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Boston College at No. 15 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET (ND -19)
Through 10 games, Boston College has allowed 440-plus yards on seven occasions. That, in the calmest terms possible, is extremely problematic. BC’s running game will likely be successful, but Notre Dame should score too often for that to matter.
Prediction: Notre Dame 45, Boston College 31
Purdue at No. 14 Wisconsin, 4 p.m. ET (Wisconsin -24)
Leading go-ahead drives against Nebraska and Northwestern is one thing. Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell is now preparing for the greatest test of his young career: a trip to play the nation’s eighth-best defense in one of the Big Ten’s toughest environments. Other than that, no pressure, right? Wisconsin wins big.
Prediction: Wisconsin 38, Purdue 17
Texas at No. 13 Baylor, 3:30 p.m. ET (Baylor -5.5)
Now that Texas is eliminated from the Big 12 title conversation―barring some absurd chaos―will the Longhorns embrace the spoiler role or roll over? We’re guessing the former, though an average defense will still prevent a win.
Prediction: Baylor 27, Texas 22
No. 12 Michigan at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. ET (Michigan -8.5)
Although the Wolverines are riding a 23-game winning streak in the series, Indiana has two seven-point losses and one 10-point and 11-point defeat in the Jim Harbaugh era. Plus, 7-3 Indiana is nearing its first-eight win season since 1993, and the Wolverines have them sandwiched between emotional games with Michigan State and Ohio State. Defense tilts the scale in Michigan’s favor, but it won’t be an easy contest.
Prediction: Michigan 27, Indiana 24
No. 11 Minnesota at Northwestern, Noon ET (Minnesota -13)
While losing to Iowa stung, Minnesota still has Big Ten championship dreams. The Gophers should be able to rebound opposite Northwestern and its dreadful offense. Perhaps we’re undervaluing the Wildcats’ 400 yards in consecutive games, but the competition level wasn’t high. Besides, Northwestern scored more than 15 points in one of its first eight games. We’ll happily overlook the upset bid.
Prediction: Minnesota 31, Northwestern 14