It’s that time of the week, time for me to reach into my mailbag. Keep those cards and letters coming, as there is much to talk about. This week, Ohio State’s BCS title game hopes, Michigan’s defense, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and much more. So, let’s get started.
For years, Big Ten coaches have spouted off clichés about how difficult a grind the conference is week in week out, how there are no off nights, that you’re in for battle in every match, and that there is no margin for error. While accurate in some sense, until the 2013 season, it seemed like a lot of coach speak to pump up the reputation of the league.
BTN’s Dan Kelly, Kevin Egan and special guest Matt Eliason recap the latest Big Ten soccer action, including Michigan’s 1-0 upset win over No. 12 Creighton. Additionally, the panel talks about Penn State’s path to an undefeated conference record so far and what’s ahead for the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State is still on the outside looking in when it comes to playing in the BCS title game (BCS Standings), but plenty of time remains. Don’t fret, Brutus. The Big Ten has a decent shot to get two teams into BCS bowls, with Wisconsin a good bet to finish 10-2 and claim a sweet postseason slot. In fact, I have the Badgers slotted to be an at-large BCS bowl team in this week’s rankings.
The Big Ten office released its Week 8 Big Ten Players of the Week on Monday, and it includes a pair of first-time honorees. Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon, the Offensive Player of the Week, highlights the list following his record-breaking 369 receiving yards in a wild win over Indiana. See all the honorees in this post.