Illinois (5-3) at Michigan (5-3)
When, where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Radio: WIND-560 AM
What you need to know: Illinois would become bowl eligible with a win against Michigan. The Illini have defeated the Wolverines the last two times they’ve met. Michigan will be motivated to change that, and Illinois is aware of it. Illini star linebacker Martez Wilson tweeted this week, “I know Michigan has not 4got wat we did 2 them the last time we came 2 their crib...SO WE MUST B READY 4 A FIGHT!!!” Illinois has been on roll. It’s coming off back-to-back 30-plus-point wins. It hasn’t done that since 1944. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase had the best game of his young career last week.
Scott Powers’ prediction: Illinois 31, Michigan 24
Northwestern (6-2) at Penn State (5-3)
When, where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.
TV: ABC, ESPN2
Radio: WGN-720 AM
What you need to know: Northwestern seems to play to the level of its competition no matter who it is facing. Five of the Wildcats’ games this season have been decided by eight points or less. This likely could be another one of those. Penn State has played better the past two weeks, especially offensively. Keep an eye on Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa. He had to leave last week’s win over Indiana early after suffering a concussion, but he did pass all necessary tests this week and was cleared to play. He grew up in Pennsylvania.
Powers’ prediction: Penn State 31, Northwestern 28
Youngstown State (3-6) at Illinois State (4-5)
When, where: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill.
What you need to know: Illinois State is coming off a 65-38 loss to Western Illinois. The Redbirds couldn’t stop the pass as Western Illinois quarterback Matt Barr threw for 452 yards against them. Tyrone Walker did catch nine passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Youngstown State has lost its last five games.
Powers’ prediction: Illinois State 45, Youngstown State 23
Eastern Illinois (1-8) at Tennessee State (3-5)
When, where: 5 p.m. Saturday at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
What you need to know: Eastern Illinois ended its 10-game losing streak with a 28-10 win over Austin Peay last week. The Panthers scored 21 points in the second quarter and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo connected with Chris Wright for 39- and 52-yard touchdown passes. Tennessee State has not won a conference game. Eastern Illinois will play its final two games on the road.
Powers’ prediction: Tennessee State 24, Eastern Illinois 21
Southern Illinois (3-5) at North Dakota State (5-3)
When, where: 3 p.m. Saturday at Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.
What you need to know: Southern Illinois’ consecutive playoffs streak will be snapped this season at seven seasons after the Salukis lost to Missouri State 51-41 last week. It’s been a trying year for Southern Illinois, which must win its last three games to avoid its first losing season in eight years. Running back Sharrif Harris rushed for 152 yards last week. North Dakota State is ranked in the FCS and will be another tough opponent for the Salukis.
Powers’ prediction: North Dakota State 38, Southern Illinois 24