An Extremely Fast Look at the Big Ten Week 9

I am headed to Chicago tonight and will be up there all day tomorrow  for Big Ten Basketball Media Day, so I don't have time this week to do my usual full look at the Big Ten. Instead (for those who care), here is the short, short version of each game:

Northwestern (5-2, 1-2) at Indiana (4-3, 0-3) Noon, Big Ten Network

I think you can consider the Hoosiers done for a bowl game if they lose this. I don't see Iowa or Wisconsin screwing that one up, and Even Penn State's offense can move with impunity against them. Dan Persa should break out of his post Purdue slump and have a big day as long as the Wildcats don't keep forcing the run.

Northwestern 38, Indiana 28

Purdue (4-3, 2-1) at Illinois (4-3, 1-2) Noon, ESPN2

I would love to be proven wrong about this one, but an improved defense of Corey Liuget and Martez Wilson, plus our uncertain quarterback situation, does not have me confident. Can we pull off the win? Absolutely? Unfortunately, we need too many things to go our way in order to do so. Illinois is starting to heat up, and with Minnesota and Northwestern left on the schedule they are thinking big finish.

Illinois 24, Purdue 14

#5 Michigan State (8-0, 4-0) at #18 Iowa (5-2, 2-1) 3:30pm ABC

Here you go, Sparty. If you ever want to play in the national title game, this is your chance. The Spartans will be favored agaisnt Minnesota, Purdue, and probably Penn State the rest of the way. All that's left is either angry Iowa or depressed Iowa. I hope Michigan State gets it just because I am tired of Ohio State getting all the conference glory.

Michigan State 20, Iowa 14

#11 Ohio State (7-1, 3-1) at Minnesota (1-7, 0-4) 8pm ABC

I would imagine ABC wishes it could change this game after making it a night game early in the season. This could be a bloodbath of Biblical proportions. At least Minnesota can still have good humor about its coaching search.

Ohio State 52, Minnesota 10

Michigan (5-2, 1-2) at Penn State (4-3, 1-2) 8pm ESPN

The words, "sphincter tightening" could be used to describe Michigan fans if they drop this one. Once again, michigan has a tough finishing kick and a loss here could easily lead to another 1-7 Big Ten finish. On the plus side, the state economy will be bolstered by a growing torch and pitchfork industry.

Michigan 28, Penn State 20

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Hammer and Rails

You must be a member of Hammer and Rails to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hammer and Rails. You should read them.

Join Hammer and Rails

You must be a member of Hammer and Rails to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hammer and Rails. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker