Another week of Big Ten football in the books, another chance to offer some thoughts from around the conference. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 7.
It’s safe to say, the two teams in Michigan are headed in opposite directions. And it’s happening just in time for the annual rivalry game. Fresh off a 45-0 victory over Illinois, the Wolverines are beginning to assert themselves, while the Spartans suffered their third home loss of the season. See what else I learned in Week 7 Big Ten action in this post.
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 Week 7 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
A week after being shut out of the Coaches Poll for the first time ever, the Big Ten is represented again. Michigan, thanks to its emphatic 45-0 victory over Illinois, lands at No. 25 in the latest poll. To be fair, perfect Ohio State, which is ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll, and surging Penn State are not eligible for the poll this season due to NCAA sanctions.
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 7? Find out in this post.
Braxton Miller scored on a 67-yard touchdown run, threw TD passes of 60 and 46 yards and produced his third straight 100-yard rushing game, helping No. 8 Ohio State escape with a 52-49 win at Indiana on Saturday night. The victory makes the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) the first ranked team with seven wins.
Throughout the action every Saturday during the fall, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts to every Big Ten game. Read his Snap Reactions for Ohio State’s 52-49 victory at Indiana in this post.