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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
There were two Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday. Wisconsin kicked off the evening with a 76-67 win over Oral Roberts. Michigan State capped off the action, defeating Oklahoma 87-76 en route to winning the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Tournament.