Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: Another close call for UI

THE STANDINGS

LEADERS DIVISION
TEAM                BIG TEN     ALL
Illinois    0    0    2    0
Ohio State    0    0    2    0
Penn State    0    0    2    0
Wisconsin    0    0    2    0
Indiana    0    0    1    1
Purdue    0    0    1    1

LEGENDS DIVISION
Michigan    0    0    2    0
Michigan State    0    0    2    0
Minnesota    0    0    2    0
Nebraska    0    0    2    0
Northwestern    0    0    2    0
Iowa    0    0    1    1

THE SCHEDULE

Want to know which of Saturday’s games are worth your while? Here’s the scoop from sports editor JIM ROSSOW, who is thinking about charging for autographs — “Jimmy Football” — after a 10-2 week.

Bowling Green at Indiana
11 a.m., ESPNU

And you thought Tom Crean’s teams scored a lot? Hoosiers lead the country with 10 touchdown passes and lead Big Ten in scoring (54.0).
Rossow’s pick: Indiana, 45-42

Akron at No. 11 Michigan
11 a.m., BTN

Wolverines, who are riding a nation-best 16-game home winning streak, have a long way to go to break the school record (50 in a row from 1901 to ‘07).
Rossow’s pick: Michigan, 42-18

W. Illinois at Minnesota
11 a.m., BTN

Jerry Kill’s guys aren’t cheating. With five penalties for 42 yards, Gophers are the least-flagged Big Ten team.
Rossow’s pick: Minnesota, 23-14

No. 16 UCLA at No. 23 Nebraska
11 a.m., WICD (ABC)

Cornhuskers, riding a four-game home win streak against Top 25 teams, will wear the same funky (alternative) uniforms they did for last season’s Wisconsin game.
Rossow’s pick: Nebraska, 28-27

Youngstown St. at Michigan St.
1 p.m., BTN

No surprise Sparty is tackling well. Michigan State, Alabama, Florida State, Florida and LSU are the only schools to rank in the Top 10 in total defense the last two seasons.
Rossow’s pick: Michigan State, 35-0

No. 19 Washington vs. Illinois
5 p.m., BTN

Huskies are 44-44-2 against Big Ten teams but have played only one of Jim Delany’s favorites (Indiana) since 2003.
Rossow’s pick: Washington, 35-27

Iowa at Iowa State
5 p.m., Fox Sports 1

Jake Rudock doesn’t play favorites. Hawkeyes QB hooked up with nine different receivers in Week 1, 10 in Week 2.
Rossow’s pick: Iowa State, 12-10

Central Florida at Penn State
5 p.m., BTN

Christian Hackenberg isn’t the only rookie helping out. The Nittany Lions have played eight true freshmen through two games.
Rossow’s pick: Central Florida, 21-20

No. 4 Ohio State at Cal
6 p.m., WCCU (Fox)

Buckeyes, who are No. 1 on our AP voter’s ballot (Bob Asmussen), have made a nation-best 807 appearances in the Top 25. No. 2 Michigan is at 789.
Rossow’s pick: Ohio State, 27-17

No. 21 Notre Dame at Purdue
7 p.m., WICD (ABC)

Boilermakers are 0-3 against the Irish under the lights and 1-6 in night games at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Rossow’s pick: Notre Dame, 31-12

W. Michigan at No. 17 Northwestern
8 p.m., BTN

Wildcats riding a 14-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents. Only two Big Ten teams — Wisconsin (28), Michigan (15) — have longer streaks.
Rossow’s pick: Northwestern, 31-20

No. 20 Wisconsin at Arizona State
9:30 p.m., ESPN

James White is active career leader among Division I-A running backs with 2,823 yards rushing and 34 rushing touchdowns.
Rossow’s pick: Arizona State, 24-21

TIMPERATURE CHECK
Each week, we’ll gauge Tim Beckman’s promise of turning Illinois football into a consistent winner:

The last time our fine community was this fired up about football was the morning of Oct. 15, 2011. Ron Zook’s Illini were 6-0, ranked 16th and about to host Ohio State. But a 17-7 loss sent the program into a mind-numbing tailspin, Illinois going 5-16 since. That’s the worst record among Big Ten teams in that span. Yep, even Indiana (5-15), Iowa (9-13), Purdue (11-12) and Minnesota (10-11) have fared better. TC’s advice to right a wrong: Beat Washington at Soldier Field and, to celebrate like it was 1983, tear down the goal posts and toss them into Lake Michigan.

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