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Big Ten Football Week 9 Preview
My Record…..50-18 73.5%
Indiana (2-5, 0-3) @ Illinois (2-5, 0-3) Noon Big Ten Network: You wanna talk about a game not a soul is going to watch?…me either, but I’ll give it a shot…Illinois leads the all-time series 45-21-2…The Fighting Illini have won 4 of the last 5 but the Hoosiers have 5 of the last 8 in Champana….Recently, at least in this series…Illinois has been able to just impose their will on little Indiana and beat them mostly because they have better athletes…I hope they aren’t counting on that fact this week…I believe that the Hoosiers have the capability to run the Illini off of the field…I think Kevin Wilson gets his first Big Ten win this week…I like the Hoosiers to win this one 43-24.
Iowa (4-3, 2-1) @ Northwestern (6-2, 2-2) Noon ESPN2: Iowa leads the all-time series 46-23-3…the Wildcats have won 5 of the last 7 meetings and 3 of the last 4 at Ryan Field…The Hawkeyes went 20 years and 21 meetings from 1974 to 1994 without losing to Northwestern…but since 1995 the Cats have gone 9-6 vs Iowa….I think the Cats need this one more…they have lost 2 of their last 3..but more importantly after this game they get a bye then they hit the road vs Michigan and Michigan State…so get a W when you—scratch that—IF you can..Iowa has yet to lose away from Kinnick this season…they won the season opener at Soldier Field vs Northern Illinois and then they won two weeks ago in East Lansing…I thought I read somewhere that Iowa QB James Vandenberg is the 2nd lowest rated starting QB in D-1 this year…I’m glad I looked it up…he is actually ranked 117th…that’s a relief. I like the Cats to get back on track and get the home W…Northwestern wins 28-17.
Purdue (3-4, 0-3) @ Minnesota (4-3, 0-3) 3:30pm Big Ten Network: The Gophers lead the all-time series 33-32-3…the Boilermakers have won 4 of the last 6 (3 of those were in West Lafayette)… yet another matchup in which both teams are seeking their 1st conference win…I have a hunch that the loser of this game will not make a bowl game…can the 2nd ranked pass defense in the Big Ten Golden Gophers stop the 5th ranked pass offense of Purdue?…Minnesota has turned the reigns of the offense over to true freshman QB Phillip Nelson…I think Boiler coach Danny Hope needs this W more than Minnesota coach Jerry Kill…Hope’s team is in a freefall and needs to reach out and grab a limb or something..Purdue is 1 game into the murderous stretch of their schedule…4 road games (L @ OSU, @ Minnesota, home vs PSU, @ Iowa and @ Illinois) in 5 weeks…good luck Purdue…you will need it…along with some W’s…this could be their last W for a while..Boilermakers beat Minnesota 27-21.
Michigan State (4-4, 1-3) @ Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1) 3:30pm ABC: Michigan State leads the all-time series 29-19…the teams are 4-4 in their last 8 meetings…Wisconsin has won 3 straight at Camp Randall and 4 of the last 5 at home….the two teams have swapped W’s the past 8 meetings….MSU is 12-11 in Madison…has there been a more entertaining series in the Big Ten recently?…each of the past 6 meetings has been decided by 10 points or fewer…these are two of the top three defensive teams in the Big Ten…I think Maxwell will be a good QB, but man has the margin of error on his learning curve been miniscule…same thing this week…a raucous crowd, a stingy defense, mojo and recent series trends working against them…I also believe that the Spartan offensive line is only going to be able to cling together for maybe one more week before they just collapse…I like Wisconsin to win at home…the White Ball Show will be in effect….Badgers 23-20…
Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) @ Penn State (5-2, 3-0) 5:30pm ESPN: The Buckeyes lead the all time-series 14-12….The Ohio State has won the last two meetings in Beaver Stadium…I think this is the week that the Buckeye magic runs out…they have just been living and dying with miraculous comebacks for too long…I love what Penn State’s defense brings to the table and more importantly Bill O’Brien..the Nittany Lion head coach has infused actual offense into this PSU team that had virtually no way to move the ball at all last season…with all of the defections and transfers he has done a remarkable job in his first season. If there were a vote today for Big Ten coach of the year…he would be my runaway winner….PSU shocks the Buckeye nation with a 27-20 victory.
Michigan (5-2, 3-0) @ Nebraska (5-2, 2-1) 8:00pm ESPN2: Michigan leads the all-time series 4-2-1…the two teams have only met in Lincoln once..back in 1911 and it was a 6-6 tie…I have a feeling that the Huskers have had this one circled for a while…they were embarrassed in Ann Arbor last year…when I start to break this down, these are the numbers that stick out…UM is the 2 ranked defense in the Big Ten and Nebraska is 7th…The Corn is the #1 rushing team in the Big Ten…Michigan is 7th vs the run…the Corn is 3rd in passing offense and the Wolverines are 1st against the pass….but UM hasn’t faced a crowd that will be as intimidating as the Sea of Red will be since last season at the earliest..plus it being a night game always plays a factor…but I think Michigan will control the Corn running game..so it will be up to Taylor Martinez and his ability to find WR’s…I am not sold on him yet…I like Michigan to solidify their chances to win the Legends title with a 30-17 victory.
Game Preview: Michigan at Nebraska
BEST OF MAXIM
When Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller first was hurt in Saturday's game against Purdue, he didn't know what to think.
He'd never before been thrown down on his head and neck.
''I didn't know what it was,'' he said of his injury. ''I was just a little bit dizzy from the hit, whiplash. So they sent me to the hospital to see what it was...
BY Marcus HartmanBuckeyeSports.com
Braxton Miller had a simple answer for those concerned about his health this week as Ohio State prepares to face Penn State on Saturday in University Park.
"I'm good," the Buckeyes' soft-spoken sophomore quarterback said Wednesday night, the first time he has met with reporters since absorbing a nasty collision with the Ohio Stadium...
OSU has relied on quarterback Braxton Miller to make big plays all season, many of which are the reason the Buckeyes have yet to lose a game through eight weeks of the season. Miller, however, has left each of the team's last four games with injury and protecting the QB is an ongoing concern. However, OSU doesn't anticipate changing its game plan so long as Miller is healthy.
Penn State senior QB Matt McGloin is ready to battle QB Braxton Miller and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The two best teams in the Big Ten conference are pitted to play each other this Saturday night. Despite their dominance on the field, both teams are ineligible for post season play because of NCAA sanctions dubbing this marquee match-up the Probation Bowl. Even though Ohio State...
No. 9 Ohio State at Penn State
Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ESPN
While it’s easy to crack (bad) jokes and call Saturday’s showdown between Ohio State and Penn State the “The Ineligi-Bowl” the truth is that while this game might not have postseason implications, it is still a matchup between the two best teams in the Big Ten right now. By far.
It is also a matchup...
On the Matt.
Eric Adelson looks at the surprising season of Penn State starting quarterback Matt McGloin, who's gone from ninth in pass completions in the Big Ten to first place in 2012. (Yahoo! Sports)
Big Tentacles - The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the
college football landscape.
"Jolly" Old Braxton Miller.
Ohio State starting...
The Big Ten's two best teams might not meet in December's conference championship game. Instead, they could be playing this weekend.
While neither No. 9 Ohio State nor Penn State is eligible to represent the conference in Indianapolis, Saturday's game in Happy Valley may determine which team winds up on top of the Leaders Division.
NCAA sanctions have left the Buckeyes...
This is it. The game most Penn State fans wait all season for.
The Buckeyes head to State College this weekend yet to suffer a defeat, and Penn State will return hom having won five straight games. To help us get a closer look at this week's opponent we welcome Kyle Rowland, beat reporter for the top Ohio State blog, Eleven Warriors.
Some of the topics...
Michigan has the unique position of having three big rivals. Most teams only have one rival to get up for, but year-in and year-out, Michigan has three. While we, as fans, hate each of these teams, we carry some respect for them. Michigan State and Ohio State carry conference affiliation ties while Notre Dame, well, we all just put up with them. All season long, it’s fun to keep...
In the jubilation that followed Ohio State's strain-the-imagination win over Purdue on Saturday, several important considerations were pushed into the background.
Yes, the ninth-ranked Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) stayed unbeaten with the heart-pounding 29-22 overtime win in which they trailed by eight points with 47 seconds left and had the ball at their own 39 and their best...
This game is setting up to be the biggest game of the Big Ten conference this year and one of the biggest FBS games of the season. Urban Meyer has proved to be the same coach he was a Florida by leading the Buckeyes to a flawless 8-0 record so far this season while first year Coach Bill O'Brien has rallied the Nittany Lions to 5-2 record. Ohio State's run game has powered...
Another week down and another paycheck...we might just stick with this "best team in every conference" strategy forever. Let's roll right into the picks for Week 9 and make you guys enough cheese to pay your Halloween bar tabs.
FLORIDA STATE (-28) vs. Duke: If the season ended today this would be your ACC Championship Game...yikes. Duke has never beaten the...
F*ck Ohio! (Clap, clap, clap clap clap) F*ck Ohio!
This was the inexcusable chant booming out of the Penn State student section on November 7, 2009 – the last time the Ohio State Buckeyes played in Beaver Stadium. This Saturday the Buckeyes come back to Happy Valley and, after some extended tailgating hours, I am sure my fellow Penn State students will be ready to make their...
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6. Ohio State (8-0) at Penn State (5-2), 5 p.m. eastern (ESPN)
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions match up in a contest that features arguably the two best teams in the Big Ten (although Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska are as well). Braxton Miller is expected to started in this one although it will...