University of Michigan (1-3) @ Illinois (0-5)
After starting their season off very well, Michigan has entered into a bit of a slump. They have lost three of their last four, and they have shown some holes. Illinois likewise is in a slump, though they never were a good team to begin with. The Fighting Illini have won just one of their seven games, and are playing extremely poorly. Look for Tate Forcier to pass like there is no tomorrow, and watch the strong Wolverine rushing game, led by Carlos Brown, to take control of the game. Michigan 35, Illinois 7. This game will be televised on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
Keep on looking upset, the year is not going to get any better
Minnesota (2-3) vs. Michigan State (3-2)
Though Michigan State barely lost to Iowa, that was a fluke, not an indication of a decent team. MSU has been playing decently of late, though they normally play badly. The team has problems sustaining a drive, keeping the ball, and scoring. Their defense is weak, and they turn the ball over too often. Lucky for the Spartans, Minnesota happens to be in the same exact boat. The Golden Gophers are also always turning the ball over, not having an efficient offense, and leaving gaps in the secondary. This should be a fun game, as mediocre meets mediocre – that normally means that the home team wins. Minnesota 21, Michigan State 17. This game will be televised on BTN at 8:00 p.m.
Hey, look, it’s laughing time
# 12 Penn State (3-1) vs. Northwestern (2-2)
Sure, Northwestern found a way to come back from a 25 point deficit, and sure, they have won five of their eight games, but it is Northwestern. There is no way that the Wildcats can come into Happy Valley and beat Joe Pa. The last time that Penn State lost to an average team was back in 2007 (to MSU), and it isn’t going to happen again. Penn State 55, Northwestern 10. This game will be televised on ESPN at 4:30 p.m.