What to watch in the Big Ten: Week 13

Only one Big Ten team (Illinois) is in action this week, so I've limited this to four items.

1. Illinois plays spoiler: Ron Zook's finest hour as Illinois head coach took place on Ohio soil in 2007, when the Fighting Illini upset then No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus en route to the Rose Bowl. The Illini won't be going bowling this year, but they can notch another win against a top 5 opponent as they visit undefeated Cincinnati on Friday (ABC, noon ET). An Illinois win would kill Cincinnati's slim hopes of reaching the BCS title game and create some positive momentum heading into the season finale next week against Fresno State.

2. Juice returns to the helm: Jacob Charest might be Illinois' future at quarterback, but senior Juice Williams will get the chance to finish his fascinating college career on a high note. Williams missed Illinois' last game with an ankle injury but should return to the starting lineup Friday at Cincinnati. He played well in a win against Michigan before sustaining the injury at Minnesota. Cincinnati isn't great at defending the run, so Williams could do some damage on the ground alongside backs Mikel LeShoure and Jason Ford.

3. BCS implications at Bedlam: Iowa and Penn State fans will be rooting hard for Oklahoma in Saturday's Bedlam game against No. 12 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys remain the Big Ten's biggest obstacle to an at-large BCS berth, but a third loss by Mike Gundy's team would certainly take them out of the discussion. Oklahoma has been both injured and disappointing this season, but the Sooners are awfully tough at home. Don't be alarmed if you hear chants of, "Boomer Sooner!" in Iowa City or State College.

4. Bowl scouting begins: None of the Big Ten's bowl bound teams are in action this week, but those squads can get an early look at their possible postseason opponents. Wisconsin should pay attention to Tennessee and Arkansas on Saturday, Northwestern should be scouting North Carolina and Miami. Michigan State and Minnesota likely will face Big 12 opponents and should watch teams like Missouri, Texas Tech and Texas A&M in games this week. Ohio State will be glued to the Oregon-Oregon State game on Dec. 3.