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College Football Morning: Big Week in the Big Ten

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It’s a pivotal week in the big ten for five teams who have three plus wins, and badly need another conference win.  It’s a conference that is completely wide open this year with Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Iowa, and some people still think Penn State is the best in the conference.  Let’s look at the noon slate of games:

Northwestern vs. Purdue at Ross Ade Stadium:  For a Northwestern team that has gone only 2-2 through the easy part of it’s schedule, Purdue is a must win game if they are going to be bowl eligible this year.  For Purdue, the situation is even more dire as they sit at 1-3 and without the benefit of a win in the FBS conference.

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota:  Minnesota’s 3-1 start is arguably more impressive than last year’s 5-0 start when they were ranked.  This year, they’ve suffered a respectable loss, but overcame Northwestern, who dropped them for the first time last year.  Minnesota is a non-threat to win the conference, but looks to go to a quality bowl.  Wisconsin is getting a great offensive season from QB Scott Tolzien, and figures to take care of business.

Michigan vs. Michigan State at Spartan Stadium:  With Ohio State and Penn State playing opponents that they will easily handle, it’s critcal for the Wolverines to keep pace with a win over the floundering Spartans.  But for Michigan State, this game is never just about adding to the win total.  That’s the ultimate goal, but anytime Michigan comes in undefeated, winning the game seems to be secondary to making sure Michigan loses the game.

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