Same story, different week as Wells is out again

In the last few seasons, Ohio State has come to be regarded as the class of the Big Ten, and for good reason. The Buckeyes have three straight conference championships and have appeared in the last two Bowl Championship Series national championship games. But with a rash of injuries and an uninspired performance against top-ranked USC, Ohio StateâÄôs supremacy is suddenly in jeopardy. Head coach Jim Tressel told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Thursday that star running back Chris âÄúBeanieâÄù Wells would sit for a third consecutive game and may not even play in the BuckeyesâÄô Big Ten opener against Minnesota. The team has seemed somewhat lost without Wells. In the games heâÄôs missed, Ohio State has just sneaked past Ohio 26-14 and was trampled 35-3 by USC. In addition, the quarterback position has become a question mark. Expect to see senior Todd Boeckman and freshman Terrelle Pryor split time at quarterback on Saturday when Troy visits. It appears as though Pryor may be overtaking his senior counterpart. Though he was the BuckeyesâÄô starter all last season, Boeckman has struggled this year, and continues to perform poorly in big games. On the other hand, Tressel was impressed by PryorâÄôs poise against USC. âÄúI think Terrelle has shown that heâÄôs got an unusual moxie about him,âÄù Tressel said. âÄúHe didnâÄôt seem to be out of place in that football game; he didnâÄôt seem to be like a guy that was playing in his first game; he seemed to have a good presence about him.âÄù Tressel said Tuesday that he plans to use Boeckman and Pryor evenly Saturday against Troy. Game of the Week: Notre Dame at Michigan State A rivalry with plenty of history, a pair of teams off to a hot start and the Big TenâÄôs top running back. This has game of the week written all over it. Michigan State running back Javon Ringer has been unstoppable as of late. Against Florida Atlantic, he carried the ball 43 times for 282 yards, enough to outgain the OwlsâÄô entire offense. HeâÄôs also been awarded the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award two weeks in a row. Look for Ringer to do some big things. He and the Spartans will run up against a much-improved Notre Dame team riding the momentum of a 35-17 victory over Michigan a week ago. If that win doesnâÄôt indicate it already, the Fighting Irish, who were 0-4 against Big Ten teams last season, probably wonâÄôt be the conferenceâÄôs whipping boy again this year. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio knows that. âÄúTheyâÄôre becoming much more balanced from a year ago when we played them,âÄù he said.