As you’re probably aware, the initial BCS Standings were released Sunday night, and Big Ten favorite Wisconsin came in at a surprising No. 6. Considering the Badgers were ranked No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll, many Badger fans were expecting a No. 4 or No. 5 ranking. The computers, however, had other ideas. Three of the six computers ranked the Badgers outside the top 10, including one at No. 17, which allowed perfect Oklahoma State and Boise State to land ahead of Wisconsin. Is that right? Does it matter? Brent Yarina breaks it down in this post.
Throughout the football season, Brent Yarina ranks his top 10 Big Ten players following the completion of each week’s action. Top 10 lists are subjective, to be sure, and this one is no different. That said, this weekly list is designed to reflect Brent’s top talents in the conference, taking into consideration the players’ overall statistics, latest performances and importance to their teams. Think of it as his unofficial leader board for Big Ten MVP. See Brent’s Week 8 Player Rankings in this post.
At 6:30 p.m. ET Monday on The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo (@BTNRickPizzo), Derek Rackley (@Drack48) and Tim Doyle (@BTNTimDoyle) discuss the Paul Bunyan Trophy staying in East Lansing for the fourth consecutive season, Boom Herron‘s impressive season debut for Ohio State and the BCS Standings, in particular what it means for No. 6 Wisconsin. The crew also will give its take on rugby-style punts and Midnight Madness, which Doyle attended in Bloomington. Watch our Web-only Pulse segment now.
Monday on Big Ten Breakdown, at 7 p.m. ET, Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall), Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Chris Martin (@BTN_Cmart16) break down Silas Redd’s continued success on the ground and analyze how Ohio State’s defense slowed Illinois. Every week, we take nominees for “Howard’s Hero” and Martin’s “On the Corner,” our guys’ picks for who stood out most to them from the previous week’s action. Watch now as Howard and C-Mart discuss their biggest surprises thus far in our Web-only segment.
The Big Ten Conference office released its players of the week for games played Oct. 15 on Monday morning. See all the Week 7 winners in this post.
The season’s first BCS Standings were released Sunday night, and Wisconsin came in at No. 6 to pace the Big Ten. The Badgers (6-0) are one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the all-important initial poll, along with No. 13 Nebraska, No. 16 Michigan State, No. 18 Michigan, No. 21 Penn State and No. 23 Illinois. See the complete top 25 here.
For the third time this season, ESPN College GameDay is headed to a Big Ten stadium. The popular ESPN staple announced Sunday that it will air from Spartan Stadium for Week 8’s much-anticipated game between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 16 Michigan State. Earlier this season, GameDay was in Ann Arbor for Notre Dame-Michigan and in Madison for Nebraska-Wisconsin. This game might be bigger than both of those, as it features two of last year’s Big Ten champions and, arguably, the Big Ten best teams this season.