And then there were two. The first week of Big Ten play saw previously undefeated Minnesota suffer its first loss of the season. That leaves Ohio State and Northwestern, both 5-0, as the Big Ten’s lone remaining perfect teams (B1G standings). See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 5.
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Only two Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest Coaches Poll, released Sunday, and the highest team comes in at No. 20. That would be Nebraska, of course, which didn’t move up this week despite rallying from 17 points down to knock off then-No. 23 Wisconsin. Fresh off its win over Indiana, 5-0 Northwestern debuts in the poll at No. 22.
The opening week of Big Ten play did not disappoint, as Ohio State and Nebraska each claimed late wins over Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively, in two of the day’s biggest games. But what did I learn from the first week of Big Ten action. See the five biggest things in this post.
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Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about the first weekend of Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
Iowa coach Tracey Griesbaum collected her 150th career win at Iowa on Sunday, as the No. 11 Hawkeyes downed No. 18 Ohio State (8-4, 1-1 Big Ten), 2-1, at Grant Field. Griesbaum became the third head coach in program history to win 150 games, joining Beth Beglin (199) and Judith Davidson (185). Read the full recap at HawkeyeSports.com. Watch our interview with Griesbaum now and get all of Sunday’s Olympic video in this post.
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Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 5? Find out in this post.
As he does every Saturday during the college football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to every Big Ten game. Read his thoughts from today’s early games and find out what he saw from Nebraska’s comeback win over Wisconsin in this post.