National Championship to Evanston? Big Ten Commentary and Predictions: Week Six

Jason HackneyContributor IOctober 1, 2008

Week Six brings a whole new outlook to most teams in the NCAA, especially the Big Ten Conference.

Ohio State sees a possibility to return to the national title game, Penn State also sees the possibility of landing a spot in the national championship game, Michigan has newfound hope for its season, Wisconsin has to reevaluate how they finish games, Illinois is still looking for an identity of their team, and Northwestern is 5-0 for the first time since the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The matchups will not settle the dust this week for the Big Ten. The contest remains wide open for the conference, and Penn State is its temporary leader.

The game of the week will be in Madison, Wisconsin between the Badgers and the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Both teams are looking to make a statement to curb negative attention and get back on track. Yes, Ohio State beat Minnesota, but a win in Madison will be a much-needed confidence booster.

Penn State will have to beware a trap game at Purdue, but Purdue is too weak to be the ones to trap them.

Minnesota and Indiana is probably the snoozer game of the week. There aren't any big implications, and neither team will compete for the Big Ten championship.

Michigan State will try to stay in the running by defeating a mediocre Iowa team, and Michigan will try to keep their magic alive against Illinois. If the Illini lose this one, they might want to explain to Juice Williams why he should have stayed around.

Without further ado, here are my predictions for Week Six in the Big Ten Conference.

Indiana 27 @ Minnesota 24

Iowa 14 @ Michigan State 28

Illinois 24 @ Michigan 21

No. 6 Penn State 38 @ Purdue 27

No. 14 Ohio State 17 @ No. 18 Wisconsin 20 ("Jump Around" song gives the Badgers the edge.)