Sean Merriman, web editor, staff, October 4, 2013

It's time to get you ready for Saturday's Big Ten football action. Here is a rundown of all five games on the slate and a recap of this week?s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN?s coverage will kick off at noon ET with Penn State at Indiana. That game will also be available on BTN2Go.

Let's dive into the good stuff here.


Penn State (3-1, 0-0) at Indiana (2-2, 0-0) - noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go

The Hoosiers have struggled mightily against the run this season, but will they give up more than 200 yards on the ground to Penn State this weekend? senior writer Tom Dienhart has that answer and more in this week's edition of "Four Downs."

Michigan State (3-1, 0-0) at Iowa (4-1, 1-0) – noon ET

What is the best coaching matchup in the Big Ten this weekend? Tom Dienhart believes it is Michigan State's Mark Dantonio vs. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz. Here's Tom's "Best of Week 6" preview.

Illinois (3-1, 0-0) at Nebraska (3-1, 0-0) - noon ET, ESPNU

Nathan Scheelhaase has put up some record-breaking numbers this season. But would an upset win over Nebraska put Illinois' senior quarterback in the early B1G Player of the Year conversation? web editor Sean Merriman argues that Scheelhaase has been the most impressive QB in the Big Ten this season in this week's edition of "Debate it."

Minnesota (4-1, 0-1) at Michigan (4-0, 0-0) - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Every week during the 2013 football season, Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. Did anyone go with the upset pick and choose Minnesota? Find out here as we reveal our Week 6 Picks.

Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) at Northwestern (4-0, 0-0) - 8 p.m. ET, ABC

True or False: The Ohio State at Northwestern game will be a preview of the Big Ten championship game? Tom Dienhart is going with "false" as his answer. Submit your answer here while taking Tom?s B1G Grid Quiz.

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