With another Saturday in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten. It was a tough week for the Leaders Division, with four of its six teams losing. And a new leader emerged in the Legends, as Nebraska continues to move up. Where do all the teams land in my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post.
Before we turn our attention to Week 10, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 9 predictions. It was a rough week for all involved, as BTN.com fans led the way with a 3-3 record. As a result, BTN.com fans tied Dienhart for the top spot in the season standings, at 54-20. I sit three games behind the pace.
No. 4 Nebraska took down No. 1 Penn State in a five-set thriller (12-25, 32-30, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10) Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. In front of a roaring 4,193 in attendance, Nebraska produced its third five-set win of the season. Gina Mancuso led Nebraska on the day with 16 kills and 17 digs, while Hannah Werth notched 11 kills and a career-high 27 digs.
After winning its first Big Ten Championship since 2008 and sixth overall on Sunday afternoon, Penn State earned the No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals of the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament (see PDF bracket) on Thursday-Sunday at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
Braxton Miller was his usual self, running for 134 yards and accounting for three touchdowns, leading No. 9 Ohio State to a 35-23 victory against Penn State on Saturday. Ryan Shazier returned an interception 17 yards for a score early in the third quarter that gave the Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) the lead for good, and the Nittany Lions (5-3, 3-1) had their five-game winning streak snapped in a matchup of the bowl-banned perennial powers.
Ohio State racked up 106 rushing yards in the third, and the Buckeyes now lead 28-10. Ohio State sniffed out Penn State’s rushing attack in the quarter, holding the Nittany Lions to one rush yard. The Buckeyes are currently on a 14-point run.
Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde ran for eight yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the second. Penn State made the score 7-0 when Mike Hull returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.