Big Ten Picks: MLives Michigan-Ohio State, Michigan State-Penn State Predictions

No large preamble is required. After a season of waiting, the state of Michigan-Ohio is finally upon us, and we’re all picking who will prevail and advance to the Big Ten championship game.

Here’s how things stand in our selection competition ahead of the matchup and the six other Big Ten games during Rivalry Week:

Andrew Kahn: 50-44

Aaron McMann: 49-45

Matt Wenzel: 46-48

Ryan Zuke: 39-45

Kyle Austin: 42-52

Leshon Williams, Iowa

Iowa running back Leshon Williams (4) in action against Minnesota during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, November 19, 2022 in Minneapolis. Iowa won 13-10. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)AP

  • When: Friday 4 p.m
  • TV: BTN | Fubo (7 Day Free Trial) | Hulu + Live TV | noose | YouTube TV
  • Line: Iowa -10.5

After all the jokes about Iowa’s offenses this season, the Hawkeyes have their own destiny in their hands and are one win away from a return to the Big Ten’s title game after beating Minnesota on the road. After showing some life after firing Scott Frost, Nebraska goes into their Finals on a five-game losing streak.

Selection of MLive employees:

  • Nebraska (+10.5): Wenzel, Zuke
  • Iowa (-10.5): Austin, McMann, Kahn
Taulia Tagovailoa, Ronnie Hickman

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) scores for a touchdown on Ohio State safety Ronnie Hickman (14) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, November 19, 2022 in College Park, Md , over. Ohio State won 43-30. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)AP

  • When: noon
  • TV: BTN | Fubo (7 Day Free Trial) | Hulu + Live TV | noose | YouTube TV
  • Line: Maryland -14.5

Rutgers has lost three of its last four games by 30+ points as it turns late in the season. Maryland has lost three straight games but was in last week’s game against Ohio State thanks to a strong play from Taulia Tagovailoa in the fourth quarter.

Selection of MLive employees:

Rutgers (+10.5): Austin

Maryland (-10.5): Wenzel, McMann, Zuke, Kahn

Michigan-Illinois

Michigan defenseman RJ Moten (6) tackles Illinois wide receiver Isaiah Williams (1) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Michigan Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP

  • When: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: BTN | Fubo (7 Day Free Trial) | Hulu + Live TV | noose | YouTube TV
  • Line: Illinois -13.5

Illinois nearly beat Michigan last week and must now respond to that tough defeat in their state rivalry game. Northwestern put up some struggles late in the season — an eight-point loss at Purdue, a 14-point loss to Ohio State — but it’s still a throwback to the bad old days for the Wildcats as they try to to avoid their longest losing streak since 1990.

Selection of MLive employees:

  • Illinois (-13.5): Austin, Wenzel, McMann, Zuke, Kahn
Minnesota, PJ Fleck

Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck leads his team onto the field before their Iowa game during an NCAA college football game Saturday, November 19, 2022 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)AP

  • When: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN | Fubo (7 Day Free Trial) | Hulu + Live TV | noose | YouTube TV
  • Line: Wisconsin-3

Minnesota fell to a field goal at home last week despite a strong performance from Mohamed Ibrahim to realistically end their chance at a Big Ten West title that looked like a strong possibility in September. Wisconsin barely outlived Nebraska last week after falling to Iowa as Jim Leonhard doesn’t inspire much confidence in getting the Badgers job permanently.

Selection of MLive employees:

  • Minnesota (+3): McMann
  • Wisconsin (-3): Austin, Wenzel, Zuke, Kahn
Aidan O'Connell, Purdue

Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell (16) throws against Northwestern in the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Indiana, Saturday, November 19, 2022. Purdue defeated Northwestern 17-9. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP

  • When: 3:30 p.m
  • TV: BTN | Fubo (7 Day Free Trial) | Hulu + Live TV | noose | YouTube TV
  • Line: Purdue -10.5

Don’t look now, but Purdue is playing a meaningful Thanksgiving week game: A win and a loss in Iowa would put the Boilermakers on their way to the Big Ten title game. Indiana got a boost from their comeback win over Michigan State last week and will look to carry that over into their rivalry play.

Selection of MLive employees:

  • Purdue (-10.5): Austin, Wenzel, McMann
  • Indiana (+10.5): Zuke, Kahn
Michigan State vs. Indiana

Michigan State tight end Daniel Barker (9) breaks away from Indiana defenseman Bryant Fitzgerald (31) during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 19, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan (AP Photo/ carlos osorio)AP

  • When: 4 p.m
  • TV: FS1 | Fubo (7 Day Free Trial) | Hulu + Live TV | noose | YouTube TV
  • Line: Penn State -18.5

Wenzel’s choice: Michigan State blew its best shot at bowl qualifiers in last week’s collapse against Indiana and needs a win at 11th-ranked Penn State, which has only lost to undefeated top-five states Michigan and Ohio. The Spartans have shown life in the running game, but their hasty defense has been terrible lately and special teams have been a disaster last week. Mel Tucker has already led Michigan State to uproar on the road, but he will bring an undermanned team to Penn State. Penn State 31, Michigan State 14

Selection of MLive employees:

  • State of Michigan (+18.5): Wenzel, Zuke
  • Penn State (-18.5): Austin, McMann, Kahn
Jim Harbaugh

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh directs his team against Rutgers in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Piscataway, NJ (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)AP

  • When: noon
  • Television: FUCHS | Fubo (7 Day Free Trial) | Hulu + Live TV | noose | YouTube TV
  • Line: State of Ohio -7.5

McMann’s choice: Given the uncertainty of running back for Michigan, I’m genuinely surprised that number hasn’t gone the other way. Even if Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards play on Saturday I don’t expect them to be anywhere near their full strength. And that should hurt the Wolverines’ run-heavy offense. Michigan struggled against Illinois in the second half last week and I envision a similar scenario against the Buckeyes. Throw in the lack of real testing for the Michigan defense this year, and I’m skeptical about their ability to slow down CJ Stroud and Ohio State’s explosive pass attack. Barring a big game of big game from Corum and Edwards (and I don’t think that’s likely given their health) and a Herculean effort from JJ McCarthy, I expect the Buckeyes to win this game by 10+ points. State of Ohio 34, Michigan 24

Selection of MLive employees:

  • Michigan (+7.5): Kahn
  • Ohio State (-7.5): Austin, Wenzel, McMann, Zuke

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