Sep 01, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies defensive back Jimmie Ward (15) and cornerback Demetrius Stone (19) break up a pass against Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Keenan Davis (6) during the second half at Soldier Field. Iowa defeats Northern Illinois 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Football Preview: Week One

Before the games kickoff, we’ll let you know where your favorite Big Ten teams are playing that week and also rank all the games taking place. If the need arises we’ll designate which team in the match-up should be on upset alert.

All times are central. Rankings are from AP Top 25 poll.

Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Game of the Week

Who: Northern Illinois Huskies @ Iowa Hawkeyes
What: Rematch of last year’s game where Iowa won by a single point.
When: Saturday, August 31st at 2:30 pm
Where: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa
Why: NIU is destined to prove that their success in 2012 was not a fluke.
TV: Big Ten Network

Games You’re Watching Anyway

Friday, August 30th:

  • Western Michigan Broncos @ Michigan State Spartans, 7:00 pm (TV: Big Ten Network)

Saturday, August 31st:

  • Buffalo Bulls @ 2 Ohio State Buckeyes, 11:00 a.m. (TV: ESPN2/WatchESPN)
  • Central Michigan Chippewas @ 17 Michigan Wolverines, 2:30 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
  • Syracuse Orange @ Penn State Nittany Lions, 2:30 p.m. (TV: ABC/ESPN2)*
    Upset Alert: Penn State will be looking to show everyone that 2012 was no fluke, but they cannot underestimate Syracuse.
* = Game played at East Rutherford, New Jersey

Alumni/Friends and Family Mainly Interested

Saturday, August 31st:

  • Purdue Boilermakers @ Cincinnati Bearcats, 11:00 a.m. (TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN)
  • 22 Northwestern Wildcats @ California Golden Bears, 9:40 p.m. (TV: ESPN2/WatchESPN)
    Upset Alert: The Golden Bears are a tough Week One opponent for Northwestern. This game has the best chance of ending up in the way of an upset.

Staff’s Picks

Current Records:

  1. Ricky: 0-0
  2. Austin: 0-0
  3. Ryan: 0-0
  4. Rees: 0-0
  • Indiana St. v.s. Indiana
    Austin: Indiana | Ricky: Indiana | Ryan: Indiana | Rees: Indiana
  • UNLV v.s. Minnesota
    Austin: Minnesota | Ricky: UNLV | Ryan: Minnesota | Rees: Minnesota
  • Western Michigan v.s. Michigan State
    Austin: MSU | Ricky: MSU | Ryan: MSU | Rees: MSU
  • Southern Illinois v.s. Illinois
    Austin: Illini | Ricky: Illini | Ryan: Illini | Rees: Illini
  • Buffalo v.s. 2 Ohio State
    Austin: OSU | Ricky: OSU | Ryan: OSU | Rees: OSU
  • UMass v.s. 23 Wisconsin
    Austin: Wisconsin | Ricky: Wisconsin | Ryan: Wisconsin | Rees: Wisconsin
  • Purdue v.s. Cincinnati
    Austin: Cincy | Ricky: Cincy | Ryan: Cincy | Rees: Cincy
  • Central Michigan v.s. 17 Michigan
    Austin: Michigan | Ricky: Michigan | Ryan: Michigan | Rees: Michigan
  • Syracuse v.s. Penn State
    Austin: PSU | Ricky: Syracuse | Ryan: PSU | Rees: PSU
  • Northern Illinois v.s. Iowa
    Austin: NIU | Ricky: NIU | Ryan: NIU | Rees: Iowa
  • Wyoming v.s. 18 Nebraska
    Austin: Nebraska | Ricky: Nebraska | Ryan: Nebraska| Rees: Nebraska
  • 22 Northwestern v.s. Cal
    Austin: Cal | Ricky: Cal | Ryan: Northwestern | Rees: Cal

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