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Big Ten football predictions: Week 3

Updated: September 16, 2011 12:39AM



NO. 17 OHIO STATE AT MIAMI

Time: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN

Records: Ohio State 2-0, Miami 0-1.

The line: Miami by 2.

Cowley’s pick: Ohio State 28-24.

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN

Time:

11 a.m., BTN.

Records: E. Michigan 2-0, Michigan 2-0.

The story line: Surviving Notre Dame despite a comedy of errors, the Wolverines have a chance to get fat on the schedule and likely will go into Northwestern 5-0.

The line: Michigan by 291/2.

Cowley’s pick: Michigan, 42-10.

PENN STATE AT TEMPLE

Time: 11 a.m., ESPN.

Records: Penn St. 1-1, Temple 2-0.

The story line: The Big Ten was handed another dose of reality in the form of the SEC, as Alabama made it an “un-Happy’’ Valley last weekend. Bounce-back game for the Nittany Lions.

The line: Penn State by 8.

Cowley’s pick: Penn State, 24-20.

PITTSBURGH AT IOWA

Time: 11 a.m., ESPN2.

Records: Pittsburgh 2-0, Iowa 1-1.

The story line: The Panthers have feasted on Buffalo and Maine, and now it’s time for a big-boy game in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa is coming off an overtime loss against Iowa State.

The line: Iowa by 3.

Cowley’s pick: Iowa, 24-17.

SE MISSOURI STATE AT PURDUE

Time: 11 a.m., BTN.

Records: SE Missouri 0-1, Purdue 1-1.

The story line: The Danny Hope Era continues to be a dismal one, with the Boilermakers barely getting by Middle Tennessee in the opener, then losing to Rice last weekend.

The line: No line.

Cowley’s pick: Purdue, 24-13.S. Carolina State at Indiana

Time: 2:30 p.m., BTN.

Records: S. Carolina St. 1-1, Indiana 0-2.

The story line: The winless Hoosiers just haven’t found any luck playing the MAC and the ACC, so why not take a swipe at the MEAC and see if that works for them.

The line: No line.

Cowley’s pick: Indiana, 31-27.

MIAMI (OHIO) AT MINNESOTA

Time: 2:30 p.m., BTN.

Records: Miami 0-1, Minnesota 0-2.

The story line: The Gophers had bigger concerns than a disappointing 0-2 start, with first-year coach Jerry Kill taken off the field after having a seizure last Saturday. Kill now seems fine; his team, not so much.

The line: Minnesota 41/2.

Cowley’s pick: Minnesota, 35-17.

WASHINGTON AT NO. 11 NEBRASKA

Time: 2:30 p.m., Ch. 7.

Records: Washington 2-0, Nebraska 2-0.

The story line: Washington is a soft 2-0, beating Eastern Washington and Hawaii, and Nebraska did have some first-half problems with Fresno State. Nice test for Nebraska this week, but the Cornhuskers will pass it.

The line: Nebraska by 161/2.

Cowley’s pick: Nebraska, 41-21.



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