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Ohio State currently has a stamp on them that they cannot win a big game. Some people think it is a big tattoo that will never be removed, but after last night in Madison it is just a stamp to me. An ugly stamp you havenâ€™t washed from the club the night before, but it only took a true freshman Quarterback to rub the stamp off for now.
Playing under the lights in Madison is a tough task. Ask the 2003 Buckeye squad who was undefeated and defending their national championship when they floundered in the Wisconsin elements and lost 17 to 10 on a late bomb to Lee Evans. Jim Tresselâ€™s only career losing record to a Big Ten team was Wisconsin before last nightâ€™s victory (3-3). [Read more…] about Big Game Win: Ohio State 20 Wisconsin 17
Thus far the Big Ten has come up with mixed reviews. There are high spots and low ones and considering that Big Ten BCS representatives (ahhemmm, the Buckeyes and Illini) showed so poorly during bowl season, lukewarm feelings about the conference in the media and amongst college football fans have remained. (Especially those of us from SEC and ACC country)
After Ohio Stateâ€™s whooping in the coliseum even more heads turned. That came hours after Michigan dropped a game to a Notre Dame team which is shaky at best. A few hours later, though, the Badgers went came up big out of conference. There were mixed reviews before then, but even more after the fact. The real question is, who will rise to the top from this conference?
Often I read my college friendâ€™s Off The Tracks Purdue blog and he has gotten the attention of the Big Ten Bloggers Roundtable for his site on the Boilermakers. If Iâ€™m not mistaken he got slammed last year by readers for crossing the line in a rant about Notre Dame Football, but otherwise heâ€™s a great writer and Notre Dame still sucks.
Soon maybe Midwest Sports Fans could have some writers in the Big Ten Bloggers Roundtable (even though I got rejected by the MAC Conference Bloggers) but until then below I answered their preseason questions. Keep in mind I’m wearing a sweatervest with no pants right now….
1. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg recently ranked the top 5 rivalries in the Big Ten and there were some controversial results (Illinois v Ohio State as #3?). Clearly Ohio State vs. Michigan is the #1 rivalry in the Big Ten, but give me your next three. [Read more…] about Big Ten Bloggers Roundtable: Rivalries