Thursday, October 6, 2011

Big Ten Preview Week 6

Last week was supposed to be a big showcases for the Big 10.  The two big games didn't live up to the hype as OSU and MSU struggled to score points and Wisconsin and Nebraska started fast but the Badgers blew out the Cornhuskers in the second half. 

Big Ten Game of the Week:

OSU at Nebraska:  This was set out to be a huge game week 2 in the Big Ten season but with OSU's offensive problems this could be a blow out.   Ohio's only chance here is to turn turnovers into quick points, which could happen if Nebraksa again tries to move the ball through the air.   Both teams were expected to compete for their divisions title and right now find themselves 0-1 in league play.  Nebraska needs to get back to what they do, which is running the ball.  Nebraska is favored by 11.  I think this game could be more of a defensive battle then people expect.   Nebraska 14 OSU 10

The rest of the games:

Minnesota at Purdue:  Wow, are there people really willing to pay to see this one?  Both teams got blown out last week and both need a win.   The Boilermakers are -10.  Gophers 14 Big Drum 31

Illinois at Indiana:  Both teams played close games last week.  Illinois still wants to keep it's ranking in the top 20 and IU is just looking for a win.   Something strange happens when decent teams travel to Bloomington as Penn State found out last week.  Illinois is the better team and favored by two touchdowns.   Zook will lose a game he shouldn't at some point this year, but this isn't the week.  Ill. 28 IU 10

Iowa at Penn State:  This is a decent game and should let us know about both teams.  Penn State is struggling right now against teams like Temple and Indiana.  Iowa was off last week but has a bad loss to Iowa State on its record.  Michigan fans want a PSU win since Iowa is in our division.  Jopa is a -3.5 favorite.  I expect a close game, Iowa 21 PSU 27

MSU and Wisconsin are off

Michigan - NW will be previewed on Friday morning.

With the Big Ten's top team off this weekend, lets hope that the ranked Big Ten teams played well.

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