Ohio State rolling, underrated defenses & more in Monday’s links

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Count Matt Hayes of Sporting News among those impressed by what Ohio State did to Michigan State. In fact, Hayes calls the Buckeyes the hottest team in college football. Can Ohio State be … the best team in the land? Hmmm.

Credit Ohio State wunderkind QB J.T. Barrett, who continues to impress. It’s hard to believe he’s just a redshirt freshman.

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Gutty effort by Michigan to grind out an ugly—and I mean an UGLY—win at Northwestern. Credit the defense. Guys like Frank Clark and Jake Ryan won’t let this season die. Good for them. This team just may yet go bowling. And that’s a credit to all involved.

“Thank God for the defense,” Michigan center Jack Miller said after the team’s 10-9 win at Northwestern.

Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com notes that on three separate occasions in the third quarter, Northwestern started drives in Michigan territory. And…

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