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Week 4 Big Ten Preview

It is the last full week of non-conference play before the conference season begins in earnest.

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If there is an uglier game between two major conference teams this season I don't want to see it. BTN officially gets the worst part of the deal in getting Rutgers this week when they are contractually obligated to broadcast Kansas at Rutgers.

Yuck

Who knew that Purdue hosting Bowling Green would be a better game to watch?

Kansas (0-2) at Rutgers (1-2) Noon, BTN

On the Banks Preview

If you're looking for a major conference team to go unwinfeated for the first time since Ty Willingham was at Washington Kansas might be your pick. They have already dropped their FCS game, they have so few scholarship players that they actually have less players on scholarship than FCS teams, and the next two weeks of Rutgers and Iowa State are probably their best chances at a win, yet both are on the road. They have given up 45 points per game even before playing a major conference team. Rutgers 45, Kansas 21

BYU (2-1) at Michigan (2-1) Noon, ABC

Maize N' Brew Preview

The Fightin' Mormons already have one win over the Big Ten and now they are going for two. They get a Michigan team that plays good defense, but whose offense has still been questionable. So far BYU has lived and died by the big play, and have played one of the toughest early schedules possible in Nebraska, Boise State, and UCLA. That toughness should pay off, because Michigan is still a work in progress. BYU 27, Michigan 20

Central Michigan (1-2) at Michigan State (3-0) Noon, BTN

The Only Colors Preview

The marauding MSU hordes have already claimed Western Michigan. Now they will try to claim Central Michigan in their final non-conference tune-up. That's exactly what it will be, too: a tune-up. Michigan State 41, Central Michigan 10

Southern Mississippi (2-1) at Nebraska (1-2) Noon, ESPNNews

Corn Nation Preview

The Cornhuskers are about two plays from behind 3-0, but an overtime loss at Miami and the Hail Mary loss to BYU already have them halfway to their required four and only four losses. Don't expect No. 3 to come this week as Nebraska is a 21 point favorite. Nebraska 30, Southern Miss 13

Bowling Green (1-2) at Purdue (1-2) Noon, BTN

Last week I was excited, as Purdue had a chance to make a statement. Well, the Boilers made a statement, alright, and now they have a game against a dangerous, confident MAC opponent that is a must-win if there are going to be any faint bowl hopes. The path is still there. Purdue's home slate of Big Ten teams is about as easy as you can ask for without having Rutgers or Maryland, but with David Blough making his first start Purdue has to take advantage of a very poor defense and it has to be able to get some stops of its own. Unfortunately, I did not see anything last week that made me think Purdue could do either. Bowling Green 59, Purdue 38

Indiana (3-0) at Wake Forest (2-1) 12:30pm, ESPN3

Crimson Quarry Preview

By the end of September Indiana football could be virtually assured of a bowl. They might already be. With Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State, and Purdue looking awful on a good day and friendly home games against Iowa and Michigan the Hoosiers are pretty favored now to actually make a bowl game. They are either the luckiest team in America since they are about 3 plays from being 0-3 or legitimately good. Meanwhile, Wake Forest lost to Syracuse and barely beat Army. Indiana can start 4-0 for the first time since 1990, when they went 6-5-1 and lost in the Peach Bowl to Auburn. Indiana 31, Wake Forest 24

Maryland (2-1) at West Virginia (2-0) 3pm, Fox Sports 1

Testudo Times Preview

At least if Purdue beats Bowling Green it won't be last in the B1G power rankings since the Terps lost by 21 at home to the Falcons. They are likely to lose this one too, as West Virginia is a fringe top 25 team and a 17.5 point favorite. West Virginia 34, Maryland 14

North Texas (0-2) at Iowa (3-0) 3:30pm, ESPNU

Black Heart Gold Pants Preview

This is really a game? Really? According to the S&P metrics North Texas is the worst team in America. OMHR will have no trouble moving to 4-0. Iowa 49, North Texas 10

Ohio (3-0) at Minnesota (2-1) 3:30pm, BTN

The Daily Gopher Preview

After last week it is clear that Minnesota is begging to be upset. Only 10 points against Kent State? Seriously? They are a really good defense mixed with a horrible, one-dimensional offense. Meanwhile, Ohio is 3-0 and not a bad 3-0 at that. The 21-10 win over Marshall is good (please, tell me it is good). Minnesota is one of the worst offensive teams in the nation and Ohio's defense isn't bad. I am making this my upset pick, as the MAC gets a second B1G scalp. Ohio 17, Minnesota 13

Western Michigan (1-2) at Ohio State (3-0) 3:30pm, BTN

Land-Grant Holyland Preview

I, for one, am tired of hearing about woe is Ohio State in trying to figure out which great quarterback to play. Just pick one and go with him already, Urban! You played as terrible as possible again NIU and still won! Your team is more talented than 95% of college football teams. You have no excuse to not win this game going away. It must be awful to have so many excellent choices to go with, but just don't go Danny Hope and play both. It never works. Ohio State 38, Western Michigan 13

San Diego State (1-2) at Penn State (2-1) 3:30pm, BTN

Black Shoe Diaries Preview

Really? Penn State is favored by 15 in this one? They shouldn't be favored by 15 over ANYONE. Somehow though, San Diego State has a running back that ran for 1,800 yards last year, but still lost to South Alabama. This has UGLY GAME written all over it, as Penn State's offense might be one of the few in the country more dysfunctional that Purdue. Penn State 20, San Diego State 7

Middle Tennessee State (2-1) at Illinois (2-1) 4pm, ESPNNews

The Champaign Room Preview

You can put the Illini on upset alert, too. MTSU scored 70 and 73 in their two wins so far, but only 10 in their loss. Now, I will let you pick out who the loss was among Jackson State, Alabama, and UNC-Charlotte. This is still a pretty dang good offense going against an Illinois team that folded quickly under pressure last week. For the Illini to reach a bowl game they likely need this one. Illinois 45, Middle Tennessee State 42

Ball State (2-1) at Northwestern (3-0) 8pm, BTN

InsideNU Preview

Ball State did not completely embarrass themselves in a 56-23 beatdown at Texas A&M, so maybe they have a shot here. Unfortuantely, the Northwestern defense has been pretty impressive in only giving up 16 points through three games. Two of them were even against good teams in Stanford and Duke. The offense hasn't done a lot, but wins are wins. Northwestern 24, Ball State 6

Hawaii (2-1) at Wisconsin (2-1) 8pm, BTN

Bucky's 5th Quarter Preview

The Badgers lost Corey Clement for several weeks due to a sports hernia, but it shouldn't matter here. Hopefully we get to see the awesome Rainbow Warrior uniforms again. Wisconsin 38, Hawaii 13