Around the Big Ten

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 12, 2010 7:20 AM

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"This is absolutely deflating. If people don't think this is deflating, they shouldn't even get on the plane home."

— Illinois head coach Ron Zook after the Illini lost to Michigan in three overtimes, 67-65, after failing to convert a two-point conversion


1. Wisconsin (Previous rank: 1)
Injuries are beginning to affect the Badgers, but all of Wisconsin's remaining games are against teams in the bottom half of the Big Ten.

2. Iowa (2)
The Hawkeyes suffered a hangover game at Indiana after dominating Michigan State. Pesky Northwestern awaits.

3. Ohio State (3)
The Buckeyes cruised in the two games following their only loss, but now Penn State comes to town riding a three-game winning streak.

4. Michigan State (4)
The Spartans handled business against lowly Minnesota and get a deserved bye week.

5. Penn State (7)
Sophomore quarterback Matt McGloin will make his second career start. There's no time to be nervous with a trip to the Horseshoe.

6. Michigan (8)
The Wolverine offense proved it can carry the team, but the defense was torched again in a victory over Illinois.

7. Illinois (5)
The defense couldn't clamp down against Michigan, but the Fighting Illini will get to recover with a game against Minnesota.

8. Northwestern (6)
The Wildcats will look to play spoiler to Iowa's Big Ten title hopes for the second-straight season.

9. Indiana (9)
The Hoosiers gave Iowa a scare for the second year in a row, but a dropped pass cost them the upset. It gets no easier — they take on Wisconsin.

10. Purdue (10)
The Boilermakers hung with Wisconsin early but faded. They'll need to play a full game to handle Michigan's offense this week.

11. Minnesota (11)
Not much can be said for the Golden Gophers besides they got shellacked again.


Penn State at Ohio State
Time: 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Location: Ohio Stadium (Columbus)
Where to watch or listen: ABC/ESPN

Penn State is riding a three-game winning streak behind sophomore quarterback Matt McGloin, a former walk-on. But now McGloin's second career start will come in the Horseshoe. Ohio State will counter with the nation's third-best scoring defense led by defensive end Cameron Heyward.

Indiana at Wisconsin
Time: 11 p.m. (CDT)
Location: Camp Randall Stadium (Madison)
Where to watch or listen: ESPN2

Wisconsin continues to lead the Big Ten race, and Ohio State, Michigan State, and Iowa will hope for the Badgers to stumble. Wisconsin running back John Clay is questionable for the game against the Hoosiers, but Montee Ball picked up the slack last week, rushing for 127 yards against Purdue.

Michigan at Purdue
Time: 11 p.m. (CDT)
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium (West Lafayette)
Where to watch or listen: Big Ten Network

Michigan put on an offensive clinic last week against Illinois — the Wolverines racked up 67 points and set a school record for most passing yards in a single game (419). But the defense remains porous; it allowed 65 points. If Denard Robinson returns from his concussion-like symptoms just fine, Michigan should put on another show.


Name: Matt McGloin
Position: Quarterback
Year: Sophomore

McGloin, Penn State's starting quarterback, wrestled the starting job from under-performing freshman Rob Boldin to earn his second career start. Unfortunately for the Penn State signal caller, it comes on the road against No. 8 Ohio State.

McGloin has seen action in the Nittany Lions' last three contests, and he led the team to a come-from-behind victory last week against Northwestern. The former walk-on threw four touchdown passes as Penn State rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to give head coach Joe Paterno his 400th victory.

Currently sporting a 154.83 rating with a 7-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, McGloin will need to keep his passes sharp on Saturday if the Nittany Lions have any hope of upsetting the Buckeyes.


Name: Ryan Kerrigan
Position: Defensive end
Year: Senior

Kerrigan, Purdue's standout defensive end, will be an integral piece to stopping Michigan's high-powered offense Saturday. While Denard Robinson still continues to put up numbers on the ground, the Wolverine quarterback got it done through the air last game against Illinois, throwing for 305 yards on just 10 completions.

Enter Kerrigan.

The Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist — the award given to the national Defensive Player of the Year — will be the focus of Michigan's offensive line because of his eight sacks so far this year.
Kerrigan has recorded a sack in every game but two this year, and after being shut out against Wisconsin last week, the senior will be gunning for Robinson on every drop back.

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