Good morning! It's currently raining and in the low 50s here in southern Maryland, which is probably the most fall like it's been so far. All that cool, rainy weather that was in the midwest earlier this week has made its way over to the east coast for the morning. Good news for the rest of the B1G not on a bye: it looks cool and crisp, or in other words an awesome fall weekend.
We have five games on tap today with four teams on a bye, four of which take the day slate while what was a great pre-season matchup takes place tonight at 7:00pm EDT with Penn State at Michigan. Here is the slate for the day:
Indiana at Iowa || 12:00pm EDT || ESPNU || ATS: Iowa -3.5
A matchup of what should be an explosive offense in Indiana vs Ferrentz ball. Are we all lulled to sleep with Ferrentz ball or does Indiana give us something worth watching?
Northwestern at Minnesota || 12:00pm EDT || BTN || ATS: Minnesota -3.5
In a very intriguing matchup, we get something similar to the game Northwestern played last week with the very run heavy Minnesota offense taking on the stout rushing defense of Northwestern. Can Northwestern make it three in a row?
Illinois at Wisconsin || 12:00pm EDT || ESPN2 || ATS: Wisconsin -26
Illinois travels to Madison to take on the Badgers, who are fresh off a stunning lost to Northwestern. Can Illinois find a semblance of an offense without their star QB in Wes Lunt, who is out for 4-6 weeks with a broken leg? Does Wisconsin get back on track after being stifled by Northwestern? We all get to find out, on national TV.
Michigan State at Purdue || 3:30pm EDT || ABC/ESPN2 || ATS: MSU -21
I hear that it would be hilarious if something called Purdue Harbor happened again. I have no idea what this Purdue Harbor thing is that happened, but I'm assuming it involved a lifeless Purdue team upsetting a very heavy favorite. Which Purdue team shows up? The one who gave Notre Dame a good game, or the one who struggles with MAC opponents?
Penn State at Michigan || 7:00pm EDT || ESPN2 || ATS: Michigan -1
So, PSU at Michigan. This should of been a great game, in what would probably determine which team contended with MSU and Ohio State at the top of the East. Should of. Now we have two teams who are clearly struggling on the offensive line, and one of them who appears to have a lame duck head coach. Does Michigan come out firing with their backs on the ropes after all that has went on the past few weeks? Does Franklin draw up a game plan to let Hackenburg get the ball to his playmakers in space? We'll find out tonight.
Discuss away! The normal rules apply: no illegal links, be curteous...well, keep it civil with the Michigan game, no porn, etc.