It was a Saturday filled with blowouts. Still, there was a lot to learn, beginning with the continued domination of Ohio State and Michigan State. Oh, and Wisconsin is pretty good, too. Everyone else? See what I learned in Week 12 in this post.
Purdue’s Basil Smotherman threw down the kind of dunk that drops jaws in the second half of Sunday’s win over Rider. The freshman drove and exploded for a left-handed posterizing dunk that delighted the Mackey Arena faithful. Former Flyin’ Illini star Stephen Bardo, the color commentator for the game, liked what he saw, too, saying: “Putting Rider on a poster. They’re for the sale in the lobby coming up.”
Ohio State remains on top with another impressive victory, but I finally am moving Michigan State past Wisconsin and into the No. 2 spot in my power rankings. Yes, that win at Nebraska was that vital. Sorry, Wisconsin. Without a doubt, there seems to be a big drop between the top three teams and everyone else.
Perfect Ohio State remained No. 3 in the latest BCS Standings, released Sunday night. The Buckeyes (.8869) still trail No. 1 Alabama (.9981) and No. 2 Florida State (.9661). Meanwhile, Michigan State and Wisconsin both moved up, to No. 13 and No. 19, respectively, and Minnesota debuted at No. 25. See the full poll in this post, plus the Coaches and AP polls.
Before we turn our attention to Week 13, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 12 Big Ten predictions. Stephen Bardo went 5-0 and everyone else went 4-1, missing the Michigan-Northwestern game, meaning Bardo and Sean Merriman are tied atop the standings. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace.
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 12 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo.
Halloween may be in the rear-view mirror, but that doesn’t mean sports fans can’t dress up and enjoy themselves at a game. A couple Marquette fans, in fact, attended Saturday’s game vs. Ohio State dressed as Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber. Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals found a great shot of the fans photobombing Aaron Craft.