Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: Will Spartans prevail?

Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: Will Spartans prevail?

THE STANDINGS

LEADERS DIVISION
TEAM     BIG TEN PF    PA    ALL    PF    PA
Ohio State    0    0    0    0    3    0    134    61
Illinois    0    0    0    0    2    1    111    85
Indiana    0    0    0    0    2    1    150    86
Penn State    0    0    0    0    2    1    99    58
Wisconsin    0    0    0    0    2    1    123    32
Purdue    0    0    0    0    1    2    51    87

LEGENDS DIVISION
Michigan    0    0    0    0    3    0    128    63
Michigan State    0    0    0    0    3    0    102    36
Minnesota    0    0    0    0    3    0    124    56
Northwestern    0    0    0    0    3    0    130    74
Iowa    0    0    0    0    2    1    82    65
Nebraska    0    0    0    0    2    1    114    88

THE SCHEDULE

Want to know which of Saturday’s games are worth your while? Here’s the scoop from sports editor JIM ROSSOW, who has demanded a raise after another 10-2 showing last week:

Florida A&M at No. 4 Ohio State
11 a.m., BTN

The only active coach with multiple 20-game win streaks, Urban Meyer’s latest run is at 16 in a row (he won his last game at Florida and first 15 in Columbus).
Rossow’s pick: Ohio State, 45-7

Western Michigan at Iowa
11 a.m., BTN

The Broncos own the series 2-0, winning in 2000 and — with current Illini offensive coordinator Bill Cubit in charge — in 2007.
Rossow’s pick: Iowa, 14-10

San Jose State at Minnesota
11 a.m., ESPN2

New-look Gophers have 10 rushing touchdowns after totaling 14 in 13 games last season.
Rossow’s pick: Minnesota, 24-14

Purdue at No. 24 Wisconsin
2:30 p.m., WICD (ABC)

Melvin Gordon, who reached 1,000 rushing yards (104 carries) quicker than any Badger, is averaging 10.0 yards per carry in his career.
Rossow’s pick: Wisconsin, 31-20

Michigan State at No. 22 Notre Dame
2:30 p.m., WAND (NBC)

Experience is a big reason why Sparty is tackling so well. Linebackers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen have started 30 and 29 consecutive games, respectively, and defensive end Marcus Rush’s streak is at 30.
Rossow’s pick: Notre Dame, 21-17

South Dakota State at Nebraska
2:30 p.m., BTN

Taylor Martinez, the NCAA’s leading active rusher, needs 41 yards to reach 3,000 in his career.
Rossow’s pick: Nebraska, 49-9

Kent State at Penn State
2:30 p.m., BTN

Allen Robinson joins Joe Jurevicius and Kenny Jackson as the only Nittany Lions with at least 100 yards receiving in three consecutive games.
Rossow’s pick: Penn State, 28-13

Maine at No. 18 Northwestern
2:30 p.m., BTN

Don’t pass on the Wildcats, who lead the nation with eight interceptions and rank second with 25 passes defended.
Rossow’s pick: Northwestern, 42-14

No. 15 Michigan at Connecticut
7 p.m., WICD (ABC)

Wolverines last played a nonconference game on the East Coast in 1995, beating Boston College 23-13 with Brian Griese at quarterback.
Rossow’s pick: Michigan, 41-20

Missouri at Indiana
7 p.m., BTN

The only Big Ten-SEC matchup of the regular season should be festive as Bill Mallory and the rest of Indiana’s 1993 Independence Bowl bunch will be honored. Amazingly, Hoosiers have a winning record against teams in the SEC (30-23-3).
Rossow’s pick: Indiana, 30-23

 

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