REMEMBER WHEN NEBRASKA FIRED FRANK SOLICH AFTER A 9-3 SEASON? Well, Bo Pelini's seat is getting warm. Ohio State dropped a whopping 63 points on the Nebraska black-shirt defense. The Conhuskers have problems across the board that need fixed. The defensive line is a part of those problems and Corn Nation is calling for younger players in the rotation on the DL. They graded out with an "F" but new coach Rick Kaczenski gets a pass, for now.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT BEAT DOWN. Things are looking good in Buckeye-land. Ted Glover took a couple minutes to gloat a little. Land-Grant Holy Land has already turned its focus towards the next opponent, Indiana. Apparently, they believe Urban Meyer should note an Ohio State loss to the Hoosiers in 1987 as motivation.
IF OHIO STATE IS THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEADERS DIVISION, PENN STATE MAY BE RIGHT BEHIND THEM. They were favored at home over Northwestern despite the Wildcats being undefeated. It looked like Northwestern was going to get the win but Penn State would not be denied and won their fourth game in-a-row. Penn State is doing it with surprise performances on offense (Matt McGloin) and terrific play on defense. For the third time in the past four weeks a Penn State defender is named B1G Defensive Player of the Week.
NORTHWESTERN SUFFERS THEIR FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON. Kain Colter was coming off a B1G Offensive Player of the Week performance versus Indiana but only took 14 snaps at quarterback against Penn State. The jNW offense had plenty of opportunity but failed to execute. Despite the loss they still have a chance to win the Legends Division.
WISCONSIN FINDS THEIR OFFENSE LATE AGAINST ILLINOIS. The Badgers looked like the team we all expected them to be in the second half versus Illinois. The first half was a 7-7 snoozer but perhaps Bucky is alive and fighting for the Leaders Division. Bret Bielema believes having Jared Abbrederis back at 100% health is helping the run game because he stretches the field so well as a wide receiver. The Badgers face Purdue this Saturday in what could be the game to decide the Leaders Division representative in the Big Ten Championship game.
PURDUE WILL START CALEB TERBUSH VERSUS WISCONSIN. Robert Marve was able - despite an injured knee - to lead Purdue down the field versus Michigan. Danny Hope is still sticking with TerBush in perhaps Purdue's biggest game of the season.
THE HOOSIERS SHOWED SOME LIFE AGAINST SPARTY. But, in typical Hoosier fashion, they found a way to lose. They built a big lead, at home. Domination, maybe. They choked because they are Indiana. Ohio State is up next.
AND SPARTY. Survived the scare in Bloomington. Mark Dantonio continues to run Le'Veon Bell into the ground, giving him 37 carries. Michigan State will be without their leading receiver against Iowa. Dion Sims is expected back the following week for Michigan.
MICHIGAN ROLLED PURDUE. It was an ambush right out of the gate. Maize n Brew is feeling optimistic about the Wolverines chances the rest of the season. The Michigan offense went run heavy against Purdue and that could be their recipe for success the rest of the way. With Michigan State and Nebraska failing Saturday, Michigan looks like the cream of the Legends crop.