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Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017 Big Ten East game by game predictions



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Fresh off a 2016 season which saw Michigan, Ohio State and Big Ten champion Penn State make appearances in the New Year’s Six bowls, the East division can make a great argument that it is the best in the country.

With Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and J.T. Barrett (Ohio State) returning and pre-season contenders for the Heisman trophy, this season should stave the course from 2016.

Despite a 3-9 record last season, Michigan State lurks in the background as a dark horse contender as many might forget it made a trip to the College Football Playoff two seasons ago.


Key divisional games:

Oct. 7: Michigan State at Michigan
Oct. 21: Michigan at Penn State
Oct. 28: Penn State at Ohio State
Nov. 25: Ohio State at Michigan


Here are my game-by-game projections for the 2017 Big Ten East division:



Ohio State Buckeyes    11-1, 9-0 Big Ten East

Aug. 31 (Thu.) at Indiana W 42-34
Sept. 9 vs Oklahoma L 23-17
Sept. 16 vs Army W 55-21
Sept. 23 vs UNLV W 72-3
Sept. 30 at Rutgers W 51-21
Oct. 7 vs Maryland W 30-24
Oct. 14 at Nebraska W 31-13
Oct. 28 vs Penn State W 10-9
Nov. 4 at Iowa W 21-17
Nov. 11 vs Michigan State W 31-21
Nov. 18 vs Illinois W 42-10
Nov. 25 at Michigan W 33-21





Michigan Wolverines  10-2, 7-2 Big Ten East


Sept. 2 vs Florida (Arlington, TX) W 28-24
Sept. 9 vs Cincinnati W 34-13
Sept. 16 vs Air Force W 45-31
Sept. 23 at Purdue W 27-20
Oct. 7 vs Michigan State W 30-25
Oct. 14 at Indiana W 41-35
Oct. 21 at Penn State W 23-21
Oct. 28 vs Rutgers W 55-14
Nov. 4 vs Minnesota L 24-20
Nov. 11 at Maryland W 62-17
Nov. 18 at Wisconsin W 18-13
Nov. 25 vs Ohio State L 33-21


Penn State Nittany Lions    9-3, 6-3 Big Ten East

Sept. 2 vs Akron W 56-21
Sept. 9 vs Pittsburgh W 32-30
Sept. 16 vs Georgia State W 41-10
Sept. 23 at Iowa W 13-10
Sept. 30 vs Indiana W 24-20
Oct. 7 at Northwestern W 45-38
Oct. 21 vs Michigan L 23-21
Oct. 28 at Ohio State L 10-9
Nov. 4 at Michigan State W 35-23
Nov. 11 vs Rutgers W 52-7
Nov. 18 vs Nebraska L 24-21 (OT)
Nov. 25 at Maryland W 12-10



Michigan State Spartans     8-4, 6-3 Big Ten East


Sept. 2 vs Bowling Green W 21-10
Sept. 9 vs Western Michigan W 28-23
Sept. 23 vs Notre Dame L 31-10
Sept. 30 vs Iowa W 16-13
Oct. 7 at Michigan L 30-25
Oct. 14 at Minnesota W 28-24
Oct. 21 vs Indiana W 38-31 (2OT)
Oct. 28 at Northwestern W 45-41
Nov. 4 vs Penn State L 35-23
Nov. 11 at Ohio State L 31-21
Nov. 18 vs Maryland W 17-3
Nov. 25 at Rutgers W 42-10





Maryland Terrapins 6-6, 5-4 Big Ten East


Sept. 2 at Texas L 44-14
Sept. 9 vs Towson W 62-23
Sept. 23 vs Central Florida W 38-31
Sept. 30 at Minnesota L 25-21
Oct. 7 at Ohio State L 30-24
Oct. 14 vs Northwestern W 42-24
Oct. 21 at Wisconsin W 21-14
Oct. 28 vs Indiana W 30-13
Nov. 4 vs Rutgers W 42-24
Nov. 11 vs Michigan L 62-17
Nov. 18 at Michigan State L 17-3
Nov. 25 vs Penn State L 12-10





Indiana Hoosiers   6-6, 3-6 Big Ten East


Aug. 31 (Thu.) vs Ohio State L 42-34
Sept. 9 at Virginia W 28-26
Sept. 16 vs Florida International W 35-24
Sept. 23 vs Georgia Southern W 57-13
Sept. 30 at Penn State L 24-20
Oct. 14 vs Michigan L 41-35
Oct. 21 at Michigan State L 38-31 (2OT)
Oct. 28 at Maryland L 30-13
Nov. 4 vs Wisconsin L 45-21
Nov. 11 at Illinois W 31-13
Nov. 18 vs Rutgers W 55-21
Nov. 25 at Purdue W 43-40 (OT)





Rutgers Scarlet Knights   2-10, 0-9 Big Ten East


Sept. 1 (Fri.) vs Washington L 41-31
Sept. 9 vs Eastern Michigan W 42-24
Sept. 16 vs Morgan State W 55-7
Sept. 23 at Nebraska L 31-0
Sept. 30 vs Ohio State L 51-21
Oct. 14 at Illinois L 31-21
Oct. 21 vs Purdue L 20-6
Oct. 28 at Michigan L 55-14
Nov. 4 vs Maryland L 42-24
Nov. 11 at Penn State L 52-7
Nov. 18 at Indiana L 55-21

Nov. 25 vs Michigan State L 42-10

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