By Eric Olson
AP school soccer author
Things to Watch During Game Week 13 of the Big Ten Conference:
MATCH OF THE WEEK I
No. 3 Michigan (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) at No. 2 Ohio State (11-0, 8-0, No. 2 CFP)
The stakes are at all times excessive “The game,” by no means greater than on Saturday. The winner will characterize the East in the Big Ten championship sport and stay in prime place for a school soccer playoff bid. The loser nonetheless has a means into the playoffs and, worst-case situation, a seat in a New Year’s Six Bowl. The Buckeyes have been stewing over their first loss to Michigan since 2011 for a yr. The Wolverines are searching for back-to-back wins towards Ohio State for the primary time since 1999-2000. This is the fourth time in 19 conferences that each groups are ranked in the highest 5 once they meet.
GAME OF THE WEEK II
Nebraska (3-8, 2-6) vs. Iowa (7-4, 5-3)
Of course, this Black Friday sport is not almost as spectacular as Michigan-Ohio State, but it surely does spotlight the outstanding turnaround from Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes. Iowa will safe the West title and return to the Big Ten championship sport with a win over the handed out Cornhuskers. Iowa has had 4 straight wins since opening convention play 1-3. The Hawkeyes, who play in the worst division of the Power Five, made up for one of many nation’s worst offenses by having a protection that ranks among the many greatest.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Wisconsin is coming into the Paul Bunyan’s Ax sport towards Minnesota after successful 26 of their 31 touring trophy video games. … Penn State’s Nick Singleton (863) and Kaytron Allen (748) change into the primary pair of FBS freshmen on the identical workforce to rush for greater than 700 yards in 2018 forward of Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson (1,013) and Kevin Marks (845). … Of the three Big Ten quarterbacks with 5 400-yard passes since 2000, two are energetic — Ohio State’s CJ Stroud and Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell. The third was the late Dwayne Haskins, who had all 5 for Ohio State in 2018. … As of 2018, Nebraska’s .279 win ratio in Big Ten video games (12-31) is the second-worst behind Rutgers’ .136 (6-38). Ohio State is first at .950 (38-2).
Indiana is a ten 1/2 level residence underdog towards Purdue in accordance to FanDuel Sportsbook. The sport for the Old Oaken Bucket is the Hoosiers’ bowl — until they attain 5-7 and are wanted to fill a bowl slot — and there is nothing they love greater than their rival’s hopes on participation in the convention championship sport to nullify the occasion that Iowa loses to Nebraska on Friday. The Hoosiers have some mojo after a double extra time win at Michigan State ended a seven-game shedding streak.
Illinois RB Chase Brown is poised to considerably enhance his nation-leading whole of 1,582 speeding yards towards a Northwest protection, permitting for a Big Ten-worst 4.64 yards per carry. The Doak Walker semifinalist is averaging a bowl subdivision excessive of 28.1 carries per sport and has had no less than 29 in 5 of their final six video games. The Illini have misplaced three straight video games and wish to make their means into the Big Ten’s title sport to sneak in, win the Land of Lincoln Trophy and make Iowa and Purdue lose.