An interesting Saturday saw champions crowned in each division and one team clinch a spot in the inaugural Big Ten title game. Northwestern also became bowl eligible for a school-record fifth season in a row. But what else did I learn this weekend?
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Legends Division champ Michigan State moved up one spot, from No. 15 to No. 14, to pace the Big Ten in the latest BCS Standings, released Sunday night. Michigan and Wisconsin come in right behind the Spartans, at Nos. 15 and 16, respectively. No. 19 Penn State and No. 21 Nebraska round out the Big Ten teams ranked in the poll.
Every Sunday, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo has made it a point to tweet some of his thoughts and impressions from Saturday’s Big Ten slate of action – a practice he’s appropriately coined Sunday Ruminations. You can find DiNardo on Twitter (@gerrydinardo). See his Week 12 Sunday Ruminations in this post.
The votes are in, and our viewers selected Michigan’s victory over Nebraska as our Big Ten Football Game of the Week. Catch the game again at 8 p.m. ET. The Wolverines cruised to victory in this one, thanks in large part to Denard Robinson and a stout defensive effort. The Michigan quarterback accounted for four touchdowns to bust out of a recent funk, and the defense limited the Huskers to 260 total yards. Don’t miss the game again tonight.
Following the action every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down what every game, every result means for the teams involved and the Big Ten itself. See Tom’s Week 12 Snap Reactions in this post.
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(BigTen.org) Nebraska clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, earning a 3-1 win against Wisconsin en route to its first title. The fourth-ranked Huskers moved to 16-2 in Big Ten play with the win over the Badgers and currently hold a 23-3 overall record in their first season in the Big Ten.
(AP) Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 20 Michigan rout No. 17 Nebraska 45-17 Saturday. The Wolverines (9-2, 5-2 Big Ten) moved into second place in the conference’s Legends Division and kept its chances of playing in a BCS bowl for the first time since the 2006 season. The Cornhuskers (8-3, 4-3) lost any hope of playing in the Big Ten’s first title game. Michigan State clinched its spot in the Dec. 3 game in Indianapolis with a win over Indiana and Michigan’s victory against Nebraska. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.
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