Saturday, October 13, 2012
Previews: Illinois-Michigan, OSU-Indiana
By Brian Bennett
After the noon games wrap up, there are just two more contests left in the Big Ten. But both involve the league's only ranked teams. Here's what you can expect:
Illinois (2-4, 0-2 Big Ten) at No. 25 Michigan (3-2, 1-0), 3:30 p.m. ABC (ESPN in outer markets): Are the Wolverines back as the Legends Division favorite? You guys seem to think so. Last week's 44-13 win at Purdue was awfully impressive. Michigan will be a big favorite over the struggling Illini, who have dropped their last four games against FBS opponents by a combined score of 163-59. Denard Robinson needs 222 yards of total offense to reach 10,000 for his career. If he gets more than that, the Wolverines will have a great chance to get to 2-0 in the league.
No. 8 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) at Indiana (2-3, 0-2), 8 p.m., Big Ten Network: The Buckeyes haven't lost to the Hoosiers since 1987, so overconfidence would seem to be their biggest opponent this weekend. But Indiana is showing progress and pushed Michigan State to the brink last week after battling Northwestern on the road a week earlier. And spread offenses like the one Kevin Wilson runs have given the Ohio State defense fits this season. Still, Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde should enjoy going against the Big Ten's worst rushing defense, and if the Buckeyes play anywhere near the level they did last week against Nebraska, they shouldn't have too many problems in Bloomington.