Sean Merriman, web editor, October 19, 2013

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

BTN will carry three games on Saturday. Michigan State vs. Purdue will kick off our coverage at noon E.T, followed by Michigan vs. Indiana at 3:30 p.m. and Illinois vs. Wisconsin at 8 p.m. All three games will also be available on BTN2Go.

Let?s dive into the good stuff here.


PURDUE (1-5, 0-2) at MICHIGAN STATE (5-1, 2-0) - noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Does Michigan State's discovery of an offense to go along with the league?s best defense make the Spartans the best team in the Big Ten? senior writer Tom Dienhart has that answer and more in this week?s edition of Four Downs.

MINNESOTA (4-2, 0-2) at NORTHWESTERN (4-2, 0-2) - noon ET, ESPN2

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 pick Minnesota to pull off the upset over Northwestern? Find out here as we reveal our Week 8 Picks.

INDIANA (3-3, 1-1) at MICHIGAN (5-1, 1-1) - 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Which player is ?on the spot? in Saturday?s Michigan vs. Indiana matchup? Tom Dienhart believes it is Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner. Find out why in Tom?s Week 8 Previews.

IOWA (4-2, 1-1) at OHIO STATE (6-0, 2-0) - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2

If Ohio State remains unbeaten, will the Buckeyes play in the National Championship game? Will Iowa be postseason eligible? If yes, what bowl will the Hawkeyes play in? Tom Dienhart makes his predictions in this week's Bowl Projections.

WISCONSIN (4-2, 2-1) at ILLINOIS (3-2, 0-1) - 8 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go

What is the top quarterback matchup to watch in Week 8 of the Big Ten season? Find out Tom Dienhart's answer to that question and more in the Best of Week 8.

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.