How does three Big Ten teams in the top 10 sound? That’s what Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg has in his Preseason top 25 best-case and worst-case scenarios. The three teams, of course, are Michigan State (No. 4), Michigan (No. 7) and Ohio State (No. 8). Eisenberg also lists Wisconsin (No. 19), but no Indiana or Iowa.
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The streaking No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes head to Evanston on Saturday night to battle No. 15 Northwestern in one of the biggest conference games of the year.
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The excitement seemingly has been building since the spring for Saturday’s Ohio State at Northwestern game. Oh, who am I kidding? The buildup actually began the moment last season ended.
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The calendar says “October,” and I can’t believe it. The season is almost halfway over, with most of the best action yet to come in November. I can tell by your cards and letters that you are excited. Keep the correspondence coming! Let’s dig into this week’s Mailbag!
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Conversations with Big Ten coaches have had one common theme heading into the start of conference play: No one has any idea where his/her team, or any of their fellow members, will end up in the title race come the end of November. The Big Ten has been the strongest conference in the nation over the past few seasons, but in a year that has witnessed the league set a new NCAA record for teams in the Top 25 (9), the Big Ten’s coaches are hesitant to make any predictions.
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It’s kind of a big week at Northwestern. The 4-0 Wildcats are hosting Ohio State, which has won its last 17 games, Saturday night in a game that could be a preview of the 2013 Big Ten title game. If Monday’s press conference is any indication, Pat Fitzgerald isn’t letting the pressure of the big-time battle ruin his disposition.