The Big Ten is home to three 4-0 teams after nonconference play. One of the perfect teams is no big surprise (Ohio State), while the other two are close to shocking (Minnesota and Northwestern). And you’ll find all three on top of my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. See the complete list in this post.
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Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about the Big Ten after a 7-3 performance in Week 4? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 4? Find out in this post.
Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and No. 16 Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled effort to hold off UAB 29-15 on Saturday in the Buckeyes’ final tune-up before Big Ten play. UAB (0-3) more than held its own against the Buckeyes (4-0), who committed drive-killing penalties, had a punt blocked for a touchdown and had trouble scoring against a defense giving up 44 points and 477 yards a game.
The third quarter was so slow, the teams combined for more punts than points, and the margin is still nine, as Ohio State leads 21-12. Both teams saw their defenses make stands, forcing four punts in the quarter.
Ohio State’s offense looked sharp in the second quarter, scoring 21 points, and the Buckeyes have taken the lead 21-12. Ohio State threw for 81 yards and ran for 101 yards in the quarter. The Buckeyes have scored 14 straight points.
In the first quarter, UAB’s Jonathan Perry stood out. He threw for 61 yards and ran for 26 yards, and the Blazers lead 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. UAB made the score 6-0 when Calvin Jones returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.