Previewing the Big Ten noon games

November, 10, 2012
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Week 11 in the Big Ten kicks off with a trifecta of noon games, including one with major implications for the league title game. Here's what to expect.

Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) at Indiana (4-5, 2-3): Adam Rittenberg is on the scene in Bloomington and will have a full preview and game coverage coming your way shortly.

No. 24 Northwestern (7-2, 3-2) at Michigan (6-3, 4-1): We still don't know whether Devin Gardner or Denard Robinson will start at quarterback, but will it matter? Gardner showed last week that he's a capable passer, and Northwestern can be attacked through the air. The Wildcats had a bye week to get ready for this game, which they need to win to stay alive in the Legends Division race. The biggest question might be whether Kain Colter, Venric Mark and Co. can get things going against a Michigan defense that's ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten. Meanwhile, the Wolverines are looking to generate something out of their tailbacks, and Brady Hoke has even hinted about changes on the offensive line. ESPN.com's WolverineNation is covering the game.

Purdue (3-6, 0-5) at Iowa (4-5, 2-3): Iowa has lost three straight. Purdue has dropped five in a row. The good news is, somebody is going to end a bad streak today. If the Boilers lose, they're officially out of bowl contention, and discussions about firing Danny Hope will heat up even more. If the Hawkeyes lose, they'd have to win their final two -- at Michigan and versus Nebraska, yikes -- to make the postseason. So these are a pair of desperate teams who are desperately looking for answers. Robert Marve will make his second straight start at quarterback for Purdue, while Iowa does not expect to have star running back Mark Weisman available today. Both the Hawkeyes offensive line and the Boilermakers defensive line have been wracked by injuries.

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