Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: UI's league skid will continue

Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: UI's league skid will continue

The standings

TEAM               BIG TEN     ALL

Ohio State    4    0    8    0
Wisconsin    3    1    5    2
Penn State    1    2    4    3
Indiana    1    2    3    4
Illinois    0    3    3    4
Purdue    0    3    1    6
Michigan State    4    0    7    1
Michigan    2    1    6    1
Nebraska    2    1    5    2
Minnesota    2    2    6    2
Iowa    2    2    5    3
Northwestern    0    4    4    4


Want to know which of Saturday’s games are worth your while? Here’s the scoop from sports editor JIM ROSSOW, who was not allowed to trick-or-treat because of a 1-3 effort last week:

Illinois at Penn State
11 a.m., ESPN

Nathan Scheelhaase is a durable dude. With 43 starts, he is tied with Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez for third most in the country among quarterbacks. Georgia’s Aaron Murray (48) is first; Troy’s Corey Robinson (44) is second.  
Rossow’s pick: Penn State, 28-13

No. 22 Wisconsin at Iowa
11 a.m., WICD (ABC)

Bad news for Herky: A) Badgers were off last week and B) there’s a trophy at stake. They’ve won their last six games — by an average margin of 38 points — following byes. And they’re on a 12-4 run in trophy games (Heartland is up for grabs this week).
Rossow’s pick: Iowa, 24-21

No. 4 Ohio State at Purdue
11 a.m., BTN

Carlos Hyde spent October impersonating Archie Griffin (464 yards rushing, seven TDs in his last three games). Bruiser is averaging 6.7 yards a touch mainly because he is one of two running backs yet to lose a yard on any carry (minimum 75). The other: Georgia Tech’s David Sims.
Rossow’s pick: Ohio State, 35-3

No. 23 Michigan
at No. 24 Michigan State
2:30 p.m., WICD (ABC)

Young Wolverines, who haven’t reacted well to angry crowds at UConn and Penn State, may want to wear earplugs in East Lansing, where they haven’t won since 2007. Brady Hoke’s played 13 true freshmen so far and lists 38 first- or second-year players on the depth chart.
Rossow’s pick: Michigan State, 28-24

Minnesota at Indiana
2:30 p.m., BTN

Teams’ first meeting since 2008, when Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was 14 years old and coach Jerry Kill was in his first year at Northern Illinois. Anyway, Gophers are bowl eligible for a second consecutive season because of an improved run game. They’ve scored 19 rushing touchdowns after totaling 14 a year ago. Former Vikings great Bill “Boom Boom” Brown would be proud of this stat: 15 of the 19 have been 5 yards or shorter, including 11 1-yard plunges.
Rossow’s pick: Indiana, 28-20

Northwestern at Nebraska
2:30 p.m., BTN

Another sign panic has set in at Evanston: Pat Fitzgerald has turned to a raw rookie to help tackle. Last week at Iowa, cornerback Matthew Harris became the first true freshman to start for the Wildcats on defense since Sherrick McManis against Ohio State in 2006.
Rossow’s pick: Northwestern, 24-21

Looking ahead

Coaches like to take it one game at a time. Not us:
NOV.  9
Iowa at Purdue    11 a.m.
Penn State at Minnesota    11 a.m.
Illinois at Indiana    2:30 p.m.
Nebraska at Michigan    2:30 p.m.
BYU at Wisconsin    2:30 p.m.
Nov. 16
Ohio State    at Illinois
Michigan    at Northwestern
Indiana    at Wisconsin
Purdue    at Penn State
Michigan State    at Nebraska

Award stand
For the first time since league play began, all 12 teams are in action this weekend. No better time for a checkup:

Max Bullough, Michigan State    1
Braxton Miller, Ohio State    —
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin    3
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State    4
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State    —

Taylor Zalewski    —
Jonathan Brown    4
Mason Monheim    3
Nathan Scheelhaase    1
Stadium security    —

Tracy Claeys, Minnesota    —
Urban Meyer, Ohio State    1
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State    2
Gary Andersen, Wisconsin    4
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa    —

BCS title game    Ohio State
Rose    Michigan State
Capital One    Wisconsin
Outback    Michigan
Gator    Minnesota


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