Purdue vs. Northern Illinois
Purdue has been strong this year, blowing out Toledo and almost beating Oregon at Oregon. They also have had problems with turnovers, as they have given the ball away three times in each of their two games. The Huskies of Northern Illinois are also having a strong year. They won their last game, and almost beat Wisconsin. Unlike Purdue, the Huskies have no problem keeping a hold of the ball, and have actually forced five turnovers. While I expect the turnovers to keep Northern Illinois in the game, the home crowd, and the 450+ average yards per game, will help give Purdue the advantage. Purdue 28, Northern Illinois 24. This game will be televised on BTN at 12 p.m. Saturday.
Iowa vs. Arizona
This is bound to be a tough game for both teams involved. Iowa, after barely beating Northern Iowa, easily took on Iowa State. They are averaging about 375 yards a game, and have forced seven turnovers so far this year. Arizona, who won their two games as well, is averaging about 475 yards a game, and is even in turnovers (each team has four). While the two teams look about evenly matched in offense, their defenses are greatly different. While Iowa’s can force turnovers, they have allowed 300+ yard games, while Arizona’s allows only 200 yard games. I expect the Arizona defense to shut down Iowa’s offense and go for the kill. Iowa 16, Arizona 31. This game will be televised on ABC at 3:35 p.m. Saturday.
University of Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan
For Michigan, who is finally getting the respect they deserve, this week's game is a statement. Not only would it tie their win count from last year (three), but it will also serve as a notice to the nation that they are back. After barely scraping by Notre Dame, they are desperate for this. Eastern Michigan, on the other hand, simply wants to start winning this season. After getting crushed by Army, but almost beating Northwestern, they are looking to earn some redemption. However their offense and defense struggled in both of their games, while Michigan’s offense was a powerhouse. I fully expect Michigan to run this game from the start, and use it to show off to the nation. UM 41, Eastern Michigan 10. This game will be televised on BTN at 12 p.m. Saturday.