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Tom's top 10: Will Spartans ever make BCS bowl?

So much to talk about in the final regular-season weekend of the year. Has Braxton Miller sewn up Big Ten offensive player of the year honors? How hot is Le’Veon Bell? Has this been the Year of the Backup Quarterback? Check it all out in my weekly Top 10. 1. The best is yet to come for Ohio State. And that’s a frightening thought. The Buckeyes just capped a 12-0 season with a 26-21 win over Michigan, giving Ohio State eight wins in the last nine meetings with the Wolverines. This is a relatively young Buckeye squad that will return

Tom's Top 10: None better than PSU's Robinson

Here’s a look back at the Saturday that was—along with a few sneak peeks forward—in my weekly top 10. It’s good to be a Nebraska and Michigan fan. Ohio State, too. It’s also not to be bad being a Penn State fan, what with the way Matt McGloin and Allen Robinson are playing. 1. Is Braxton Miller now a Heisman front-runner? Losses by Kansas State’s Collin Klein and Oregon and its candidates has scrambled the race and created an opening for Miller. He’s still a long shot. But maybe the sophomore can at least get to New York for the

Tom's Top 10: Abdullah, Huskers getting it done

Lots went on in Week 11. Wisconsin clinched the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten championship game. Also, Nebraska stayed in control in the Legends, Minnesota became bowl eligible, Purdue’s bowl hopes remained alive, Northwestern’s hopes of getting to the Big Ten title game ended, Indiana’s Rose Bowl dreams got smashed … here’s my Top 10. 1. Montee Ball needs one more touchdown to tie former Miami (Ohio) running back Travis Prentice for the NCAA all-time lead. With two games left, plus the Big Ten title game and a bowl game, I think it’s a cinch Ball will get

Tom's Top 10: Would OSU beat other perfect teams?

Another week is in the books. The AP and Coaches polls are out. Now, it’s time to release my Top 10 for the week. Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the whatever-the-heck-I-feel-like-looking-at as I glance back on Saturday from my Sunday perch. 1. Is there a more thrilling team in the nation than Nebraska? In fact, it is No. 1 on the Cardiac Poll. The Cornhuskers are making a habit of rallying for thrilling wins. There was a 17-point comeback vs. Wisconsin; a 12-point comeback at Northwestern; a 10-point comeback at Michigan State. Keep those digitalis handy,

Tom's Top 10: Philip Nelson could be season-saver

Lots of interesting things took place on Saturday, as the Legends Division race got a lot more interesting with Michigan’s loss at Nebraska. It got me thinking that Cornhusker quarterback Taylor Martinez may not be getting all of the credit that he deserves. I discuss that and more in my top 10. 1. Ohio State’s chances of going unbeaten continue to grow. The Buckeyes are now 9-0. Up next is a visit from Illinois. Ohio State is then off before finishing the season with a bang at Wisconsin and vs. Michigan. Where would you rank the Buckeyes among the nation’s

Tom's Top 10: Ohio State-Penn State will be great

Here is my weekly “Top 10,” a fun and offbeat look at this past Saturday of action—and beyond. 1. Everyone in the Legends Division is chasing Michigan, a 12-10 winner over Michigan State on Saturday. That moved the Wolverines to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. With Iowa’s loss, they are the only club in the Legends that is unbeaten in conference action. Nebraska and Iowa each have one loss. Northwestern has two. What’s it mean? The Wolverines are in prime position down the stretch. After going to Nebraska this Saturday, Michigan plays at Minnesota, vs. Northwestern and

Tom's Top 10: Who's it going to be in the Legends?

Another week of Big Ten football in the books, another chance to offer some thoughts from around the conference. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 7. 1. Yes, Ohio State is 7-0 and the offense is playing great. But I remain concerned about the defense. On Saturday, the Buckeyes yielded 49 points to Indiana after allowing 38 last week to Nebraska. IU also had 481 yards of offense with 352 coming through the air. Ohio State ranks No. 10 in the Big Ten in total defense (400.0 ypg) and No. 8 in scoring defense (24.6

Tom's Top 10: It's going to be fun in the Legends

Believe it or not, we’re halfway through the 2012 Big Ten football season. Six weeks in, Ohio State is the final undefeated Big Ten team. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 6. 1. And then there was one—one unbeaten team. Northwestern fell from the ranks of perfection with a 39-28 loss at Penn State, leaving Ohio State as the only Big Ten that is perfect. And the Buckeyes may just finish that way, too. Who is going to beat this team? Exactly. [RELATED: Dienhart: “I’m not sure if anyone can beat Ohio State”] 2. Michigan

Tom's Top 10: Forget about 'Film Gate'

And then there were two. The first week of Big Ten play saw previously undefeated Minnesota suffer its first loss of the season. That leaves Ohio State and Northwestern, both 5-0, as the Big Ten’s lone remaining perfect teams (B1G standings). See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 5. 1. The Ohio State “film gate.” Michigan State claims that Ohio State doctored game film of its offense that it sent the Spartan staff prior to their recent game. MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi says OSU cut off pre-snap motions and shifts before plays of its first

Tom's Top 10: Best of the non-con season

I have a twist on my weekly “Tom’s Top 10” this week. With non-conference play complete save for two games and Big Ten action set to kick off on Saturday, I take a look at the “best” of the non-league season. What was the best game of the non-conference season? How about the best performance? And the best moment? Find out below. 1. Best team: Ohio State – No team has really dominated, but Ohio State is the choice. The Buckeyes are on probation and not eligible to win the Big Ten or go to a bowl. Still, they have