Week 11 college football preview
November, 9, 2012
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
No. 24 Northwestern (7-2) at Michigan (6-3)
When, where:11 a.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Radio: WGN-720 AM
What you need to know: What everyone wants to know is whether Michigan star quarterback Denard Robinson is going to play. Wolverines coach Brady Hoke has been quiet on Robinson's status. Robinson missed last week's game due to right elbow injury. In his place, junior Devin Gardner led Michigan to a 35-13 win over Minnesota. Northwestern has had plenty of time to prepare for either quarterback as the Wildcats had last weekend off. Northwestern is coming off a win over Iowa. The Wildcats last played at Michigan in 2008 and won 21-14. Northwestern running back Venric Mark and kicker Jeff Budzien were named semifinalists for positional awards this week. Northwestern needs to win this game to keep in the hunt for the division title.
Scott Powers' prediction: Michigan 34, Northwestern 27
When, where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: WIND-560 AM
What you need to know: Illinois has a shot to win its first Big Ten game this season. The Illini are riding a six-game losing streak and have been outscored 246-84 during that stretch. Minnesota has only been slightly better. The Golden Gophers are 1-4 in conference with their only win coming against Purdue, which Illinois faces next week. Minnesota's defense also had its problems this season, so Saturday's game could be a high-scoring affair. Illinois senior Ashante Williams has been a bright spot for the defense and has scored two touchdowns this season. Minnesota holds a four-game winning streak on Illinois.
Scott Powers' prediction: Minnesota 31, Illinois 24
TOP 25 SCOREBOARD
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State