Purdue at No. 17 Michigan
Records: Purdue is 4-3, 2-1 in Big Ten; UM is 6-1, 2-1
Radio: 950 AM
Series: UM leads 42-14
Favorite: UM by 13 1/2
Notes: Purdue is coming off its biggest win of the season, a 21-14 upset of Illinois in which Purdue led 21-0 at halftime. ... The Boilermakers are solid on special teams. Kicker Carson Wiggs is 9-of-14 on field goal tries and has made a long of 53 yards. Punter Cody Webster leads the league and is fifth nationally with 46.6 yards per attempt. ... Purdue coach Danny Hope expects to continue to play two quarterbacks -- starter Caleb TerBush along with Robert Marve. Marve, who is perhaps the more athletic of the duo, did not play last week, the first time he hasn't entered a game in a month... Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short is the reigning Big Ten defensive player of the week after recording two sacks last week. ... UM coach Brady Hoke has not committed to either Ricky Barnum or Michael Schofield at left guard. Barnum has missed the last three games with an ankle injury. ... UM is 83-27 in homecoming games. ... UM is 7-1 after a bye, with the lone setback coming last year at Penn State. ... If Michigan wins, Nebraska beats Michigan State, and Iowa tops Minnesota, there will be a four-way tie atop the Legends division.
Bowling Green at Kent State
Time: 1 p.m.
Records: BGSU is 4-4, 2-2 MAC; Kent State is 1-6, 0-3
Radio: 1470 AM, 99.1 FM
Series: BGSU leads 55-17-6
Favorite: BGSU by 3 1/2
Notes: The two teams are playing for the Anniversary Award, which was established in 1985. The award commemorates the founding of the two schools in the same year (1910). ... While the Golden Flashes won last year's game 30-6, the Falcons have won the last five meetings at Dix Stadium. ... Bowling Green's defense has started strong the past two weeks, holding both Toledo and Temple scoreless in the first half. The Falcons allowed those two schools just 159 yards rushing and 289 yards of total offense combined in the first half. ... Junior LB Dwayne Woods has made plays all over the field, including 9.5 tackles for loss among his team-high 69 tackles, as well as an interception and two forced fumbles. ... BG's defensive line coach, Larry McDaniel, served in the same position at Kent State from 2003-10. ... Among the local players on the KSU roster are seniors Alex Thomasson, a Maumee native who serves as the Flashes' long snapper, and Brian Hummer, a Napoleon product who is a reserve defensive back and plays on special teams.
No. 15 Wisconsin at Ohio State
Time: 8 p.m.
Records: Wisconsin is 6-1, 2-1 in Big Ten; Ohio State is 4-3, 1-2
Radio: 106.5 FM
Series: Ohio State leads 53-17-5
Favorite: Wisconsin by 7
Notes: The Buckeyes are coming off a bye week expecting to be rested and ready after having the extra time to prepare for the Badgers. … Despite their struggles, the Buckeyes are 12th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 16.2 ppg. … Ohio State is one of just three teams in the FBS that starts a true freshman at quarterback, Braxton Miller. … Ohio State senior running back Dan Herron has scored a rushing touchdown in 13 straight games, the longest string since Keith Byars scored TDs in 21 straight games from 1983-84. … OSU placekicker Drew Basil has connected on eight straight field goal tries. … OSU senior center Mike Brewster will start his 44th straight game when the Buckeyes host Wisconsin tonight. ... Ohio State's 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will be honored at halftime of the Wisconsin game.
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