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Saturday, October 9, 2010
Strong starts for Buckeyes, Badgers

By Adam Rittenberg

After unimpressive showings to open Big Ten play, Ohio State and Wisconsin have come out firing today.

Buckeyes players and coaches clearly read this blog because they're not only beating Indiana, but doing it impressively. Running back Dan Herron carried over his strong finish against Illinois and broke off a 39-yard touchdown run in the opening minutes. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor looks very good so far, completing 11 of 15 passes for 183 yards with a 60-yard scoring strike to Brandon Saine and yet another touchdown pass to Dane Sanzenbacher.

As good as the offense has been, I've been equally impressed with a Buckeyes defense holding Ben Chappell and the Indiana offense.

Wisconsin has bounced back from last week's loss to Michigan State with two touchdowns in the first 13 minutes. Quarterback Scott Tolzien (4-for-6 passing, 1 TD) and running back John Clay (52 rush yards, TD) both are performing well. Minnesota is sporting all-white unis, but these look like the same old Gophers.