Breaking B1G: Week 9 Preview

1. Michigan3-0101235-2215115W3
2. Nebraska2-1971185-2291194W1
2. Iowa2-164674-3146141L1
4. Northwestern2-21211106-2246184L1
5. Michigan State1-373754-4157122L2
6. Minnesota0-339904-3158157L3
1. Ohio State4-01611258-0312194W8
1. Penn State3-0112495-2200110W5
3. Wisconsin3-1134716-2220142W3
4. Purdue0-3491113-4219194L3
4. Illinois0-3211112-5127215L4
4. Indiana0-31051272-5243222L5

My Week 8 picks: 4-2
Season total: 46-22 (.676)

Saturday, October 27th (All times eastern. My picks in bold.)

Iowa @ Northwestern - ESPN2
Indiana @ Illinois - BTN

Michigan State @ #-/25/- Wisconsin - ABC/ESPN2
Purdue @ Minnesota - BTN

#9/-/- Ohio State @ Penn State - ESPN

# 20/20/20 Michigan @ Nebraska - ESPN2

Bye: None

Biggest must-watch:
Well, this really depends on who you ask. Michigan @ Nebraska is the biggest game in terms of actual relevance to the post-season. This game will likely determine, should Michigan win, if they'll take the division crown. If Nebraska wins, we have a tie atop the Legends division with the Huskers on the inside track with 4 weeks left to play.

Ohio State at Penn State should be entertaining, but is essentially meaningless. And for anyone else interesting the Legends division, Iowa @ Northwestern is happening.

Upset Alert!
Indiana could upset Illinois, but who really cares?

Snoozer of the week:
See above.

Bold predictions!
I've decided to stop picking winners based on overthinking, and just go with my gut. In the preseason, I had Michigan losing to Nebraska...who I had going on to be 11-1.

Wisconsin should cruise to a Leaders division crown. Their win against Michigan State won't really mean much, but a win is a win...Brad's lead-pipe lock of the week, btw. Like I said above, Michigan @ Nebraska is really the game of the year in the Legends division. Michigan hasn't played well on the road, but has really turned the corner defensively since the start of Big Ten play.

The question of who is heading to Indy might be much clearer once Saturday is over. Or, it could be just the opposite. Nothing would surprise me this year in the Big Ten.