Week 11 of the season was eye-opening on many levels. Nebraska is still alive and kicking with a chance to win the Legends Division, while Michigan is still searching for answers. And then there’s Minnesota, which keeps on authoring a new amazing chapter in its storybook season. Here is what I learned. 1. The Big Ten is loaded with good running backs. In fact, no conference may have a better collection. Take your pick from the likes of Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and James White, Minnesota’s David Cobb, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman and Stephen Houston,
With two of my top three teams off this Saturday in No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan State, the top of my power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t change much. In fact, the rankings only got tweaked, as no big upsets took place. But with MSU playing at Nebraska next week, big changes could be coming. [ MORE: Check out the latest college football polls ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (9-0, 5-0). The Buckeyes were hoping to have their BCS title game hopes lifted during a bye week. And, they did, with Oregon falling to Stanford.
Before we turn our attention to Week 12, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 11 Big Ten predictions. Everyone went 4-1, with the entire panel misfiring on Michigan over Nebraska, meaning Sean Merriman remains atop the season standings. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 11 scoreboard | Week 11 grades, stocks | What did Tom learn? | Power Rankings ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 66-13 Week 11 record: 4-1 Week 11 picks: Minnesota 28, Penn State 23; Iowa 24, Purdue 7; Indiana 38,
Idle Ohio State moved up to No. 3 in the latest BCS Standings following then-No. 2 Oregon’s loss at Stanford. The Buckeyes (.8926), who trail No. 1 Alabama (.9958) and No. 2 Florida State (.9619), had been stuck at No. 4 in each of the poll’s first three installments. Michigan State and Wisconsin come in at No. 16 and No. 22, respectively. See all the polls in this post. BCS Standings Rankings as of 11/10/2013 Rank School Total Prev Rank 1 Alabama (9-0) .9958 1 2 Florida State (9-0) .9619 2 3 Ohio State (9-0) .8926 4 4 Stanford (8-1)
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 11 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 11? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #Illini 612 yds total off, gave up 650 yds, Def vs. SIU 407, Miami 250, IU 650, vs. PU in two weeks???? — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) November 10, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers Big win,Close as prog been 2
An interesting Saturday of action, with Nebraska being the headline story by going on the road and earning a huge win. The last time the Cornhuskers played in Ann Arbor, Nebraska lost, 45-17. The feel-good story in Minnesota also continued with a fourth victory in a row. Here’s a wrap on Week 11 in the Big Ten. [ MORE: Where does your team land on our latest Power Rankings? ] Biggest surprise: Nebraska winning at Michigan, 17-13, after that Hail Mary win last week vs. Northwestern. It was a nice victory for the Cornhuskers, who still control their own destiny
Looking for Week 11 highlights, stats and game stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Catch up on all the day’s best highlights and check out all the stats and game recaps from an action-packed Week 11 in this post. Indiana 52, Illinois 35 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Cody Latimer set career highs with 11 catches and 189 yards receiving and hauled in three touchdowns as Indiana defeated Illinois 52-35 on Saturday. The Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped a three-game skid, while Illinois (3-6, 0-5) extended its school-record conference losing streak to 19 games. INSTANT
We live blogged throughout Week 11 Big Ten action: Nebraska 17, Michigan 13; Indiana 52, lllinois 35; Wisconsin 27, BYU 17; Minnesota 24, Penn State 10; Iowa 38, Purdue 14. Jump on in for the best highlights, photos and tweets.
Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea here. Here’s what’s running through my mind as I dream fancifully about Week 11 of the Big Ten season. [ MORE: Week 11 Previews | Best of Week 11 | Pick your Week 11 winners ] 4 PREDICTIONS 1. Penn State will lose at Minnesota. If the Nittany Lions have been consistent at one thing, it’s struggling on the road. In its two true road games at Indiana and at Ohio State,
Another week, another quiz. Yes, it’s time to test your knowledge by taking another B1G grid quiz. You know the drill by now. Lots of interesting questions for an interesting weekend that is headlined by Nebraska’s trip to Michigan. [ MORE: Week 11 Previews | Best of Week 11 | Week 11 Predictions | Pick Week 11 winners ] 1. Who is the leading contender to be Big Ten Coach of the Year? A. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer B. Minnesota’s Tracy Claeys C. Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio D. Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen Answer: C. Claeys is an interesting option. Could an