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Big Ten Preview: Week Eight

MSU stopped Denard Robinson, can they stop Russell Wilson?
MSU stopped Denard Robinson, can they stop Russell Wilson?

Four games (outside of PSU's game) are on the Big Ten slate for this weekend. Only one of them matches up two ranked teams, while each of the others have a heavy favorite.

Game of the Week:

Wisconsin Badgers 6-0 (2-0) @ Michigan State Spartans 5-1 (2-0) - 8 PM EST on ESPN
Last Week: Wisconsin won 59-7 MSU won 28-14
Favorite: Wisconsin (-9 o/u 48)
All Time Series: MSU leads 29-20

This is a potential B1G Championship Game preview as Wisconsin travels to Michigan State. Wisconsin is coming off a week where they obliterated an overmatched Indiana team. Michigan State could possibly be due for a let down after an emotional win over Michigan. Either way, this shapes up to be one of the better games you'll see in the Big Ten this year. MSU's averaging 142 rushing yards a game, while Wisconsin is racking up 257 yards a game. Should be a classic Big Ten game, which Wisconsin will win.

Prediction: Wisconsin - 34 MSU - 17

All the Rest:

Indiana Hoosiers 1-6 (0-3) @ Iowa Hawkeyes 4-2 (1-1) - 12 pm on BTN
Last Week: Indiana lost 59-7 Iowa won 41-31
Favorite: Iowa (-24 o/u 54.5)
All Time Record: Iowa leads 41-27-4

Iowa got over their jNW hump last week while Indiana got crunched again by Wisconsin. Iowa should roll in this game.

Prediction: Iowa - 38 Indiana - 10

Illinois Fighting Illini 6-1 (2-1) @ Purdue Boilermakers 3-3 (1-1) - 12 pm on ESPN2
Last Week: Illinois lost 17-7 Purdue lost 23-18
Favorite: Illinois (-4 o/u 47.5)
All Time Record: Illinois leads 42-37-6

Well the Zookers finally got Zooked in an uninspiring loss to Ohio State. Purdue would do well to take a page out of Ohio State's playbook, and run the ball over and over again. Even so, I think Illinois should walk out of Purdue with a win, though it'll be close.

Prediction: Illinois - 24 Purdue - 21

Nebraska Cornhuskers 5-1 (1-1) @ Minnesota Gololden Gophers 1-5 (0-2) - 3:30 on ABC/ESPN2
Last Week: Both teams DNP
Favorite: Nebraska (-25.5 o/u 56.5)
All Time Record: Minnesota leads 29-20-2

Minnesota has had two weeks to prepare for this game. It won't matter though. Minnesota's quest for the worst Big Ten team in history will continue.

Prediction: Nebraska - 45 Minnesota - 17

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