Big Ten Picks: MLive Predictions for Michigan – Pennsylvania, Michigan – Wisconsin

We’re in the middle of the college football regular season, and our top ten players are battling to get past 0.500 as a group.

After a 5-1 week, Aaron McMahon opened a two-game lead on the pack.

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Aaron McMahon: 33-25

Matt Wenzel: 31-27

Andrew Kahn: 28-30

Kyle Austin: 26-32

Ryan Zuk: 26-32

Chase Brown, Illinois

Illinois running back Chase Brown holds the ball during the first half of the NCAA college football game against Iowa on Saturday, October 8, 2022, in Champaign, Illinois (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP

Minnesota is expecting superstar Mohamed Ibrahim to bounce back for this season, and hopes to help him return to a dominant level from the first month of the season. Illinois hit a squeak out of Iowa last week without a touchdown, but they could position themselves in a strong position in the Big Ten West with a win here.

MLive crew selects:

  • Illinois (+6.5): Austin, Wenzel, McMahon, Zook, Kan
Taulia Tagoviloa

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa reacts after throwing a interception against Purdue in the first half of a NCAA football game, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)AP

Indiana fired its offensive coach after losing its third game in a row, but don’t worry the basketball season for Hoosiers fans is near. Maryland has dropped a winable home game against Purdue, and is now hoping the start of the slip isn’t midway through the season.

MLive crew selects:

  • MD (-11): Wenzel, McMahon
  • Indiana (+11): Austin, Zuke, Cannes
Dylan Downing

Maryland’s Dylan Downing runs behind his back recovering from a stumble in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)AP

Purdue comes to her senses with back-to-back wins in Minnesota and Maryland — and she didn’t just rely on her passing game to do so. Nebraska won twice in a row under interim coach Mickey Joseph and somehow tied for the top spot in the Big Ten West.

MLive crew selects:

  • Nebraska (+13): McMahon, Kan
  • Bordeaux (-13): Austin, Wenzel, Zuk
Michigan Indiana

Michigan State defensive linebacker Zeke Perry (10) runs to the field with his teammates before the NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, in Bloomington, Indiana (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)AP

McMann’s Choice: There has been a lot of talk about “tests” in recent weeks, and this is, by far, the most difficult in Michigan to date. Penn State plays offensively balanced (and has more firepower in the running game) and has a annoying secondary, which should put pressure on the Wolverines’ passing game. But I have a strong suspicion that this might be a game where JJ McCarthy is actually using his legs to spread the Nittany Lions defensively, capturing some big yards on the ground and opening things up to attack. They need the hack game on both sides, and that may be the case. Saturday’s win makes an 11-0 start a possibility, and I expect both the coaching staff and the players to do their best. This is a game that UM usually wins at home, and I think they pull off a close match. Michigan 24, Pennsylvania 21.

MLive crew selects:

  • Penn State (+7): Austin, McMahon, Zuck
  • Michigan (-7): Wenzel, Kan
OSU in Michigan, October 8, 2022

Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed (1) pulls the ball into a pass while Bucks Corner Buck Cameron Brown (26) applies pressure during the first half of a game between the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. David Petkevich, cleveland.comDavid Petkevich,

Wenzel’s choice: After Paul Crest was fired and defensive coordinator Jim Leonard was appointed interim coach, Wisconsin responded with a 42-7 victory over Northwestern. Although the Wildcats had touched down five times in a row, the Badgers showed life as Graham Mertz threw for five touchdowns and Braelon Allen rushed for 135 yards. Meanwhile, Michigan State is losing 49-20 to Ohio State in another lopsided defeat and has fallen four times in a row. This is a very important game for the Spartans to get out of the slip and for their hopes of becoming a ball fitter. I think they will stay close but there were a lot of problems picking them to win now. Wisconsin 27, Michigan 24

MLive crew selects:

  • Wisconsin (-7.5): Austin, McMahon
  • Michigan State (+7.5): Wenzel, Zuk, Kan

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