Big Ten Previews and Predictions for Week 10
Big Ten Previews and Predictions: Week 10
It's now week 10 of the college football season and the Ohio State Buckeyes still haven't lost a game since 2011. Sure it's been a while since the Buckeyes lost, but they still have a tough game remaining on the schedule to go along with a possibly even tougher matchup in the Big Ten title game -- if they do make it there.
The Big Ten is considered a 'weak' conference this season due to the shortage of teams in the Top 25, but that has a lot to do with the way the teams in the conference have beat up on each other all season long.
Ohio State is the final remaining unbeaten team for the 2013 season in the conference while the Michigan State Spartans are the only other unbeaten team in conference play. Those two teams don't get to play each other during the regular season, but a matchup in the Big Ten title game is a possibility.
The Wisconsin Badgers are stuck trying to chase the Buckeyes in the conference as their lone loss came to Ohio State on the road. It will take two losses by the Buckeyes for the Badgers to move on to their third-straight Big Ten title game and their fourth-straight Rose Bowl.
Week 10 features a couple of big games in the Big Ten that could decide some team's fate as conference title contenders. Michigan State will host, rival and in-state foe, the Michigan Wolverines in the most anticipated matchup of the week. The winner of the game has a slight edge in the Legends Division title race and will have a clear path to Indianapolis -- where the title game is played. The other matchup is between the struggling Northwestern Wildcats and the bounce back-hopeful Nebraska Cornhuskers. If Northwestern wins, that basically takes the Cornhuskers out of the Big Ten race.
Check out these and the rest of the Big Ten previews and predictions for each week 10 game.
Illinois at Penn State
Illinois is coming off a tough loss at home to Michigan State while Penn State is coming off a tough loss to Ohio State on the road. Both fell to the only teams without a loss in the Big Ten. However, the Nittany Lions have far more talent on their roster than does Illinois.
PREDICTION: Illinois 14, Penn State 31
No. 24 Wisconsin at Iowa
While Wisconsin is one of the best Big Ten teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes have begun to surprise some people and the Badgers are the next to fall to the bowl-bound Hawkeyes. Jake Rudock has been a godsend for the Hawkeyes.
PREDICTION: Wisconsin 28, Iowa 30
No. 4 Ohio State at Purdue
The Ohio State Buckeyes are the best team in the conference by far and the Boilermakers have struggled on offense and defense this season. Purdue has one of the worst offenses in the country while the Badgers have a scary offense and a solid defense. No contest.
PREDICTION: Ohio State 45, Purdue 7
Minnesota at Indiana
Minnesota has been shocking people around the conference with consecutive victories against Northwestern and Nebraska to push their record to 6-2 on the season as a bowl eligible team. Indiana can score some points, however, while Minnesota has an average defense.
PREDICTION: Minnesota 27, Indiana 35
Northwestern at Nebraska
This is the battle that could decide Northwestern's season. The Wildcats need a win at Nebraska, however, they are reeling far too much and it doesn't look like the end is in sight any time soon -- especially if Kain Colter can't stay healthy.
PREDICTION: Northwestern 30, Nebraska 38
No. 21 Michigan at No. 22 Michigan State
As the biggest game of the week, the Wolverines will travel to East Lansing to take on the Spartans. Both teams are fighting for a chance to play for the Big Ten title, but the Wolverines are struggling too much lately and Michigan State has home-field advantage and the best defense in the nation.
PREDICTION: Michigan 17, Michigan State 28