It’s that time of the week when I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag, fish out some provocative letters and answer them. Let’s go!
Time to check up on the bowl projections of the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, who has pushed the Big Ten bowl teams from 10 last week to a would-be conference record 11 this week. The new addition: Illinois.
Finally, it’s here: Michigan State at Michigan. And, no doubt, the Wolverines are playing better than any team in the Big Ten. But the Spartans—who have won 32 of their last 35 games–are just where they want to be: being overlooked despite being 6-0. MSU has won six of the last seven games in the series, a run of MSU dominance that this series hasn’t seen in years. When was the last time a Wolverine-Spartan game meant so much or was as highly anticipated? *** Unbelievably, Michigan is just a win over Michigan State from being a national contender, says
Maryland has seen enough from Randy Edsall, who was fired today. The move had been widely speculated for days, as the Terrapins have struggled mightily in Edsall’s fifth season in College Park, Maryland.
Ohio State remains on top of my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, but it can hear Michigan’s footsteps. Oh, and don’t forget about Michigan State and Iowa, which are lurking.
The Michigan bandwagon is officially a runaway train. Will the party every stop? Is this the best team in the Big Ten East? Is this a … playoff team? The possibilities seemed endless for the Wolverines.
Another Saturday, another heart-breaking loss for Nebraska ... and another dominating effort by Michigan. This time, Northwestern felt the wrath of Jim Harbaugh’s Sharpie and khakis. Next up: A visit from Michigan State, which survived and advanced at Rutgers. Oh, and don’t forget about No. 1 Ohio State, which may have turned a corner offensively.
IOWA CITY, Iowa – There goes Jordan Canzeri, bolting off tackle 75 yards in the brilliant Iowa sunshine. Touchdown Iowa! [ MORE: Week 6 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Week 6 uniforms | Canzeri, Iowa have “vintage effort | Video: Jehu Chesson returns opening kick for TD | Video: Braxton Miller highlight grab | Video: Randy Edsall gets passionate ] And so it went on this glorious homecoming afternoon. Canzeri’s third quarter mad dash gave Iowa a 23-13 lead. And, it essentially iced the game in which the Hawkeyes rode Canzeri all day—and showed why
USAToday has its coaching salary data base out, and the updates are interesting. Also, Rutgers hasn't forgotten what Michigan State did last time. And Northwestern has lost four consecutive games to Michigan - does that streak end this weekend? Dive into Friday's headlines leading up to Saturday's games.
This is the first week of full-scale Big Ten action, with seven conference games. And the headliner is Northwestern at Michigan. But there are other enticing clashes. [ MORE: Week 6 scoreboard | Week 6 previews | Polls: Pick Week 6 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Q&A: Shilique Calhoun | Big Ten Mailbag | Leonte Carroo reinstated | BTN to air No. 1, No. 4 & No. 13-No. 18 this week ] Wisconsin at Nebraska is a meeting of desperate teams. Nebraska is