Continuing a look at games to circle with the Big Ten. Here are six I picked out where you have the opportunity to fade teams:
October 10- Northwestern at Michigan: There’s a lot of excitement about Michigan this season with coach Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. One of their bigger games on the schedule is against Michigan State at home. With Northwestern going to Michigan the week before, I can see the Wolverines overlooking the Wildcats.
October 17- Nebraska at Minnesota: I’m going to pick on Nebraska a few times here. They have a new coach and lost their star running back. The Cornhuskers host Wisconsin on October 10. Regardless of that result, I can see a major letdown from Nebraska when they travel to Minnesota a week after.
October 31- Nebraska at Purdue: Purdue is probably the worst team in the conference but this might be a time to back them against the spread. Nebraska plays Michigan State the week after and I’m not sure if the Cornhuskers will be too excited about being in West Lafayette on Halloween.
November 7- Iowa at Indiana: Indiana has quietly improved but are unlucky that they play in the tougher Big Ten East. Making a bowl game is a reasonable goal for the Hoosiers and a win against Iowa at home would be huge. Iowa has a favorable schedule this season but this might be a game where they slip up on the road. Indiana is coming off a bye week so another reason they might be the right side here.
November 14- Nebraska at Rutgers: A week after playing Michigan State, Nebraska has to travel halfway across the country to play Rutgers. A lot will change between the beginning of the season and November but remember this game when looking for games to pick.
November 21- Michigan at Penn State: I expect Michigan will get better as the season goes along but this is a tough spot for them in late November. It will be their second straight road game and they host Ohio State a week later. Penn State is coming off a bye and have a great home field advantage. I don’t expect this game to have Big Ten East title implications but I will likely take a hard look at Penn State to cover.