Week in Review: Looking ahead to Week 9 B1G games

It’s time to get you ready for another exciting weekend of Big Ten football action. Here is a rundown of the upcoming games on Saturday and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead.

BTN’s game coverage will kick off at noon ET when Northwestern travels to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes. That game will also be available on BTN2Go.

Let’s break down the Big Ten games here.


NORTHWESTERN (4-3, 0-3) at IOWA (4-3, 1-2) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. Which expert picked Northwestern to beat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City? Find out here as we reveal our Week 9 Picks.

NEBRASKA (5-1, 2-0) at MINNESOTA (5-2, 1-2) – noon ET, ESPN

Will Taylor Martinez start at quarterback for the Huskers tomorrow against Minnesota? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is confident he will. See that prediction and more in this week’s edition of Four Downs.

MICHIGAN STATE (6-1, 3-0) at ILLINOIS (3-3, 0-2) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2

If the season ended today, who would be your first-team All-Big Ten quarterback? Is it Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase? Answer that question and more in Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten Grid Quiz.

PENN STATE (4-2, 1-1) at OHIO STATE (7-0, 3-0) – 8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2

What player is “on the spot” in Saturday’s Penn State vs. Ohio State prime-time matchup? Tom Dienhart believes it is Penn State running back Bill Belton. Find out why in Tom’s Week 9 Previews.

About Sean Merriman BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman covers football and men’s basketball and provides original content for BTN.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BTNSean.


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reality check on 10/26/2013 @ 12:42am EDT Said:

As much as everyone in this building would like Mark Dantonio to succeed, I don’t see how he can compete against the four and five star athletes on both sides of the ball. It is fairly apparent that Sparty is whistling through the graveyard as November 2nd draws closer. I have a lot riding on Devon Gardner solidifying his Heisman status when he lights up the MSU defense for 300 yards. MSU better make hay in October because I really don’t see them winning a game in November. After 3 savage beat downs by Michigan, Nebraska and Northwestern, Mark Dantonio and crew will throw in the towel and mail it in as Minnesota ends their bowl eligibility hopes in route to a 6-6 train wreck of a season

Doug on 10/26/2013 @ 9:43am EDT Said:

Mark, your obsession with MSU is flattering. I fear for you that Michigan will not win another game this year, finishing 6-6 and going to some bowl nobody cares about. My old high school team plays better defense than Michigan. Those Akron and UConn showings are the true Michigan offense, which won’t get it done vs the # 1 defense in the whole country. Hoke and Co. are getting no sleep, just wondering how they will be able to move the ball and try to get to 226 total yards, the lowest amount in the nation given up by the mighty gang green defense.

John on 10/26/2013 @ 11:07pm EDT Said:

Byes are overrated, especially when you win 42-3 and are starting to roll.

Gardner better think twice before becoming a running back next Saturday, all those hits will catch up to him soon.

Doug on 10/27/2013 @ 11:00am EDT Said:

you are correct John, Gardner has been told several times by shoelocks he won’t be able to run against MSU, look for at least 2 picks on Saturday and at least a fumble or 2.