Week 3 was a mixed bag for the Big Ten, which went a disappointing 7-5, including a 1-3 mark vs. the Pac-12. And, in some ways, it seemed fitting the end to a bizarre Saturday was capped by a finish to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game that still has my head spinning. Here is a look around the Big Ten’s third week of action.
Before we turn our attention to Week 4, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 3 Big Ten predictions. Brent Yarina led the way with a 10-2 clip to move into a first-place tie with Sean Merriman and Big Ten fans, who both went 9-3 to move to 30-6 on the season.
A strange and bizarre Week 3 ended late on Saturday night (or early on Sunday morning, depending on where you were) in the heat of the Tempe, Ariz., on a weird final play in the Wisconsin-Arizona State game. Many lessons can be learned from the controversial conclusion that cost Wisconsin a victory. Here’s what I learned over the entirety of a strange Saturday.
The latest Coaches Poll was released Sunday, and Nebraska and Wisconsin both dropped out of the poll following frustrating Week 3 losses. The Huksers lost to UCLA, 41-21, despite jumping out to a 21-3 lead, while the Badgers lost a controversial 32-30 decision at Arizona State. Read more about the finish.
Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances.
It was all Ohio State on Saturday night at Cal. Kenny Guiton went for career highs in passing yards (276), passing touchdowns (4) and rushing yards (92), Jordan Hall set personal records in rushing yards (168), touchdowns (3) and receptions (5), and Devin Smith went for a career-high 149 receiving yards. Add it all up, and the Buckeyes cruised past the Golden Bears, 52-34. Watch all of Ohio State’s scoring plays in this video.