The West Will Rise Again: B1G Title Preview

The Big Ten West will rise again! But not this year. This year we get to watch the Iowa…wait, they lost?

Didn’t they just need to beat Nebraska?

Oh. Okay.

As I was saying, the Purdue Boilermakers will take on the Ohio State…wait they didn’t beat Michigan?

Okay then. I guess we have the Purdue Boilermakers facing the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.

Purdue is led by one of the better quarterbacks in the Big Ten, Aiden O’Connell (sometimes known as AOC). Their receiving core consists of, well, former Iowa Hawkeyes. As the Buckeyes, with the thousands of amazing WRs, were unable to crack 25 points against Michigan, I’m sure Purdue will find it incredibly easy to move the ball.

Michigan may or may not have Heisman candidate Blake Corum in their arsenal on Saturday. Against Purdue, this shouldn’t matter.

Am I being harsh towards Purdue because I hate trains? Is it because Iowa’s freshman running back was able to rush for 200? Yes to both.

Michigan’s offensive line is amongst the best in college football this year. Without a George Karloftis on the defensive line for Purdue, Michigan should be able to run those trains right off the track.

Betting the Big Ten Championship Game

As I write this article, the spread is Michigan -16.5 and the over/under is 52. Don’t let a close first half fool you. Michigan will run away with this, despite Purdue’s history as an unranked team facing the number two team.

Hawkguy Matt’s Picks

Take Michigan giving the points. As I said, Michigan is going to cause bettors some grief in the first half. Don’t be surprised by a 17-14 score. However, just as they did to Ohio State, they will do to Purdue. Michigan by 17+.

Because I do think it will be a relatively close game at the half, the over/under is going to be close. Personally, I would stay away from this one. I do see a 35-17 type of score, but that puts you right at 52.

At some point, the West will rise again (maybe?), but it certainly won’t be this year.

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