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Big Ten Preview: Week Seven

Each of the Big Ten conference contests in bloggerific preview.

What about me? My khaki game is impeccable.
What about me? My khaki game is impeccable.
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Maryland is on their bye this week, but in the meantime, let's all have a moment of silence for Randy Edsall, fired too soon. Should have been in the wake of a blowout loss to Penn State.

#17 Iowa (6-0, 2-0) @ #20 Northwestern (5-1, 1-1)

When: Saturday, 12pm ABC/ESPN2

Line: Iowa -2

Over/Under: 41

Iowa-Northwestern was a traditionally one-sided series prior to the mid-90's and has since been a toss up. Northwestern puckered in the spotlight right from the kickoff last week against Michigan, not something out of the ordinary for the Wildcats. On the other side, the more we see Iowa this year, we should have a better idea of the Hawkeyes, but this team is not following a classic Ferentz coached team's path and it is a bit disconcerting. At some point, the team we all have come to associate with Iowa will return, it's just a matter of what week it will happen.

Purdue (1-5, 0-2) @ Wisconsin (4-2, 1-1)

When: Saturday, 12pm BTN

Line: Wisconsin -23.5

Over/Under: 49

Purdue teased they were on the precipice of a breakthrough against Michigan State, but slipped back into their old form against Minnesota. Wisconsin continues their awkward campaign as a passing team capitalizing on Nebraska's miserable season. The Badgers should be getting Corey Clement back in the mix within the next couple weeks and maybe the ground game with him, but it shouldn't be an issue this week against the Boilermakers.

Rutgers (2-3, 0-2) @ Indiana (4-2, 0-2)

When: Saturday, 3:30pm BTN

Line: Indiana -6.5

Over/Under: 61.5

Kyle Flood returns to the sideline this week, possibly good news for the Scarlet Knights? Spiking the ball on fourth down was less than optimal, but so Rutgers. Leonte Carroo revitalized the Scarlet Knight offense coming off his suspension last week and should again versus the Hoosiers' poor secondary. Indiana's Nate Sudfield and Jordan Howard will hope to have the same impact on the Hoosiers' offense if they play this week and they'll be needed for what looks like another track meet.

#7 Michigan State (6-0, 2-0) @ #12 Michigan (5-1, 2-0)

When: Saturday, 3:30pm ESPN

Line: Michigan -7.5

Over/Under: 41.5

This is one of the games the Michigan faithful had in mind when they opened up the checkbook for Jim Harbaugh, as losing to "little brother" is an unacceptable outcome. The Spartans manage to just eke out a victory every week, far from the dominant team many were expecting entering the season and that will prove to tougher to do as Wolverines played nearly flawlessly against Northwestern last week. History would say Harbaugh loses and Jake Rudock regresses to the mean, but college football doesn't always follow the script.

Nebraska (2-4, 0-2) @ Minnesota (4-2, 1-1)

When: Saturday, 3:30pm ESPN2

Line: Minnesota -2

Over/Under: 48.5

Mike Riley has turned out as the Anti-Harbaugh this season, everything he does comes up short. At least the Huskers are finding a variety ways to lose down the stretch, opting for watching Wisconsin miss a would be game-winning field goal before managing to complete the task just a minute later. Minnesota, on the other hand, managed to get right against Purdue, blowing out the Boilermakers. Whether the Gophers' offense is finally sorted out is yet to be determined, but given Nebraska's luck this year I would count on it this week.