Five conference games highlight this week's slate with all kickoffs starting no later than 3:30 p.m. ET. because the Big Ten doesn't allow night games after October.
Here's how we rank the Big Ten games on Saturday:
1. No. 20 Nebraska (6-2, 3-1) at Michigan State (5-4, 2-3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC): This is basically an elimination game for the Spartans. A loss ends any realistic shot at the Legends Division and could prevent them from earning a berth in a New Year's Day bowl. A win keeps the Huskers in control for a spot in the Big Ten championship game.
2. Iowa (4-4, 2-2) at Indiana (3-5, 1-3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network): Believe it or not, this game has huge implications for the Big Ten championship game. A win by the Hoosiers would move them within a game of Wisconsin for a spot in the title game. The Hawkeyes have lost two straight and struggled to generate any offense.
3. Michigan (5-3, 3-1) at Minnesota (5-3, 1-3), Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network): The Gophers haven't beaten the Wolverines in Minneapolis since 1977 and have struggled against their rival. But Michigan QB Denard Robinson is suffering from a nerve injury in his right throwing arm and the Wolverines offense sputters when he's on the sideline.
4. Penn State (5-3, 3-1) at Purdue (3-5, 0-4), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU): Boilermakers QB Robert Marve gets the start in place of struggling Caleb TerBush. He faces a Penn State club that had its five-game winning streak snapped in a humbling loss to Ohio State.
5. Illinois (2-6, 0-4 Big Ten) at No. 6 Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Fighting Illini are one of the worst teams in the conference and the Buckeyes appear to be on top of their game. This one could be over by halftime.
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