There are two minutes left on the clock. Your team needs a touchdown to win the game. What Big Ten quarterback would you choose to lead your team down field? I asked some of my esteemed and sage Big Ten media colleagues. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: I’ll go with Cook of MSU. Why? Because he has done it before, last season vs Baylor. Cook directed TD drives of 71, 60 and 45 in final quarter of 42-41 victory. He was 8-of-13 for 140 and two TDs and rushed four times for 23 yards with three first downs. Henry Bushnell, InsideNU.com:
Lots of juicy matchups dot this week’s menu, but there is just one headliner: Michigan State vs. Michigan. Jim Harbaugh will get his first shot at Michigan State when the Spartans come to Ann Arbor. That will be must-see TV. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 7 winners | Week 7 previews | Best of Week 7 | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | Find your team’s homepage ] Unbeaten Iowa plays at Northwestern in a key West Division
In Wednesday's batch of Big Ten headlines, we look at stories on Wisconsin's struggling offense, Penn State's plan for Ohio State, plus handful of other football and basketball stories. Oh look - Frank Kaminsky is dancing in China! Watch and read these stories in this post.
An interesting week is headlined by Michigan State’s visit to Michigan in one of the biggest meetings ever between these intense rivals. Iowa can make another big statement that it’s the best team in the Big Ten West by winning at Northwestern, too.
Let’s keep priming the pump for the Michigan State at Michigan game. Mlive.com takes a look at the most recent matchups when both teams were ranked. As you certainly know, both teams are currently ranked. This should be so much fun Saturday. *** More Michigan: It is incredible to think that Wolverines’ odds to win the national title are now 10:1, fourth best in the nation. The only teams with better odds than Michigan at the moment are Ohio State (5-2), Baylor (5-1) and LSU (8-1). Remember: The Wolverines finished 5-7 last season. *** In case you forgot, the three-game
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.