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.
Ohio State picked up 168 yards in the ground game during the third quarter, and the Buckeyes now lead 38-27. Mitch Ewald split the uprights two times in the quarter for Indiana. The Hoosiers closed the gap to 24-17 when Ewald kicked a 21-yard field goal to put the finishing touches on a 71-yard drive. The key play on Indiana’s drive was Cameron Coffman’s 39-yard pass to Kofi Hughes.
Earlier on our “Big Ten Football Pregame Show,” presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, our crew profiled Jack Hoffman, a young 7-year old boy from Atkinson, Neb., who is fighting brain cancer. Hoffman just so happens to have built a very special friendship with Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead. The two work together on “Team Jack,” as the young fan battles his disease. Watch the whole feature in this post.
Devin Smith caught a 60-yard touchdown pass and Bradley Roby recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, and the Buckeyes lead, 24-14, at halftime. Ohio State has scored 14 straight points. Smith’s touchdown grab ended a four-play, 77-yard drive.