Things held steady at the top of my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, though I’m sure debate will continue to rage on if Michigan State should be ranked ahead of Wisconsin. Debate on, America. This week’s fast-riser: Iowa. See my latest list in this post. [ MORE: What did Tom learn in Week 13? | Week 13 honors, grades & stock reports ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (11-0, 7-0). The winning streak has reached a school-record 23 in a row, as OSU clinched the Leaders Division. Even better—the Buckeyes are playing their best football of the season at the
Week 13 brought clarity to the Big Ten season, as Ohio State (Leaders) and Michigan State (Legends) wrapped up division titles and will meet in the Big Ten championship game. We also saw Penn State and Nebraska play an overtime thriller, as well as Illinois end a 20-game Big Ten losing skein. Here is my wrap on Week 13. [ MORE: What did Tom Dienhart learn in Week 13? ] Biggest surprise: I’m not shocked Michigan State beat Northwestern. But I am shocked that the Spartans hammered the Wildcats, 30-6. I thought MSU would suffer a bit of a letdown
Week 13 saw Michigan State (Legends) and Ohio State (Leaders) wrap up their division to set up the 2013 Big Ten title game that I think we all can be excited about. But there were many other things I learned on Saturday. Check it out. [ MORE: Get Tom’s Week 13 honors, grades, stock reports & more ] 1. The Big Ten title game has some actual hype to it for the first time in three seasons. No offense to the Wisconsin-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Nebraska clashes of the last two seasons, but this MSU-OSU matchup has a real big-game feel
Before we turn our attention to Week 14, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 13 Big Ten predictions. Sean Merriman and Stephen Bardo both went 6-0 to remain tied atop the season standings. Big Ten fans also went 6-0 and continue to be one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 13 scoreboard | Week 13 grades, stocks | Power Rankings | Latest polls ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 76-14 Week 13 record: 6-0 Week 13 picks: Illinois 28, Purdue 24; Iowa, 27, Michigan 24; Michigan State 38, Northwestern
Perfect Ohio State remained No. 3 in the latest BCS Poll, released Sunday. The Buckeyes, who have won 23 in a row, still trail No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State. Michigan State moved up to No. 11, and Wisconsin rose four spots, to No. 15. See the full BCS Standings, as well as Coaches and AP polls, in this post. BCS Standings Rankings as of 11/24/2013 Rank School Total Prev Rank 1 Alabama (11-0) .9881 1 2 Florida State (11-0) .9697 2 3 Ohio State (11-0) .9200 3 4 Auburn (10-1) .8236 6 5 Missouri (10-1) .8077 8 6 Clemson (10-1) .7726 7 7
Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s Week 13 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 13? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations – #Illini – 4 wins with a matchup this week against NU. Much improved team from last year. How much more was expected? — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) November 24, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers Must win game this week
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. Check out our Week 13 stars and highlights in this post. 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. Miller has become a staple on this list, and the Buckeyes’ junior signal caller was phenomenal again this week. Miller totaled 304 yards and four touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ convincing 42-14 win over Indiana. He passed for 160 yards and two scores, and rushed for a game-high 144 yards and added
We live blogged throughout Week 13 Big Ten action all day today. Here are the results: Michigan State 30, Northwestern 6; Illinois 20, Purdue 16; Iowa 24, Michigan 21; Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7; Ohio State 42, Indiana 14; Nebraska 23, Penn State 20 (OT). Jump on in for all the best highlights, tweets and photos. [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ] We’re updating the page below.
We are heading down the home stretch with just two weeks left in the Big Ten regular season. Here is a rundown of the upcoming games on Saturday and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN’s coverage will kick off at noon ET with a doubleheader as Illinois takes on Purdue and Michigan travels to Iowa City to battle the Hawkeyes. Immediately following that, Nebraska will take on Penn State at 3:30 p.m. in Happy Valley. All three games will also be available on BTN2Go. Let’s break down the Big Ten games here.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts make their picks: Who will win Paul Bunyan’s Axe on Saturday? Vote by hashtag: #BTNWisconsin or #BTNMinnesota. Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show.