Sunday, June 01, 2008

Big Ten 2008 Game of the Week

Game of the week rules: looking for the most intriguing (not always the most important) game, home conference games only, every team must appear at least once.

Saturday, August 30
Utah at Michigan
Is Michigan ready to play under the new coach? Will the smell of blood be too much of a distraction to the Utes?
Syracuse at Northwestern
6-6 can get you to a bowl game. Both these times need this game to see the post season.

Saturday, September 6
FIU at Iowa
How much have the off season problems hurt the Hawkeyes? If FIU wins can this be their claim to fame?

Saturday, September 13
Ohio State at USC
This needs no explanation. The only question what does the loser do?

Iowa State at Iowa
Classic rivalry game and while Buckeyes v. Trojans may be the main course do not overlook the appetizer.

Saturday, September 20
Notre Dame at Michigan State
Mark Dantonio’s chance to impress the alumni at home.

Saturday, September 27
Illinois at Penn State
The Illini go on the road to visit Joe Pa. An early season game that is critical for success of Zook and a possible BSC bid for the second straight year.

Saturday, October 4
Ohio State at Wisconsin
Big Ten preseason #2 has preseason #1. Will OSU being looking at a path to the MNC game or being looking for Roses.

Saturday, October 11
Iowa at Indiana
The Hoosiers are not looking for Roses but a bowl game will require a win here.

Saturday, October 18
Purdue at Northwestern
The BTN game of the week! Will anyone outside the devout fans for each of these teams do more than read the score at the bottom of the screen? Will the viewer remember the score three minutes later?

Saturday, October 25
Illinois at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Michigan

Saturday, November 1
Central Michigan at Indiana
The MAC has had teams that flirted with establishing themselves as true contenders but these the status was short lived. Indiana is not top BCS team by any measure a MAC school needs to take it where they can get it.

Saturday, November 8
Western Michigan vs. Illinois (in Detroit)
The Broncos are not the Chippewa’s but the over/under on the attendance is an interesting bet for the neutral site game.

Saturday, November 15
Ohio State at Illinois
Upset special. The only question is who will be the favorite.

Saturday, November 22
Michigan at Ohio State
Can the Wolverines make this game interesting?
Cal Poly at Wisconsin
Cupcakes in November?

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