Those familiar with Chicago sports know all too well that the Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. (Heck, no rx let’s be honest, cialis everyone knows that.) And quite frankly, stuff it is difficult to find any sports records that go beyond that century plus mark. Well, we found one! For the first time in 112 seasons of Big Ten football, 1903 to be exact, there are three undefeated Big Ten teams headed into Week 10 – Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa.
Seven Big Ten teams have already won the required six wins to qualify for post-season bowl games: Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Northwestern, in addition to the three undefeateds. And Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana each need two more wins to qualify. This is familiar territory for the Big Ten and its fans as 2014 saw its best bowl season ever with ten teams receiving invitations. There could be a repeat this year if Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana can each grab two wins and qualify.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, this time of year in college football is the home stretch and a lot can happen. So here are some Big Ten match-ups to watch this weekend:
- Penn State at Northwestern. Both teams are coming off big wins, Penn State over Illinois and Northwestern over Nebraska before their bye week last week. Northwestern’s defense has been strong all year and will need to hold down PSU’s running game.
- Wisconsin at Maryland. After losing to Iowa, the Badgers need to win out and get help to win the West Division. But getting Corey Clement back last week helps move them in the right direction. Their staunch defense should be able to hold off Maryland.
- Michigan State at Nebraska. Undefeated MSU takes on a Nebraska team that may be headed for its first losing season since 2007. MSU’s offense has been on fire, but you can’t count out Nebraska, especially at home.
- Minnesota at Ohio State. This is Minnesota’s first road game under their interim coach who took over the team after their head coach retired because of his epilepsy. Minnesota made it a really close game against Michigan at home last week and Ohio State has had anything but an uneventful off-week with their starting quarterback being suspended for driving while impaired on campus.
After this weekend, will the Big Ten standings be shuffled because of upsets, or will we still be looking at three undefeated teams? All indications are that there will be three undefeated teams heading into week 11 – which makes for an awfully exciting home stretch to the 2015 season.