Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: Will Illini end streak?

Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: Will Illini end streak?

THE STANDINGS

LEADERS DIVISION
TEAM               BIG TEN     ALL
Ohio State    5    0    9    0
Wisconsin    4    1    6    2
Penn State    2    2    5    3
Indiana    1    3    3    5
Illinois    0    4    3    5
Purdue    0    4    1    7

LEGENDS DIVISION
Michigan State    5    0    8    1
Nebraska    3    1    6    2
Minnesota    3    2    7    2
Michigan    2    2    6    2
Iowa    2    3    5    4
Northwestern    0    5    4    5

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 giving up his day job after another lackluster 3-3 effort last week:

Iowa at Purdue
11 a.m., BTN

Finally a break for the Boilermakers. It’s their first game in the Darrell Hazell era against an FBS opponent that isn’t ranked or receiving votes. Of course, they’ve lost the first seven.
Rossow’s pick: Iowa, 13-10

Penn State at Minnesota
11 a.m., ESPN2

Gophers have a chance to reach .500 at TCF Bank Stadium (they’re 16-17). They have Jerry Kill to thank, the courageous coach going 11-8 at home. The last time Goldy was .500 in their new digs was 2010 (4-4 after defeating South Dakota).
Rossow’s pick: Minnesota, 24-23

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

Who should the Illini cover? Hoosiers are the only team in the country with four players with 100 receptions and 1,000 yards receiving in their careers: Shane Wynn, Kofi Hughes, Ted Bolser and Cody Latimer. Counting Duwyce Wilson, Indiana is the first team in Big Ten history to boast five players with 1,000 yards receiving on the same roster.
Rossow’s pick: Indiana, 49-24

Nebraska at Michigan
2:30 p.m., WICD (ABC)

If the game’s close or played in a turkey’s least-favorite month, Bo Pelini is a regular Tom Osborne. Under Pelini, Cornhuskers are 17-4 in November — and riding a six-game winning streak — and have won their last six games overall decided by seven points or less.
Rossow’s pick: Michigan, 32-24

BYU at No. 21 Wisconsin
2:30 p.m., ESPN

Count on a lot of handoffs. The Cougars (Taysom Hill, Jamaal Williams) and Badgers (Melvin Gordon, James White) are the country’s only teams with two players averaging more than 100 yards rushing per game.
Rossow’s pick: Wisconsin, 35-24
 

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