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Week 10 Big Ten Preview

Purdue's dream of a B1G West title is in a coma, but still alive!

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Doesn't the world just look better after a victory? Instead of viewing this as simply another obligation to be done before basketball season a victory and a winnable home game suddenly brings back a little bit of excitement for football. As Juan pointed out earlier this week, we even still have a ludicrously small chance at winning the West Division.

At minimum, let's at least get a win here for some confidence and to keep the good feelings going for another week. There are no byes this week, so we have 7 games to preview:

Penn State (7-2, 4-1) at Northwestern (6-2, 2-2) Noon, ESPNU

Black Shoe Diaries Preview

InsideNU Preview

Very quietly Penn State is alive in the race in the Big Ten East. The loss to Temple isn't bad, and they still have to play Michigan and Michigan State. Northwestern is playing to get to a better bowl game, but is a very big enigma. Yes, the wins over Stanford and Duke look really good, but they also got beaten up by Iowa and Michigan. We'll keep an eye on this one since the Boilers travel to Evanston next week. Penn State 17, Northwestern 14

Illinois (4-4, 1-3) at Purdue (2-6, 1-3) Noon, BTN

The Champaign Room Preview

This really needs to be a win for Purdue. Yes, I said that about bowling green and Minnesota, but for a program desperately in need of something positive Illinois could not be a more perfect opponent. The Boilers have every reason to win this game even with the return of Josh Ferguson from injury. Purdue needs to control the ball, not turn it over, and dare the Illini to run. They have been completely inept at running the football in Big Ten play, so if they explode for 200 yards it will be another embarrassment. Purdue 31, Illinois 21

Iowa (8-0, 4-0) at Indiana (4-4, 0-4) 3:30pm, ESPN

Black Heart Gold Pants Preview

Crimson Quarry Preview

This is probably the most dangerous game left for Iowa, and that is because Indiana is playing at home as this year's chaos team and they might finally be healthy with Jordan Howard and Nate Sudfeld coming off of a bye. This really could be dangerous for Iowa because of it. IU can also use some breathing room to get to a bowl game instead of relying on Maryland and Purdue to get them there. I still think Iowa wins, but don't be surprised if this is an exciting game. Iowa 34, Indiana 28

Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1) at Maryland (2-6, 0-4) 3:30pm, BTN

Bucky's 5th Quarter Preview

Testudo Times Preview

Who did Wisconsin fellate to get Maryland and Rutgers as their east crossover teams for a second straight year? Maryland is basically the fighting Will Likely's at this point as they play out the string and look for a new coach. Wisconsin 38, Maryland 10

Rutgers (3-5, 1-4) at Michigan (6-2, 3-1) 3:30pm, BTN

On the Banks Preview

Maize N' Brew Preview

Rutgers has scored 55 points against Indiana and 44 points in its other four Big Ten games combined. Now they get to play one of the best defenses in America. Michigan 27, Rutgers 3

Michigan State (8-0, 4-0) at Nebraska (3-6, 1-4) 7pm, ESPN

The Only Colors Preview

Corn Nation Preview

Wow. In viewing Corn Nation and other pro-Nebraska sites this week they are acting like a loss to Purdue was the same as a loss to a bad FCS school. At least Purdue succeeded in something this year. They made an entire football fanbase pretty much give up on a coach after just 9 games and the famous sell-out streak in Lincoln could be in jeopardy because of it. That said, expect another close Michigan State win with Tommy Armstrong back. Michigan State 34, Nebraska 28

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

The Daily Gopher Preview

Land-Grant Holyland Preview

That final series last week was just awful for Minnesota. Now I don't trust them at all in a game where Ohio State is finally starting to play like Ohio State. It is time for the Buckeyes to start choking the life out of opponents before closing the season with Michigan State and Michigan. Ohio State 37, Minnesota 10