Six weeks are in the books, and Ohio State still sits atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But pecking order behind the Buckeyes remains in flux as schools continue to jockey to ride shotgun with Ohio State. The big winners this week: Michigan State and Indiana, who happen to also play this Saturday. Here are my power rankings.
My grandfather always told me to learn at least one thing every day. Well, he would be proud of me, because I didn’t learn just one thing on Saturday—I learned 10 during the first full Saturday of Big Ten action. Have a look at the knowledge I acquired.
The first Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action was filled with highs and lows, culminating with a pulsating 40-30 Ohio State victory over Northwestern that kept alive the Buckeyes’ national title dreams. Michigan State made a statement with a big win at Iowa, Indiana notched a signature win for Kevin Wilson, Nebraska had perhaps its best effort of the season, and Michigan posted a strong win after a couple shaky efforts. Here’s is a look at Week 6.
Before we turn our attention to Week 7, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 6 Big Ten predictions. Sean Merriman went 4-1 to lead the way, while Big Ten fans and the rest of our panel went 3-2. That means it’s Merriman and Big Ten fans tied atop the standings, at 46-9.
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 6 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo.
Ohio State paces four Big Ten teams ranked in the latest Coaches Poll, released Sunday. The Buckeyes remain No. 3 following their comeback win Saturday night in Evanston, while Michigan (No. 16), Northwestern (No. 18) and Nebraska (No. 24) round out the Big Ten field. See the full poll in this post.
Carlos Hyde took the handoff, he broke a tackle, the chains moved. Another handoff, same result. Another handoff, a burst to the outside, another broken tackle – and this time in for a touchdown. Time was running out for Northwestern. A dream was flying away with every missed tackle, every missed blocking assignment, until the clock hit zero, and the scoreboard read 40-30 in favor of Ohio State.