston) – 9 p.m. ET, ESPN


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (27 Comments)
chad deville on 8/25/2014 @ 12:12pm EDT Said:

Michigan will win by at least 30 for all the ones who thinks michigan is only a little better than app state you are ridiculous. and to think michigan will only win by 14 is ludicrous.

Michael O. Smith on 8/25/2014 @ 1:02pm EDT Said:

From all the Big Ten games in week 1 the Penn State-UCF game will be the best game and the Wisconsin-LSU next. Very excited for college football this season. Do you agree or disagree?

Doug on 8/25/2014 @ 8:05pm EDT Said:

chad I do agree and i can’t stand michigan. appy st isn’t near the team they were in 2007. of course michigan isn’t as good now as they were supposed to be in 2007 either.

Kevin on 8/25/2014 @ 9:10pm EDT Said:

The big ten championship game will be Iowa vs Michigan

Brian on 8/25/2014 @ 9:23pm EDT Said:

Chad Deville, please see App St. vs Michigan 2007….. hmmmm

Johnny Young on 8/25/2014 @ 9:34pm EDT Said:

Michigan isnt gonna take App State lightly and are going to crush them. Michigan 52 – App State 13

Cody Idon'tknowanymore Gibboney on 8/25/2014 @ 10:01pm EDT Said:


Jesse on 8/25/2014 @ 10:55pm EDT Said:

I think you are over-rating Cal. If they are better this season than last, it’s only going to be because they were 2-10 last season. Even with the injury (and V. Mark leaving) I think Northwestern should win this easily. If they don’t it will be a long year. I keep hearing you guys say the Northwestern is the dark horse in the west and never mention my Gophers and then you still think they will lose (or struggle) with Cal. What gives?

Joshua Shaw on 8/26/2014 @ 1:51am EDT Said:

LSU will win I think Rutgers has a better shot than people give them. The B1G will go 13-1 this week with Wisconsin being the lone loss.

bob on 8/26/2014 @ 8:29am EDT Said:

Under estimated a really good navy team. 35-21 navy.

Big Ten Fan on 8/26/2014 @ 11:13am EDT Said:

Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Rutgers will drop their openers.

Josh on 8/26/2014 @ 12:05pm EDT Said:

Haha some of the writers are having fun with the UM-Appy St. predictions. Can’t believe a single one didn’t pick Michigan to win by 20 pts. considering the consensus spread is 34 points favoring Michigan.

Hmmm, the writers and many voters think that Cal stands a chance against Northwestern. Both teams have the capability to win at least 3 games more this season, so we will see what happens.

The Rutgers pass defense was horrendous last season while their rush defense was top 10. That’s not a formula you want to have against the Air-Raid scheme of Washington State…

Navy will make it close with OSU for a half. And OSU will probably win by 10-14 points. It is at a neutral site, where OSU has struggled in their last two games (MSU, Clemson).

UCF can beat PSU with their experienced defense. Wisconsin and LSU are both wildcards at this point, though Miles does know how to stop the run (limited Auburn to 21 pts. last season). The rest of the games seem straightforward.

michael morkert on 8/26/2014 @ 2:22pm EDT Said:

If potential could win games…however I think Nebraska/Michigan St. will be the big 10 championship game.

Jhll on 8/26/2014 @ 5:13pm EDT Said:

Hardcore Michigan…but until I see different, no way can I pick against Mich St. winning the East…..ughhhh.

the moderate on 8/26/2014 @ 10:17pm EDT Said:

Kevin, do you have a prescription for what you are taking?

John on 8/27/2014 @ 1:00pm EDT Said:

Kevin I agree with you 100%, Ohio will not come from the east as most are predicting it’ll be one of the Michigan teams and I think Iowa is stronger than given credit for they are solid with a very good coach.

Randy Rose on 8/27/2014 @ 3:48pm EDT Said:

You michigan fans make me laugh….Yo will see soon enough that the Buckeyes are not a one trick pony…

Will on 8/27/2014 @ 3:49pm EDT Said:

I can see the Penn State game going either way as well as Navy giving Millerless Ohio State more than the want. Wisconsin will upset LSU if you want to call it an upset. Northwestern losing some players in the past few weeks won’t help the cause for them and they will be happy just to pull this one out over Cal. My very own Huskers, well, lets see if Bo has these guys prepped like they should be. This year is an important step for Bo and Co. I know, spoiled fans not happy with 9 or 10 win seasons but expectations are higher than in the past.

Doug on 8/27/2014 @ 4:20pm EDT Said:

Kevin – Michigan vs Iowa HAHAHHA 0 for 2 on that !

Bill on 8/28/2014 @ 10:47am EDT Said:

I really dont see how people predict Appy State vs. Michigan will be a close game..Michigan will NOT take Appy St. Lightly 45 to 0 by Half Time!

grnwht on 8/29/2014 @ 9:26am EDT Said:

People are voting for App State not because they think ASU will win, but because they despise the aarogance of Michigan. I love it. Go Appy State!!

Mark on 8/29/2014 @ 4:02pm EDT Said:

Even if Michigan beats App state by 60, it will be the Appilachian State 34 – who cares win that will always be remembered. What a no win situation Michigan’s in. If they win, so what, If they lose, warm up the tar and feathers because there will be no mercy.

Jack on 8/29/2014 @ 4:17pm EDT Said:

There is no chance Nebraska gives up 23 to Florida Atlantic. I’m sorry but the defense is too good. This person has no idea what he is talking about

Fred on 8/29/2014 @ 6:57pm EDT Said:

66% of you Big 10 fans thought Rutgers would lose? It won’t be the last time you’ll be surprised this season! Go RU!

Gene Paulson on 8/29/2014 @ 8:21pm EDT Said:

I am not from there but Michigan State is a monster team this year and toninght game will show it.

Steven on 8/30/2014 @ 4:07am EDT Said:

Wow all michigan winning by very few points….hmm i suppose its not so baf atleast they know who the winner will be.

Mark on 8/31/2014 @ 3:34am EDT Said:

Johnny Young, How did you know? Can you give me your picks for the rest of the season?