Big Ten report: Buckeyes, Huskers take control

Big Ten report: Buckeyes, Huskers take control

Jim Rossow’s Big Ten Insider


TEAM                LEAGUE  OVERALL
Ohio State    5    0    9    0
Penn State    3    1    5    3
Wisconsin    3    2    6    3
Indiana    1    3    3    5
Purdue    0    4    3    5
Illinois    0    4    2    6

Nebraska    3    1    6    2
Michigan    3    1    5    3
Northwestern    3    2    7    2
Iowa    2    2    4    4
Michigan State    2    3    5    4
Minnesota    1    3    5    3
Indiana 31    Illinois 17
Northwestern 28    Iowa 17
Michigan State 16    Wisconsin 13 (OT)
Minnesota 44    Purdue 28
Ohio State 35    Penn State 23
Nebraska 23    Michigan 9
Iowa at Indiana    TBD
Michigan at Minnesota    TBD
Nebraska at Michigan State    TBD
Illinois at Ohio State    TBD
Penn State at Purdue    TBD
Bye: Northwestern, Wisconsin

saturday’s stars

-  TROPHIES, Ohio State. They can’t win the BCS title because the NCAA says so. But the Buckeyes can still cash in with a Leaders Division trophy (they’re going to win it), a Heisman Trophy (Braxton Miller is the best quarterback this side of Kansas State) and a national championship trophy (the AP voters are allowed to name Ohio State No. 1, free tattoos or not).
- STEPHEN HOUSTON, Indiana. Ran like Anthony Thompson, extending his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to nine. That’s the longest run since James Hardy scored in nine straight in 2006-07.
- JONES. Northwestern. Tyris Jones blocked a punt, the first of his career. Christian Jones caught a 47-yard touchdown pass, the longest of his career. We’re guessing the win made Jennifer Jones, an Academy Award-winning actress and Northwestern grad, very happy.
- JOHN WIENKE, Iowa. Tuscola product did what he does best: pin the opponent deep. His 37-yard punt was downed on the 1-yard line in the second quarter, Of his 10 punts this season, eight have been downed inside the 20.   
- VENRIC MARK, Northwestern. In two weeks, he’s risen from 13th to sixth on the school’s career all-purpose chart. He had 187 all-purpose yards to pass Sam Simmons, Bob Christian, D’Wayne Bates and Noah Herron.
- QUARTERBACKS, Minnesota. Both past (MarQueis Gray started at receiver and had four catches for 53 yards) and present (true freshman Philip Nelson was 15 of 17 for 246 yards and three TDs — in the first half).


n “I’m not concerned about the direction the program is headed, I’m concerned about the performance of our football team.” — DANNY HOPE, 19-26 as Purdue coach — and 0-4 in the Big Ten for the first time.
bowl forecast

- LOOKING GOOD: Indiana. Stop laughing, Bob Knight-breath. The Hoosiers certainly can finish 3-1 and reach the postseason for the first time since the 2007 Insight Bowl (who doesn’t remember where they were during that 49-33 loss to Oklahoma State?). They get Iowa and Wisconsin at home and Penn State and Purdue on the road. We see it coming down to the Old Oaken Bucket game which, the last time it was played at Ross-Ade went to overtime with the Hoosiers prevailing. Count on it happening again — and Indiana playing more than just basketball in December.
- LOOKING BAD: Iowa. Two weeks ago we told you the Hawkeyes were in good shape. Oops. Iowa needs to finish 2-2 to go bowling for a fifth consecutive season — and we don’t see it happening. Not the way Indiana is playing. Not with season-ending games against Michigan and Nebraska. Not with quarterbacking that must have Chuck Long thinking about a comeback.


This fall isn’t the first time Illinois has given its fans the cold shoulder. Eleven times in the last 20 seasons the Illini have lost at least three consecutive games at Memorial Stadium. Still wondering why no one shows up any more?
2012    3 (and counting)
2011    3
2006    6
2005    4
2004    3
2003    5
1999    3
1998    4
1997    6
1996    3
1993    3

Illini results (2-6)

Sept. 1    W. Michigan    W, 24-7
Sept. 8    at Arizona State    L, 45-14
Sept. 15    Charleston So.    W, 44-0
Sept. 22    Louisiana Tech    L, 52-24
Sept. 29    Penn State    L, 35-7
Oct. 6    at Wisconsin    L, 31-14
Oct. 13    at Michigan    L, 45-0
Saturday    Indiana    L, 31-17
Nov. 3    at Ohio State    TBA
Nov. 10    Minnesota    TBA
Nov. 17    Purdue    TBA
Nov. 24    at Northwestern    TBA

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