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There are some pretty good games... including Nebraska vs Wisconsin - this weekend. Elimination of division winning commence!

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A huge weekend Big Ten football. Okay, maybe it's just huge for Nebraska. Nebraska and Wisconsin currently stand at the top of the Big Ten West. The game this weekend will really determine whether or not the Huskers have a shot at winning the Big Ten West. I know, you're probably one of those guys who is already written this team off in terms of being able to win a lot of games but I have not. Nebraska matches up fairly well with Wisconsin and as long as we don't give away free points we have a chance of winning this game. If you don't believe that, I am not sure why you'd bother watching.

No free points and stop the play action pass. If you had keys to beating Wisconsin, those are it. The Badgers are going to depend upon the Huskers making mistakes and if Tanner Lee wants to be a quarterback of renown at Nebraska, this is the game in which he shows it.

There is another team who also be fighting for their chance to win their division. That team is Michigan. They have a rivalry game with Sparty this weekend that they really can't afford to lose if they expect to win the Big Ten East and have a shot at a title.

Below is your Big Ten schedule for the weekend ranked in terms of interestingness:

  • Michigan State at Michigan

I don’t see this as a high-scoring affair, but more of a traditional Big Ten game that will finish 10 - 6 or 13 - 7. This is Michigan State’s chance to show that they’ve returned from their debacle of last season. Sparty has a shot.

  • Wisconsin at Nebraska

See above.

  • Minnesota at Purdue

This is interesting in terms of whether or not Purdue has really made as much progress as it appeared early in the season. The same can be said for Minnesota. I expect this to be a really good game, and a tossup, honestly. Two new coaches trying to figure out what they have for teams equals fun.

  • Penn State at Northwestern

The Nittany Lions are the best team in the Big Ten and I don’t really think it’s that close. Saquon Barkley might be the best player in the nation. I don’t see anyone stopping him, barring injury, this entire season. He’s going to run over, around, and through every defense he faces. It won’t matter if they try to stop him or not. Penn State is bound for the College Football Playoff. Not only that, I see them beating Alabama for a national title this season. (Now, watch them lose this weekend.)

  • Maryland at Ohio State

This might have been more interesting had the Terrapins not already lost two starting quarterbacks. Maryland appears to be an improved football team, but who would know. Regardless of how well they played the past two weeks I still think Ohio State is vulnerable.

  • Illinois at Iowa

Iowa should smash Illinois 9-3.

  • Charleston Southern at Indiana

meh.

  • Rutgers Bye

Obviously the list above is my attempt at being objective. The Wisconsin Nebraska game may carry some level of national interest, but I question how much. If you're honest with yourself you know that our beloved Huskers are not that relevant nationally and won't be until they consistently win games. They can start this weekend. That would be just fine with me.


Around the Nation

  • LSU at Florida

I find both of these programs interesting. Neither team is been able to find an offense for years. If LSU loses this game, Ed Orgeron probably would be losing his job, because LSU might be a place where the fan base is even crazier than at Nebraska. Unfortunately, someone set the buyout for Ed extremely high. I don’t know if anybody at LSU can afford to get rid of him for a while.

  • Washington State at Oregon

Everyone loves Mike Leach. He’s the pirate, he’s the greatest quote in football. Interestingly enough, he’s doing quite well at Washington state and this week they face the Ducks without Justin Herbert, who has a fractured collarbone. That’s not good for Oregon, but will see if the team the put 42 points in a half on us can contain or outscore the Cougars.

  • Kansas State at Texas

Come on, Bill Snyder! I would love nothing more than for Texas to continue to lose, and I know you want more of the same.

  • Miami at Florida State

Florida State is 1-2 and unranked. How ‘bout that?! Miami is ranked, but they’re certainly not the juggernaut they were - neither team is. All that talent in the state of Florida, and what the hell is going on down there?


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