Because a weekend of Big Ten football doesn’t feel complete without honoring players of the week, here are the honorees for the Big Ten Championship game:
Offensive Player of the Week: JK Dobbins, Ohio State RB
While all of Ohio State’s touchdowns in the game can in some way be attributed to JT Barrett, there is also the not-small matter of his two interceptions (including his pick six) that gave our staff cause to instead bestow this honor upon Dobbins. 17 carries for 174 yards and two catches for five yards is not the most impressive stat line Dobbins will ever have in his Buckeye career, but it proved to be solid enough against Wisconsin.
Defensive Player of the Week: Andrew Van Ginkel, Wisconsin LB
Van Ginkel was credited with two of the three Buckeye turnovers (recovering the lone fumble, and bringing in the pick six to open the scoring), and also recorded three tackles (one solo).
Honorable mention to Ohio State’s Jerome Baker, for recording 16(!) tackles (12 solo, 1 sack, 2 TFL).
Special Teams Players of the Week: All of the kicking specialists for both teams
Honestly, picking between these four would be splitting hairs, as all of them had good games, and only Nuernberger’s blocked field goal to end the first half prevented them from having the perfect evening. They’re good kickers, Bront.