The first three weeks, including Week 0, have flown by and we now enter Week 3 of college football.
There are some big games this weekend: Penn State vs. Auburn, Michigan State vs. Washington and Oklahoma vs. Nebraska.
There are also games that shouldn’t be much of a competition: UConn vs. Michigan, Toledo vs. Ohio State and New Mexico State v. Wisconsin.
But every week there are surprises in college football, which is what we love about the game. So let’s predict the outcome of the 13 Big Ten teams playing this week. The only team to get a bye in Week 3 is Illinois, which started 2022 2-1.
Without further ado, here are our Big Ten Week 3 score predictions.
Michigan vs. UConn: Three Keys to a Michigan Football Win
University of Connecticut vs. Michigan
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The Wolverines are 47.5-point favorites in this game, and Michigan named JJ McCarthy as the starter. UConn will start like a true freshman against a powerful Wolverines defense that will attack the ball. This game should be over by halftime, if not sooner.
Michigan 56, UConn 7
Oklahoma vs. Nebraska
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A new era of Nebraska soccer has begun. Scott Frost no longer coaches the Cornhuskers, but life won’t be easy for interim coach Mickey Joseph. While I think this game will be a lot closer than people think, Oklahoma has only allowed 16 points all season, and I think the Sooners will be too much at the end.
Oklahoma 35, Nebraska 27
Southern Illinois vs. Northwest
Malik Washington #6 of the Northwestern Wildcats celebrates as he crosses the end zone to score a touchdown against the Indiana State Sycamores at Ryan Field on September 11, 2021 in Evanston, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
The Wildcats lost to Duke last week, but after trailing 21-0, Northwestern made a powerful comeback that fell short. Quarterback Ryan Hilinski is off to a great start to the season throwing four touchdowns. The Wildcats will have a nice rebound win in this one.
Northwest 31, Southern Illinois 13
Purdue vs. Syracuse
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The over/under is set to 60 points in this game, and I think the final score will be much higher. Both teams are averaging over 40 points per game and both teams are gaining over 400 yards. The Boilermakers have a prolific passing attack, while Syracuse can hit the rock with Sean Tucker. The Oranges are the favorites here, but I like O’Connell and Purdue down the road.
Purdue 45, Syracuse 41
Western Kentucky vs. Indiana
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Both teams enter 2-0, and last year I chose Western Kentucky to beat the Hoosiers, but Indiana proved me wrong. The Hoosiers’ offense is moving the ball better this year with Connor Bazelak under center, so while I like what the Hilltoppers are doing on offense, it’s hard not to pick Indiana at home.
Indiana 31, Western Kentucky 27
rutgers vs temple
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For the second year in a row, Rutgers has started 2-0. Last year, the Scarlet Knights started 3-0 before floundering. I don’t think Rutgers will lose four games in a row like they did last season, but I do think the Scarlet Knights will beat a Temple team that only scores 15 points a game.
Rutgers 27, Temple 14
Penn State vs. Auburn
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This is arguably the game of the week for the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions appear to have found their running back, freshman Nicholas Singleton, but Auburn has an elite running back, Tank Bigsby, in the backfield. The key to this game is the quarterback game. TJ Finley has started both games for the Tigers, but has thrown three interceptions. Give me the veteran.
Penn State 24, Auburn 21
Colorado vs. Minnesota
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Minnesota can be a surprise team at first. Mo Ibrahim, who missed nearly the entire season last year, has been a man on fire from the start. Tanner Morgan is playing effective football, and the Gophers have another easy Saturday against a bottom-dweller in the Pac-12.
Minnesota 48, Colorado 14
State of New Mexico v. Wisconsin
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Wisconsin had a big disappointment last week at home against Washington State. But the good news for the Badgers is that they will face a team in Week 3 that is averaging eight points per game. New Mexico State allows nearly 200 rushing yards, so look to Braelon Allen to have a massive game.
Wisconsin 31, State of New Mexico 7
Toledo vs. Ohio State
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Toledo is averaging 46 points and only allowing five points per game. The Rockets will be a force at the MAC this year, but I don’t think they’ll play Ohio State for long. I can see it will be a competitive quarter, but CJ Stroud and the Buckeyes will be too much.
Ohio State 49, Toledo 21
State of Michigan vs. Washington
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2021 wasn’t kind to Washington, but 2022 looks to be a much better Huskies team. Indiana transfer Michael Penix Jr. is off to a great start to the season. He has 682 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He wasn’t sure how the Spartans would fare without Kenneth Walker, but Jalen Berger has filled in nicely. I can see this game going either way, but give me the home team.
Washington 35, Michigan State 34
Nevada vs. Iowa
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This is the worst Iowa offense I have ever seen. Spencer Petras has 201 yards in two games with zero touchdowns and two interceptions, bad. But the Hawkeyes have a dominant defense that allows just over six points per game. I can really see Nevada scoring 14 points and winning, but I’ll go with Iowa, although I won’t be surprised to see an upset here.
Iowa 14, Nevada 10
SMU vs. Maryland
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On paper, this is a giveaway. Both teams score over 40 points and both teams hold the opposing team under 15 points. The Terps are clearly the more talented team, but Maryland better not look to Michigan next week, or the Terps could be on their toes. I think this game will be closer than anticipated.
Maryland 34, SMU 31
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