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Ohio State and Michigan at the top of the Bi

 von dasg234 , 10.01.2018 13:36

Ohio State and Michigan at the top of the Big Ten East is no surprise at the halfway point of the season, but who would have imagined defending conference champion and 2015 College Football Playoff participant Michigan State having only two wins?Nebraska leads the West, though its schedule gets significantly tougher after this week, and defending division champ Iowa is a half-game behind and regaining its traction after losing at home to North Dakota State and Northwestern.Heres an overview of whats happened so far in the Big Ten:BIGGEST SURPRISEIndiana is only 3-3, but the Hoosiers are much improved . Theyve started to play good defense, finally, and thats largely because of Kevin Wilson hiring of coordinator Tom Allen. Allens aggressive 4-2-5 defense allowed Indiana to beat Michigan State, play Ohio State close into the fourth quarter and give Nebraska a scare. The Hoosiers are kicking themselves for losing to Wake Forest at home, but they likely to make a bowl for the second straight year.BIGGEST BUSTMichigan State is a mess. The Spartans cant decide on a quarterback, rank last in the Big Ten in rushing, miss tackles at an alarming rate and dont seem to have their signature toughness. Last week Northwestern scored 54 points , the most points allowed by an MSU team since 2003. The Spartans must win four of their last six just to be eligible for a bowl, and they still have to play Michigan and Ohio State.BEST TURNAROUNDNebraska is 6-0, ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 2011 and alone in first place in the West. A year ago at this time the Cornhuskers were 2-4 and on their way to a 6-7 season. The close losses in 2015 are close wins this year , and theyre playing with the confidence that comes with having a greater understanding and comfort in the offensive and defensive systems under second-year coach Mike Riley.BEST IN-SEASON TURNAROUNDNorthwestern, which won 10 games last year and had high hopes, was 0-2 after losing at home to FCS Illinois State. The Wildcats have cranked up their offense the last couple games, and theyre only a game behind Nebraska in the West.TOP ALL-AROUND PLAYERMichigans electrifying Jabrill Peppers , listed on the roster as a linebacker, has lined up all over the field. Peppers ranks among the national leaders in tackles for loss, he covers and returns kicks and is the countrys No. 2 punt returner. He also has played some offense, taking snaps out of the wildcat formation.TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYEROhio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is the Big Tens best chance for the Heisman Trophy. His downfield passing can be hit or miss, but hes a playmaker and he wins. That was never more apparent than last week at Wisconsin.TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER NOT NAMED PEPPERSWisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt has overcome injuries the last two years to become one of the conferences most disruptive forces. J.J. Watts little brother, and a converted tight end, he leads the Badgers with 5.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss.BIGGEST MIRAGEDJ Durkins first season at Maryland started 4-0 with points piling up at a fast clip. The Terrapins have scored a total of 24 in losing their last two games, their QB situation is in flux and the turnover bug has cropped up again. They probably will be favored in only one of their final six games (at home against Rutgers).WORST LUCKPenn State has had seven linebackers injured so far, including starters Jason Cabinda, Brandon Bell and Nyeem Wartman-White. Not even Linebacker U. can withstand so many casualties. The good news is that the Nittany Lions are getting healthier, and just in time with Ohio State visiting this week.BEST GAME (so far)Ohio States 30-23 win at Wisconsin. Barrett had 199 of his 318 total yards and all three of his touchdowns after halftime, including the game-winner to Noah Brown in overtime, in a matchup of top-10 teams that lived up to its billing.WORST GAME (so far)Michigans 78-0 win at Rutgers. The Wolverines did whatever they wanted. The Scarlet Knights were limited to 22 yards total yards and two first downs.COACHING CAROUSELPurdue fired Darrell Hazell on Sunday to get a jump on the coaching search. The Boilermakers showed glimmers of hope early in the season, but Hazell couldnt survive 49-35 homecoming loss that really wasnt that close.Minnesotas Tracy Claeys is in his first full season as Jerry Kills successor and in the first year of a three-year contract. The Gophers are 4-2, but after losing an ugly game to Iowa he could really use a win over Nebraska or Wisconsin to fend off skeptical fans.Lovie Smith is off to a 2-4 start at Illinois, has QB issues and undoubtedly still wringing his hands over losing at home to Purdue.Chris Ash knew Rutgers would be a tough job -- the Knights went 11 quarters without scoring -- but he surely couldnt have imagined it being like this.---Online: AP college football website: Indiana Pacers Jerseys .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. Cory Joseph Jersey . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. . Andreas Johnson had a goal and two assists while Jacob de la Rose also scored for Sweden (2-0-0). 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Rajshahi Kings captain Darren Sammy said Sabbir Rahmans dismissal in the tenth over of the chase proved to be the turning point of the BPL final against Dhaka Dynamites in Mirpur. Sabbir, on 26, rushed Mominul Haque for a single, but Mehedi Marufs direct hit from short fine leg ran him out.From the comfort of 62 for 1, Rajshahi were bowled out for 103, the lowest total in a BPL final. Mominul top scored with 27, but it was never enough and Sammy said they needed one of the top four to bat through most of the chase. I thought the run-out of Sabbir changed the momentum for us, Sammy said after the game. I think ten runs an over is quite manageable so we needed 97 in the last 10 overs with set batters. We lost too many wickets after ten overs. Every time we took the attack we kept losing wickets, so that was the turning point. Half way through I was quite confident of chasing the target but we needed someone in the top four to bat through.Credit to Dhaka, but again I am really proud of what we have achieved with the players we have. We didnt have the stars but we played like a star team. For me that was the most important part as a captain.ddddddddddddSammy said Rajshahis fortunes in the tournament had changed when Farhad Reza and Mehedi Hasan added 85 for the eighth wicket after they had slipped to 43 for 7 against Rangpur Riders on November 28. They ended up winning by 49 runs, which helped them build momentum to make the final.For me it was the partnership Farhad and Miraz had against Rangpur. We were 40-odd for 7, and I saw the Rangpur owner was passing by the dugout. He was just laughing and he had the largest smile on his face. I was just saying, just get us to 120. These two played like kings. We believed in each other.I want to single out our franchise owners. 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