Big Ten schedule, week 8.

Leon Halip

A reasonably competitive slate of games is set for tomorrow.

Ohio State (-18) v. Purdue (noon, ABC/ESPN2): The Boilermakers, dreaming of Pasadena, or at least Indianapolis, just a couple of weeks ago now are staring down the barrel of an 0-3 conference start. Can Purdue give Ohio State a scare, as IU did in Bloomington last week? The Boilermakers have won two out of their last three against the Buckeyes, but this one feels ugly.

Wisconsin (-16) v. Minnesota (noon, ESPNU): The Gophers are within a couple of games of bowl eligibility, but the Badgers seem to have righted the ship. This one might be interesting if it were in Minneapolis, but in Madison, it seems likely to be an easy Wisconsin win. Unfortunately, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill had yet another seizure after last week's game, but is expected to coach.

Northwestern (+6.5) v. Nebraska (3:30, ABC/ESPN2): Northwestern won last years battle of the NUs in Lincoln. Can Nebraska return the favor in Evanston? How red will Ryan Field be on Saturday? Still, NU is the Big Ten's only currently bowl eligible team and has a history of winning games like this.

Michigan (-9.5) v. Michigan State (3:30, BTN): The Spartans have won four in a row in this series but are really struggling. Before the season, I thought MSU had a chance, but on what basis would be think so now.

Indiana (+2.5) at Navy (3:30, CBS Sports Network): As I have discussed in much more detail elsewhere, this could be a season-defining win for whichever team comes out on top.

Iowa (-2.5) v. Penn State (8:00, BTN): No idea what to expect from this one. Both Iowa and Penn State have bounced back nicely from rough starts.

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