Wisconsin @ Northwestern
No reason to think Calhoun and company won't roll over the Wildcats; Alvarez gets one step closer to a special final season.
Illinois @ Indiana
Lot of story lines here. Battle of the worst conference teams? Battle of the new head coaches? Will anyone show up? Indiana wins this one.
Iowa @ Purdue
Good matchup here. We'll have to see how the Boilermakers respond to the Irish beat-down, but this could be a close one. Iowa han't lived up to expectations, but I see Ferentz stealing one here.
Ohio State @ Penn State
People have had this one circled for awhile as an upset. The Lions have dodged a bullet or two and are off to a good start, but look for the conference's top team to put Joe Pa and his kiddie-speedsters in their place.
Ohio State-21, Penn State-10
Who is the Big Ten favorite?
Well I think it's clear that Ohio State is the top contender for the conference crown at this point. Purdue went down despite a very favorable schedule in conference play, and mostly everyone else has one loss. Three teams remain with no losses in conference, Wisconsin, Penn State, and Ohio State. OSU and PSU play each other this weekend so that will leave two going into the stretch. The Badgers are off to a great start but still have to play at Minnesota, at Penn State, and have Purdue and Iowa at home. Chances are they drop one or two of those. Penn State is Penn State, meaning they won't make it. That leaves the Buckeyes who very well could roll around to Ann Arbor undefeated in conference play. Their defense has been outstanding thus far, and their offense is getting by and should pick up steam. They have good balance, and may even be equipped to survive in the Big House against Michigan this year.
Looking back at the Michigan State Game:
Michigan got its "must win" and Michigan State lost its must have game. We all heard the Spartan talk the week leading up to last Saturday, but that's why they play the games and Michigan found a way to pull it off. I certainly think MSU looked tight and not used to the pressure of being the favorite this time around with dropped passes and conservative defensive coaching. Drew Stanton loves to rip covers off of NCAA 2006 games but still has yet to beat the team he hates since joining the team in 2002. The Spartans should have another good shot next year however. Stanton will be back, Jehuu Caulcrick and Javon Ringer return, as well as most of the receivers and the offensive line. The defense isn't all that great but they will return just about everyone. But, until next time ... U-M proves itself yet again to be "The" state university in Michigan. The Great Lakes is the Wolverine State.
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