My final Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, remain relatively unchanged after the final week of regular-season action. There are some potential debates. Like, should Minnesota be ahead of Nebraska? Still, there is no arguing about who the top two teams are.
A lot went on during the final weekend of the regular season, with Ohio State and Michigan State ending with wins to set up a clash between a 12-0 and 11-1 teams in the Big Ten title game. It should be a great battle. Here’s what I learned. Hang on, there’s a lot to cover.
As many expected, Ohio State moved up to No. 2 in the latest BCS Standings, as well as the AP and Coaches polls, which were released Sunday. The Buckeyes moved up one spot following its narrow win at Michigan, coupled with Auburn’s exciting win over then-No. 1 Alabama, which fell to No. 4. See all three polls in this post.
Ohio State’s Marcus Hall took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to apologize for his actions in Saturday’s scuffle at Michigan. Hall was ejected for his role in the second-quarter mixup – along with teammate Dontre Wilson and a Michigan player. On his way to the tunnel, Hall threw his helmet to the ground, kicked the bench and made an obscene gesture to the crowd. Read his apology in this post.
Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten title game, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 14 Big Ten predictions. Big Ten fans led the way, at 5-1, to move into a first-place tie atop the season standings. Nice work, fans! See all the Week 14 results and latest standings in this post.
On Sunday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio spoke with reporters from around the country about the upcoming Big Ten Football Championship game in Indianapolis. Listen to what each had to say about his team’s shot at capturing the conference title.
Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s Week 14 thoughts in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo.