So many good running backs to choose from, so few spots on the all-conference team to fill. That’s the conundrum that Lee Barfknecht of Omaha.com is dealing with. I feel his pain. So, let’s start daily links there. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah gets one spot. The other? That’s a toughie. Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde? Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon or James White? Minnesota’s David Cobb? Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford? Indiana’s Tevin Coleman? So difficult.
Freshly minted No. 1 Michigan State struggled early but managed to put away Portland, 82-67, Monday night at the Breslin Center. Keith Appling scored 25 points and Adreian Payne added 19 to pace the Spartans, who 45 percent from 3-point land. Get all the stats, recap and video highlights in this post.
No major shakeups. Stanford’s loss at USC means Oregon is now slated to play Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. But UCLA just as easily could be the foe. The Buckeyes cling to BCS title game hopes, resting at No. 3 in the current standings.
Just two weeks are left in the regular season, and things are heating up down the stretch. Among the hot button issues: Who is the second-best team in the Big Ten? Michigan State or Wisconsin? Read about that, and more, in my weekly mailbag. Keep those cards and letters coming.
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Michigan State received 51 of 70 first-place votes and now sits atop of the AP Top 25. Michigan State (3-0) hasn’t been No. 1 since Jan. 1, 2001 – a few months after winning the most recent of its two NCAA titles – and took over No. 1 after holding on for a 78-74 win over then No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday in Chicago. Michigan State plays visiting Portland tonight (game preview) at 7 p.m. on BTN/BTN2Go.
The BCS race is getting a bit interesting, as Baylor has narrowed the gap—and I mean REALLY narrowed the gap as in .001 narrow—behind Ohio State.