Sports activities copy editor Joe Vozzelli Jr. affords his weekly picks for one recreation to observe for every week within the Huge Ten (AP nationwide rankings are as of Oct. 18):
Tonight: Illinois at No. 14 Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (BTN)
➜ Why it’s our decide: Friday night time lights have been extra like Friday night time frights for Lovie Smith‘s Illini (0-3 document on Friday throughout Smith’s tenure). Nonetheless, questions at quarterback for the Badgers (Jack Coan is out indefinitely with a foot harm) and a tamer-than-usual Camp Randall Stadium (no followers) offers Illinois a glimmer of hope. So that you’re saying there’s an opportunity.
Oct. 31: No. 5 Ohio State at No. 8 Penn State, 6:30 p.m. (ABC)
➜ Why it’s our decide: This Pennsylvania-Ohio border faculty battle has leaned closely towards the Buckeyes — a minimum of lately. Excluding the 2010 recreation — that Ohio State win was vacated — the Buckeyes have received 13 of the previous 18 video games towards the Nittany Lions, together with seven of the previous eight matchups. Justin Fields vs. Sean Clifford is a tantalizing quarterback matchup for the 2020 model.
Nov. 7: Michigan State at Iowa
➜ Why it’s our decide: For no different cause than listening to one of the best title in all of faculty soccer — Rocky Lombardi — stated time and again on the TV broadcast. OK, I’m biased. You say Rocky and this Philadelphia native is all-in. Lombardi ought to take over the management of the Spartans’ offense after the commencement of Brian Lewerke. Loads of questions nonetheless face Michigan State in yr one of many Mel Tucker period, although, because the Spartans will attempt to shock a couple of groups.
Nov. 14: No. 8 Penn State at Nebraska
➜ Why it’s our decide: To say Scott Frost‘s return to his alma mater as head coach has gotten off to a bumpy begin can be an understatement. A stylish decide to win the Huge Ten West a season in the past, the Huskers completed 5-7, making Frost 9-15 in his first two seasons in Lincoln. Maybe decrease expectations getting into 2020 will yield higher outcomes. It’s 2020, in any case.
Nov. 20: Purdue at No. 21 Minnesota
➜ Why it’s our decide: Rondale Moore‘s cold and hot strategy to the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic has adopted the identical path because the Huge Ten’s decision-making course of relating to its marketing campaign. The consensus All-American in 2018 (1,258 yards; 12 touchdowns) is in search of a bounceback season after an injury-riddled 2019. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Moore can solely assist his NFL draft inventory as a possible first-round decide.
Nov. 28: No. 21 Minnesota at No. 14 Wisconsin
➜ Why it’s our decide: The battle for the good trophy in sports activities (minus the Stanley Cup, sorry not sorry). Paul Bunyan’s Axe is fairly cool, although. And harmful when wielded improperly (security first, folks). The Badgers lead the all-time sequence 61-60-8 after a dominant stretch up to now 16 years that resulted in 15 wins. The Gophers’ solely win in that span? A 37–15 thrashing of the Badgers in 2018 in Madison, the positioning of this season’s rivalry recreation.
Dec. 5: Iowa at Illinois
➜ Why it’s our decide: Sure, I understand this isn’t in males’s basketball — though the previous two Illinois-Iowa video games on the hardwood have been in a phrase, nice. Illinois will seemingly need to win its closing two regular-season video games — together with this one towards the Hawkeyes — to have any probability at a successful document. No straightforward activity because the Illini solely have two wins towards Iowa because the time of Y2K, and the Hawkeyes dominated Illinois 63-0 the final time they met in Champaign.
Dec. 12: No. 18 Michigan at No. 5 Ohio State, 11 a.m., FOX
➜ Why it’s our decide: The Sport has belonged to THE Ohio State College up to now decade. The Buckeyes have received eight consecutive video games, in any case, towards the hated Wolverines, and there’s no cause to counsel Justin Fields and Co. received’t make it 9 in a row. The schedule seems to be a lot favorable for Ryan Day‘s group, with solely two of the eight groups on Ohio State’s regular-season slate at the moment ranked within the AP Prime 25.