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Big Ten Preview: Week Ten

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Each of the Big Ten conference contests in bloggerific preview.

Iowa posing in front of an SEC advertisement.
Iowa posing in front of an SEC advertisement.
Matthew Holst

Hungover on Trick or Treat candy? No? Well, B1G football will be ready to make you feel nauseous regardless.

Northwestern @ Iowa

When: Saturday, 12pm ET BTN

Line: Iowa -4

Over/Under: 41.5

In what should be a competitive, yet absolutely hideous football game, the Hawkeyes host Northwestern. Both teams are streaky and neither is adept at scoring. Northwestern has the edge with a couple of impressive wins, but Iowa will drag you down into the mud with them, particularly at home. If you find yourself watching this game and say, "Ow, my freakin' eyes", just think the Hawkeyes could copy these Steelers jerseys.

Wisconsin @ Rutgers

When: Saturday, 12pm ET ESPN

Line: Wisconsin -11

Over/Under: Off

Nebraska ran all over Big Ten Powerhouse Rutgers last week and the Scarlet Knights reward this week is... Wisconsin. Melvin Gordon will rush for all the yards as the grind of playing in a real conference is taking its toll on Rutgers. Gary Nova and the offense are operating at less 100 percent, meanwhile the Badgers defense is having itself a nice season. This one will be ugly for the home crowd, not sure why there's no over/under set for this game.

Purdue @ #15 Nebraska

When: Saturday, 3:30pm ET ABC/ESPN2

Line: Nebraska -23.5

Over/Under: 61

This will be a measuring stick game for the Huskers as they continue their march to the B1G West title. I think Nebraska is a pretty good team, but I feel like Purdue will push them for most of the game. The Boilermakers have shown progress this year, so the Huskers better not get caught looking ahead. If the administration would commit to their football program, Darrell Hazell could do some impressive things in time.

Indiana @ Michigan

When: Saturday, 3:30pm ET BTN

Line: Michigan -7

Over/Under: 52.5

Following Michigan's "inspirational" stunt before the last week's game on the road blowing up in their face, Indiana has scrapped plans to napalm the field when they visit the Big House. The Hoosiers look to ride Tevin Coleman as they attempt to win against Michigan for the first time since 1968. I don't think Indiana has the defense to seal the deal, however the Wolverine offense is as dangerous to itself as it is to their opponents.

Illinois @ #16 Ohio State

When: Saturday, 8pm ET ABC

Line: Ohio State -28.5

Over/Under: 65

Extend Tim Beckman! Illinois looks to be turning the corner and Michigan is going to be searching for a new coach, so the Illini better lock Beckman into a 10-year deal or be left without an innovator at the helm. I really like the upset here this week as Ohio State seems likely to confuse the fact Michigan State and not Buckeyes have a bye before their match-up next week and won't show up at the stadium Saturday. Tune in for riveting television on Saturday night.