To no surprise, undefeated Michigan moved up to No. 2 in the latest AP & Coaches polls, released Sunday. The Wolverines (7-0) fresh off another rout, this one vs. Illinois, pace the Big Ten for the first time this season. Ohio State, which had been No. 2, dropped to No. 6 AP/No. 8 Coaches following its road loss at Penn State. Perfect Nebraska (7-0) jumps up to No. 7/T-No.6, while Wisconsin drops one spot, to No. 11, despite winning at rival Iowa, and Penn State debuts in the AP at No. 24. View both polls below. AP Rankings Rankings as
Before we turn our attention to Week 9, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 8 Big Ten game predictions.
Ohio State’s national title hopes took a big blow Saturday night amid a wall of sound and fury at Penn State. The No. 2 Buckeyes’ 24-21 loss at unranked Penn State makes the program’s path to the playoff more difficult—and less of a sure thing.
There was a gigantic upset in the Big Ten on Saturday night. Penn State took down No. 2 Ohio State, 24-21, to send Urban Meyer to his first road defeat as Ohio State coach.
When the season began, most pundits looked at the first five games of Wisconsin’s Big Ten schedule and shuttered. Well, so far, so good. Wisconsin is 2-2 in Big Ten play after an impressive 17-9 win at Iowa pushed the Badgers to 5-2 overall.
Attention, Big Ten quarterbacks: Be careful when tossing the ball down the field vs. Northwestern. The Wildcats hauled in a pair of highlight-reel #BTNStandout interceptions Saturday in its 24-14 victory vs. Indiana, and each was as impressive as the other.
What a difference three weeks can make. After an 11-point home loss to Nebraska on Sept. 24 dropped Northwestern to 1-3, a seventh bowl game under head coach Pat Fitzgerald looked unlikely for 2016. Sure, the Wildcats were only a third of the way through their schedule. But a dreadful 9-7 home loss to FCS Illinois State (who is now 3-4) had already stained their resume, and there seemed to be little reason for optimism. Long viewed as a program that “won ugly,” Northwestern was beginning to lose ugly with a weakened defense and an offense that appeared inept through
Who is going to take home the hardware? BTN.com Tom Dienhart asked some writers who cover the league to look into the crystal ball.
Here's the most dangerous team in the Big Ten West. Penn State needs a signature win. How good will Wisconsin's freshman QB turn out to be? And what's next for Purdue? BTN.com's Tom Dienhart lays out the things he thinks he knows ahead of Week 8.
Penn State junior cornerback Grant Haley and the Penn State defense have quite the test vs. No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart caught up with the Atlanta product for a quick Q&A.