Written By: Case Conley
Week 10 was full of upsets as 9 of the top 25 teams lost, including 3 of the top 10. This allowed Michigan to sneak into the top 4 of the College Football Playoff. Michigan State also responded to all the controversy with a win on the road at 16-ranked Illinois. Both teams want to keep the momentum to end this season.
Nebraska at Michigan
The Wolverines finally got the credit they were seeking for being ranked 3rd in the College Football Playoff rankings. Nebraska now comes into the Big House looking to shock the world. Michigan is a 31-point favorite for this 3:30 game on ABC. The 3-6 Cornhuskers are looking to stop a 3-game skid but have a tall task with the Wolverines. Nebraska was a favorite to win the Big Ten West at the beginning of the season, but the season has just flown downhill, leading to Head Coach Scott Frost’s firing. On offense, starting quarterback Casey Thompson has been ruled out so it will either be Logan Smothers or Chubba Purdy. Both quarterbacks played last week and will likely see action this week. The offensive line is one of the worst in the Big Ten so expect the Michigan defensive line to dominate. Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards are foaming at the mouth as Nebraska has given up 151 yards per game in the last 3 games to opposing teams running backs. JJ McCarthy should have time in the pocket as the Huskers pass rush is in the bottom half of the Big Ten. I expect Michigan to get off to a fast start and never stop. With Nebraska’s quarterback situation, I will be shocked if they find any consistent success on offense. Corum will keep his Heisman chances alive after a big game and the Wolverines keep rolling.
Michigan 49, Nebraska 7
Rutgers at Michigan State
Michigan State rallied as a program through all of the adversity in the last few weeks to knock off Illinois on the road last week. It marked Mel Tucker’s 4th road ranked win since he took over, which is the most in the country during that time. They welcome Rutgers into town as both teams are looking for wins that keep the possibility of bowl eligibility alive. Rutgers has lost their last 2 games by a combined 66 points and is a 10-point underdog on Saturday. The Rutgers offense has just struggled to score. In Big Ten play they have scored over 21 points only 1 time. Injuries have forced true freshman Gavin Wimsatt to start as quarterback. Defensively they have not been able to stop the run as of late giving up more than 250 yards rushing in the last 2 games. The Spartan defense has looked much improved over the few weeks and has a chance to continue that while Peyton Thorne found his connection with Jayden Reed again last week. The Spartans seem to have found their rhythm and confidence again and they should be able to grind out a win in Spartan Stadium. Jalen Berger will have a nice day on the ground and the Spartans keep bowl eligibility alive.
Michigan State 28, Rutgers 14
Written By: Case Conley
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