Illinois at Michigan--Michigan will be on all cylinders when they thoroughly beat Illinois. Hopefully the running game will be able to show it's not as anemic as some analysts have thought. I know there has been thought given to give Rawls more carries than Toussaint, but I don't think Fitz will be losing his starting job anytime soon. Winner: Michigan
Iowa at Michigan State--Iowa had a bye week last week, and Michigan State struggled to beat Indiana. Both run defenses are in the top 25 in the nation, so this very well could be a low scoring affair. Michigan State will be the hungrier team after "humiliating: wins against Indiana and Eastern Michigan. Winner: MSU
Ohio State at Indiana--Kevin Wilson's Indiana team did well last week against Michigan State. Hosting undefeated OSU is another matter and I think a lot of the energy from the Hoosiers was drained. Look for a blowout to happen here. Winner: OSU
Wisconsin at Purdue--Consider this a game of "one-of-them-will-win-division-but-no-one-wants-it"....Purdue was thought to be stronger before being dominated by Michigan, and Wisconsin still has yet to hit their pinnacle on either side of the ball; that is if they're able to do so at all. Winner: Wisconsin
Northwestern at Minnesota--Both teams still have one loss. Both teams have been considered frauds for that and one of them will be further exposed. Maybe Kain Colter will have a better game this week, and maybe he'll barely show up. Winner: Northwestern
Other Michigan points:
- I think it was great of Brady Hoke to purchase "Chuckstrong" shirts for the staff in support of Indianapolis Colts HC Chuck Pagano. Pagano was recently diagnosed with a form of leukemia. Hoke paid for each shirt at $20 apiece out of his own pocket. Strong character shows there
- Last week Denard earned his 9th Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award. Not only did that tie the record with Ron Dayne, but with another stellar performance against Illinois or any other team this season he could break it as well.
- Tom Coyle, a co-captain for Michigan's football team in 1972, passed away yesterday at the age of 62. Coyle was a co-captain with Randy Logan in 1972 and a three-time letter winner for the Wolverines. Michigan went 30-3 in those three seasons. Coyle started 32 games at right guard in that span.