Big Ten power rankings: Holy two-win teams, Batman!
There’s no disputing Ohio State and Indiana’s place at the top. MICHIGAN STATE (2-4)The rollercoaster bottomed out again in East Lansing, as the Spartans found themselves in a 35-0 hole against Ohio State before showing any pulse, especially on offense. Michigan State only moved the ball after Rocky Lombardi got injured, leaving to question Mel Tucker’s quarterback choice all season. OHIO STATE (5-0)The Buckeyes were missing some star power along the offensive line and coaching staff, but with Justin Fields at quarterback, it didn’t matter. Fields ran for a career-high 104 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan State, and also threw for 199 and two scores.mlive.com
Bateman back for Minnesota, but no Parsons for Penn State
Minnesota is getting its star wide receiver back for an abbreviated Big Ten season. Minnesota announced Wednesday that Rashod Bateman was cleared to play this season by the NCAA and Big Ten after opting out in August. At Penn State, coach James Franklin closed the door on All-America linebacker Micah Parsons returning to the Nittany Lions. Both Bateman and Parsons opted out of the 2020 season before the Big Ten postponed amid concerns about the pandemic. Purdue All-America receiver Rondale Moore, who opted out early like Parsons and Bateman, was cleared to play for the Boilermakers last week.
He’s back: Purdue star WR Rondale Moore opts back in for Big Ten football season
Purdue’s Rondale Moore, who initially opted out of the season, opted back in on Thursday. Moore appeared in just four games last season before a hamstring injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. On Aug. 6, the day after the Big Ten released a revised, conference-only schedule, Moore opted out to begin preparing for the NFL draft, citing “unprecedented circumstances” surrounding COVID-19. Purdue, a member of the Big Ten’s West Division, is not scheduled to play Michigan or Michigan State this season. “The Big Ten figured it out, Purdue was doing a great job of keeping us safe, and I felt safe coming back,” Moore told ESPN.mlive.com
AP Source: Pac-12 Commissioner meets with player group
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott met with representatives from the #WeAreUnited college player group, with much of the discussion focused on the conferences health and safety protocols. The players have demanded the Pac-12 address a list of concerns about COVID-19 protocols, racial injustice in college sports and economic rights for college athletes. Players around the country are already opting out of the coming season, with some saying goodbye to college football for good. Maryland coach Mike Locksley announced six players, including starting quarterback Josh Jackson and two starting offensive linemen, were opting out. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Penn State football vs. Purdue: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at Beaver Stadium on September 14, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. - Penn State opened Big Ten play in extremely impressive fashion and it has one more favorable matchup before running a gauntlet of tough opponents. LINE: Penn State -27.5After an uneven but unbeaten non-conference slate, Penn State invaded Maryland for a Friday night affair in front of a fired-up crowd and dominated the Terrapins en route to a 59-0 victory. The teams have not met since 2016, when Penn State topped Purdue for the eighth straight time with a 62-24 win. PREDICTION: Penn State 45, Purdue 14More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.