Rossow's Big Ten report: MVPs stand tall
Jim Rossow’s Big Ten Insider
TEAM LEAGUE OVERALL
Ohio State 7 0 11 0
Penn State 5 2 7 4
Wisconsin 4 3 7 4
Purdue 2 5 5 6
Indiana 2 5 4 7
Illinois 0 7 2 9
Nebraska 6 1 9 2
Michigan 6 1 8 3
Northwestern 4 3 8 3
Minnesota 2 5 6 5
Michigan State 2 5 5 6
Iowa 2 5 4 7
Michigan 42 Iowa 17
Northwestern 23 Michigan St. 20
Penn State 45 Indiana 22
Nebraska 38 Minnesota 14
Purdue 20 Illinois 17
Ohio State 21 Wisconsin 14 (OT)
Nebraska at Iowa 11 a.m.
NEXT SATURDAY’S GAMES
Illinois at Northwestern 11 a.m.
Michigan at Ohio State 11 a.m.
Indiana at Purdue 11 a.m.
Wisconsin at Penn State 2:30 p.m.
Michigan St. at Minnesota 2:30 p.m.
- COACHES, Nebraska. The current guy in charge (Bo Pelini) kept his emotions in check (translation: didn’t go berserk on his starting safety). It helped that the legend (Tom Osborne) jogged onto the field next to him before the game, sending the Memorial Stadium crowd into a tizzy. “Salute to Tom Osborne” was a pleasant way to honor the current AD, who is retiring Jan. 1 (Saturday’s game was the 500th in which he served in an official capacity for the university).
- QUARTERBACKS, Michigan. The current guy in charge (Devin Gardner) improved to 3-0 as a starter and became the first Wolverine since 1983 to account for six touchdowns. It helped that the legend (Denard Robinson) jogged onto the field next to him to start the game, sending the Michigan Stadium crowd into a tizzy. Still unable to throw, Robinson led Michigan with 98 yards rushing.
- OLD GUYS WHO STAYED, Penn State. Senior Matt McGloin broke Daryll Clark’s single-season passing record of 3,003 yards with a career-high 395-yard afternoon. Senior Gerald Hodges played like Matt Millen (12 tackles, interception). As a result, the Nittany Lions are going to finish with a winning record.
- MVP CANDIDATES, behind center. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez became the school’s all-time leading passer, sneaking past strong-armed Zac Taylor. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller joined Bobby Hoying and Joe Germaine as the only Buckeyes with 3,000 yards of total offense.
- Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern. Safety had 11 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a QB hurry and two pass breakups. He’s a big reason why Wildcats are plus-11 this season in turnover ratio.
- “I thought the White Sox were playing the Tigers — looked like a baseball game.” — Northwestern coach PAT Fitzgerald on his team’s 3-2 first-half lead against Michigan State.
LOOKING GOOD: Nebraska. Osborne could line up at tailback and the Cornhuskers still would make a BCS game. That’s how easy their path is (at Iowa to close the regular season, vs. Wisconsin in Indy.) But if there’s a team that deserves a scheduling break, it’s the guys in red. Consider who they didn’t get to play this fall: Illinois, Indiana and Purdue. No one in the Big Ten had it worse.
LOOKING BAD: Michigan State. On the second page of Sparty’s media guide are lists for “Winningest NCAA FBS programs since 2000” and “Most Big Ten wins since 2008,” both of which include the Spartans near the top. Something tells us they’re going to need a filler for Page 2 next fall. That’s because Not-So-Mean-Green is on the verge of missing the postseason for the first time since John L. Smith was in charge (2006). Michigan State has to beat Minnesota to get to six wins. The Gophers are no gimme considering they’re A) at home B) going to a bowl and C) 6-4 against the Spartans since 1998,
Next week, Tim Beckman’s Illini are expected to become the 10th team in school history to lose at least 10 games:
YEAR RECORD COACH
2006 2-10 Ron Zook
2003 1-11 Ron Turner
1969 0-10 Jim Valek
Note: Northwestern tops the Big Ten when it comes to 10-loss seasons (7). Next in line: Indiana (4), Wisconsin (3) and Iowa (3).
Illini results (2-9)
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
Nov. 3 at Ohio State L, 52-22
Nov. 10 Minnesota L, 17-3
Nov. 17 Purdue L, 20-17
Nov. 24 at Northwestern 11 a.m.