The final week of the season is upon us. Even better: It’s rivalry week. There’s Ohio State at Michigan in “The Game.” Northwestern is at Illinois in the Land Lincoln Trophy game. Purdue is at Indiana in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. Iowa is at Nebraska in the “Heroes Game.” Here is a look at all the action of Week 14.
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This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013” presented by Best Buy we learn more about the special bond between Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill during this remarkable season for the Gophers. Plus, watch how Iowa’s James Morris and his family prepared for last Saturday’s Senior Day and see how Northwestern running back Venric Mark has helped his team despite his own injuries.
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It’s Tuesday, two days until Thanksgiving. Until then, feast on a Heisman race that got turned sideways last Saturday with losses by Texas A&M (Johnny Manziel), Baylor (Bryce Petty) and Oregon (Marcus Mariota). And Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has a potentially murky future due to legal issues. Could Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller get back into the race?
Sitting at No. 15 in the BCS standings, Wisconsin’s hopes for an at-large BCS bowl bid are looking better and better. The Badgers need to finish No. 14 or higher to be eligible for selection. Gotta think that’s gonna happen over the next few weeks. First, Wisconsin needs to beat visiting Penn State in the finale. Then, sit back, watch and wait.
By now, you’ve probably seen one of the many “Dramatic Gopher” YouTube videos. Only a few seconds long, the brilliant set of videos has millions and millions of views. Its popularity should only increase after the Wisconsin-Minnesota game on Saturday. That’s because Minnesota used the little guy, twice, to taunt Wisconsin kicker Jack Russell.
Things held steady at the top of my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, though I’m sure debate will continue to rage on if Michigan State should be ranked ahead of Wisconsin. Debate on, America. This week’s fast-riser: Iowa. See my latest list in this post.