The Michigan Wolverines take on the Washington Huskies in the second week of the season as they look to moving 2-0 on the season. This week’s contest comes in the form of a primetime game scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday night. ABC will be broadcasting the game with Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge on the play-by-play call.
Here’s the TV info for the Michigan game, as well as two other contests that stand out for this weekend.
Three notable Big Ten games
- Date & Time: Saturday, September 11th, 8:00 PM ET
- Channel: ABC
- Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Weather: 80 degrees and partly cloudy
- Betting Line: Michigan -7, O/U: 48.5
For two teams in the separate conferences, Michigan and Washington have a bit of history. This will be the thirteenth meeting between the two programs dating back to 1953. Michigan currently has the 7-5 advantage in the series.
The Wolverines are coming off the blowout win over Western Michigan. But the Huskies obviously had a different Week 1 turnout, losing to an FCS school, the Montana Grizzlies. It was even more of a surprise because Washington returned many of their starters from a year ago.
Now, the Washington team is looking for redemption and can earn it quickly with a big non-conference game against Michigan. The talent on the roster that made them a preseason Top-25 team is still there. Jim Harbaugh has been saying all week that the Week 1 loss doesn't impact their outlook on the week. Let’s hope the players are feeling the same way and execute accordingly.
No. 12 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes
- Date & Time: Saturday, September 11th, 12:00 PM ET
- Channel: FOX
- Location: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
- Weather: 80 degrees and mostly cloudy
- Betting Line: Ohio State -14.5, O/U: 63.5
These two teams have met nine times throughout the history of their prestigious programs, and the Buckeyes have won each meeting. The last time that these two met was in 2015 in the college football playoff when Cardale Jones and Ezekial Elliot toppled Marcus Mariota and the Ducks 42-20 to advance to the championship game.
Both these teams are a lot different since that day. Oregon has seen plenty of ups and downs while Ohio State has stayed a powerhouse and is a perennial college football playoff candidate.
To make matters worse, the Ducks may be without their best player and former No. 1 overall recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux who is day-to-day after an injury in Week 1 against Fresno State.
C.J. Stroud, the quarterback for the Buckeyes, was shaky in the first half of his first college start on the road against Minnesota. However, he looked much more comfortable in the second half in what wound up being a 294-yard, 4-touchdown performance.
Ohio State is heavily favored. Still, with two of the top teams in the country facing off, lots of eyeballs should be on this game.
No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. No. 9 Iowa State
- Date & Time: Saturday, September 11th, 4:30 PM ET
- Channel: ABC
- Location: Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa
- Weather: 92 degrees and partly cloudy
- Betting Line: Iowa State -4.5, O/U: 46
Iowa smoked Indiana in the first week of the season in what was maybe the most unexpected blowout of the weekend in the Big Ten. Their defense intercepted Michael Penix Jr three times in the game, two of which were pick-sixes. The Hawkeyes held the Hoosiers to just 77 rushing yards.
Now they face their biggest rival in the Iowa State Cyclones who had a less than ideal Week 1, barely squeezing by the FCS Northern Iowa Panthers, 16-10. Brock Purdy is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12, but he did not have many commanding drives in the narrow victory.
Iowa has won the last five meetings in the rivalry and I believe they are the better team after what we saw in Week 1. But, this was a Cyclones team that made the Big 12 Championship and beat Oklahoma and Oregon in 2020 with many starters returning. It’s probably the most interesting matchup in the second week of the college football calendar.