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Will week 2 turn into COVIDfest?

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It’s week 2 of Big Ten play and we have already lost one game with Wisconsin and Nebraska officially cancelled due to a Badger COVID outbreak. Purdue-Illinois is now in danger as well:

Depending on the severity of the outbreak who knows what will happen. Minnesota was without quite a few players last week against Michigan, but still played. Wisconsin was down at least six this week and ordered a full shutdown. At least now, roughly 26 hours before kickoff, we’re still supposed to play.

Friday

Minnesota (0-1) at Maryland (0-1) 7:30pm, ESPN

The Daily Gopher Preview

Testudo Times Preview

This one does not look good for the Terrapins. Minnesota was shorthanded last week, but presumably are getting a few guys back this week. Maryland wasn’t shorthanded last week and lost by 40 to a team that was offensively challenged at best last season. When at full strength I think Minnesota is the best team in the West. They were my pick to win the division, and since Michigan was not a divisional game they still can. I think this is a warmup before getting into divisional play next week. Minnesota 34, Maryland 10

Saturday

Michigan State (0-1) at #13 Michigan (1-0) Noon, FOX

The Only Colors Preview

Maize N’ Brew Preview

Michigan State was probably the ugliest looking team last week. When you have seven turnovers that tends to happen. There were a couple of candidate for “worst team of the week” last week, but Michigan State with their sloppy play were probably the winners. It does not set a good precedent, especially when they are facing a Michigan team that looked really sharp last week. The Wolverines should roll on Big Nude Saturday. Michigan 31, Michigan State 13

Purdue (1-0) at Illinois (1-0) Noon, BTN

The Champaign Room Preview

Will we even have a game now? The news that Illinois had an outbreak is troubling. Will we face a half strength team like Michigan did against Minnesota? Will we play a game at all? Will we have Nebraska come tagging in like they are sure to want to, opening a date later in the season when we would have normally played Nebraska. I was pretty confident of a win before the Illini had an outbreak. I continune to be confident. Purdue 38, Illinois 17

#17 Indiana (1-0) at Rutgers (1-0) 3:30pm, BTN

Crimson Quarry Preview

On the Banks Preview

Lost in Indiana’s win over Penn State is that the Hoosiers broke math. They were outgained by 277 yards and had just 211 yards of total offense, 75 of which came on the final game-tying drive. The Nittany Lions basically did everything they could to screw up, and Indiana took full advantage. Now they get a surprisingly competent Rutgers team who won last week, but needed seven turnovers to do it. Indiana is legit pretty good. They won’t screw up like Michigan State. Indiana 27, Rutgers 17

Northwestern (1-0) at Iowa (0-1)

InsideNU Preview

Black Heart Gold Pants Preview

Is Northwestern really that good after their 43-3 come from behind win last week, or was Maryland that bad? Iowa was a bit like Penn State, in that they statistically dominated Purdue, but two costly turnovers and 100 yards in penalties was the major difference. This is always a fun little game where Northwestern drags them into a low scoring affair. The Wildcats are also 9-6 against Iowa since 2005. Northwestern 20, Iowa 17

#3 Ohio State (1-0) at #18 Penn State (0-1)

Land-Grant Holyland Preview

Black Shoe Diaries Preview

Ohio State certainly looks like a Death Star, and they don’t have the small thermal exhaust port right below the main port (Purdue) on the schedule this year. I don’t like Indiana, but it was hilarious to see Penn State lose in that fashion last week. If this game had fans it might be different, but I don’t think anyone is stopping the Buckeyes. Ohio State 45, Penn State 31