Week Seven Big Ten Predictions

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

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Ohio at Illinois: Tin soldiers and Zooker's coming! Beware the Bobcats, Ron Zook. They return nine starters on both offense and defense, similar to what Illinois has this year. Were this game on the road, I would be tempted to take Ohio. But I will take the Illini in this one, but it could be a good ball game; Phil Steele picks Ohio to win the East Division of the MAC. ILLINOIS

Michigan at Penn State: I think Michigan has more talent than Penn State, but at this juncture of the season, Penn State's offense could be hitting nicely. They will probably have a ‘White Out' game in Happy Valley, one of the toughest places to play when the crowed is geeked up. The spirit of John Navarre takes over Chad Henne, and the Nittany Lions win this one, getting revenge from the homer job they suffered in Ann Arbor one year ago that cost them an argument in the National Title game. PENN STATE

Ohio State at Michigan State: Were it not for some lousy special teams play, the Spartans might have gotten the Buckeyes one year ago. This could be a real good game, with the emphasis on could. That depends on whether or not MSU goes into it's usual mid-season funk and mails it in. OHIO STATE

Minnesota at Wisconsin: Different week, same analysis; Minnesota will be a bad football team this year. WISCONSIN

Northwestern at Purdue: The bloom is off the rose for Northwestern at this point of the year. That's what Big Ten play can do to you when you are breaking in a new quarterback in a sophisticated offense. PURDUE

Iowa at Indiana: Some are calling this a trap game or a sandwich game. In 2002, Iowa played sloppy on offense and needed all three of Grant Steen's interceptions in this contest. Blake Powers and James Hardy make a formidable 1-2 punch, but Indiana still has defensive issues to overcome. IOWA

Jon Miller's Predicted Big Ten Standings after Seven Games

7-0 (4-0) Iowa
6-1 (3-1) Michigan
6-1 (3-1) Wisconsin
5-2 (3-1) Penn State
6-1 (2-1) Ohio State
5-2 (2-2) Purdue
4-3 (1-2) Michigan State
4-3 (0-3) Northwestern
4-3 (0-3) Indiana
3-4 (0-3) Illinois
2-5 (0-4) Minnesota

Iowa is ranked in the Top three and talk begins to surface about the Hawkeyes playing for all the marbles in the BCS title game….IF it can get past Michigan in Week 8. Wisconsin at Purdue will also be a good game on the Week 8 slate.


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