At 6:30 p.m. ET Monday on The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo (@BTNRickPizzo), Derek Rackley (@Drack48) and Tim Doyle (@BTNTimDoyle) discuss the Paul Bunyan Trophy staying in East Lansing for the fourth consecutive season, Boom Herron‘s impressive season debut for Ohio State and the BCS Standings, in particular what it means for No. 6 Wisconsin. The crew also will give its take on rugby-style punts and Midnight Madness, which Doyle attended in Bloomington. Watch our Web-only Pulse segment now.
Monday on Big Ten Breakdown, at 7 p.m. ET, Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall), Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Chris Martin (@BTN_Cmart16) break down Silas Redd’s continued success on the ground and analyze how Ohio State’s defense slowed Illinois. Every week, we take nominees for “Howard’s Hero” and Martin’s “On the Corner,” our guys’ picks for who stood out most to them from the previous week’s action. Watch now as Howard and C-Mart discuss their biggest surprises thus far in our Web-only segment.
The Big Ten Conference office released its players of the week for games played Oct. 15 on Monday morning. See all the Week 7 winners in this post.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 7 saw two of the Big Ten’s remaining perfect teams, Illinois and Michigan, fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. 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. See the rankings in this post and watch the well-orchestrated card stunt from Kinnick Stadium now.
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BTN.com has partnered with UPickEm.com to let Big Ten fans rank some of the best plays every week on the gridiron. Click here to rank 10 of the Big Ten’s best plays from Week 7. This feature is fun and simple. Simply watch all 10 plays and rank them, from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Your votes will help determine the week’s best play from here on out. The number of candidates will vary from week to week, depending on how many Big Ten teams are in action. Every week, BTN.com selects one play for each team to enter the contest. Watch our Northwestern-Iowa highlights from Saturday’s shootout on BTN.
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(AP) Boom Herron, who hadn’t played since the Sugar Bowl in January because of NCAA suspensions, ran for 114 yards and a touchdown in his return Saturday to lead Ohio State past No. 16 Illinois, 17-7. With true freshman Braxton Miller at quarterback, the struggling offense of Ohio State (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten) counted on Herron against Illinois (6-1, 2-1). The Buckeyes didn’t complete a pass until Miller hit Jake Stoneburner for a fourth-quarter touchdown and a 17-0 lead. The Buckeyes’ defense forced three turnovers and turned two of them into their only touchdowns. Herron’s 12-yard touchdown run followed an interception by Bradley Roby and put Ohio State up 10-0 in the third quarter. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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The Big Ten is set to record a first this week – a first that might fly under the radar but one that could play a significant role in determining which two teams square off in the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3. For the first time ever every conference game this weekend is also a divisional game. Remember, the divisional record is the next tie-breaker when a multiple-team tie can’t be broken by head-to-head record. A three-way tie seems eminently possible in the Legends Division where parity may reign (see full tiebreaker rules at BigTen.org).