Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 11 saw Penn State, the Big Ten’s last undefeated team in conference play, suffer its first Big Ten defeat. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
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The races in each division came into sharper focus on Saturday with some big individual performances, headlined by Wisconsin’s Montee Ball setting the Big Ten single-season touchdown record. Michigan State’s domination of Iowa makes the Spartans the clear leader in the Legends as the only team still in control of its destiny. In the Leaders, Penn State and Wisconsin control their destiny, but each seems to be going in opposite directions (see the Big Ten standings). See what Tom learned this weekend in this post.
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(AP) Illinois linebacker Trulon Henry will miss the rest of the season after he was shot in the hand during a shooting near campus. Illini coach Ron Zook says Henry had surgery Sunday. Urbana police say two others were wounded during the gunfire that happened before 3:30 a.m. Sunday at a large house party.
There’s been a different team pacing the Big Ten in the BCS Standings since its first installment in Week 7, and the trend continued again this week. Following Week 11 action, Michigan State leads the conference, at No. 15, followed by No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan and No. 21 Penn State, last week’s Big Ten leader. See the full BCS Standings.
Every Sunday, BTN color analyst Gerry DiNardo has made it a point to tweet some of his thoughts and impressions from Saturday’s Big Ten slate of action – a practice he’s appropriately coined Sunday Ruminations. You can find DiNardo on Twitter (@gerrydinardo). See his Week 11 Sunday Ruminations in this post.
The votes are in, and our viewers selected Purdue’s overtime victory over Ohio State as our Big Ten Football Game of the Week. Catch the game at 9 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. If you missed it the first time, you don’t want to miss it again tonight. The Boilermakers needed heroics to card their second consecutive upset over the Buckeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium. Bruce Gaston made it all possible by blocking Ohio State’s would-be game-winning extra point with 55 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Watch the highlights from the game now and tune in for the replay tonight.
BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor the best from every weekend of Big Ten action. Find the top performances, quotes and tweets from Week 11 in this post.
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