Big Ten and big game expert picks and predictions, Week 2

By Phil Harrison

And. We. Are. Off. Every year we have a little friendly competition among our writers for world domination when it comes to picking Big Ten and some of the bigger college football games.

We’ll bring you our expert picks and predictions on all the league games against the spread, and straight-up throughout the season. Also, as an added bonus you didn’t know you even craved, we’ll throw in six of the top games across the college football slate for the week. We’re the judge and jury on that one, and if there’s a tie, George Washington decides it via the old-fashioned coin flip.

So off we go for the 2021 season, one that looks like it will be much more normal than what we saw last year. The winner gets an all-expenses-paid pat on the back, so let’s get to it.

As a reminder, if there’s an asterisk next to the pick, that means the team will win, but not cover.

EXAMPLE:
– If you think Ohio State will win minus-3.5 over Michigan: OSU
– If you think Ohio State will win outright: OSU
– If you think Ohio State will win, but NOT cover: OSU*

Here are our expert picks for Week 2, but first, our results after an eventful Week 1.

RESULTS SO FAR

@PhilHarrisonBW: 9-8 SU, 8-9 ATS
@MarkRussell1975: 13-4 SU, 10-7 ATS
@JoshKeatley16: 8-9 SU, 7-10 ATS
CONSENSUS PICK: 10-7 SU, 6-11 ATS

First up … Big Ten early games

Saturday, Sept. 11

Illinois at Virginia

11:00 a.m. EDT | ACC Network 
Tipico Line:
Virginia -10.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Virginia*
@MarkRussell1975: Virginia
@JoshKeatley16: Virginia
CONSENSUS PICK: Virginia


Youngstown State at Michigan State

Noon EDT | Big Ten Network 
Line:
Off

@PhilHarrisonBW: Michigan State
@MarkRussell1975: Michigan State
@JoshKeatley16: Michigan State
CONSENSUS PICK: Michigan State


Miami (OH) at Minnesota

Noon EDT | ESPNU 
Tipico Line:
Minnesota -19.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Minnesota
@MarkRussell1975: Minnesota
@JoshKeatley16: Minnesota
CONSENSUS PICK: Minnesota


Indiana State at Northwestern

Noon EDT | Big Ten Network 
Line:
Off

@PhilHarrisonBW: Northwestern
@MarkRussell1975: Northwestern
@JoshKeatley16: Northwestern
CONSENSUS PICK: Northwestern


Oregon at Ohio State

Noon EDT | FOX
Tipico Line: Ohio State -14.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Ohio State*
@MarkRussell1975: Ohio State*
@JoshKeatley16: Ohio State*
CONSENSUS PICK: Ohio State*


Rutgers at Syracuse

2:00 p.m. EDT | ACC Network
Line: Rutgers -2.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Rutgers
@MarkRussell1975: Rutgers
@JoshKeatley16: Rutgers
CONSENSUS PICK: Rutgers

Next … Big Ten later games

Purdue at Connecticut

3:00 p.m. EDT | CBS Sports Network
Tipico Line: Purdue -34.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Purdue*
@MarkRussell1975: Purdue*
@JoshKeatley16: Purdue
CONSENSUS PICK: Purdue*


Buffalo at Nebraska

3:30 p.m. EDT | Big Ten Network
Tipico Line: Nebraska -13.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Nebraska
@MarkRussell1975: Nebraska
@JoshKeatley16: Nebraska
CONSENSUS PICK: Nebraska


Ball State at Penn State

3:30 p.m. | FS1
Tipico Line: Penn State -22.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Penn State
@MarkRussell1975: Penn State
@JoshKeatley16: Penn State
CONSENSUS PICK: Penn State


Iowa at Iowa State

4:30 p.m. EDT | ABC
Tipico Line: Iowa State -4.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Iowa
@MarkRussell1975: Iowa
@JoshKeatley16: Iowa State
CONSENSUS PICK: Iowa


Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin

7:00 p.m. EDT | FS1
Tipico Line: Wisconsin -25.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Wisconsin
@MarkRussell1975: Wisconsin
@JoshKeatley16: Wisconsin
CONSENSUS PICK: Wisconsin


Idaho at Indiana

7:30 p.m. EDT | Big Ten Network
Line: Off

@PhilHarrisonBW: Indiana
@MarkRussell1975: Indiana
@JoshKeatley16: Indiana
CONSENSUS PICK: Indiana


Howard at Maryland

7:30 p.m. EDT | Big Ten Network
Line: Off

@PhilHarrisonBW: Maryland
@MarkRussell1975: Maryland
@JoshKeatley16: Maryland
CONSENSUS PICK: Maryland


Washington at Michigan

8:00 p.m. EDT | ABC
Tipico Line: Michigan -6.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Michigan
@MarkRussell1975: Michigan
@JoshKeatley16: Washington
CONSENSUS PICK: Michigan

Next … Pick Six (biggest non-Big Ten games)

Saturday, Sept. 11

Pittsburgh at Tennessee

Noon EDT | ESPN  
Tipico Line:
Pittsburgh -3.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Tennessee
@MarkRussell1975: Tennessee
@JoshKeatley16: Pittsburgh
CONSENSUS PICK: Tennessee


Florida at South Florida

1:00 p.m. EDT | ABC 
Tipico Line:
Florida -28.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Florida
@MarkRussell1975: Florida
@JoshKeatley16: Florida
CONSENSUS PICK: Florida


Toledo at Notre Dame

2:30 p.m. EDT | Peacock 
Tipico Line:
Notre Dame -16.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Notre Dame
@MarkRussell1975: Notre Dame
@JoshKeatley16: Notre Dame
CONSENSUS PICK: Notre Dame


Texas A&M vs. Colorado (in Denver)

3:30 p.m. EDT | FOX
Tipico Line:
Texas A&M -16.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Texas A&M
@MarkRussell1975: Texas A&M
@JoshKeatley16: Texas A&M
CONSENSUS PICK: Texas A&M


Texas at Arkansas

7:00 p.m. EDT | ESPN
Tipico Line:
Texas -7.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Texas
@MarkRussell1975: Texas
@JoshKeatley16: Texas
CONSENSUS PICK: Texas


Utah at BYU

10:15 p.m. EDT | ESPN
Tipico Line:
Utah -7.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Utah
@MarkRussell1975: Utah*
@JoshKeatley16: Utah
CONSENSUS PICK: Utah

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