Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 12 saw Michigan State clinch the Legends Division and a spot in the Big Ten title game. 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.
An interesting Saturday saw champions crowned in each division and one team clinch a spot in the inaugural Big Ten title game. Northwestern also became bowl eligible for a school-record fifth season in a row. But what else did I learn this weekend?
Legends Division champ Michigan State moved up one spot, from No. 15 to No. 14, to pace the Big Ten in the latest BCS Standings, released Sunday night. Michigan and Wisconsin come in right behind the Spartans, at Nos. 15 and 16, respectively. No. 19 Penn State and No. 21 Nebraska round out the Big Ten teams ranked in the poll.
Every Sunday, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo has made it a point to tweet some of his thoughts and impressions from Saturday’s Big Ten slate of action – a practice he’s appropriately coined Sunday Ruminations. You can find DiNardo on Twitter (@gerrydinardo). See his Week 12 Sunday Ruminations in this post.
No. 4 Minnesota defeated defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Penn State, 23-14, on Sunday. Minnesota took seven of the 10 matches, with Sonny Yohn’s match at 197 lbs., being the deciding factor, as he defeated Morgan McIntosh in a thrilling 4-3 decision, to give the Gophers a 20-14 lead heading into the final match. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com. Watch video analysis and highlights from Minnesota’s win now.
The Big Ten had a handful of women’s basketball games Sunday, including No. 11 Penn State and No. 17 Purdue in action. The Boilermakers drilled Tennessee Martin, 65-39, on their way to tallying the 700th win in program history and Penn State rallied to defeat South Carolina. Catch up on all the action in this post and watch our highlights from Purdue’s historical victory.
Following the action every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down what every game, every result means for the teams involved and the Big Ten itself. See Tom’s Week 12 Snap Reactions in this post.