Big Ten Football Game by Game Predictions: Week 3

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Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans fans show off their body paint during the third quarter against the Oregon Ducks at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans beat the Ducks 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten football season is just two weeks away and fans of the conference are already looking forward to the first time opposing squads can put on pads and knock the snot out of each other, Midwest-style.

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If you know anything about Big Ten football, you would know that it’s severely underrated and it shut the nation up last season by placing two teams in the top-five of the final AP poll while Ohio State won the national title.

Michigan State was the other team to rank in the top-five to end the year as both the Spartans and the Buckeyes proved that the Big Ten is not dead — plus they both combined for a 3-0 record in postseason play.

Last year, the conference got off to a lousy start as both Michigan State and Ohio State lost in the first two weeks of the season, but rebounded to get scorching-hot when it really mattered. This year, the Big Ten is off to a much better start, placing four teams in the Top 25 after two weeks and a couple more on the verge of getting into the rankings.

Not many major losses have occurred, upset-wise, but the conference still remains among those that have yet to gain respect in the national spotlight.

A big Michigan State win over No. 7 Oregon last week may have changed that, but overall, the Big Ten will be overlooked for as long as the SEC remains overrated.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the week three Big Ten football game-by-game predictions.

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