Michigan Football: Around the Big Ten Conference Today
With Michigan off today we thought we would look around the conference and see who is playing each other today. Honestly not to many games that will attract many Michigan fans to get glued by the televisions today either in-conference or nationally. Might be a good day to get that yard prepared for winter along with getting your “honey-dew” list whittle down today since you have probably been putting it off with Michigan games on Saturday’s and taking along nap today after the first half of the season.
Michigan State at Illinois:
Can MSU sleep walk through this game getting ready for the big in-state showdown next week at Spartan Stadium? Yes, we believe they can and will probably struggle early and often like their offense has done most of the season, but will do enough to win the game. They won’t even need their defense to score this game for them to win the game either, but they probably will somehow. Having one of the best defense’s in the country look for MSU to shut down Illinois in almost every category on the stat sheet.
Nebraska at Minnesota:
Taylor Martinez is back and just in time to prepare for the final run in the Big Ten conference with their schedule getting harder as it approaches November. Minnesota looks to keep momentum going after beating a Colter-less Wildcat team last week, but don’t believe that will happen at home with Martinez back in the starting line-up. Nebraska will look to run all over the Gophers today and get ready for the stretch run and who will most likely win the Legends division in the next couple of weeks.
Northwestern at Iowa:
Which Northwestern team will show up in Iowa? The one that faced a tough Buckeye team at home or the one that followed after that game with their 0-3 Big Ten record. Kain Colter is expected back, but will that be enough against the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium? Iowa played very well against Ohio State last week until the fourth quarter, but can they rebound this week at home against a opponent that hasn’t won a Big Ten game this year? We believe that Northwestern will surprise a lot of people and get their first win of the conference today with a mild upset of today’s game.
Penn State at Ohio State:
Don’t look for Penn State to repeat their performance from the Michigan game, but probably look more likely the Indiana game. Coach Bill O’Brien made costly mistakes in both the Indiana and Michigan game, but the Wolverines couldn’t capitalize on those opportunities the way Indiana did the week prior.
We can see a performance similar to other games this season away from Happy Valley. This is Ohio State’s biggest game of the year left on their home schedule which isn’t saying much with their 2013 football schedule, but the Buckeye fans will be in normal form for a night game in C-Bus tonight.
We can see a blowout in a big way and Michigan fans will be wondering why didn’t they see this Nittany Lion team. Coach Urban Meyer will look to score as many points as possible with the BCS standings the way they are along with their strength of schedule dropping after tonight’s game they have a fairly easy road (Purdue, Illinois, and Indiana) until they visit Ann Arbor at the end of the year.
These teams are off this weekend:
Indiana … Next Game … Minnesota
Michigan … Next Game … at Michigan State
Purdue … Next Game … Ohio State
Wisconsin … Next Game … at Iowa
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