This much we know: Wisconsin will play either Nebraska or Michigan in the Big Ten title game. All three are coming off wins and figure to land nice bowl slots, regardless of what the matchup ends up being in Indianapolis.
All eyes will be on Madison, Wis., where No. 6 Ohio State plays Wisconsin in a Week 12 that lacks compelling storylines. The Buckeyes are 10-0 and in search of perfection. The last time Ohio State came to Wisconsin, it got drummed, 31-18, in 2010. The Badgers already have the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up, but a victory over the Buckeyes would be Wisconsin’s most impressive win of the season and give it momentum.
Lots to digest after a tantalizing weekend of action. Front and center was the Penn State at Nebraska game. The Cornhuskers’ 32-23 triumph kept them in the driver’s seat to win the Legends Division. But Penn State denizens still are miffed that tight end Matt Lehman’s lunge across the end zone was ruled a fumble instead of what would have been a game-changing touchdown. Read about that, and more, in my daily links.
The top of the power rankings didn’t get shaken up, but Wisconsin made a move from No. 6 to No. 4 following its emphatic victory at Indiana that clinched the Leaders Division’s spot in the Big Ten championship game. Where do I have your Big Ten team ranked? Find out in this post.
Lots went on in Week 11. Wisconsin clinched the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten championship game. Also, Nebraska stayed in control in the Legends, Minnesota became bowl eligible, Purdue’s bowl hopes remained alive, Northwestern’s hopes of getting to the Big Ten title game ended, Indiana’s Rose Bowl dreams got smashed … here’s my Top 10.
This was one of the top Saturday’s of the season, as the division races came into even sharper focus. In fact, Wisconsin sewed up the Leaders Division bid to the Big Ten title game, while Nebraska remained in control of the Legends with a fourth victory in succession and is a step closer to Indianapolis. Here’s what I learned.
Every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts on every Big Ten game. Get Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Nebraska’s comeback victory over Penn State and Minnesota’s bowl-clinching win at Illinois in this post.
Every Saturday throughout the fall, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the Big Ten games and offers his immediate thoughts. Get Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Michigan and Purdue’s last-game heroics that led to exciting wins over Northwestern and Iowa, respectively, in this post.
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Please excuse Indiana if it doesn’t know how to react to the all the fuss around its home game with Wisconsin this Saturday.
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It’s time to get ready for Week 11 of the Big Ten season. And it shapes up to be interesting on many fronts. Can Nebraska make it four wins in a row and knock off Penn State? Wisconsin’s game at Indiana in some ways will be a de facto Leaders Division championship game. Meanwhile, Northwestern plays at Michigan in a “Survivor” contest in the Legends Division.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners.
Penn State is the surprise team in the Big Ten. There are many reasons for that. One of the biggest is quarterback Matt McGloin. He has been a revelation running Bill O’Brien’s pro-style offense that makes liberal use of the passing game.
You have questions and, as usual, I have answers. Many of you are curious about Michigan and what it has to do to win the Legends. And how about Devin Gardner? Plus, some Michigan State fans are still riled up about the officiating in the Spartans’ loss to Nebraska. Let’s get started.
Looking for a way to unwind from the dizzying amount of election coverage? You have come to the right place. Sink your teeth into this barrage of Big Ten football news. If your favorite person lost an election last night, they can take a cue from Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, who is handling some tough times with great decorum and aplomb.
Like the November rain, the questions never stop coming. Each week I pose a key one for each Big Ten squad. There are some vexing queries this week. Chief among them: How will the Wisconsin offense look without injured quarterback Joel Stave? See what other questions I have as we head toward Week 11 of the Big Ten season.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein remains the Heisman front-runner, but his future may be murky after he got hurt last week. If Klein misses time or is ineffective, that would open opportunities for Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and others like Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, among others, to climb the Heisman ladder.
Happy Election Day, Big Ten denizens! But before you get out and vote—if you haven’t already—read these Big Ten links. Fittingly, they begin with a big decision that has to be made at Wisconsin. See what I just did there? Big. Decision. It’s Election Day. OK, forget it and read on.
No changes at the top of my bowl projections this week with Nebraska and Michigan taking care of business, and Wisconsin and Northwestern being off. But the “lower-tier” bowls are in flux.
Just three weeks remain in the regular season, as schools continue to jockey for division championships and bowl eligibility.
Before we turn our attention to Week 11, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 10 predictions. Believe it or not, we all went a perfect 5-0 in a week that, to be honest, wasn’t littered with many tough games. So, we’ll enter Week 11 with BTN.com fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot.
Not a lot of movement in my latest Power Rankings following Week 10 of the season, as Ohio State and Nebraska retained possession of the top two spots. Indiana was the biggest mover, as it continued to turn heads with a home win over Iowa. See where all 12 teams land this week in this post.
It was another interesting Saturday that saw Nebraska continue its hot streak in its quest to win the Legends Division. And even though Wisconsin didn’t play, it saw its competition in the Leaders Division heat up with Indiana’s win over Iowa. Here’s what I learned following another glorious day of football.