Week 8 was a lot of fun, highlighted by Penn State's upset of then-No. 2 Ohio State. Here is what I’m buying and selling as we enter Week 9
Just like that, the Buckeyes have seen their unbeaten season trashed—and their playoff hopes damaged. But Michigan and Nebraska remain perfect. And Wisconsin tallied yet another impressive victory.
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.
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.
Seven weeks down, and every Big Ten football team has reached at least the midpoint of its 2016 schedule. Unofficially halfway home, Tom Dienhart decided to share his midseason Big Ten superlative winners.
Week 7 is in the books, and it's time for a little game of "Buy or Sell" with BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart before we enter Week 8.
On a Saturday when Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan State and Maryland all had quarterbacks make starts for the first time, Ohio State needed its veteran superstar QB to pull out a huge overtime win at Wisconsin.
Great teams find ways to win ugly. And, make no mistake about it, Ohio State is a great team and this wasn’t the prettiest game in Madison, Wisconsin. The Buckeyes weren’t at their best on this night but found a way to grind out a 30-23 overtime win at Wisconsin and remain on course for a huge season—perhaps a national championship season. Ohio State is 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation for a reason, firmly in control of its destiny. The Buckeyes are a well coached team and have more talent than any team in the Big Ten.
Iowa should have dominated Purdue. And, that’s exactly what the Hawkeyes did Saturday, taking a 49-35 win. But this was more about just notching a win. This was about sending a message.
Week 6 is in the books, meaning several Big Ten teams have reached the midpoint of their 2016 season. Here is what Tom Dienhart is buying and selling as we enter Week 7.