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34 Days to B1G Basketball: It's Football Day

Today we continue our daily countdown towards the tipoff of the Big Ten basketball season.

Jonathan Ernst

Another football day for the Big Ten and it's a relatively uninspiring set of games, especially with Ohio State and Nebraska on bye weeks. With teams like Michigan State and Wisconsin playing games that should be winnable, that leaves matchups like Indiana versus Iowa and Northwestern at Minnesota as the two more intriguing games. We do get a primetime matchup between Penn State and Michigan, which should be interesting as Michigan tries to right the ship while Penn State tries to look like a team that didn't get dominated versus Northwestern. Oh, and it'll be my first time seeing a game at the Big House, which has me relatively excited. While I'm not a Michigan fan, I've always wanted to see a game at Michigan Stadium. With the game being at should be quite the sight.

Time Game Network Line Preview
12:00 Indiana at Iowa ESPNU Iowa -3.5 Indiana Iowa
12:00 Northwestern at Minnesota BTN Minn -3.5 Northwestern Minnesota
12:00 Illinois at Wisconsin ESPN2 Wis -25 Illinois Wisconsin
3:30 Michigan State at Purdue ABC/ESPN2 MSU -20.5 Michigan StatePurdue
7:00 Penn State at Michigan ESPN2 Mich -1.5 Penn StateMichigan

And here are my predictions for today's games. Last week I ended up going 4-2, missing on Wisconsin and Michigan. I thought the Wolverines would bounce back, I was wrong...

Game Prediction
Indiana at Iowa Iowa 27 Indiana 20
Northwestern at Minnesota Minnesota 23 Northwestern 13
Illinois at Wisconsin Wisconsin 45 Illinois 17
Michigan State at Purdue Michigan State 34 Purdue 17
Penn State at Michigan Michigan 27 Penn State 24

Enjoy the football. And of course, if you want some in-depth Big Ten conversation around the network, be sure to join the daily game threads over at Off Tackle Empire or any of the respective B1G SB Nation sites.