COLUMBUS: What's brewing with the 2010 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Peri knows what you're thinking: If Ohio State wins out, and Michigan State slips someplace, the Buckeyes could still grab a piece of a sixth straight Big Ten title.
That's true. Here's what's left for each of the top teams in the standings, with a quick word on each:
1, Michigan State (8-0, 4-0): at Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, at Penn State
A manageable schedule — if the Spartans can escape Iowa City on Saturday with a win.
2 (tie), Ohio State (7-1, 3-1): at Minnesota, Penn State, at Iowa, Michigan
It all comes down to the showdown on Nov. 20 against the Hawkeyes.
2 (tie), Wisconsin (7-1, 3-1): at Purdue, Indiana, at Michigan, Northwestern
Easiest schedule of any of the contenders, although last two aren't walkovers.
4 (tie), Iowa (5-2, 2-1): Michigan State, at Indiana, at Northwestern, Ohio State, at Minnesota
Roughest road to hoe of the lot. This is a good Hawkeyes team, but not a stretch to see it losing three more times.
4 (tie), Purdue (4-3, 2-1): at Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, at Michigan State, Indiana
After landslide loss at Ohio State, doubtful Boiler Pete has enough horses to finish above .500.
POLL DANCING: Doesn't anybody here want to be No. 1?
For the third week in a row, a team ranked No. 1 by one of the polls was rocked. First, it was Alabama at South Carolina. Then came Ohio State at Wisconsin. Then Oklahoma, ranked first by the coaches, fell at Missouri.
The latest Associated Press media poll has Oregon again on top for the second week in a row, followed by Boise State, Auburn, TCU, Michigan State, Alabama, Missouri, Utah, Wisconsin and at No. 10, Ohio State.
Auburn is the only unbeaten left in the Southeastern Conference after bopping LSU and moving up two spots. Mizzou made the biggest climb, 11 spots to No. 7.
MORE BAD NEWS: Much has already been made of Purdue's star-crossed season in which, among others, it has lost its top quarterback, running back and wide receiver to injury. In the 49-0 loss to Ohio State, the Boilermakers added to that list when they lost QB Rob Henry. he injured the index finger on his right, or throwing, hand.
PASSING JUDGMENT: Purdue coach Danny Hope, on Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor leading an offense that totaled 489 yards: "There were some big holes. They threw some great passes; some of them were just kind of thrown up and they were the only ones there in the field to catch it. We weren't even around it.'
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Next up for the Buckeyes is Minnesota, which lost at home to Penn State, 33-21.
Adam Weber became the fifth Big Ten quarterback to reach 10,000 career yards, throwing three touchdown passes to Da'Jon McKnight and finishing 26 for 49 for 299 yards with one costly interception. DeLeon Eskridge rushed 26 times for 111 yards for the Golden Gophers (1-7, 0-4), who played their first game following the firing of coach Tim Brewster and the takeover by interim replacement Jeff Horton.
The Buckeyes play the Golden Gophers at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be carried by ABC/ESPN.