Predicting Big Ten college football scores for Week 6 – WolverinesWire

  • October 29, 2022

There are six Big Ten games and 12 teams playing this weekend in Week 6 action. The exceptions: Minnesota and Penn State have a bye week.
If you’re looking for an offensive explosion, tune into the Purdue and Maryland game at noon EDT. Both teams are coming off big wins last week. The Boilermakers defeated Minnesota, and the Terps took care of the Spartans.
Both Michigan and Ohio State look to keep their undefeated seasons rolling this week. The Wolverines play Indiana in Bloomington, and the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State.
Illinois looks to take control the of West division on Saturday when it plays Iowa at home. The Fighting Illini scored 34 points last week against Wisconsin, and Illinois will face an equally as tough, if not tougher, defense this weekend against the Hawkeyes.
Here are our predictions for all six Big Ten games this weekend.
Dec. 18, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (1) scores a touchdown after being hit by Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Tyshon Fogg (8) during the first half at SHI Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Nebraska continues to score a high clip this season. Last week the Corn Huskers mustered 35 points against Indiana. The Casey Thompson to Trey Palmer connection worked well, and it might work again this weekend against Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights have allowed 27 and 49 points in back-to-back games against Iowa and Ohio State, respectively. In the past three games, Rutgers has scored 16, 10 and 10.
Even though it’s at Piscataway, I think Nebraska will continue its winning streak against the Scarlet Knights.
Nebraska 31, Rutgers 20
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Michigan is off to a 5-0 start, and it will face an Indiana team that has lost two straight. The Hoosiers have allowed 30 or more points in the past three games and it doesn’t get any easier for the Indiana defense.
Michigan enters the game with the No. 6 scoring offense, averaging 45.4 points. Indiana has the 118th passing defense, and J.J. McCarthy continues to be the most accurate passer in the country completing 78% of his throws. If he can connect on a couple of deep throws this weekend, this game could get into blowout territory.
Michigan 48, Indiana 21
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Scoring-wise, these two teams are about identical. Maryland averages 35 points and Purdue puts up 32 points-per-game. Defensively, Maryland allows 21 points and the Boilermakers allow 20 points per game.
Purdue is coming off a huge win at Minnesota last weekend, and the Boilermakers would love to come away with back-to-back upsets. But Maryland is also coming off a huge win against Michigan State, 27-13.
I definitely see a high-scoring affair in this game. I think whichever quarterback takes care of the ball better and plays turnover free will win. I’ll give the edge to Taulia Tagovailoa and the Terps at home.
Maryland 45, Purdue 40
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The Wisconsin football program is in disarray after the shocking firing of Paul Chryst on Sunday. The Badgers named Jim Leonhard as the interim coach, and his first challenge will be to get his team ready for the lowly Northwestern Wildcats.
Northwestern has lost five straight games and is really struggling to score. The Wildcats are averaging 19 points-per-game, and Wisconsin definitely has something to prove.
I look for the potential Jim Leonhard era to have a winning start on Saturday.
Wisconsin 28, Northwestern 13
Ohio State Buckeyes safety Kourt Williams II (2) celebrates a tackle during the third quarter of the NCAA football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.
In the last three games, Michigan State has been outscored, 100-48. And the matchup gets much, much tougher on Saturday.
Ohio State enters East Lansing with the No. 1 scoring offense that averages 48 points. The Buckeyes dismantled a top Wisconsin defense two weeks ago, and there is nothing to make me think they will not do it again this weekend against the Spartans.
Payton Thorne enters the game having six interceptions thrown, and he ranks 108th in the nation. It’s going to be a long game for Michigan State.
Ohio State 49, Michigan State 24
Wide receiver Charlie Jones #16 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is brought down during the first half by linebacker Alec McEachern #46 and tight end Michael Marchese #42 of the Illinois Fighting Illini at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 20, 2021 in Iowa City, Iowa. Matthew Holst/Getty Images
Illinois is quietly becoming one of the top five teams in the Big Ten — arguably the best in the Big Ten West.
The Illini are averaging nearly 30 points and they allow just 8.4 points per game. Illinois has an exciting offense this season with Tommy DeVito under center and Chase Brown running the rock. The Illini are averaging 424 yards of offense.
Usually, I would think Iowa beats Illinois — the defense would suffocate the Illinois offense, but welcome to 2022 and the new Big Ten West.
Give me Illinois.
Illinois 24, Iowa 13
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