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(AP) Purdue coach Matt Painter suspended starting center A.J. Hammons for three games Monday for violating team rules. Painter did not elaborate on what rules were violated.
The Big Ten office released its Week 9 Players of the Week on Monday morning. Ohio State had a pair of honorees, Braxton Miller and Dontre Wilson, for its 63-14 victory over Penn State under the lights. See all the honorees in this post.
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The yo-yo continues. Since the Dee Brown Era, Illinois has reliably alternated good season with mediocre, missing the NCAA Tournament every other year. This past season did its part in an up year, as the Illini were only 5 points from reaching their first Sweet 16 since 2005.
It’s Michigan State-Michigan week. And that’s a good thing. This heated rivalry is among the best in the nation. Each team looks like it may be headed in opposite directions. No doubt, a victory by the Spartans would greatly enhance their status as Legends Division front-runners. And, Mark Dantonio knows all about beating the Wolverines.
Week 9 of the college football season was filled with a little bit of everything. We had upsets, blowouts and plenty of top plays. Minnesota had a memorable 34-23 upset victory over Nebraska, making the Gophers bowl eligible. Iowa edged out Northwestern in overtime, while both Michigan State and Ohio State cruised to blowout wins over Illinois and Penn State, respectively.
What did I learn in Week Nine? Ohio State and Michigan State are really good—and may be headed for a showdown in Indianapolis. Minnesota is a feel-good story that keeps getting better. Iowa is alive and well. And Northwestern’s season is on the edge.