Another week is in the books. The AP and Coaches polls are out. Now, it’s time to release my Top 10 for the week. Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the whatever-the-heck-I-feel-like-looking-at as I glance back on Saturday from my Sunday perch.
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Carlos Hyde rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns and Braxton Miller passed for two scores and ran for another to lead No. 6 Ohio State past Illinois 52-22 on Saturday. The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) maintained the upper hand in the Leaders Division heading into a bye week. They have games remaining at Wisconsin on Nov. 17 and against rival Michigan at home a week later.
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Ohio State now leads 38-14. The Buckeyes rushed for 75 yards in the quarter. The Buckeyes’ defense held tough in the quarter, holding Illinois to 21 total yards of offense. Ohio State opened up the lead, 38-6, after Braxton Miller kept it himself for a two-yard touchdown run to end an 11-play, 73-yard drive.
Twenty-four consecutive points in the second quarter has given Ohio State a commanding 31-6 lead. The Buckeyes opened up the lead, 10-6, after Drew Basil kicked a 31-yard field goal to end a 10-play, 61-yard drive. Ohio State opened up the lead, 17-6, after marching down the field for a five-play, 64-yard drive that ended when Carlos Hyde pounded in a five-yard touchdown run.
Nick Immekus hit two field goals to help Illinois get off to a good start against No. 6 Ohio State, however the Buckeyes lead 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. Illinois struck first when Immekus made a 42-yard field goal, the final play of an 11-play, 39-yard drive.
November is upon us. It used to be the month when championships were decided. How very 2010. Now, it’s the month when spots in the Championship Game are decided. All in the name of progress…