Sep 7, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Stanley Jean-Baptiste (16) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Football Preview: Week Three


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.

Big Ten Game of the Week

Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Who: 19 Washington Huskies (1-0) @ Illinois Fighting Illini (2-0)
What: Chicago Homecoming Game
When: Saturday, September 14th at 5:00 pm
Where: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois
Why: First of two neutral site games between these teams (next year they’ll play in Seattle, Wash.)
TV: Big Ten Network

Games You’re Watching Anyway

Saturday, September 14th

  • 16 UCLA Bruins (1-0) @ 23 Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0), 11:00 a.m. (TV: ABC)
    Upset Alert: Nebraska struggled against Wyoming in week one before picking things up in week two. UCLA is the Cornhuskers first major-conference opponent. The Cornhuskers are good and could possibly upset the Bruins.
  • Iowa Hawkeyes (1-1) @ Iowa State Cyclones (0-1), 5:00 p.m. (TV: FOX Sports 1)
  • 20 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) @ Arizona State Sun Devils (1-0), 9:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN)
    Upset Alert: Arizona State is a good team. The Sun Devils will be Wisconsin’s first real test under new head coach Gary Andersen.

Alumni/Friends and Family Mainly Interested

Saturday, September 14th

  • Western Michigan Broncos (0-2) @ 17 Northwestern Wildcats (2-0), 8:00 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
  • Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-0) @ Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0), 11:00 a.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

Staff’s Picks

Current Records:

  1. Ryan: 22-2
  2. Austin: 21-3
  3. Ricky: 20-4*
  4. Rees: 20-4*

* = tiebreaker based off of last week’s record

  • 19 Washington v.s. Illinois
    Austin: Washington | Ricky: Illinois | Ryan: Washington | Rees: Washington
  • Bowling Green v.s. Indiana
    Austin: Indiana | Ricky: Indiana | Ryan: Bowling Green | Rees: Indiana
  • Akron v.s. 11 Michigan
    Austin: Michigan | Ricky: Michigan | Ryan: Michigan | Rees: Michigan
  • Western Illinois v.s. Minnesota
    Austin: Minnesota | Ricky: Minnesota | Ryan: Minnesota | Rees: Minnesota
  • 16 UCLA v.s. 23 Nebraska
    Austin: Nebraska | Ricky: UCLA | Ryan: UCLA | Rees: Nebraska
  • Youngstown State v.s. Michigan State
    Austin: MSU | Ricky: MSU | Ryan: MSU | Rees: MSU
  • Iowa v.s. Iowa State
    Austin: ISU | Ricky: Iowa | Ryan: Iowa | Rees: ISU
  • UCF v.s. Penn State
    Austin: PSU | Ricky: PSU | Ryan: PSU | Rees: PSU
  • 4 Ohio State v.s. California
    Austin: OSU | Ricky: OSU | Ryan: OSU | Rees: OSU
  • 21 Notre Dame v.s. Purdue
    Austin: ND | Ricky: ND | Ryan: ND | Rees: ND
  • Western Michigan v.s. 17 Northwestern
    Austin: Northwestern | Ricky: Northwestern | Ryan: Northwestern | Rees: Northwestern
  • 20 Wisconsin v.s. Arizona State
    Austin: ASU | Ricky: Wisconsin | Ryan: ASU | Rees: ASU

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  • CLW

    BTN which is usually favorable to B1G teams was 2-2. X-Neb. Couch, a Packer bust, was pro ASU. An X-coach of Minnesota Gophers, also voted ASU. Go figure. I know UW more then ASU, so I am naturally prejudiced. UW hasn’t shown a lot of things they can do, on offense & defense. I think both teams are ready for tougher competition. It’ll be a learning experience for both teams.

    • Ricky Widmer

      The Wisconsin/ASU will show if the Badgers are for real this year. They haven’t played the toughest opponents so far this season. Thanks for the comment!