Just when you thought the Big Ten was a straight forward two-horse race, Penn State and Michigan produce heroics and throw huge spanners in the works! Aron Hyde and I predicted wins for Indiana and Northwestern on last week’s BTN Soccer Report, and it seemed like a logical assessment. But from a neutral’s standpoint, it’s a great thing that we were so wrong.
Eight weeks in the books, the “Big Ten Football Report” guys decided to address the topic of Big Ten Coach of the Year on a special web-only video Monday. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debated the topic a couple weeks ago, as well. There are a few worthy early candidates, from Urban Meyer to Bill O’Brien. But who are Howard Griffith and Chris Martin’s picks? Watch the video in this post to find out.
This shapes up as a great weekend that is headlined by Michigan’s visit to Nebraska in a huge Legends clash that will go a long way toward determining who will win the division.
Michigan further solidified its status as the Rose Bowl front-runner in the Big Ten with a third win in a row. This time, the Wolverines dumped Michigan State, 12-10, ending the Spartans’ four-game winning skein in the series.
With Week 8 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.
BTN.com’s Brent Yarina is in the middle of unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Penn State’s Tim Frazier.
Curious about BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories from Week 8? See the full list in this post.