With two of my top three teams off this Saturday in No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan State, the top of my power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t change much. In fact, the rankings only got tweaked, as no big upsets took place. But with MSU playing at Nebraska next week, big changes could be coming.
Before we turn our attention to Week 12, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 11 Big Ten predictions. Everyone went 4-1, with the entire panel misfiring on Michigan over Nebraska, meaning Sean Merriman remains atop the season standings. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace.
Idle Ohio State moved up to No. 3 in the latest BCS Standings following then-No. 2 Oregon’s loss at Stanford. The Buckeyes (.8926), who trail No. 1 Alabama (.9958) and No. 2 Florida State (.9619), had been stuck at No. 4 in each of the poll’s first three installments. Michigan State and Wisconsin come in at No. 16 and No. 22, respectively. See all the polls in this post.
Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s Week 11 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo.
Third-seeded Michigan State topped fifth-seeded Iowa, 3-2, to claim the 2013 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans rallied from a 2-0 deficit, and Adelle Lever scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal on a highlight play in the 62nd minute. Abby Barker accounted for Michigan State’s first two goals.
Nebraska got an early penalty kick goal from Jaycie Johnson, and it was all it needed to tally a 1-0 victory over Iowa on Sunday in the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament finals. With the shutout, the Huskers earned the Big Ten’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Michigan State trailed Iowa, 2-0, in the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament finals, but the Spartans scored three unanswered goals to rally and claim the championship. And no goal was more impressive than Adelle Lever’s go-ahead and eventual game-winner. Watch Lever put the Spartans ahead in this post.