I’m finally gonna acquiesce to the notion that Ohio State faces a challenge to get to the BCS title game. Yes, the Buckeyes have a great shot to go unbeaten. But that may not be enough for OSU to finish No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings, as teams like Alabama, Oregon and Clemson are primed to likely finish ahead of Ohio State if they remain unbeaten. So, I’m moving the Buckeyes from the BCS title game to the Rose Bowl.
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Before we turn our attention to Week 8, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 7 Big Ten predictions. Brent Yarina and Stephen Bardo both went 4-0 to move into a first-place tie with Sean Merriman, while Big Ten fans went 2-2.
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Another week, more changes to my power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan State were the big winners, as the Badgers went from No. 4 to No. 2, the Cornhuskers from No. 5 to No. 3 and the Spartans from No. 6 to No. 4. Penn State is also up. Week Seven wasn’t so kind to Northwestern, which dropped from No. 2 to No. 6.
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There were only four Big Ten games on Saturday, but there still was a lot to learn. Wisconsin is good—very good. Purdue? Not so good. Nebraska is sitting pretty. Penn State has life. Northwestern may be on the edge. Oh, and Michigan is a team of mystery. Here’s what I learned.
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There were just four Big Ten games on the docket, but there was plenty of action and drama, headlined by the early front-runner for Game of the Year: Penn State’s four-overtime thriller over Michigan. Michigan State sent a statement with a strong home win vs. Indiana, while Wisconsin showed it will be a force to be reckoned with by dominating Northwestern. Here is a wrap on Week Seven.
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The latest Coaches Poll was released Sunday, and Northwestern dropped out following a frustrating Week 7 loss to Wisconsin. Nebraska moved up to No. 21 in the Coaches Poll after a 44-7 blowout victory over Purdue, while Michigan dropped from No. 16 to No. 24 after that 43-40 loss to Penn State in 4OT.