Penn State at Virginia - Don’t know why I have a good feeling about this one, but I do. I really feel the arc will be open and the 3-balls will be falling. Defensive battle, but PSU hits some daggers down the stretch.
Northwestern at NC State - yes, the Mildcats have looked good so far this season, beating Notre Dame, while the Pack has been quite pedestrian. But first game away from Chi-town for NW will be tricky though it’s not the toughest of Tobacco Road stops.
Wake Forest at Purdue - Boilers look the part this season. Shouldn’t be challenged in this one as Wake hasn’t played anyone this season and lost to Wm & Mary
Maryland at Indiana - Terps have started out slow, but Hoosiers are still too young an outfit.
Michigan State at North Carolina - Might be going against my better judgment, but MSU has a lot of experience and Izzo will have them ready after the wake up call in losing to Florida. Interesting stat is that UNC is only 5-5 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, while Sparty has the only winning record for the Big Ten at 5-4.
Va Tech vs Iowa - The Hokies have struggled, but not as much as Iowa. Gatens could really be the difference if he gets it going, but I’ll take the slightly better team.
Boston College at Michigan - BC has lost to St Joe’s and Northern Iowa. Manny will be Manny. This should not be a game.
Duke at Wisconsin - Bucky has a shot here playing at the Kohl. They played quite well in Maui. But this is Duke, right? They are 10-0 in the Challenge for a reason.
Florida State at Ohio State - 'Noles fresh off of winning Old Spice, but Turner will be too much.
Illinois at Clemson - Tigers playing really good ball and are just too tough down low for the soft, struggling Illini. Could get ugly.
Minnesota vs Miami - Minny looked like they could be the pick after beating Butler last week. Then they lose to Portland and Texas A&M. Home team gets the nod.
I haven’t added it up as I’ve been going along so here goes…
Big Ten 5
Big Ten has hit the skids this past week, but these are special games when the talent rises up a bit. Big Ten has the talent to win this Challenge. It will be very close, but PSU needs to win tonight at UVA for it to happen IMO.