Time to take the Big Ten’s bowl temperature. That means checking in with the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. No changes at the top, but Illinois and Nebraska have fallen from Palm’s projections. That drops the Big Ten’s projected bowl teams from 10 to eight.
It’s all about the holy trinity of Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa, which replaces Michigan, in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.
Once again, four Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Sunday. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes? | View your team’s homepage ] Defending national champion Ohio State remains No. 1 and is receiving 87 of 125 first-place
The beat goes on for Iowa, which can smell perfection from here. Purdue finally tasted Big Ten victory, while the unimaginable hard times continue for Nebraska. As for Minnesota … that loss to Michigan is gonna leave a mark.
It's Sunday, and that means it's time for Gerry DiNardo's weekly Sunday Ruminations. Check out the BTN analyst's 140-character Week 9 takes inside.
With top dogs Ohio State and Michigan State off, the weekend lacked big stakes. But Iowa stayed perfect, and Michigan won a game it should have probably lost after losing a game it probably should have won the last time out.
Week 9 of the Big Ten football season had a little bit of everything. We saw Christian Hackenberg have a monster day through the air, and Corey Clement have an outstanding game running the ball. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes?
Think the Iowa offense is all about C.J. Beathard, a strong offensive line, and a long list of running backs? [ MORE: Watch Saquon Barkley explode on hurdle | Watch Tanner McEvoy INT ] That’s not the case. The Hawkeyes have playmakers in the receiving game, too, and tight end George Kittle is the latest example. Kittle made a diving one-handed grab of a Beathard pass late in the first quarter vs. Maryland that was as pretty as any one-handed catch college football fans will see today. Watch the highlight catch in the video above. *** Watch our Week 9
Big Ten fans were treated to five football games today, highlighted by Michigan’s 29-26 win over Minnesota. Catch up on all of today’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. For in-game and postgame video highlights, check us out on YouTube and on Facebook and on Twitter (use the links below for school Twitter accounts): Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights Purdue football highlights Rutgers football highlights Wisconsin football highlights ***
Since 2009, 13 of the toughest patients at the Iowa Children's Hospital have participated in Iowa's Kid Captain program. Each young fan is treated to a unique Iowa football experience, and this year, Lincoln Ortman, 5, was first in line.