We have favorites and we have loyalties, but if the Big Ten is going to climb out the national perception doldrums, we're going to have to do it together. That means that we have to all be pulling in the same direction. Here's what I want to see from each Big Ten team in their non-conference battles this week. These columns are really short this time of year...
Michigan State (vs. Western Michigan
I want to see Greg Jones play with ferocity that he showed against Iowa. I want the offense to settle into a rhythm early and maintain it through the end. I want the defense to play more aggressively than their schemes.
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What I Want
I want Michigan State to put the last two deflating losses behind them and beat Western by two touchdowns.
What I Expect
MSU to move to within a game of bowl eligibility.
What We've Got So Far
The Big Ten is 29-10 (.743) out of conference. The league is 5-8 against BCS Conference teams (plus Notre Dame). Indiana's loss to Virginia guarantees that the Big Ten can finish with no better than a .500 record against the other BCS schools. The league has two losses to non-BCS teams (Northern Illinois over Purdue and Central Michigan over Michigan State).