This is the Wisconsin we all expected at the beginning of the season. The last three games, the Badgers have outscored foes 107-41 and outgained them 1,485 yards to 781. Those offensive line troubles are ancient history and the defense has played well all season long. Where do the surging Badgers land on my latest Power Rankings? See my Week 9 Power Rankings in this post.
The Big Ten has two teams ranked in the latest BCS Standings, released Sunday night. Fresh off big rivalry wins, Michigan and Wisconsin jumped into the poll, at Nos. 22 and 25, respectively. The Big Ten had zero teams listed in last week’s debut installment.
Before we turn our attention to Week 9, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 8 predictions. Everyone involved went 4-2, meaning Dienhart remains on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans.
Here is my weekly “Top 10,” a fun and offbeat look at this past Saturday of action—and beyond.
With several close finishes across the Big Ten in Week 8, there were plenty of huge plays. Four of the six games went down to the wire, in fact, and one of them was decided in the final seconds. See BTN.com’s Brent Yarina’s top 10 plays of Week 8 in this post.
The fourth-ranked Penn State women’s soccer team clinched the 2012 Big Ten Championship after earning a 1-1 draw against Michigan on Sunday. The title marks Penn State’s 15th straight Big Ten crown, the most consecutive titles by a Big Ten women’s program in any sport. The win also clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in Bloomington, Ind.
Ohio State is a resilient and resourceful squad, I tell you. The way the Buckeyes rallied and stayed perfect despite losing star quarterback Braxton Miller late to what looked like a serious injury was nothing short of remarkable. Backup Kenny Guiton deserves much of the credit. What a performance in the clutch. Find out what else I learned in Week 8 in this post.