Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017 Big Ten West game by game predictions


                                             Photo Credit: Minnesota Athletic Department


Fresh off a 2016 season which saw the Wisconsin Badgers win the Big Ten West division and the Cotton Bowl over Western Michigan, things will be a bit different in the upcoming campaign as former WMU coach P.J. Fleck joins the fray at Minnesota. Coach Jeff Brohm brings his run and gun style from Western Kentucky to Purdue and will have quarterback David Blough at his disposal.

A lot of storylines to follow in the Big Ten West this season, so here are my games to watch out for and my game predictions:



Key divisional games:

Oct. 7: Wisconsin at Nebraska
Nov. 11: Nebraska at Minnesota
Nov. 24 (Fri.): Iowa at Nebraska
Nov. 25: Wisconsin at Minnesota




Minnesota Golden Gophers    10-2, 7-2 Big Ten West


Aug. 31 (Thu.) vs Buffalo W 42-23
Sept. 9 at Oregon State W 30-10
Sept. 16 vs Middle Tennessee W 42-14
Sept. 30 vs Maryland W 25-21
Oct. 7 at Purdue W 23-14
Oct. 14 vs Michigan State L 28-24
Oct. 21 vs Illinois W 16-6
Oct. 28 at Iowa L 27-21
Nov. 4 at Michigan W 24-20
Nov. 11 vs Nebraska W 27-23
Nov. 18 at Northwestern W 42-20
Nov. 25 vs Wisconsin W 30-24


 Nebraska Cornhuskers    10-2, 7-2 Big Ten West

Sept. 2 vs Arkansas State W 55-24
Sept. 9 at Oregon W 41-31
Sept. 16 vs Northern Illinois W 42-21
Sept. 23 vs Rutgers W 31-0
Sept. 29 (Fri.) at Illinois W 18-14
Oct. 7 vs Wisconsin W 35-30
Oct. 14 vs Ohio State L 31-13
Oct. 28 at Purdue W 44-30
Nov. 4 vs Northwestern W 45-24
Nov. 11 at Minnesota L 27-23
Nov. 18 at Penn State W 24-21 (OT)
Nov. 24 (Fri.) vs Iowa W 14-3


Wisconsin Badgers    7-5, 4-5 Big Ten West

Sept. 1 (Fri.) vs Utah State W 42-13
Sept. 9 vs Florida Atlantic W 41-7
Sept. 16 at BYU W 33-31
Sept. 30 vs Northwestern W 45-17
Oct. 7 at Nebraska L 35-30
Oct. 14 vs Purdue L 28-14
Oct. 21 vs Maryland L 21-14
Oct. 28 at Illinois W 23-6
Nov. 4 at Indiana W 45-21
Nov. 11 vs Iowa W 35-20
Nov. 18 vs Michigan L 18-13
Nov. 25 at Minnesota L 30-24



Iowa Hawkeyes  7-5, 4-5 Big Ten West


Sept. 2 vs Wyoming W 41-7
Sept. 9 at Iowa State W 24-21
Sept. 16 vs North Texas W 42-10
Sept. 23 vs Penn State L 13-10
Sept. 30 at Michigan State L 16-13
Oct. 7 vs Illinois W 31-14
Oct. 21 at Northwestern W 28-13
Oct. 28 vs Minnesota W 27-21
Nov. 4 vs Ohio State L 21-17
Nov. 11 at Wisconsin L 35-20
Nov. 18 vs Purdue W 32-21
Nov. 24 (Fri.) at Nebraska L 14-3



Purdue Boilermakers   5-7, 3-6 Big Ten West


Sept. 2 vs Louisville (Indianapolis. Ind.) L 41-13
Sept. 8 (Fri.) vs Ohio W 33-14
Sept. 16 at Missouri W 21-17
Sept. 23 vs Michigan L 27-20
Oct. 7 vs Minnesota L 23-14
Oct. 14 at Wisconsin W 28-14
Oct. 21 at Rutgers W 20-6
Oct. 28 vs Nebraska L 44-30
Nov. 4 vs Illinois W 21-10
Nov. 11 at Northwestern L 14-10
Nov. 18 at Iowa L 32-21
Nov. 25 vs Indiana L 43-40 (OT)


Northwestern Wildcats  4-8, 2-7 Big Ten West


Sept. 2 vs Nevada W 31-21
Sept. 9 at Duke L 24-10
Sept. 16 vs Bowling Green W 23-6
Sept. 30 at Wisconsin L 45-17
Oct. 7 vs Penn State L 45-38
Oct. 14 at Maryland L 42-24
Oct. 21 vs Iowa L 28-13
Oct. 28 vs Michigan State L 45-41
Nov. 4 at Nebraska L 45-24
Nov. 11 vs Purdue W 14-10
Nov. 18 vs Minnesota L 42-20
Nov. 25 at Illinois W 33-24


Illinois Fighting Illini  3-9, 1-8 Big Ten West


Sept. 2 vs Ball State W 24-7
Sept. 9 vs Western Kentucky W 41-37
Sept. 15 (Fri.) at South Florida L 31-3
Sept. 29 (Fri.) vs Nebraska L 18-14
Oct. 7 at Iowa L 31-14
Oct. 14 vs Rutgers W 31-21
Oct. 21 at Minnesota L 16-6
Oct. 28 vs Wisconsin L 23-6
Nov. 4 at Purdue L 21-10
Nov. 11 vs Indiana L 31-13
Nov. 18 at Ohio State L 42-10

Nov. 25 vs Northwestern L 33-24

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