College football picks: Michigan and Indiana are among the teams looking to validate big wins
By Ralph D. Russo
Oct 30, 2020 at 9:00 AM
After the big game comes the validation game.
Week 9 of the college football season — or maybe Week 8, depending how you count in this odd season — features several teams that made statements last week looking for strong follow-ups.
No. 6 Oklahoma State took control of the Big 12 with a staunch defensive effort against Iowa State. This week, the Cowboys get to back it up with Texas coming to town on Halloween.
No. 13 Michigan unveiled an imposing new quarterback directing an explosive offense in a road blowout of Minnesota as the Big Ten opened play. The Wolverines return home this week to face rival Michigan State. Let’s see how Joe Milton does in his first start in the Big House.
No. 17 Indiana had its most notable victory in more than three decades with a wild overtime upset of Penn State. The Hoosiers go to Rutgers on Saturday, which seems like a good place to build on a great start.