The dust has settled on football season. And that means the action on the basketball court is about to heat up with full-bore conference action. Here’s a look at the week ahead.
This was a brutal way for Michigan to end the 2017 season, frittering a 19-3 lead with 5:42 left in the third quarter in losing 26-19 to South Carolina.
After a slow start, the Badgers took control in the second quarter, forged a 24-14 halftime lead and never looked back behind the play of a strong defense and balanced offense to win the Orange Bowl, 34-24,.
Penn State capped a special season with a resounding 35-28 win vs. Washington in the Fiesta Bowl. It makes some wonder: If there was a six- or eight-team playoff, how would the Nittany Lions do?
Tonight, Ohio State showed that it was playoff-worthy with a dominating 24-7 victory vs. Pac-12 champ USC. Ohio State raced to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter and never looked back.
Michigan State emphatically punctuated one of the best turnarounds of 2017 with a dominating 42-17 win vs. Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.
It was an historic season in Madison, as the Badgers posted a 12-0 mark in the regular season. The only other time Wisconsin completed a conference season without a loss was in 1912, when there were only five contests on the schedule.
The building process continued for Rutgers in Year Two under Chris Ash. Progress was made, as the Scarlet Knights went from 2-10 overall (0-9 Big Ten) in 2016 to sniffing a bowl in 2017 with a 4-8 mark (3-6 Big Ten).
The dust is settling on the first early-signing period for college football. And this much is clear: Ohio State is cleaning up, owning the No. 1 class not just in the Big Ten … but in the nation, per 247.com. It’s the first time in this millennium that a Big Ten team has sat on top of the national rankings.
Penn State had a playoff-caliber team in 2017, but it came up short in losing two games by a combined four points in what otherwise was a glorious 10-2 campaign. This season stings a bit more when you consider Penn State missed the playoff last season even though it won the Big Ten championship.