Dienhart: Here are nine games to Remember in November
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They always say that you play the games to remember in November. Well, November is here.
And here is a look at the nine biggest games left on the Big Ten schedule.
Wisconsin at Northwestern, November 5. These are two of the best teams in the West, and this tilt will go a long way in determining who wins this wild and wooly division race. Northwestern has had success vs. the Badgers under Pat Fitzgerald, going 3-3 and winning the last two games and the last four in Evanston. UW hasn’t won at Ryan Field since 1999.
Nebraska at Ohio State, November 5. The Cornhuskers haven’t played the Buckeyes since 2012, with OSU taking a 63-38 win in Columbus. NU won the other meeting vs. Ohio State as a Big Ten school, taking a 34-27 decision in 2011 in Lincoln.
Iowa at Penn State, November 5. Penn State has won the last two. But before that, the Hawkeyes won eight of nine. The Nittany Lions have won four in a row and still have Big Ten East title hopes, assuming it wins out and Michigan loses twice.
Michigan at Iowa, November 12. Iowa has won four of the last five from Michigan, including the last three in Kinnick Stadium. (Iowa is 6-4 in its last 10 vs. U-M.) The last time the Wolverines won along Melrose Ave. was 2005, a 23-20 decision. These schools haven’t met since 2013.
Minnesota at Nebraska, November 12. The Cornhuskers will be coming off back-to-back trips at Wisconsin and at Ohio State, so they may be beat up. Plus, the Gophers are 2-1 in their last three vs. Nebraska, winning in Lincoln when they last visited in 2014.
Northwestern at Minnesota, November 19. Northwestern-Minnesota has been a good series, as the teams have split the last 12 meetings. NU has taken four of the last six but lost the last time in Dinkytown in 2014.
Nebraska at Iowa, November 25. Forget fighting the soccer moms for the G.I. Joe with the Kung Fu grip at Walmart. Park yourself on the futon and watch what could be a de facto West Division title game. This has been a bizarre series since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten, as Iowa has lost both meetings in Kinnick, but the Hawkeyes are 2-1 in Lincoln. Go figure.
Minnesota at Wisconsin, November 26. Minnesota hates playing Wisconsin. Just hates it. The battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe has been a lopsided affair of late, as the Gophers have gone 2-17 in the series since 1995. In fact, Minnesota has lost 12 in a row to Wisconsin. And the Gophers haven’t won in Madison since 1994. Will the drought end when Minnesota travels south down I-94?
Michigan at Ohio State, November 26. It’s known simply as “The Game.” And, this year’s edition could be a Titanic affair pitting 11-0 Michigan vs. 10-1 Ohio State with the Big Ten East title—and potentially a whole heck of a lot more—on the line. The Buckeyes have dominated this series of late, going 12-2 since 2001 and winning the last four meetings with a 42-13 triumph last season. The last time Michigan won in Columbus? In 2000, when the Wolverines took a 38-26 decision. Back then, Jim Harbaugh was a quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and Urban Meyer was a receivers coach at Notre Dame.