Despite what the frosty, one-second postgame handshake looked like between Penn State's Bill O'Brien and Ohio State's Urban Meyer after a 63-14 OSU beatdown, O'Brien said Tuesday he's not troubled by any Buckeye coaching decisions.
That includes Meyer challenging the spot of the ball on a fourth-down play late in the third quarter with a 56-7 lead.
“I didn't take offense to anything,” O'Brien said. “I felt he challenged the spot because he didn't think we had a first down. I didn't make any comment about that one way or the other.”
Hard feelings occasionally lead to uncomfortable postgame meetings. So Big Ten coaches were asked if the midfield handshake is a thing of the past. They say no.
“I think it's important to go across the field and say, 'Good game,' to the opposing coach,” O'Brien said.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke agrees.
“Why would it go away?” he asked. “This is still one of the great team sports we have in this country and sportsmanship is important.
“We all want to rip each other's heads off on game day. But to not have the respect for your opponent and the competition is wrong.”
Players of the week
Offense: Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. The junior from Huber Heights, Ohio, had 320 total yards and five touchdowns in a win over Penn State.
Defense: Iowa linebacker James Morris. The senior from Solon, Iowa, had eight tackles, two sacks and recovered a fumble in a win over Northwestern.
Special teams: Minnesota kicker Chris Hawthorne. The senior from Raleigh, N.C., kicked two field goals and four extra points in a win over Nebraska.
Freshman: Ohio State running back Dontre Wilson. The DeSoto, Texas, product had 96 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in a win over Penn State.
Stat of the week
Big Ten teams have scored 40 points or more 36 times with one month to play. Last season, league schools scored 40 points or more 27 times the whole season.
Bits and pieces
Ľ Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase's father was arrested during an altercation in the stands at the Illini's game last week against Michigan State. He has been banned from campus for a year, meaning he'll miss his son's final two games.
Ľ Northwestern running back Treyvon Green, who sat out last week against Iowa, should play this week against Nebraska. He is the Wildcats' leading rusher and No. 2 scorer.
Ľ Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Minnesota are bowl eligible. Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin are one win away.