The Big Ten began its 2020 season last weekend with a very intriguing slate. Ohio State rolled past Nebraska in a game that was never in doubt aside from possibly the first few minutes. Michigan flexed its offensive muscles against a Minnesota team that was coming off an 11-win season. Filed under things we didn’t think we’d see: Indiana upset Penn State and Rutgers knocked off Michigan State.
This week’s Big Ten slate features just one matchup between two ranked teams, but it could be a very interesting battle. No. 3 Ohio State travels to Happy Valley to take on No. 18 Penn State in a matchup of two teams that had very differing weeks to start off their seasons. As is the case nearly every year, Michigan and Penn State are Ohio State’s biggest competition in the Big Ten East, but the Nittany Lions could be in a very bad way if they fall to 0-2 to start the year.
In addition, another East division matchup could be a battle for second place as Rutgers hosts Indiana. Coach Greg Schiano is back at the helm at Rutgers and led his group to a very convincing opening week victory. Indiana will also be looking to prove that their upset win wasn’t a fluke.
With many intriguing games on the docket, here are your best bets for the Big Ten slate this week. Odds via William Hill Sportsbook
No. 3 Ohio State (-12) at No. 18 Penn State: The Buckeyes looked like the juggernaut that many expected against Nebraska and Justin Fields was sensational as usual. Penn State’s offense, on the other hand, had issues in the turnover battle as quarterback Sean Clifford threw threw a pair of costly interceptions. The one positive that the Nittany Lions had going for them was their defense. Penn State only yielded 211 total yards and 1.6 yards per carry to Indiana. But don’t expect those numbers to translate against the Buckeyes. Ohio State just has too much firepower and Penn State has too many holes. Buckeyes roll in this one. Pick: Ohio State (-12)
Michigan State at No. 13 Michigan (-24): After a disappointing 9-4 season in 2019, Michigan certainly got off on the right foot in 2020. The Wolverines utilized a very balanced offensive attack to take control of the Golden Gophers in the opening half and never looked back. Meanwhile, Mel Tucker’s tenure in East Lansing didn’t exactly get off to a stellar start as the Spartans fell to Rutgers. This in-state rivalry isn’t what it once was and Michigan shouldn’t have too many issues with the Spartans defense. A 24-point spread is quite a large amount, so I’ll take the over of 53.5 points with two teams that should easily reach that mark. Pick: Over 53.5
No. 17 Indiana (-12) at Rutgers: This might be the most talked about game aside from Ohio State at Penn State. While the Hoosiers may have won on a controversial two-point conversion, the offense stepped