Rossow's Big Ten report: All Hail Hoosiers
Jim Rossow’s Big Ten Insider
TEAM LEAGUE OVERALL
Ohio State 6 0 10 0
Penn State 4 1 6 3
Wisconsin 3 2 6 3
Indiana 2 3 4 5
Purdue 0 5 3 6
Illinois 0 5 2 7
Nebraska 4 1 7 2
Michigan 4 1 6 3
Northwestern 3 2 7 2
Iowa 2 3 4 5
Michigan State 2 4 5 5
Minnesota 1 4 5 4
Indiana 24 Iowa 21
Michigan 35 Minnesota 13
Nebraska 28 Michigan State 24
Ohio State 52 Illinois 22
Penn State 34 Purdue 9
Bye: Northwestern, Wisconsin
NEXT SATURDAY’S GAMES
Northwestern at Michigan 11 a.m.
Wisconsin at Indiana 11 a.m.
Purdue at Iowa 11 a.m.
Penn State at Nebraska 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Illinois 2:30 p.m.
Bye: Ohio State, Michigan State
- URBAN MEYER, Ohio State. Reached 10 wins for the sixth time in his remarkable career (twice at Utah, three times at Florida). For comparison’s sake, Illinois coaches have won 10 games in a season three times (Mike White in 1983, John Mackovic in ‘89 and Ron Turner in 2001).
- COACHES, Indiana. Tom Crean has his basketball Hoosiers ranked No. 1 in the country (no surprise). Kevin Wilson’s guys are in position to play in the Big Ten championship game (huge surprise). John Mellencamp must be beside himself.
- CORNHUSKERS, when it counts. Entering the season, Nebraska had rallied from double-digit fourth-quarter deficits four times in its rich history. But Saturday marked the second straight road game Herbie stormed back late to win (down 12 with six minutes left vs. Northwestern, down 10 with 14 minutes left vs. Sparty).
- BIRTHDAY BOYS, young and old. Loren Tate celebrated his 81st by writing one heckuva column (D-4). Brady Hoke celebrated his 54th by making Michigan bowl eligible for the 42nd time.
- CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY, Iowa. Returning an interception for a TD was good. Actually recovering an Indiana fumble was better. The Hoosiers were the only team in the country without a lost fumble entering Saturday’s game.
- SAM FICKEN, Penn State. He blew the Virginia game and has missed half of his 14 field goal attempts. But the Valparaiso, Ind., product kicked like Robbie Gould against Purdue (2 for 2) and has gone consecutive games without a miss.
- (Offensive coordinator) Tim Beck asked me, he said ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to play it safe?’ I said, ‘Let’s go win the football game.’ “ — Nebraska coach BO PELINI, on Taylor Martinez’s game-winning TD pass with six seconds left when a field goal would have forced overtime.
- LOOKING GOOD: Nebraska. First of all, the winner of the Legends Division is going to take the Leaders Division champ to the woodshed in Indy. Won’t even be close. Probably a running clock. Having beaten its only pursuers — Michigan and Northwestern — Nebraska essentially clinched a trip to the Circle City by rallying past Sparty. The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is pleased.
- LOOKING BAD: Illinois. Tim Beckman is the third coach in a row to miss the postseason in his first year at Illinois. The combined record of Ron Turner, Ron Zook and Beckman in Year 1: 4-27. Wish we could tell you it’ll get better in 2013, but Turner and Zook’s teams went a combined 5-18 the second time around.
Illinois, which has been playing football since 1890, tied a school record Saturday by allowing 50 points for the second time in one season. A look at the other three teams that gave up 50 twice and how they finished:
YEAR COACH RECORD
2005 Ron Zook 2-9
1986 Mike White 4-7
1985 Mike White 6-5-1
1969 Jim Valek 0-10
Illini results (2-7)
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
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
Oct. 27 Indiana L, 31-17
Saturday at Ohio State L, 52-22
Nov. 10 Minnesota 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 Purdue TBA
Nov. 24 at Northwestern TBA