Whole Nine Sports

Week 1 Big 10 Preview

Big 10 Preview
Mike Hrynyshyn
Follow Mike @MikeSpencerWNS
Follow Whole Nine Sports @WholeNineSports

Can you hear it? It’s college marching bands warming up. It’s the College Gameday version of “Comin’ to your City” by Big n’ Rich. It’s “not so fast” coming from Lee Corso. IT’S OFFICIALLY COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON. Every week here at WNS you can expect a preview of the upcoming week every Thursday or Friday and a recap of the week that was every Monday or Tuesday from the B1G conference. Week 1 kicks off Thursday night. Let’s get this preview show on the road.


Tyler Johnson

South Dakota State @ Minnesota

Prospects to watch (MIN): WR Tyler Johnson, RBs Mohamed Ibrahim, Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith, DB Antoine Winfield Jr.

Preview: This should be a fun one to get the season underway. The Jackrabbits should be in contention for an FCS title and the Gophers are on the upswing. Look for potential top 5 WR Tyler Johnson to have a great game to get the Gophers going. Minnesota also has three draft eligible running backs. Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks are good; however, my favorite is redshirt sophomore Mohamed Ibrahim. One of the 3 should have a great game


Jonathan Taylor

#19 Wisconsin @ USF

Prospects to watch (UW): RB Jonathan Taylor, C Tyler Biadasz

Preview: Wisconsin is not the deepest B1G squad, the success of the team relies on the 2 players I listed. This should be a good game, but Wisconsin will likely pull away.

Brian Lewerke

Tulsa @ #18 Michigan State

Prospects to watch (MSU): QB Brian Lewerke, WR Cody White, DL Raequan Williams, LB Joe Bachie, S David Dowell

Preview: The crux of the Spartan season depends on the right arm of Brian Lewerke. At one-point last season he was thought of as a sleeper QB prospect- that did not last long as his season fell apart. A bounce back can rejuvenate his hive, starting with a big game against the Golden Hurricane.

Raheem Blackshear

UMass @ Rutgers
7:15 PM EST

Prospect to watch (RU): RB Raheem Blackshear

Preview: This one is going to be a snooze fest. Both squads appear to be doormats heading into the year. Raheem Blackshear is the lone draft able prospect from Rutgers, and he’s a late round guy.

Brycen Hopkins

Purdue @ Nevada
9:30 PM EST

Prospects to watch (Purdue): TE Brycen Hopkins, LB Markus Bailey

Preview: The best player in this game is not draft eligible, in sophomore WR Rondale Moore. Moore and Hopkins will have to rely on Elijah Sindelar making strides from his awful play last year. This one is a toss up if you ask me.


Anthony McFarland Jr.

Howard @ Maryland

Prospects to watch (Maryland): RB Anthony McFarland Jr., CB Tino Ellis

Preview: Not much to talk about here. The Terps are going to maul Howard. Expect a huge day from Anthony McFarland .

Lamar Jackson

South Alabama @ #24 Nebraska

Prospects to watch (NEB): WR JD Spielman, CBs Lamar Jackson and Dicaprio Bootle

Preview: Again, the best player in this game is not draft eligible, Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez. His connection with Spielman is what will drive this offense. On D, the Huskers boast two great corners including 6’3 senior Lamar Jackson. The Huskers should be able to take this one pretty easily.

Reggie Corbin

Akron @ Illinois

Prospect to watch (Illinois): RB Reggie Corbin

Preview: The Illini don’t have a strong run blocking offensive line, which may be troublesome because their best player is do-it-all back Reggie Corbin. Akron may not pose much of a challenge to Illinois.

Chase Young

Florida Atlantic @ Ohio State

Prospects to watch (OSU): RB JK Dobbins, WRs KJ Hill, Binjimenn Victor, OT Thayor Munford, EDGE Chase Young, DL Robert Landers, LBs Pete Werner, Tuf Borland, Malik Harrison, DB Shaun Wade, CB Jeffrey Okudah

Preview: Hope you like trying to focus on multiple position groups at once, because this is by far the most loaded team in the conference. The Buckeyes are insanely rich with draft talent this year and poor Lane Kiffin’s Owls are going to be their first test under the Ryan Day regime. Expect a lot of points, mostly from THE Ohio State University.

Nick Westbrook

Indiana vs Ball State

Prospect to watch (IU): WR Nick Westbrook

Preview: The Hoosiers under new starting QB, redshirt freshman Michael Penix Jr, go up against a mid-level MAC team. The player to watch for those crazy enough to think about 2021 is Indiana sophomore RB Stevie Scott III running behind a strong offensive line unit.

KJ Hamler

Idaho @ #15 Penn State
3:30 PM EST

Prospects to watch (PSU): WR K.J. Hamler, DL Robert Windsor CB John Reid,

Preview: Penn State is an anomaly in that they have great players leading them on both sides of the ball, but their best players aren’t draft eligible: QB Sean Clifford (RS Sophomore), TE Pat Freiermuth (True Sophomore), LB Micah Parsons (True Sophomore). The game is going to be a blowout.

Paddy Fisher

Northwestern @ #25 Stanford

Prospects to watch (NU): QB Hunter Johnson, EDGE Joe Gaziano, LB Paddy Fisher

Prospects to watch (Stanford): QB KJ Costello, TE Colby Parkinson, LT Walker Little, CB Paulson Adebo

Preview: Northwestern didn’t go the route of scheduling cupcakes like most of the conference, instead getting a top 25 team in the form of Stanford, who has several prospects of their own to keep an eye on. I’d love to see Hunter Johnson try to test Paulson Adebo at some point. This game should be a fun one to sit down with a cold one and enjoy.

AJ Epenesa

Miami (OH) @ #20 Iowa
7:30 PM EST

Prospects to watch: QB Nate Stanley, RB Mekhi Sargent, TE Nate Wieting, OTs Tristan Wirfs & Alaric Jackson, EDGEs Chauncey Gholston & AJ Epenesa, CB Michael Ojemudia

Preview: Back to cupcakes we go. If your NFL team needs a pass rusher AJ Epenesa is the best EDGE in the class at this point. Nate Stanley could be a high-level backup in the NFL. Nate Wieting will fill the void left by TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant leaving. Wirfs and Jackson are both top 50 players.

Shea Patterson

Middle Tennessee State @ #7 Michigan

Prospects to watch (UM): QB Shea Patterson, WRs Tarik Black, Nico Collins & Donovan Peoples-Jones, TE Sean McKeon, LT Jon Runyan Jr., OGs Ben Bredeson, Michael Onwenu, C Cesar Ruiz, EDGE Josh Uche & Mike Danna, CB Lavert Hill, S Josh Metellus

Preview: Much like the Ohio State game, good luck trying to keep track of all the UM talent at once. Sorry Mid Tennessee State, you’re about to get mauled by the Wolverines.

Interested in having your company advertised by Whole Nine Sports? Send an email to [email protected]