Northwestern turned many heads when it released its new Under Armour patriotic alternate uniform a couple weeks ago. The Wildcats even had to apologize for a misconception regarding the design. Regardless of how one feels about the American flag being used as a decoration, the Wildcats and the Wounded Warrior Project signed off on the uniform, which will be auctioned off after the game. See a pregame photo gallery, courtesy USA TODAY Sports, below.
Illinois will wear a new helmet that honors the military Saturday vs. No. 3 Ohio State. The helmet looks a lot like the Illini’s primary lid, only the logo features the state of Illinois instead of the usual “I.” Even better, there are 10 stars, in the shape of an “I,” inside the state logo to honor the 10 former Illinois player who have died in combat. [ MORE: Northwestern to wear new patriotic uniform vs. Michigan ] How creative/awesome is that? Very cool. See the helmet below. #Illini wearing special helmet logos to honor military tomorrow. 10 stars represent
There will be a new No. 1 next week, and assuming Michigan State can avoid an upset vs. Columbia on Friday night, it will be the Spartans atop the polls. But Michigan State didn’t want to hear about that following its thrilling 78-74 victory over No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday night at the United Center. [ MORE: 5 great sights from No. 2 Michigan State-No. 1 Kentucky ] “This game didn’t mean anything,” Gary Harris said. “We didn’t win a Big Ten championship, we didn’t win a national championship.” “Yeah, we want to be No. 1 at the end of
The Big Ten placed a nation’s best 10 players on the John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50 list, released Tuesday. Michigan State led the way with three players (Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne), while Michigan (Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III) and Ohio State (Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross) also made the list. A freshman made the cut, too. See all the representatives in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten Geeks 2013-14 Season Preview Part I | Part II ] INDIANA Noah Vonleh, Fr., F/C INSTANT REPLAY: @IndianaMBB's Noah Vonleh grabs board, takes it length of court
No. 1 vs. No. 2 doesn’t happen often. In fact, the last time the top two teams in the AP Poll met on the men’s hardwood, the year was 2008. But, for the first time since No. 2 Tennessee beat No. 1 Memphis on Feb. 24, 2008, we’ll have No. 1 vs. No. 2. It all happens Tuesday night, when No. 2 Michigan State plays No. 1 Kentucky at the United Center. What’s more, Kentucky-Michigan State marks the earliest 1-2 matchup in a season. The previous one featured a Big Ten team, as well, as No. 1 Indiana beat No.
Week 11 in the Big Ten featured plenty of highlight-reel plays. My two favorite: Ameer Abdullah’s dive into the end zone for the game-winning score at Michigan and Shane Wynn’s incredible diving catch near the sideline vs. Illinois. Didn’t see the plays? Watch them in this post. Also, vote for the top play. Here’s Abdullah making a clutch play for the second consecutive week. In Week 10, let us not forget, Abdullah picked up the all-important 4th-down (Watch it!) that set up the last-second Hail Mary. This time around, he makes a fantastic play to put Nebraska ahead for good.
It was never any secret that Ameer Abdullah was a stud. The last two weeks, though, the Nebraska star has added “clutch” to his arsenal. Last week, the memorable game-winning Hail Mary wouldn’t have been possible without his incredible fourth-down effort to keep the drive alive. On Saturday at Michigan, he scored the game-winning touchdown to keep Nebraska in control of its destiny in the Legends Division. VIDEO: @Huskers Ameer Abdullah dives into end zone for game-winning score. #orvillemoment WATCH – http://t.co/niYcY7x8vG — Nebraska on BTN (@BTN_Nebraska) November 9, 2013 And check out these fantastic shots of Abdullah’s run: ***
Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances. Check out our Week 11 stars and highlights in this post. 1. Tevin Coleman & Stephen Houston, RB, Indiana – 32 car., 369 yards, 4 TD. Talk about ground domination, Indiana’s two powerful backs averaged 11.5 yards per carry, with Coleman totaling 221 yards and Houston amassing 148 yards. Both also scored two touchdowns apiece, highlighted by Coleman’s 64- and 75-yard scores. Watch Coleman’s 75-yard TD: Watch
Everybody’s celebrating Minnesota’s 8-2 start and four straight wins. Yes, even Jerry Kill. The coach might be on a leave of absence to deal with his epilepsy, but he’s been in the booth watching his team during its hot streak. Following Minnesota’s 24-10 win over Penn State, the program’s first since 2004, Kill showed off his dance moves in the locker room. Watch the great scene in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: These Gophers are making history ] How great is that? Coach Kill deserves a moment like this. About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and
Four Big Ten football teams added an American flag-theme to their helmets Saturday to celebrate Military Appreciate Day. Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue all filled in its helmet logo with the American flag – the Hawkeyes only had the logo on the right side – while Indiana added an American flag logo to the back of its chrome candy stripe lid. See the whole collection in this post. INDIANA Here's a better look at American flag logo on #Hoosiers' chrome lid today. pic.twitter.com/oWmFFqlL4c — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) November 9, 2013 IOWA The Hawks are rocking the American flag Tigerhawk logo today