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With six schools off and just four games that featured no upsets, there was little movement in my weekly Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Iowa was the biggest winner, jumping three spots from No. 9 to No. 6. Conversely, Minnesota fell like a rock from No. 6 to No. 10. Here is my latest Power Poll.
There were just four games this Saturday, but that doesn’t mean there was any lack of action. Ohio State showed that it means business, and Iowa’s methodical victory at Minnesota sent a message: The Hawkeyes are over the doldrums of a 4-8 2012 season. Here is my wrap up on Week 5 in the Big Ten.
Entering Saturday, Minnesota’s 13th-ranked rushing attack in the nation was expected to give the Gophers an edge vs. rival Iowa. But it was Iowa and its dominant ground game that powered the Hawkeyes past the Gophers 23-7.
Who’s ready to get conference play underway? We sure are! In order to get you ready for Saturday’s Big Ten action, here is a rundown of all four games on the slate and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN’s coverage will kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET with Miami (Ohio) at Illinois. That game will also be available on BTN2Go.
Each week during the season, BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman and a featured guest will debate a topic related to Big Ten football. This week, Nebraska beat writer Brian Rosenthal and I debate the following question: “Heading into Week 5 of the college football season, which team is your favorite to win the Legends Division”? Our answers may surprise you…
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts ponder this question: What is Minnesota’s best trophy game? Two answers: #FloydofRosedale, #PaulBunyansAxe, #LittleBrownJug, or #GovernorsVictoryBell.