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Betting the Big Ten Week 3: Unders and covers

There are two projected blowouts on the schedule this week.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Michigan at Indiana Getty Images

We did not do great here last week, but we did not lose too badly, either. The same cannot be said about the team that brings you all to this website. Life moves on and let’s try to get ourselves back on track this week.

Last week: 3-3

Overall: 8-6

No. 23 Michigan (-3.5) at No. 13 Indiana, o/u 54 — 12 p.m., Fox Sports 1

Michigan has a great shot to get back on track, but I see this being a nailbiter that comes to a field goal in the end. I’m sure that won’t make any fans nervous.

Pick: Indiana +3.5

Nebraska at Northwestern (-3.5), o/u 53.5 — 12 p.m., Big Ten Network

Nebraska hasn’t played in two weeks and is frothing at the mouth to get on the field. Northwestern has gotten out to a 2-0 start. I see Scott Frost having his team ready to play.

Pick: Nebraska +3.5

Michigan State at Iowa (-6), o/u 46.5 — 12 p.m., ESPN

I see MSU coming down this week after an emotional victory over Michigan. Iowa has to win this game facing an 0-3 record to start the year. I feel like this is a fairly safe bet.

Pick: Iowa -6

Maryland at Penn State (-26.5), o/u 64.5 — 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

I’m double-dipping in this game with two picks. It remains to be seen whether or not Maryland is the team we saw in the first week or if they were the team we saw last time out. I question if Penn State is good enough to cover this spread.

Pick: Maryland +26.5 and under 64.5

Minnesota (-7) at Illinois, o/u 64— 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Against my better judgement, I have the Gophers figuring it out this week in a battle of 0-2 teams.

Pick: Minnesota -7

Rutgers at No. 3 Ohio State (-39), o/u 64.5 — 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Ohio State will run up the score as much as possible given its desire to get into the College Football Playoff. With that said, I think that they might be caught off guard by a Rutgers team that is a little more competitive than expected. It won’t be close, but 39 points is a huge number.

Pick: Rutgers +39

Note: Purdue at No. 10 Wisconsin was canceled due to COVID-19 in the Wisconsin program