For a second Saturday in a row, the Big Ten’s top Heisman contenders will square off. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez will lead his Cornhuskers into Ohio State to face Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller in arguably the biggest game to date in the Big Ten this season. The winning signal-caller figures to assume the throne of “top Big Ten Heisman contender.”
Another Saturday looms. And, I have questions. Here are my most pressing queries for Big Ten teams entering Week 6, the second week of conference play. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.
Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 4 winners in this post.
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Ohio State and TCU have agreed on a home-and-home football series in 2018 and 2019, the two schools announced Tuesday. The Buckeyes will play at TCU in 2018, with the Horned Frogs visiting Columbus in 2019.
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Nike outfitted Ohio State with Pro Combat uniforms for its games against Michigan in 2009 and 2010. So when an Ohio State journalism student tweeted pictures of what he said was a Nike Pro Combat uniform for this year’s game, it got our attention. Ohio State’s response? It told me it has not announced anything with regard to any uniform change for a game in 2012.
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This week’s schedule is loaded with three good games, the headliner being Nebraska’s trip to Ohio State. Each could be the top team in their respective division. The subplots are thick, with great quarterback and head coaching battles leading the way. Oh, and Bo Pelini, a Youngstown, Ohio, native returns to Ohio State, where he was a defensive back from 1987-90.
With Week 5 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.