>>Big Ten 12-1 Weekend Mark Best In Six Years
The Big Ten is coming off its best week of non-conference play in six years with wins in 12 out of 13 games.
It followed the league's worst showing in non-conference play in 22 years, one in which Big Ten teams lost six of nine games and had national college football analysts howling about the conference's lack of strength.
The stunning turnaround didn't result in any chest thumping among the coaches on Tuesday's teleconference with reporters. Nebraska's Bo Pelini said it's "ludicrous" to judge a conference on one weekend, good or bad.
The last time the Big Ten had a winning percentage of .923 (12-1) or better during a week in which it played more than two non-conference games was Sept. 26, 2008, according to STATS. The league went 11-0.
>>Barkley's Pac-12 Record Grows
(Undated) -- Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion will have to threw a few more yards than expected to become the Pac-12's all-time passing yards leader. The "Oregonian" says there was an error on the record held by former USC QB Matt Barkley. His record is now 12,327 yards instead of 12,274. Mannion needs 989 yards to break Barkley's mark.
>>MSU's Dantonio: Win Your Conference To Make Playoffs
(East Lansing, MI) -- At least one college football coach thinks you should have to win your conference championship to qualify for one of the four spots in the new College Football Playoff. Michigan State's Mark Dantonio said at his weekly news conference Tuesday that he feels a team should be the champion of its league before it can try and be champion of the country. Dantonio says teams shouldn't be able to go 11-and-1 but not win their conference title game and make the playoffs. The ninth-ranked Spartans are 2-and-1, with a loss at Oregon. A 13-member committee will select which four teams play in the national semifinals.
>>Another Longhorns Player Kicked Off Team
(Austin, TX) -- Another Longhorns player is being kicked off the team. Offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle has been dismissed for violating team rules. He'd already been suspended once by head coach Charlie Strong. Estelle is the ninth Longhorns player to be kicked off the team this year.