It hasn’t been a great year for Big Ten quarterbacks. Returning stars Braxton Miller, Taylor Martinez and Kain Colter have missed extended periods due to injury, while Devin Gardner has been inconsistent and turnover-prone. Luckily, for the conference, a few first-year starters have exceeded expectations. Guys like Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld, Iowa’s Jake Rudock and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg all are in the midst of strong seasons. Which one has been the most impressive, though? It has to be Rudock. Look, we weren’t sure who would start for Indiana at the beginning of the season, but we knew the winner of
Trick shot videos are great. Even the ones involving long snappers and other special teamers. Northwestern recently posted a video to its YouTube page entitled, “The Specialists.” Basically, it follows around the team’s special teams players, including star kicker Jeff Budzien. At one point, long snapper Pat Hickey shows off his long-snapping skills. Go directly to the snaps. Snap the ball through two rolling tires? Check! Snap the ball from the video tower? Check! Here’s Hickey from the video tower. And here’s the full video: About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com.
Allen Robinson entered the 2013 season as the Big Ten’s undisputed top wide receiver. The Nittany Lion star earned the honor following his breakout 2012 campaign, in which he led the conference in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,013) and touchdowns (11). Through six games, Robinson is on pace for even better numbers. But is he the Big Ten’s best receiver? I asked our resident quarterback, Stanley Jackson, for his answer. [ MORE: View 2013 Big Ten receiving leaders ] Check out the top candidates’ player pages: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin Jeremy Gallon, Michigan Allen Robinson, Penn State BTN.com: Who is the best
Still can’t get over Jeremy Gallon’s ridiculous receiving day vs. Indiana on Saturday afternoon? Neither can we. I mean, think about it: 14 receptions for a Big Ten-record 369 yards. Those stats are so crazy, they don’t even register as “video game” numbers. Relive every one of Gallon’s catches and every one of his receiving yards in the video in this post. VIDEO: 14 receptions. Big Ten-record 369 yards. Relive every catch of Jeremy Gallon's record day #orvillemoment – http://t.co/Vca9a9YicO — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 22, 2013 As Brady Hoke said at the end of the video, “That’s a
Nebraska football fans rival just about any fan base when it comes to passion and dedication. Plain and simple, Huskers love their football team, and they are never shy about showing it. Here’s a terrific example. There’s also this fantastic groom’s cake. How about that? To no surprise at all, Memorial Stadium looks great. And, of course, it’s sold out and filled with red. PHOTO: Did you see this @Huskers fan's groom's cake? pic.twitter.com/ayAiSYYapg — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) October 21, 2013 Interested a similar cake? The couple says it’s from The Cake Specialist in Bellevue, Neb. .@Huskers cakes coming out
Before we turn our attention to Week 9, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 8 Big Ten predictions. Our entire panel and Big Ten fans all went 4-1, missing Minnesota’s victory over Northwestern, meaning Stephen Bardo, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina remain in a first-place tie. Stephen Bardo (@stephenbardo) Season record: 53-11 Week 8 record: 4-1 Week 8 picks: Michigan State 31, Purdue 10; Northwestern 35, Minnesota 21; Michigan 41, Indiana 35; Ohio State 41, Iowa 14; Wisconsin 31, Illinois 17. Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 53-11 Week 8 record:
You don’t get to be known as “The Best Damn Band in the Land” without putting together some unforgettable halftime performances. Well, the Ohio State band lived up to its nickname, and then some, Saturday afternoon. Quite simply, the band’s “Michael Jackson Tribute” was nothing short of fantastic. [ MORE: Purdue band forms motorcycle at Michigan State ] And, how about the moonwalking?! The band members did it while forming Michael Jackson’s body. It was a sight to see. Luckily, OSUBuckeyeTV’s YouTube page captured the performance. Go directly to the moonwalking. h/t: ftw.usatoday.com
BTN showed a great pregame moment between the Mallory family during the Indiana-Michigan game Saturday afternoon. Bill Mallory, the patriarch of the family and the former longtime Indiana coach (1984-1996), turned some heads with his blanket of choice at a wet Michigan Stadium. Yep, that’s a Michigan blanket! To be fair, he has a son on both coaching staffs (Doug, Indiana’s defensive coordinator; Curt, Michigan’s secondary coach) and the game was at the Big House. Can’t blame a proud papa for not wanting to pick a side, right? About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s
At halftime of the Purdue-Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, the Boilermakers’ marching band put on a performance that caught our attention. Motorcycle enthusiasts will find it interesting, too. Yes, the band formed a motorcycle, and it even included “exhaust” for when it moved across the field. It was really cool, and you can watch it below. [ MORE: Watch Ohio State band’s moonwalking “Michael Jackson Tribute” ] VIDEO: Check out what the @BoilerFootball band formed at halftime today. It's really cool. WATCH – http://t.co/8Uhb3fW2aw — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 19, 2013
Craving something sweet? Whether you’re an Ohio State football fan or not, there’s plenty of sugar in the school’s latest annual Ohio Stadium cake. Like, 350 pounds of goodness, that is. The cake, which serves 1,000 people and was made with 90 mixes and 22 dozen eggs, can be found on the south lawn of St. John Arena prior to Saturday afternoon’s game vs. Iowa. [ MORE: See more pictures of the cake at @dmsalthouse ] I can only imagine the work and time that went into this. I love how they even included a very small Iowa contingent, too.