College football picks, odds for Big Ten in Week 14: Ohio State rolls, Wisconsin bounces back against Indiana

The Big Ten has had a theme of games getting canceled this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That will be the case once again this week with Maryland at Michigan and Northwestern at Minnesota off due to the virus and protocols.

After being forced to cancel last week’s game due to COVID-19, Ohio State returns to the field to show that it belongs in the conversation for the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 4 in the most recent College Football Playoff Rankings behind the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson. Ohio State just has Michigan State and Michigan to cap off the season and in actuality, Michigan State could be their final opponent of the season given Michigan’s recent COVID-19 outbreak. 

The most intriguing game on the Big Ten slate is Indiana taking on Wisconsin in the only battle of ranked teams. However, a game that looked really interesting on paper took a hit last week when Hoosiers star quarterback Michael Penix Jr. suffered a torn ACL against Maryland. Now sophomore Jack Tuttle, who has very limited experience, will take over the reins and have an uphill battle against a very tough Wisconsin team on the road. 

Let’s take a closer look at this week’s conference slate with the latest edition of Big Ten picks.

No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State

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Ohio State returns to the gridiron after having last week’s game canceled as a result of COVID-19. The Buckeyes will be looking to make a statement with just two more games remaining on their schedule. However, this matchup against Michigan State could be just what the doctor ordered for Ohio State. The Buckeyes possess the top scoring offense in the Big Ten while the Spartans rank dead last with just 18 points per contest. While a three-touchdown line is hefty, I have zero doubt that Justin Fields and company will put a ton of points on the board. Pick: Ohio State (-23.5)

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Nebraska has been one of the most disappointing teams in the Big Ten this season. Despite only having one win entering last week’s game against Iowa, the Cornhuskers took the Hawkeyes to the limit and even led in the second half. Quarterback Adrian Martinez was nearly flawless as he threw just two incompletions and made plays with his legs. This game has the potential to be another close one for a Nebraska team that has lost three of their past four games by eight points or less. However, I think the Cornhuskers do just enough to steal one on the road. Pick: Nebraska (+2.5)

Polar opposites will be doing battle when Penn State takes on Rutgers. The Nittany Lions had lofty expectations entering the 2020 season and didn’t earn their first win until just this past week against Michigan. On the other hand, Rutgers has been the laughingstock of the Big Ten for several seasons, but coach Greg Schiano has really turned the

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Jack Tuttle Talks Mentality Ahead of First-Career Start for Indiana Football

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Every week Jack Tuttle prepares like he’s the starter, whether he is or not.

Through the first six games of the season, Tuttle has not been the starter, but as Indiana gets set to head to No. 18 Wisconsin this Saturday, Tuttle’s preparation will now become a reality.

Tuttle will be getting his first-career start after Michael Penix Jr. suffered a torn ACL against Maryland last Saturday.

“Every week I try to prepare like I am the starter,” Tuttle said. “Every week we put earmuffs and blinders on to the outside to focus on the internal and our opponent.”

Tuttle came into last Saturday’s game after Penix went down in the third quarter.

In his first play from scrimmage, he was lined up as a wide receiver as Stevie Scott took a direct snap and scored a touchdown. But the Hoosiers elected to go for two to make it a 14-point game, and Tuttle found Peyton Hendershot in the end zone to convert it.

Indiana head coach Tom Allen said it wasn’t an easy throw for Tuttle to make because of the tough angle and window, but Tuttle had no issue doing so.

“Coming in and being prepared, I came in ready to go,” Tuttle said. “I did not feel like there was a lot of nerves coming in. The preparation really helped.”

Tuttle said he wasn’t sure what happened when Penix went down, and he was hoping that his teammate was going to get back up and be fine. But when Penix went back to the locker room, Tuttle said he felt ready to go in.

He didn’t need to do much, throwing the ball five times and completing each pass for a total of 31 yards. Indiana mainly used its rushing attack to close the game out and win 27-11.

But now Tuttle will be heading into Camp Randall Stadium for the first start of his career, and he’ll be tasked with leading Indiana’s offense that has a ton of weapons around him.

“I think our offense is phenomenal, and we have some guys that can really go,” Tuttle said. “I believe in that, they believe in themselves, and we believe in each other.”

Tuttle is entering a similar situation that former Indiana quarterback and current Northwestern starter Peyton Ramsey endured last season.

Tuttle was in the Hoosiers’ QB room with both Penix and Ramsey last season, and he was able to learn a lot from both of them.

“I think both of them are phenomenal quarterbacks and I learned a lot underneath them,” Tuttle said. “How they watch film sometimes, I implemented that into my routine. Stuff like how they do their pre-snap routine, things like that I took and implemented into my own.”

On Tuesday night, the second College Football Playoff rankings were released, and Indiana remained at No. 12 after knocking off Maryland. There are three teams in front of the Hoosiers that have more losses than them this season.

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Graduating senior from Round Lake Heights receives Hines Memorial Medal from Indiana State University

Samantha Desiron, a psychology major from Round Lake Heights, Illinois, is among the fall 2020 recipients of Hines Memorial Medal from Indiana State University.

The Hines Memorial Medal is awarded to students who entered Indiana State as first-time college freshmen and are completing their bachelor’s degrees with the highest cumulative grade point average. It is named after Linnaeus Hines, the university’s fourth president, from 1921-1933, and served two terms as Indiana superintendent of public instruction. The medal is awarded for the spring and fall semesters.



Desiron plans to attend medical school after graduating. She said her time at State was a positive experience. “I enjoyed being exposed to many different viewpoints and further developing my knowledge and critical thinking abilities,” Desiron said.

Desiron is among six Hines medal recipients this fall.


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Thompson’s career game lifts Indiana over Providence in Maui Invitational

Thompson’s career game lifts Indiana over Providence in Maui Invitational | FOX Sports






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Indiana University researchers report a specific type of childhood cancer

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have published their work about a specific type of childhood cancer in the peer-reviewed, international oncology journal, Cancers.

This research involves a combination therapy that significantly slows tumor growth in models, which includes a model established from cells taken from tumors donated by Tyler Trent. This is the first published manuscript that includes Trent’s tumor model.

Trent was a Purdue University student and sports superfan who died on January 1, 2019, after waging a long and valiant fight against an aggressive form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma.

In the publication’s acknowledgments, the researchers dedicated the study to Trent’s memory, saying they will always remember him for his courageous battle, his passion for cancer advocacy, and the generous donation of his tumor tissue for research.

We are so proud to honor Tyler’s legacy with this first publication, laying the foundation for future research to build upon. We still have more work to do, but are hopeful that new therapies for osteosarcoma will be possible as we learn more about how to block different tumors from growing.”

Karen E. Pollok, PhD, Study Lead and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine

The Precision Genomics team at Riley Children’s Health found a genetic variation in Trent’s tumors (named after him as TT1 and TT2) known as the MYC-RAD21 signature, which has been found in tumors that tend to recur.

Pollok said there are two drugs that can block its effects, a Chk1 inhibitor and a bromodomain inhibitor. Her team tested each drug individually, as well as in combination.

They found that in models with the TT2 tumor, they could stop the tumors from growing by using one of the drugs individually, but using both drugs together blocked tumor growth substantially during a four-week treatment. The research team also determined that the combination treatment was well-tolerated.

“This research is allowing us to forge a path to improving outcomes for children, adolescents and young adults with a very aggressive bone cancer,” said Jamie Renbarger, MD, another one of the lead researchers.

Renbarger was one of Tyler’s doctors and also leads the IU Precision Health Initiative pediatric sarcoma disease research team. She is also the Caroline Symmes Professor of Pediatric Cancer Research at IU School of Medicine. “We are hopeful that this program will lead the way in finding cures for more children.”

The tumor started growing in the models again after stopping the therapy, leading researchers to consider next steps in their scientific process.

Future research topics will include learning to understand how the tumors adapt to treatments and finding ways to optimize the combination therapy.

“The findings and research going on with Tyler’s tumor models is incredibly encouraging and comforting to Tony and I,” said Kelly Trent, who is Tyler Trent’s mother. “It was at the core of who Tyler was to want to be used for good and to help at this capacity. We are so grateful

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Indiana vs. Providence – Game Recap – November 30, 2020

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — — Race Thompson set career highs with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Al Durham added 19 points, and Indiana beat Providence 79-58 on Monday in the relocated Maui Invitational.

Thompson scored with 9:50 remaining in the first half to give Indiana a 19-9 lead, and the Hoosiers held a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Durham closed the first half with two free throws for a 37-24 advantage.

Thompson, who is in his fourth year in the program, recorded his first career double-double after making 8 of 12 shots. He topped his previous bests of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Trayce Jackson-Davis had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Rob Phinisee added 11 points with five assists for Indiana (2-0). The Hoosiers shot 45.2% from the field, scored 17 points off turnovers and outrebounded Providence 42-33.

Nate Watson and David Duke each scored 12 points for Providence (1-1), which was picked by the coaches to finish third in the Big East. The Friars were 19 of 51 from the field (37.3%), including 3 of 17 from 3-point range.

Indiana advances to play No. 17 Texas on Tuesday, while Providence faces Davidson. The tournament is being played in North Carolina instead of Hawaii due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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Indiana Basketball 1976 Undefeated Team to be Inducted into College Basketball Hall of Fame

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana basketball’s 1975-76 undefeated team will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

It was announced Saturday that Indiana’s 1976 team, the 1964 UCLA Bruins and the 1966 Texas Western Miners will together form the Class of 2020.

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Three of the most iconic teams in college basketball history have been selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020, including the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers.

Indiana’s 1975-76 team finished a perfect 32-0 and remains the most recent Division I team to complete an undefeated season. The dominant Hoosiers – coached by Hall of Famer Bob Knight – won their five NCAA Tournament games by an average of 15.2 points, including an 86-68 route of Michigan in the national championship game.

Indiana excelled in nearly every phase of the game that season, outscoring opponents by an average of 17.3 points while shooting over 50 percent from the field and forcing an average of 20.3 turnovers per game. Six players from that Hoosier squad would eventually reach the NBA, including Scott May, who won nearly every national player of the year award after averaging 23.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

The 1963-64 UCLA Bruins, the 1965-66 Texas Western Miners and the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers will together form the Class of 2020. The three teams will be inducted on a special live National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration presented by Nike streaming event in early 2021.

UCLA’s 1963-64 season started what would eventually become the most heralded dynasty in the sport’s history. Led by Hall of Fame coach John Wooden, the Bruins went a perfect 30-0 on their way to winning the national title – the program’s first of 10 championships between 1964 and 1975. The season also marked the first of four 30-0 seasons – a feat UCLA would repeat in 1966-67, 1971-72 and 1972-73.

UCLA went 15-0 in AAWU games and beat Seattle, San Francisco and Kansas State on the way to the national title game, where the Bruins used a 16-0 first-half run to defeat Duke, 98-83. Leading the way were junior Gail Goodrich, who averaged a team-high 21.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, and senior Walt Hazzard, who averaged 18.6 points and 4.7 rebounds en route to earning the Oscar Robinson Trophy as the national player of the year.

Texas Western’s 1965-66 squad left an impact that stretched far beyond the basketball court. On March 19, 1966 at Cole Fieldhouse in College Park, Md., the Miners defeated top-ranked Kentucky 72-65 to win the national title – and in doing so, they became the first national champion with an all-Black starting lineup. The event is regarded as a significant advancement in the effort to desegregate athletics in the south.

Coached by Hall of Famer Don Haskins, Texas Western finished the season 28-1 and survived a pair of overtime games in the NCAA Tournament on its way to the title. The Miners

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College football: Oklahoma State, Florida and Indiana win

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Dezmon Jackson rushed for career highs of 235 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 21 Oklahoma State bounced back from a disappointing loss to rival Oklahoma to beat Texas Tech 50-44 on Saturday.

Jackson had 36 carries in part because the top two backs, Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown, did not play. The Cowboys still ran for a season-high 317 yards.

Hubbard was out with a right ankle injury. The redshirt junior was introduced with the seniors on Senior Day. He walked onto the field during a pregame ceremony wearing his jersey without pads and a medical boot on the injured leg. Brown also has been fighting through injuries.

Spencer Sanders passed for 222 yards and ran for 78, and Tylan Wallace caught seven passes for 129 yards and a score for Oklahoma State (6-2, 5-2 Big 12), which remained in the running for a spot in the Big 12 title game.

Alan Bowman passed for 384 yards and three touchdowns, Erik Ezukanma caught seven passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and SaRodorick Thompson ran for 133 yards and two scores for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders (3-6, 2-6) gained 639 yards, but Oklahoma State made up for it with a safety, an onside kick return for a touchdown, and an interception return for a score.

No. 6 Florida 34, Kentucky 10

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kyle Trask connected with Kyle Pitts for three touchdowns, including a 56-yarder in which the star tight end ran away from a cornerback as Florida overcame a sluggish start in the Swamp.

Trask has 34 TD passes this season, moving him past 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and into a tie for third on the school’s single-season list. Only Danny Wuerffel (39 in 1996, 35 in 1995) is ahead of him. Rex Grossman also threw 34 in 2001.

Trask and the Gators (7-1), though, is they can clinch the East Division with a victory at Tennessee next week. The Wildcats (3-6) kept Florida’s high-scoring offense in check for the first half, thanks partly to a fumble and a dropped third-down pass.

No. 12 Indiana 27, Maryland 11

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Stevie Scott III ran for three touchdowns and No. 12 Indiana had three interceptions, three sacks and a game-changing safety the win over Maryland (2-2). Freshman Tim Baldwin Jr. ran for a season-high 106 yards for the Hoosiers (5-1), who have won four straight at home.

Penn State 27, Michigan 17

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sean Clifford threw for 163 yards and scored one of Penn State’s three rushing touchdowns, and the Nittany Lions finally broke their winless skid to start the season.

Keyvone Lee and Will Levis also ran for TDs, and Penn State (1-5, 1-5 Big Ten) never trailed in this matchup of proud programs that have struggled mightily in this pandemic-shortened season. Hassan Haskins ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan, but the Wolverines (2-4, 2-4) never found much of a consistent rhythm offensively.

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College football rankings: Northwestern makes huge move, Indiana enters top 10 of CBS Sports 127

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While the top eight all remained in order in the new CBS Sports 127, our comprehensive ranking of every FBS team in college football, there are some shake ups in the top 25 following a busy Week 12. Northwestern was one of the big stories of the weekend and one of the biggest movers within the top 30, rising 10 spots to No. 11 after taking down Wisconsin on Saturday. The Wildcats are 5-0 and in the driver’s seat of the Big Ten West thanks to wins against the Badgers, Purdue and Iowa, bringing them into the debate as a top 10 team and potential darkhorse for the College Football Playoff.

While Northwestern did fall one spot short of the top 10 this week in the CBS Sports 127 — our voters actually moved Indiana up two spots to No. 10 after an impressive rally came up short at Ohio State — it does have back-to-back road games against Michigan State and Minnesota forthcoming. Then the regular season concludes with the rivalry game against Illinois at home. For the Wildcats to give up their hold on the division, it would require two losses at minimum in those three games with Wisconsin winning out.

Naturally, the Badgers stumbled after the loss to Wildcats, down nine spots to No. 18. They fell behind the likes of Coastal Carolina and USC but ahead of undefeated Marshall and a trio of two-loss teams in the 20s in Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Texas. For more on the biggest adjustments not just in the top 30 but throughout the rankings, check out the Mover’s Report below. 

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-127 on our rankings page.

Biggest movers 

  • No. 27 Nevada (+30): Undefeated and now with a win against one of the top teams in the Mountain West, the Wolf Pack showed out in the spotlight opportunity against San Diego State. Romeo Doubs looks like one of the best wide receivers in the country, and the Nevada defense was stellar in the second half. No surprise to see a big surge here for Jay Norvell’s squad. 
  • No. 35 NC State (+13): After a couple of weeks with positive results on the offensive side of the ball, NC State needed a strong effort from its defense to keep Malik Willis bottled up and hand Liberty its first loss of the season. The Wolfpack are now 6-3 with Georgia Tech and Syracuse left on the schedule, set up to finish with one of the best records in the ACC at the end of the season if they can take care of business down the stretch.  
  • No. 26 Washington (+11): It’s a small sample size, but the Huskies do seem to have an identity of physicality and elite defense that has carried over in the transition from Chris Petersen to Jimmy Lake. Washington
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Holcomb announces pick for new Indiana education secretary

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has tapped his senior education advisor to serve as the state’s first secretary of education, marking the first time in more than a century the state schools superintendent position isn’t decided by voters.

Katie Jenner will officially take on the role Jan. 11 after current Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick leaves office. Jenner will immediately focus on helping schools navigate the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to shaping state policy on education funding, school accountability and testing, according to the governor’s office.

“This is an incredibly important time for education in Indiana,” Holcomb said in a statement Thursday. ”(Jenner) has focused her entire career on investing in students, teachers and staff, and she will continue to build the relationships needed to move our state forward in constructive ways.”

Under new state law, the state schools chief was removed from the ballot in November. Instead, a secretary of education — largely charged with implementing and administering policy — is chosen by the governor. Unlike the voter-elected state superintendent, the education secretary will report directly to Holcomb as a member of the cabinet.

The switch to a governor-appointed state education secretary was originally approved by Indiana’s General Assembly, with a planned start date of 2025. Lawmakers filed legislation last year to move the change up to 2021 after McCormick announced that she would not seek a second term in 2020.

Less than two weeks before the November election, however, McCormick switched her position and accepted a nomination tap from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers to ensure “continuity” within the state’s education department, especially amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Her “outrage” over “woefully underfunded” teachers and schools across the state also influenced her desire to remain in office, she said.

McCormick’s endorsements of Myers and Democrats during her tenure laid bare her split from Holcomb and GOP legislative leaders since she was elected to be state schools superintendent in 2016 with Republican Party support. She has disagreed with Republican legislators on several education issues including the use of standardized testing to rate schools and teachers, and her support for increased scrutiny of charter and voucher schools that receive state money.

McCormick has accepted a position as senior vice president with EES Analytics, a data analytics company that will launch in January, according to a Wednesday news release.

Until now, Holcomb had remained quiet about any potential appointment picks, previously saying he would wait to review recommendations until after Election Day.

Jenner has previously served as a vice president at Ivy Tech Community College. She additionally worked as a career and technical education teacher in Kentucky, and as an administrator for Madison Consolidated Schools in Indiana. Currently, Jenner is also on the governor’s commission tasked with making recommendations for how to improve teacher salaries.

“My priorities are to ensure high quality education for all students and families, and to provide solution-focused support for our teachers and educational leaders,” Jenner said in a statement Thursday.

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