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Big 10 Betting Lines: Week 2

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I went 6-7 last week in the Big 10 to open the season with my spread picks. All things considered, that’s not terrible but it can definitely be better.

I really hope you didn’t place bets based on my predictions. If you did...well, that’s your fault.

I am not including Maryland in this week’s picks because the Terps are playing an FCS opponent.

Anyways, here are my picks for Week 2:

No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State

Line: Ohio State -7.5; O/U: 64.5

The marquee matchup of the weekend is definitively Ohio State/Oklahoma. Both the Buckeyes and Sooners secured victories in Week 1 quite easily. Ohio State went on the road to Oklahoma last season and whooped the Sooners, but I expect this game to be a bit closer than last year’s 45-24 result. I think Ohio State wins, but it will be a closer game than last year’s result.

Pick: Under 64.5

Pittsburgh at No. 4 Penn State

Line: Penn State -21; O/U: 66.5

Penn State went to Pittsburgh last year and suffered an early-season loss. At the time, it was an early-season bad loss. As things went on, that loss didn’t look as bad after Pitt took down Clemson and since Penn State ran the table after losing to Michigan.

Meanwhile, Pitt lost its top running back James Conner to the draft. He ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown in last year’s contest. Because of the offensive juggernaut of Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorely, give me the Nittany Lions.

Pick: Penn State -21

Western Michigan at Michigan State

Line: Michigan State -7; O/U: 52

I’m not saying Michigan State is going to lose this one, but it is very possible.

After playing USC very close for most of the game last week at USC, Western Michigan rose to the challenge of losing its starting QB, top receiver and head coach P.J. Fleck. The Broncos even picked off Heisman-favorite Sam Darnold twice.

Meanwhile, Michigan State struggled early at home against Bowling Green, another MAC school. LJ Scott fumbled several times and Brian Lewerke was overthrowing and underthrowing guys all game long. This could be a somewhat interesting defensive showdown. Or Michigan State could come out guns blazin’ and take down a MAC school for a second consecutive week.

Pick: Under 52

Eastern Michigan at Rutgers

Line: Rutgers -5; O/U: 51

Look. I know Rutgers disappointed me and a lot of betting people last week when they only lost to Washington by 16 points, but I am somewhat tempted to pick against them again this week at home against Eastern Michigan.

But at the end of the day, I think both these defenses are bound to get lit up because A) Eastern is on the road and B) Rutgers is Rutgers. I’ll take the over in this game.

Pick: Over 51

Indiana at Virginia

Line: Indiana -3; O/U: 57

Despite Indiana keeping things close against the Buckeyes last week, the Hoosiers are only a 3-point favorite on the road at Virginia this weekend. The Cavaliers only defeated William & Mary by 18 points last week...and Indiana’s receivers looked really, really good against Ohio State...yeah I think I will take Indiana by way more than three points in this game.

Pick: Indiana -3

Western Kentucky at Illinois

Line: Western Kentucky -8; O/U: 58

Illinois is the new Rutgers. They are the bottom of the Big 10 and it’s not even close. The Big 10 Toilet Bowl (Rutgers v. Illinois) is on Oct. 14 at Illinois, so we will truly see who the worst team in the conference is for this season. But as far as the eye test goes, Illinois looks bad. Real bad.

Western Kentucky took down Eastern Kentucky in one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports, so I expect them to take the momentum into this game and defeat Illinois on the road. However, I am going to take the under here because I think Illinois could keep this somewhat close, but I am not too high on picking, ever.

Pick: Under 58

Minnesota at Oregon State

Line: Oregon State -2; O/U: 51.5

P.J. Fleck and his Golden Gophers got their first win of the season last week at home against Buffalo, but now they have to go on the road to the west coast and take on Oregon State, who lost to Colorado State in Week 0 (that weird week with horrible games) and squeaked by Portland State in Week 1.

With Oregon State only being favored by two points, I am going to avoid that pick again and take the over. I think both offenses will get stuff figured out this week and put up some big points.

Pick: Over 51.5

Ohio at Purdue:

Line: Purdue -4; O/U: 57

The absolute shock of last week was how close Purdue kept Louisville for so long. I did not expect Jeff Brohm to do what he did so quickly in his tenure, but the offense looked impressive and the defense made Lamar Jackson struggle to make plays at times.

Ohio was one of the better MAC schools a year ago, and almost defeated the undefeated Broncos in the MAC Championship. I am going to pick against Purdue again, but I do think the Boilermakers could surprise some people this season with that offense.

Pick: Ohio +4

Northwestern at Duke

Line: Northwestern -3.5; O/U: 55

I took Northwestern with the points last week and lost. This week, I think Northwestern wins because of one guy: Justin Jackson. He is one of the best running backs in the Big 10 and I expect him to put up some big plays on Duke’s defense.

However, Duke put up 60 points last week in its opening game (probably because it was against North Carolina Central). I think NW wins, but I am more confident in taking the over in this situation.

Pick: Over 55

Iowa at Iowa State

Line: Iowa -2.5; O/U: 48

Another heated rivalry in college sports, just like Western and Eastern Kentucky, is Iowa/Iowa State.

All sarcasm aside, Iowa should easily win this game. Iowa didn’t look impressive against Wyoming by any means, but they are a more physically challenging team in the trenches than Iowa State. Plus, I am pretty high on Akrum Wadley this season at running back for Iowa. I’ll take Iowa.

Pick: Iowa -2.5

Florida Atlantic at No. 9 Wisconsin

Line: Wisconsin -31.5; O/U: 58.5

Wisconsin struggled out of the gate against Utah State, but I don’t see that happening in this game. I expect Wisconsin to put up big points in this one while maybe, just maybe, shutting out Florida Atlantic. The Owls only put up 19 points at home last week against Navy. Now being on the road? Against a Big 10 powerhouse like Wisconsin? Yeah, this pick shouldn’t surprise much...

Pick: Wisconsin -31.5

Nebraska at Oregon

Line: Oregon -14; O/U: 68.5

Hear me out. Nebraska looked horrid last week against a weak opponent while Oregon dominated and put up 77 points.

However!...these two teams are always so wildly inconsistent that I think Nebraska can actually keep this close, and even perhaps win this game on the road. Just like Maryland did last week against Texas, I am taking Nebraska’s +14 and riding off into the sunset.

Pick: Nebraska +14

Cincinnati at No. 8 Michigan

Line: Michigan -34.5; O/U: 49

Ok, before I actually ride off into the sunset, I have one more pick to make. And this one probably won’t surprise any of you.....

Pick: Michigan -34.5

Good luck, everyone!