B1G Ballz: Taylor Martinez, Le'Veon Bell, or Frank Solich

While the man that fired Frank Solich in 2003 was watching his football team lose to a 1-AA team, Solich has rebuilt his career at Ohio with a consistent winner in the MAC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

For years, we've ridiculed the worst of the weekend in college football with the now infamous "Cob of the Week". (Lifetime achievement award for this goes to Dan Hawkins!) But we also should honor the best of the week...and this award was inspired by Brent Yarina of the Big Ten Network, who got a little ahead of himself on Twitter on Sunday:

So who's got B1G Ballz?

Taylor Martinez

The Big Ten honored Martinez as co-offensive player of the week for completing 76.5% of his passes against Southern Miss for five touchdowns. To quote the Big Ten's release:

• Threw for a career-high 354 yards and tied a career best with five touchdown strikes to lead the Huskers to an opening-day victory over Southern Miss
• Completed 26 of 34 passes (76.5 percent) and became the sixth Nebraska quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 career yards
• Guided Nebraska to 632 yards of total offense, the most in fifth-year coach Bo Pelini’s tenure
• Wins his second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award
• Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Martinez (Oct. 10, 2011)

Le'Veon Bell

Bell literally carried the Michigan State offense on his back against Boise State. 50 touches is an impressive performance...but almost certainly unsustainable over a season.

  • Recorded career-highs with 210 rushing yards and 44 carries, scoring two touchdowns to help Michigan State defeat nationally ranked Boise State on Friday night
  • Amassed a career-best 265 all-purpose yards, more than Boise State’s total offensive yards (206) for the game
  • Scored the Spartans’ only touchdowns of the game, including the game-winner
  • Records his first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week selection and third overall honor
  • Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Kirk Cousins (Oct. 24, 2011)

Frank Solich

The 67 year old former Nebraska head coach took his Ohio Bobcats into the emotional first post-sanction football game for Penn State and came out a winner. The Bobcats scored 21 points in the second half to come back, and dominate the Lions in their own den. The Bobcats rolled up 499 yards of total offense and held the ball for nearly 35 minutes; this was not a fluke.

After being fired by Steve Pederson in 2003, Solich could have just taken his buyout and retired, but he instead stepped back to Athens, Ohio and the MAC to restart his career. He's transitioned his offensive approach to utilize the Pistol and spread offenses, and has taken a moribund Ohio program to the top of the MAC. And now with a victory over a BCS conference opponent, who knows where the Bobcats could end up this season.

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