The first BCS standings came out late yesterday evening. With Ohio State ineligible for postseason play, the Big Ten does not have one team in the top 25. I’m not sure that has ever happened before since the BCS rankings came out. Ohio State moved up 1 spot to No. 7 in the AP poll, despite just getting past Indiana this weekend 52-49. Michigan ranked 23rd in the AP Poll, had no trouble against Illinois winning 45-0. Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns as Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14. Iowa topped Michigan State 19-16 in double overtime and this week’s opponent Northwestern spoiled Minnesota’s homecoming with a 21-13 win. Venric Mark rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns of 26 and 48 yards. The Wildcats are 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten.
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Looking at the standings in the Legends Division, Iowa and Michigan are on top at 2-0. Northwestern right behind them in third. Nebraska is 1-1 and Michigan State and Minnesota round out the division. As I mentioned, Ohio State ineligible for postseason play, so is Penn State. They are 1-2 in the Leaders division. Wisconsin has the clear path to playing in Indianapolis. They are 2-1, the rest of that division, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois a combined 0-8 record.
Back to the Northwestern-Minnesota game. Following Saturday afternoon’s loss to Northwestern, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure in the coaches’ locker room at TCF Bank Stadium, the university announced in a press release. Kill was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance as a precaution. The 51 year old Kill was released from the hospital on Sunday morning. He has had a seizure disorder since being diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2005. He suffered a more severe seizure on the sideline during a game last September and had to be hospitalized for several days. Coach Kill is not slowing down. He said last year quote. “What the hell am I supposed to do? Stop? I mean, sit in the chair and wait for the next dang seizure to come along?” Nebraska hosts Minnesota on November 17