It's hardly unusual for a Big Ten team to face a former player from the league in a nonconference game.
But this week, things reach a different level. Several former Big Ten players will be in key roles Saturday as they line up against squads from their former league. Feels a bit like reunion week. Kind of.
Remember these guys?
Steven Threet, QB
Former team: Michigan
Current team: Arizona State
Big Ten reunion: Saturday at Wisconsin (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET)
The skinny: Threet's finest moment as a Wolverine came against Wisconsin on Sept. 27, 2008, when he engineered the biggest comeback in Michigan Stadium history, leading Michigan to a 27-25 victory over the ninth-ranked Badgers. Unfortunately for both Wisconsin and Threet, things went downhill from there. Threet transferred after the season and sat out 2009 before winning the starting job. Threet comes to Madison ranked 10th nationally in total offense and 22nd in pass efficiency, although those numbers have come against two FCS opponents (Portland State and Northern Arizona).
Nick Foles, QB
Former team: Michigan State
Current team: Arizona
Big Ten reunion: Saturday vs. Iowa (ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET)
The skinny: Foles played in one game for Michigan State in 2007 before opting to transfer the following spring. He sat out 2008 before emerging as Arizona's starter last fall, passing for 2,486 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Foles' single-season numbers for completions, attempts, pass yards, touchdown passes and completion percentage all ranked in the top 10 in Arizona history. He ranks 11th nationally in pass efficiency and tied for 21st in total offense this season.
Sam McGuffie, RB
Former team: Michigan
Current team: Rice
Big Ten reunion: Saturday vs. Northwestern
The skinny: A YouTube sensation, McGuffie came to Michigan with a lot of hype. He recorded two 100-yard rushing performances as a freshman in 2008 but suffered three concussions and sat out three of the team's final four games. The Texas native transferred weeks after the season and landed at Rice. He's sharing time in the backfield with the Owls and has 65 rushing yards on 28 carries. McGuffie also has caught four passes for 91 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown last week.
Other former Big Ten players facing the Big Ten on Saturday include:
Northern Illinois K Michael Cklamovski: Former Illinois player faces the Illini.
Arizona QB Ross Oltorik: Former Ohio State walk-on faces Iowa.
Kent State LB Cobrani Mixon: Former Michigan player faces Penn State