Recognizing the best and brightest from the Big Ten in Week 9:
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and RB Carlos Hyde: The Big Ten's most dangerous offensive backfield put up huge numbers once again, as Ohio State crushed Penn State at The Shoe. Miller, looking more like the Heisman Trophy candidate many thought he would be before the season, completed 18 of 24 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns and added 68 rush yards and two touchdowns. Hyde continued his surge with 147 rush yards and two touchdowns on only 16 carries.
Minnesota RB David Cobb: The Gophers pounded away for 271 rushing yards in a 34-23 win over Nebraska, and Cobb led the way. Taking over as the starting running back, Cobb carried the ball 31 times for 138 yards.
Iowa LBs Anthony Hitchens and James Morris: Hitchens had nine tackles and a sack and forced a fumble as Northwestern was driving into Hawkeyes territory. Morris had eight tackles and two sacks and recovered that fumble. Both guys were key in helping Iowa limit Northwestern to just one touchdown in a 17-10 overtime win.
Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford and QB Connor Cook: Langford has quickly established himself as the Spartans' top offensive weapon, and he showed why again on Saturday by running 22 times for 104 yards and two scores in a 42-3 victory at Illinois. Cook had a fumble at the goal line early and should have been picked off on his touchdown throw near the end of the first half. But he threw just one incompletion in 16 attempts, finishing with 208 yards and three scores. Michigan State went 14-for-16 on third down and had possibly its most balanced offensive attack in the past two seasons.