Ohio State University will reduce its football scholarships by five over the next three years as part of the university’s latest self-imposed punishment it hopes will satisfy NCAA investigators weighing how to respond to the school’s football scandals, according to the Associated Press. The university previously announced it will repay the $338,811 it received for playing in the Sugar Bowl, a 31-26 victory over Arkansas, along with vacating the 2010 season including the Sugar Bowl win and going on two years of NCAA probation.
Have a Big Ten football question you want answered? I’m Tom Dienhart and I want you to fire off an email to me. This is a great place for us to interact with each other, sharing our passion for all things Big Ten as the season prepares to hit the home stretch. This week, some questions focus on the chances of schools like Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan State winning a division or league title. See what other queries were posed.
The Iowa running has surged to the top of my Big Ten player rankings. The star sophomore has rattled off four straight 100-yard, two-touchdown rushing games (121, 2 vs. Northwestern; 138, 2 vs. Indiana; 252, 2 vs. Minnesota; 132, 2 vs. Michigan). He literally carried Iowa to victory on Saturday over Michigan, pushing him to a Big Ten-leading 1,101 yards rushing (122.3 ypg). The 230-pound Marcus Coker just may carry the Hawkeyes all the way to the Legends Division title. See Tom’s full top 25 list in this post.
Lots of interesting storylines and angles to watch in Week 11, as the divisional chases firm up—at least a little. Two games will go a long way toward determining who wins each division: Michigan State at Iowa is a big Legends clash, while Nebraska at Penn State is a major Leaders encounter. But there also are other intriguing matchups this Saturday.
In Week 11 of the Big Ten football season we’re adding the audio from the weekly Big Ten Conference coaches teleconference with reporters as we do each and every week. And @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter. Note: Penn State’s Joe Paterno did not take part in the weekly call this week.
The Big Ten wrestling season started this past week, and that means it’s time for the Big Ten Conference to send out its weekly wrestling honor. The season’s first Wrestler of the Week went to Ohio State freshman Logan Steiber. See his accomplishments in this post.
This week is highlighted by two huge games, one in each division. The top game is Michigan State’s visit to Iowa, which is 6-0 at home and playing well. A loss by the Spartans—the only team in the division with just one division defeat–would further scramble the Legends Division race. In the Leaders Division, all eyes will be on Nebraska’s visit to Penn State, the only team in the division that controls its destiny. Following is a sneak peek at this week’s games. Note: Indiana is off this week.