Turel Reviews/Previews the Big Ten

Michigan rests this weekend but the rest of the Big Ten is in full swing. Josh Turel looks at tomorrow's games and analyzes the Big Ten's teams – who's hot and who's not!

Illinois at Ohio State

Nothing has really gone well for Zooker and the Illini. They haven't won a conference game; as a matter a fact, they haven't even come close to winning one. Recruiting is going better than it should be, so if anything, the team may be improving its future. The defense has been an outright disaster. The only team they have kept under 30 points was San Jose State. The other highlights were 61 put up by Michigan State, 63 by Penn State and 41 by Wisconsin. The offense hasn't been that great either, only reaching over the 20 point plateau once in Big Ten play. Ohio State has been improving on offense and, after a tune up on Indiana last week, they blow out Illinois in this one easily.

Ohio State 38
Illinois 6

Michigan State at Purdue

Coming off a great 2004 campaign, the 2005 Purdue defense has been a disaster. A team some had winning the Big Ten, is sitting at 2-6 and will be at 2-7 after this game. Michigan State has thrown the ball well pretty much all year and Purdue has been of the worst in the nation at defending the pass. The offense for Purdue has been an equal mess. Once again Joe Tiller pulls his quarterback too quick and the replacement doesn't get much better results. Expect to see both Curtis Painter and Brandon Kirsch. This game will be closer than many expect but Sparty wins it.

Michigan State 38
Purdue 31

Iowa at Northwestern

This should be a good one with two different styles at play. Northwestern is a spread attack offense while Iowa is more traditional yet effective. Both of their last games were losses to Michigan so it will be interesting to see which one responds. This should be a very close matchup but Northwestern will regain its traction, execute much better this week and pull out a close one.

Northwestern 37
Iowa 31

Minnesota at Indiana

There really isn't much to say here. The Hoosiers have been down right awful at stopping the run, and the Gophers have been unstoppable. Look for Minnesota to run all over Indiana and attack their secondary for some big plays. Indiana is holding out slim hopes to string some victories together for a bowl so they should play inspired ball but Minnesota on the ground will be too much.

Minnesota 41
Indiana 17

Wisconsin at Penn State

This is the big game this week. Both teams with one conference loss, only one team will stay that way after Saturday. The Badgers would love to stay in the driver seat to send Barry Alvarez out on a high note but their defense hasn't played well practically all year. The offense has been executing well and Brian Calhoun has established himself as an elite running back as I said he would. Penn State however has a solid defense that has been fairly consistent at stopping the running game. I think Penn State wins this one but it should be a classic Big Ten slugfest between Paterno and Alvarez.

Penn State 31
Wisconsin 20

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