The Big Ten has four teams ranked in the Top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings. Will all four find ways to remain in the playoff/New Year’s Six conversation?
Three of the Big Ten’s top-10 teams play on the road this weekend. All three will try to impress the selection committee. Penn State, new to the Top 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings, has a surging darkhorse Heisman contender in Saquon Barkley. The Nittany Lions visit Indiana.
Michigan is ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll but third in the playoff rankings. Wilton Speight and the Wolverines look to get another blowout win Saturday night at Iowa. No. 5 Ohio State is just outside the Top 4 and is also a huge favorite as the Buckeyes visit Maryland. The Big Ten’s fourth top-10 team, Wisconsin, is home against Illinois. If the Badgers keep winning, they’ll remain in the playoff hunt even with two losses.
Will the four top-10 Big Ten teams keep the momentum going? Will Nebraska find itself after consecutive losses?
Here’s how the experts see this Saturday going:
- Rutgers at Michigan State: 84.5 percent Michigan State
- Penn State at Indiana: 79.9 percent Penn State
- Northwestern at Purdue: 81.6 percent Northwestern
- Illinois at Wisconsin: 92.9 percent Wisconsin
- Ohio State at Maryland: 94 percent Ohio State
- Minnesota at Nebraska: 68.2 percent Nebraska
- Michigan at Iowa: 91.2 percent Michigan
- Rutgers at Michigan State: Michigan State -14
- Penn State at Indiana: Penn State -6.5
- Northwestern at Purdue: Northwestern -13.5
- Illinois at Wisconsin: Wisconsin -26.5
- Ohio State at Maryland: Ohio State -28.5
- Minnesota at Nebraska: Nebraska -7
- Michigan at Iowa: Michigan -21.5
- Tom Dienhart: Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan
- Brent Yarina: Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota, Michigan
- All 7 experts pick Penn State to beat Indiana.
- All 7 picked Wisconsin over Illinois.
- All 7 picked Ohio State to beat Maryland.
- Six of 7 picked Michigan over Iowa, but Ben Kercheval thinks Iowa will get the upset.