(AP) Lamar Miller ran for 188 yards, Jacory Harris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Allen Hurns and Miami avoided matching its longest losing streak in 33 years by topping No. 17 Ohio State 24-6 on Saturday night. Ohio State quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller combined to complete 4 of 17 passes for only 36 yards. The Buckeyes didn’t even bother to try and stop the clock despite having three timeouts with Miami driving in the final minutes with a 17-6 lead. Jordan Hall had 87 yards on 14 carries for the Buckeyes, who are now in danger now of falling out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in nearly seven years. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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I wouldn’t necessarily have thought this going into the season, but the game that excites me the most on the Big Ten slate this weekend is Illinois’ game with Arizona State. Obviously, Ohio State–Miami and Michigan State–Notre Dame are generating more national buzz. But Gerry, Howard and I thought the Illini were a legitimate contender in the Leaders Division when we watched them in the pre-season and this is our first opportunity to see if we’re right.
As discussed here last Wednesday, the Week 2 schedule was a lot more challenging than what the Big Ten faced in the opening week. As a result, the Big Ten struggled to a 7-5 record, one week after going 10-2. Well, the Week 3 schedule has a few more tough tests, with dates against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Miami (Fla.). BTN will air five games Saturday, including Illinois hosting No. 18 Arizona State at 7 p.m. ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game. Watch our latest Big Ten Blast now and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 3 Preview inside.
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Ohio State is getting stronger and deeper just in time for its battle at Miami (FL) on Saturday night. On Tuesday, the NCAA reinstated three Buckeyes players who were suspended for taking envelopes with $200 cash from a university booster at a charity event earlier this year. So for the first time this season, Luke Fickell and the Buckeyes will have tailback Jordan Hall, cornerback Travis Howard and safety Corey Brown in uniform. Read the full AP story.
Michigan State and Ohio State’s much-anticipated Nike Pro Combat Uniforms were released Tuesday morning. You can see and read about Michigan State’s here and Ohio State’s here. And check out all the teams’ Pro Combat uniforms here. Thanks to Phil Knight, a huge Oregon donor, and Nike, these futuristic and often silly uniforms remain a part of today’s game. Some people love them, some people hate them. It really depends on whether you’re old-school or new-school.
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Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. It was a rough Week 2 for the Big Ten, as the conference struggled to a 7-5 record. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
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Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch now as Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and star quarterback Denard Robinson talk about their thrilling win over Notre Dame.
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