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Hoge: Week 10 Big Ten Football Report

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Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo Credit: Getty Images, By: Jonathan Daniel)

By Adam Hoge -

Week 10 Big Ten Football Report:

Iowa 38, Indiana 14: This is not a good matchup for the Hoosiers. Iowa running back Adam Robinson may not play because of a concussion, but that will hardly matter against IU’s horrible pass defense. Ricky Stanzi has quietly put his name in the Heisman conversation and he should have a big week in Bloomington.

Illinois 31, Michigan 27: The only thing that is making me think Michigan will win this game is because the Wolverines are oddly favored by three points. A confusing line usually means there is something weird going on. Nothing else points to a Michigan win, however. Illinois’ offense appears to be getting in a groove and its defense hasn’t give up more than 26 points in a game this season. Something tells me the Illini slip a little bit this week, but I really don’t think the Wolverines are any good.

Michigan State 31, Minnesota 17: I’ve been saying it all season and it applies best this weekend: Nothing gets a team right like playing the Gophers. With a bye looming next week for the Spartans, this is a good opportunity to fix some things on the field.

Wisconsin 41, Purdue 13: The Badger offense is finally clicking and I doubt Purdue is going to be able to slow it down. Wisconsin used some creative play calling to beat Ohio State and Iowa, but all the Badgers need to do Saturday is run the ball early and often. The Boilermakers are starting their third quarterback of the season and won’t be able to keep up.

Penn State 20, Northwestern 17: The Wildcats are 4-0 on the road this season, but three of those games were decided by a total of six points and the fourth was a win over Rice. The Nittany Lions offense got rolling last week against Michigan and they should be able to score enough points to squeeze by Northwestern at home.

Bye: Ohio State

Adam’s Big Ten Football Report can be heard every Thursday night on The Laurence Holmes Show. For more college football coverage follow Adam Hoge on Twitter @AdamHoge670.