Sean Merriman, web editor, November 15, 2013

Week 12 of the Big Ten football season is here. Can you believe it? 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 coverage will kick off at noon ET when Purdue travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State. Immediatly following that, Michigan will take on Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. at Ryan Field. Both games will also be available on BTN2Go.

Let?s break down the Big Ten games here.


PURDUE (1-8, 0-5) at PENN STATE (5-4, 2-3) - noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go

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 any of our experts pick Purdue in this Leaders division matchup? Find out here as we reveal our Week 12 Picks.

OHIO STATE (9-0, 5-0) at ILLINOIS (3-6, 0-5) - noon ET, ESPN

True or false: Ohio State could beat Alabama and/or Florida State on a neutral field? Answer that question and more in Tom's Big Ten Grid Quiz.

INDIANA (4-5, 2-3) at WISCONSIN (7-2, 4-1) - noon ET, ESPN2

Wisconsin features one of, if not the best running back duo in the nation with Melvin Gordon and James White. But is it possible the Badgers will rush for 400-plus yards against Indiana this Saturday? Get Tom Dienhart's answer to that and more in this week's edition of Four Downs.

MICHIGAN (6-3, 2-3) at NORTHWESTERN - 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go

What team faces a "Must Win" game this weekend? Tom Dienhart says both Michigan and Northwestern are in need of a win. See why as Tom highlights the Best of Week 12.

MICHIGAN STATE (8-1, 5-0) at NEBRASKA (7-2, 4-1) - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

What is the key matchup to watch in Saturday's Michigan State vs. Nebraska game? Tom Dienhart says it's Nebraska's offensive line vs. Michigan State's defensive line. Find out why in Tom's Week 12 Previews.