Today we preview the week ahead in the Big Ten. Ohio State looks to keep their momentum going, while the rest of the Big Ten looks to play catch up.
Saturday, November 16th
Illinois (home) vs. #3 Ohio State (away): Ohio State has to impress the voters and with Oregon losing it has moved the Buckeyes up in the BCS polls. Coach Urban Meyer does a tremendous job coaching talented players on great teams. Watching Ohio State play they handle their business as if its another day in the office, and you don’t see much effect or concern over their amazing winning streak. If Illinois had 60 guys who played with passion and heart as Nathan Scheelhaase, I would pick the Illini to pull off the upset. Unfortunately, Scheelhaase is only one man, and his defense is inexperienced and not capable of stopping Braxton Miller or Carlos Hyde. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio State
Purdue (away) vs. Penn State (home): I’m predicting a good game despite Purdue having yet to win a Big Ten game this season. Penn State is the better team, but to motivate a young squad as Purdue, you must remind this team that Penn State doesn’t have any scholarship players. Coach Darrell Hazell has to pull out something to ignite his Boilermaker team. Nevertheless, I’ll never go against Penn State Freshman QB Christian Hackenberg in this game. He is a big time player and will lead the Nittany Lions to victory in a close game. #JYPREDICTION: Penn State
Indiana (away) vs. #22 Wisconsin (home): Offense wins games but defense wins championships. However, if you’re a team with both a good defense and offense then you must be the Wisconsin Badgers. Indiana will be excited and come to play with lots of adrenaline seeing that crowd in Madison, Wisconsin. However, there’s too much on the other side of the field and Wisconsin has a championship caliber team. With Joel Stave’s ability to manage the game and makes plays when he has too, Melvin Gordon and James White running ability. Also the stifling defense of Wisconsin, Indiana won’t know what hit them. #JYPREDICTION: Wisconsin
#16 Michigan St. (away) vs. Nebraska (home): Nebraska hosts Michigan State this weekend, who has the number one defense in the country. The Spartans will do a good job containing Corn Huskers RB Ameer Abdullah, and putting pressure on QB Tommie Armstrong Jr. Offensively the Spartans have a talented running back of their own in Jeremy Langford. Langford has been the anchor of Michigan State offense this entire season, and with Connor Cook playing as well as he has, Nebraska winning streak will come to an end this weekend. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan St.
Northwestern (home) vs. Michigan (away): Northwesten is at home this weekend in a must win situation to keep their bowl dreams alive. Three weeks ago, the Wildcats took Iowa in overtime and suffered a lost, then Nebraska two weeks ago on a hail mary pass to the end zone. Coming off a bye week Pat Fitzgerald has reminded his team of the reason they play football and decided to come to the Big Ten. Coach Fitz message has been have fun, enjoy the experience, and play relaxed. Michigan has lost three out of their last four games. The Wolverines are looking to get their running game back on track against the Wildcat defense. Devin Gardner feels the responsibility of shouldering the load and getting the Wolverines back on track. Had this game been in Ann Habor, I would go with the leadership of Gardner, but he has played inconsistent on the road. I believe Northwestern takes advantage of this opportunity and keep their bowl hopes alive. #JYPREDICTION: Northwestern