Big Ten Champions Week football betting: Picks for Ohio State-Northwestern and every game

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CFP rankings 4.0: Alabama and Notre Dame are locks, here’s how Clemson, Ohio State and A&M could join them

SportsPulse: The College Football Playoff will be revealed this weekend. And as Dan Wolken puts it, the only potential drama left is what would happen if Clemson were to lose to Notre Dame (again).

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Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald as coach has beaten every team in the Big Ten at least once – except Ohio State. The Wildcats dating back before the Fitzgerald era have won once in the last 33 Northwestern-Ohio State games.

But 2020 is a year unlike any other. Northwestern is a big underdog against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, but who knows?

Our USA TODAY Network beat writers who cover the teams across the league have predictions for that game, against the point spread, as well as the four other Big Ten Champions Week games. Nebraska and Rutgers play Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and the other games are Saturday, including Northwestern and Ohio State at 12 p.m.

Here’s our roster of writers and their records from last week (record for the season in parenthesis):

  • Frank Bodani @YDRPennState (Covers Penn State at 4-1 (25-20)
  • Mike Carmin @carmin_jc (covers Purdue at 4-1 (24-21)
  • Graham Couch @Graham_Couch (columnist at 1-4 (17-28)
  • Mark Emmert @MarkEmmert (covers Iowa at 3-2 (22-23)
  • Chris Iseman @ChrisIseman (covers Rutgers at 2-3 (24-21)
  • Chad Leistikow @ChadLeistikow (Iowa columnist at 1-4 (21-24)
  • Jeff Potrykus @jaypo1961 (covers Wisconsin at 3-2 (25-20)
  • Rainer Sabin @RainerSabin (covers Michigan, MSU at 2-3 (24-21)
  • Orion Sang @orion_sang (covers Michigan at 3-2 (22-18)
  • Chris Solari @chrissolari (covers Michigan State at 3-2 (25-20)

Here are this week’s games; make sure to get the latest updates on lines at

Nebraska (-5) at Rutgers

BODANI: Rutgers

CARMIN: Rutgers

COUCH: Rutgers

EMMERT: Rutgers

ISEMAN: Rutgers



SABIN: Rutgers

SANG: Rutgers

SOLARI: Rutgers

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Ohio State (-20.5) vs. Northwestern

BODANI: Ohio State

CARMIN: Northwestern

COUCH: Ohio State

EMMERT: Northwestern

ISEMAN: Ohio State

LEISTIKOW: Northwestern

POTRYKUS: Northwestern

SABIN: Ohio State

SANG: Ohio State

SOLARI: Ohio State

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Minnesota at Wisconsin (-11)

BODANI: Minnesota

CARMIN: Minnesota

COUCH: Minnesota

EMMERT: Wisconsin

ISEMAN: Minnesota

LEISTIKOW: Minnesota

POTRYKUS: Minnesota

SABIN: Wisconsin

SANG: Minnesota

SOLARI: Minnesota

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Illinois at Penn State (-14.5)

BODANI: Penn State

CARMIN: Penn State

COUCH: Penn State

EMMERT: Penn State

ISEMAN: Penn State


POTRYKUS: Penn State

SABIN: Penn State

SANG: Penn State

SOLARI: Penn State

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Michigan State at Maryland (-2)

BODANI: Michigan State

CARMIN: Maryland

COUCH: Michigan State

EMMERT: Maryland

ISEMAN: Michigan State

LEISTIKOW: Michigan State

POTRYKUS: Michigan State

SABIN: Michigan State

SANG: Maryland

SOLARI: Michigan State

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