Week Four Big Ten Predictions

It's time for a look at the 2006 season from a Big Ten perspective, circa Week Four. Jon Miller breaks down each team, game by game, until we get through all 12 weeks. We've taken a look at the first three weeks, and now we are into Big Ten regular season play for most of the clubs.

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Connecticut vs Indiana: The Hoosiers should be able to ‘protect the rock' against the Huskies, but don't be surprised if this game is close. UConn returns seven starters on both sides of the ball and went 5-6 last season, but they were just 2-5 in the Big East, the weakest of the BCS conferences. INDIANA

Wisconsin at Michigan: Who knows just how the Badger offense will be at this point in time. Their defense should be good enough to keep them in many contests this year, but it will not be anything like they had in 2004. Michigan will be flying high after their win at Notre Dame in week three, and they will return home and handle the Badgers. MICHIGAN

Notre Dame at Michigan State: Why don't the Fighting Irish just join the Big Ten? I mean, they play four teams from the league this year. They lose in week three to Michigan, then go on the road to face Michigan State, a team that beat them in South Bend one year ago. MSU's offense should be good, and Notre Dame's defense won't be. I like the Irish to lose two in a row to the Big Ten. After thinking more about it, maybe Notre Dame is wise to stay out of the Big Ten. MICHIGAN STATE

Minnesota at Purdue: The Gophers play their third road game in their first five games. The good news is that after this game, they get two home contests. The bad news is that those games are against Michigan and Penn State. It's going to be a long fall and winter in Minnesota…worse than usual. PURDUE

Northwestern at Nevada: The Cats should win this game. That was easy. NORTHWESTERN

Penn State at Ohio State: Both of these teams are coming off of BCS seasons. Ohio State lost to Texas and at Penn State a year ago. Having already beaten Texas in week two of my predictions, the Buckeyes exorcise some more demons from 2005 in handling the Nittany Lions with ease in week four. OHIO STATE

Iowa at Illinois: Illinois returns a boat load of starters, but they didn't win a game in the Big Ten last year. I do think that this game is not going to be a cake walk for Iowa. It comes right after the emotional Iowa State game and right before the home game against Ohio State that might be the most anticipated home game for Iowa in the last 40 years. Iowa gets by the Illini, but your fingernails might be shorter. IOWA

Jon Miller's Predicted Big Ten Standings after Two Games

4-0 (1-0) IOWA
4-0 (1-0) Ohio State
4-0 (1-0) Michigan
4-0 (1-0) Purdue
4-0 (0-0) Northwestern
4-0 (0-0) Indiana
3-1 (0-0) Michigan State
3-1 (0-1) Wisconsin
2-2 (0-1) Illinois
2-2 (0-1) Minnesota
2-2 (0-1) Penn State

Don't look now, but Indiana and Northwestern are undefeated. Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue and Michigan State are ranked for certain. Week Five tomorrow, with Ohio State at Iowa. Both teams in the Top 10, ABC television at 7pm, ESPN Gameday in Iowa City. It will be the marquee game in the nation. ESPN or ABC will pick up the October 7th Iowa home game against Purdue, this prior to the Boilers September 30 game against the Irish.

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