Michigan at Ohio State--The one thing that makes this game more important than some have been is the presence and influence of Urban Meyer. Meyer came in to Columbus wearing shining armor, and that hasn't lost it's glean yet. Years of recruiting could be decided on this one, and since Michigan broke the "Streak" last season, Hoke can wipe some of that glean off. Ohio State has been some good teams this season, but they've also played down to the level of competition when the opponent isn't very good. Nevertheless, the tensity will be at an all-time high this season. Winner: Michigan
Nebraska at Iowa--As much as Michigan fans want and need Nebraska to lose this game, I don't see it happening. Taylor Martinez has evolved as a passing quarterback, and still dangerous with his legs. I do believe they outmatch the Hawkeye's in all three phases of the game, and if Nebraska wins, Kirk Ferentz could feel some more heat as head coach. In the past 4 times these two teams have played, the Huskers have won every time. I don't envision that changing. Winner: Nebraska
Michigan State at Minnesota--Michigan State needs to win to be bowl eligible, and that's on the positive side of this game. On the negative is all the hoopla the Gophers have been through this week with A.J. Barker and his quitting the team along with calling out HC Jerry Kill on tumblr citing abuse. Not too many teams out there are well equipped to handle that sort of turmoil and look past it to play well during the following game. As long as the Spartans can keep their turnovers down, they'll be ok. Winner: Michigan State
Illinois at Northwestern--The Wildcats might be able to get into a New Years Day bowl with a win against Illinois, and the way the Illini have played this season I don't see that as too much of a stretch. They haven't won since Week 3, and while they were competitive against Purdue last week, they still lost. Pat Fitzgerald's team has a real chance to finish with only 3 losses for the first time in a long time. Winner: Northwestern
Indiana at Purdue--Both teams could have done better throughout the season, and Indiana had some real opportunities against Michigan State, Ohio State, and Navy but just weren't able to capitalize. Both teams are 2-5 in the Big Ten, and although Kevin Wilson's job is likely safe for another year, I can't say the same for Danny Hope, win or lose. Winner: Purdue
- Rumors are swirling in the Ohio State athletic office that Urban Meyer might honor Hayes by going for two on Saturday if the game is out of hand. Hoke was quoted in saying he'd be pissed if that happened, but it won't get to that point. I don't see it getting to that point either, but I can imagine the vitriol from Michigan fans if indeed that happened.
- I'm sure we've all heard by now that there were a few select Buckeye fans who wrote a letter to President Obama, requesting that he use his influential power to lift the bowl fan currently in place. Yeah, I'm sure he has nothing better to do than cater to a bunch of nuts--literally.
- It's official--both Maryland and Rutgers are now going to be Big Ten schools, effective in 2014. In other news, Indiana just beat Maryland on the football field.
- For those fans who were able to catch the "60 Minutes" segment last Sunday which focused mostly on Michigan football and the revenue stream it produces, how happy are you that we're one of the 22 solvent programs? And are you also wondering what the other 21 schools are, besides Alabama? I am.