Perfect Iowa and Northwestern finally make a move in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But the question is, can anyone ever catch Ohio State and Michigan State?
It's Sunday, and that means it's time for Gerry DiNardo's weekly Sunday Ruminations. The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on what he saw in the Big Ten the previous day.
The latest Coaches Poll was released Sunday, and three of the four ranked Big Ten teams moved up following Week 3 victories. Michigan State moved up one, to No. 3, giving the Big Ten two of the poll's top three teams.
Here is what I learned on Saturday, a day when Northwestern and Iowa continued to dream big, Illinois had its balloon burst, Nebraska had its heart broken (again) and Ohio State, Michigan State and Minnesota won ugly.
Before we turn our attention to Week 4, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Iowa beat writer Scott Dochterman and Big Ten fans did with their Week 3 Big Ten predictions.
Week 3 was all about the ACC, as the Big Ten played five games vs. the eastern league. Final score: ACC 3, Big Ten 2. Northwestern (at Duke) and Iowa (Pitt) were the only two Big Ten teams to win. Illinois (at North Carolina), Nebraska (at Miami) and Purdue (Virginia Tech) all lost.
After subpar performances throughout Weeks 1 and 2, the Big Ten had a solid Week 3 showing. [ MORE: Get Week 3 scores, stats & AP recaps ] The conference finished 9-3 in non-conference action on Saturday, with Penn State topping Rutgers, 28-3, in the lone Big Ten game of the day. With 13 total games on the slate, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances as well. Here is a look at my top 10 performers from Saturday’s Big Ten football action. Did I miss one? Tweet it to me, @BTNSean. 1. Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State. This guy
Cardale Jones has started Ohio State’s last six games, dating back to last season’s postseason. [ MORE: Get Week 3 Big Ten scores, stats & AP recaps ] The victor of the most-talked-about quarterback battle, perhaps, ever isn’t very impressed with his recent performances. Jones starred in the season opener at Virginia Tech, his first true road game, but he has been rather pedestrian the last two weeks vs. Hawaii and Northern Illinois, so much so that backup and 2014 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year J.T. Barrett has spelled him. Saturday’s 20-13 win vs. NIU was rock bottom. Jones
No. 1 Ohio State fended off upset-minded Northern Illinois, 20-13, to highlight Week 3 late afternoon Big Ten action. Catch up on all of Saturday’s late afternoon action inside. Looking for available live in-game highlights? Check us out on YouTube and on Facebook and on Twitter (use the links below for school Twitter accounts): Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights Purdue football highlights Rutgers football highlights Wisconsin football highlights [
Jim Tressel was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday evening, and the Ohio State Block O will honor him during Saturday afternoon’s game vs. Northern Illinois. [ MORE: Get scores, stats & recaps for all Week 3 Big Ten action ] According to @11W, Block O North will hold up cards that spell out “JT,” Tressel’s initials, during the first timeout at Ohio Stadium. Tressel coached Ohio State for 10 seasons, from 2001-2010, leading the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship, their last title before last season’s memorable run to the inaugural college football playoff