Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: Close call for UI

Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: Close call for UI


Illinois    0    0    1    0
Indiana    0    0    1    0
Ohio State    0    0    1    0
Penn State    0    0    1    0
Wisconsin    0    0    1    0
Purdue    0    0    0    1

Michigan    0    0    1    0
Michigan State    0    0    1    0
Minnesota    0    0    1    0
Nebraska    0    0    1    0
Northwestern    0    0    1    0
Iowa    0    0    0    1


Want to know which of Saturday’s games are worth your while? Here’s the scoop from sports editor JIM ROSSOW, who will buy the first round at Monday’s radio show at the Esquire (5-6 p.m.) if he doesn’t get at least 10 right.

Cincinnati at Illinois
11 a.m., ESPN2
Illini looking for only their third 2-0 start since 2002.
Rossow’s pick: Cincinnati, 31-27

Missouri State at Iowa
11 a.m., BTN
Sign of troubled times in Iowa City: Tickets remain for every Hawkeyes home game.
Rossow’s pick: Iowa, 28-17

South Florida at Michigan State
11 a.m., ESPNU
Spartans had five sacks in their opener after getting 20 all last season.
Rossow’s pick: Michigan State, 22-0

Eastern Michigan at Penn State
11 a.m., BTN
Heisman winner John Cappelletti and about 50 members of Penn State’s ‘73 unbeaten national champs will be honored at halftime.
Rossow’s pick: Penn State, 24-13

Indiana State at Purdue
11 a.m., BTN
Darrell Hazell wasn’t the only first-year coach to take it on the chin as FBS rookies went 15-15 in Week 1.
Rossow’s pick: Purdue, 31-13

Tenn. Tech at No. 21 Wisconsin
11 a.m., BTN
Badgers’ streak of 27 consecutive home wins against nonconference opponents is the second longest in the country (LSU has won 37 in a row).
Rossow’s pick: Wisconsin, 55-0

San Diego St. at No. 3 Ohio State
2:30 p.m., WICD (ABC)
With 18 yards, Braxton Miller will pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) as the school’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.
Rossow’s pick: Ohio State, 48-7

Navy at Indiana
5 p.m., BTN
Mitch Ewald needs four field goals to become Indiana’s all-time leader (Scott Bonnell is No. 1 with 48).
Rossow’s pick: Indiana, 32-24

Southern Miss at No. 22 Nebraska
5 p.m., BTN
Get off Bo Pelini’s back. Of coaches hired before the 2008 season, ol’ Bo has the most wins (49), seven more than runner-up Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech.
Rossow’s pick: Nebraska, 35-10

Syracuse at No. 19 Northwestern
5 p.m., BTN
Never mind the Wildcats. The main draw will be Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell and the Stanley Cup in what is being promoted as Blackhawks Day at Ryan Field.
Rossow’s pick: Northwestern, 31-16

No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 17 Michigan
7 p.m., ESPN
Wolverines are 14-8 with ESPN’s “College GameDay” gang in attendance, including 8-2 at Michigan Stadium.
Rossow’s pick: Michigan, 28-24

Minnesota at New Mexico State
7 p.m., no TV
Good for the Gophers’ knees: It’s their first game on natural grass since the 2011 season.
Rossow’s pick: Minnesota, 35-31