Big Ten Week 7 Preview

Obligatory Alan Branch/Anthony Morelli aftermath pic...

My Picks
Week 6: 3-2
Overall: 48-7

Saturday, October 12
For the second week in a row, Michigan's next two opponents meet to decide just how good each other really are. As it's looking right now, Indiana is playing about as good on offense as any team in the league. But, Michigan State's stout defense should prove to be a good test for the Hoosiers. If Indiana wins this one, start to worry about next week. Michigan State 21 Indiana 20

#-/24 NEBRASKA @ PURDUE | 12:00 | BTN
Somehow, Nebraska is only a two touchdown favorite in this one. Perhaps reports of QB Taylor Martinez status for the game is swaying oddsmakers. Either way, I don't see Nebraska losing this game. But if Purdue would like to go ahead and pull off the upset of the week, by all means, Michigan fans would be very appreciative. Nebraska 40 Purdue 10

It's gut check time for both squads as they each try to regroup after the closer-than-expected loss to the Buckeyes. Wisconsin has the obvious edge as they've had the week off to prepare and are playing at home. Plus, I think Northwestern will still have a little OSU hangover to deal with. Wisconsin 31 Northwestern 24

#18/16 MICHIGAN @ PENN STATE | 5:00 | ESPN
The B1G game of the week. It's been 3 years since Michigan and Penn State have hooked horns. This one should be quite the show as both teams have much to prove. Michigan is attempting to put together it's first convincing road win under Brady Hoke since NU in 2011. And Penn State is trying to salvage what's left of their season after losing to Indiana by 20 in week 6. Stop by this site on Friday for my full preview and prediction.

BYE @ #4/3 OHIO STATE | 8:00 | ABC
Funny thing. Turns out Bye is actually rated as Ohio State's 3rd toughest opponent this season. Ohio State will try to continue their unprecedented winning-streak over vastly inferior non-conference opponents. Expect OSU to roll as Bye's redzone offense is absolutely atrocious. As a result, Buckeye fans will continue to be faced with the dilemma of trying to justify good but inconsistent offense, bad defense, and a horrible schedule...yet still somehow complain that they're an obvious national championship caliber team getting no national respect.

Bye: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota

See also:
Week 7 Big Ten Power Rankings and Bowl Projections

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