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Big Ten Week 1 game picks: B1G weekend looms

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It's an interesting Week 1 in the Big Ten. There's Jim Harbaugh's coaching debut at Michigan when the Wolverines visit Utah. There's Minnesota trying to shake up the playoff picture early when it hosts No. 2 TCU. You have No. 20 Wisconsin out to make a statement when it meets No. 3 Alabama at JerryWorld, while No. 1 Ohio State seeks a little revenge when it visits Virginia Tech on Monday night. And of course, there are upsets lurking somewhere in the schedule. So who do our writers think will win in Week 1? Here we go ...

Thursday, Sept. 3

Michigan at Utah
8:30 p.m. ET


No. 2 TCU at Minnesota
9 p.m. ET on ESPN


Saturday, Sept. 5

Illinois State at Iowa
Noon ET


BYU at Nebraska
3:30 p.m. ET on ABC


Wisconsin vs. Alabama (Dallas)
8 p.m. ET on ABC


Sunday, Sept. 6

Purdue at Marshall
3 p.m. ET


Monday, Sept. 7

Ohio State at Virginia Tech
8 p.m. ET on ESPN


Other unanimous picks:

Illinois over Kent State

Indiana over Southern Illinois

Maryland over Richmond

Michigan State over Western Michigan

Penn State over Temple

Rutgers over Norfolk State

Stanford over Northwestern