This week Chris Copeland is providing The Saturday Edge audience with two complimentary college football picks from the Big 10.
Penn State -3 vs. Northwestern
A little too much love for Northwestern so far this year. Yes the B1G has looked brutal and the media is looking for any team they can cling to for a good showing. Northwestern, while their 5-0 start is impressive, hasn’t really beaten anyone of merit to date. They’ve also played 4 home games already and its only road win was a 1 point W at 1-3 Syracuse. Penn State has quietly played well recently, including dominating Illinois on the road last week. They are really a FG kick away from being 4-1 and, as a team, have improved each week. PSU has covered 4 straight against Northwestern and the Cats haven’t beaten PSU since 2004.
Penn State- 28 Northwestern- 17
Ohio State -3 vs. Nebraska
Got to give credit to Ohio State- even though it’s sometimes not pretty, they seem to step up in difficult situations and get the job done. Last week was a solid win for this team and should give them some momentum heading into this week’s game against Nebraska. I’m not totally sold on the Cornhuskers either. They looked pretty bad for 3Q’s last week at home against a very average Wisconsin team and, even going back to last year, seems to struggle with mobile QB’s. UCLA torched Nebraska in its only road game this year, going off for 600 total yards. I think Braxton will beat Nebraska with his arm and legs and the Buckeyes take this one at home.
Ohio State- 34 Nebraska- 24
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