Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, November 20, 2014

Week 13 of the college football season is here. Can you believe it?

Every Big Ten team is in action this week, which makes for an exciting slate of games. So, what am I buying and selling this week?


Find out here.

Michigan will get bowl eligible.

Buy. The Wolverines are 5-5 with two games left. I think Michigan will get win No. 6 this Saturday when Maryland visits. The Terrapins are beat up on defense. And the offense has been plagued with some inconsistencies. As for Michigan, the Wolverines are playing well, winning two in a row and three of four after dropping three in a row. The defense is playing especially well, ranking No. 3 in the league in scoring (20.4 ppg) and total defense (300.8 ypg). This team seems to have rallied around Brady Hoke and is playing some of its best football of the season down the stretch. The Wolverines can smell a bowl and will get there.

Urban Meyer should be Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Buy. He has done another masterful job in 2014, guiding the Buckeyes to a 9-1 overall mark and 6-0 Big Ten record. The East title is within sight. Meyer has yet to lose a regular-season league game since taking over in Columbus in 2012. The only time he has lost a Big Ten game was in the league championship tilt after last season vs. Michigan State. Gotta like the Buckeyes? chances to win out this year with games left at home vs. Indiana and vs. Michigan. And Meyer has done all of this despite losing two-time Big Ten MVP quarterback Braxton Miller before the season started and having to play redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who has been a revelation.

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is the hottest assistant in the Big Ten.

Sell. Narduzzi was last year. But I think that honor now belongs to Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman. (And a case can be made for Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, too.) He has molded one of the nation?s top offenses despite having a line that replaced four starters, losing starting quarterback Braxton Miller before the season began and having to find a new running back with Carlos Hyde gone. No worries. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring (44.5 ppg) and No. 2 in total offense (509.8 ypg). J.T. Barrett has emerged as the best quarterback in the Big Ten, pacing the conference in passing efficiency and touchdown tosses (29). Ezekiel Elliott continues to get better at running back en route to ranking No. 6 in the league in rushing (95.4 ypg).

Wisconsin will win the West.

Buy. You have to go with the Badgers, right? Wisconsin has won five games in a row since that inexplicable loss at Northwestern on Oct. 4. The defense of coordinator Dave Aranda has been great, ranking No. 1 in the nation overall (244.0 ypg). The rushing defense is No. 5 in the country (96.7 ypg). And kudos to the work of offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, who has deftly handled a delicate two-quarterback system that could have torpedoed this season. No doubt, it helps to have Melvin Gordon to give the ball to. He also has the luxury of running behind another vintage Wisconsin line. The Badgers play at Iowa this Saturday and finish at home vs. Minnesota. I have a hard time seeing either team?s offense gaining much traction vs. this Wisconsin defense. And how is anyone gonna slow down Gordon, the hottest back in America coming off a scintillating 408-yard rushing effort? Exactly.

Northwestern will get bowl eligible.

Sell. The Wildcats may have saved their season last week with a stunning 43-40 overtime win at Notre Dame. NU is now 4-6 with two games left, meaning Pat Fitzgerald's team must win its last two games to get bowl eligible. The Wildcats play at Purdue this Saturday and finish at home vs. Illinois. I think Northwestern will lose one of those last two games-most likely this Saturday at Purdue vs. a Boilermakers squad that is coming off a bye week.

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