Big Ten basketball fans should love Mike DeCourcy’s recently released preseason top 25. The Sporting News scribe and BTN contributor placed six Big Ten teams in his poll, including four in the top 15. In other words, DeCourcy has half the Big Ten among his top 25 teams. [ MORE: Sporting News’ preseason rankings for 2013-14 ] Michigan State leads the group, at No. 2, behind only No. 1 Kentucky. His other top 25 Big Ten teams include: No. 7 Michigan; No. 11 Ohio State; No. 14 Wisconsin; No. 23 Iowa; No. 25 Indiana. Five of the teams are no
In case you haven’t heard, Nebraska will wear a new adidas alternate uniform Saturday vs. UCLA. The uniform includes a white helmet, with a black stripe down the middle, a two-tone facemask, a black jersey and white pants, with a black stripe down the side of the legs. [ MORE: Nebraska, UCLA to honor late Bruin freshman Saturday ] Why all the black? The Huskers defense is known as the Blackshirts, after all, so adidas decided to incorporate the color throughout. Last year, for its “Unrivaled Game” vs. Wisconsin, the Huskers also had a few touches of black on its
Every week during the NFL season, BTN.com will spotlight some of the best individual performances by Big Ten products. See our Week 1 offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week in this post. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans – 25-38, 304 yards, 2 TD. Brees was up to his normal self in his first game back with head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the 2012 season. The Purdue product rallied New Orleans past rival Atlanta, 23-17. Honorable mention: Owen Daniels, Houston (5 rec., 67 yards, 2TD); Brian Hartline, Miami (9 rec.,
Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun likes to go by “Bane” on the football field. Dark Knight fans will know what that means. For the non-Batman fans out there, he was the villain in the latest film. To help achieve the alter ego, the Michigan State equipment team gave Calhoun a Justin Tuck-like facemask, one with several bars close together, like Bane’s. [ MORE: LansingStateJournal.com: Calhoun on his alter ego: “I’m Bane” ] Calhoun discussed his alter ego, and even offered his best Bane impression on Monday night’s #BTNLive. Thank you, Mike Hall, for making Calhoun offer up this Bane
Saturday’s UCLA-Nebraska game is certain to be an emotional one. It can’t be anything but following the sudden death of UCLA walk-on freshman receiver Nick Pasquale. Pasquale was hit by a car and killed while walking in San Clemente, Calif., early Sunday morning. [ MORE: AP: No. 16 UCLA copes after death of freshman receiver ] Both UCLA and Nebraska will honor Pasquale on Saturday, with the Bruins wearing a No. 36 patch on their jersey and the Huskers a No. 36 decal on their helmet. RIP Nicholas Pasquale, to UCLA players, fans and family alike, our hearts and prayers
The Michigan band is getting its share of attention through the first two weeks of the 2013 college football season. In Week 1, it was for spelling out this. And, on Saturday night, it was for putting on a show that featured several of Beyonce’s greatest hits. Beyonce even appeared on the screen and delivered a message to Michigan fans. [ MORE: You saw Eminem in the booth Saturday night, right? ] Watch Beyonce’s message and the band’s much-talked-about performance in the Michigan Marching Band YouTube video below. Only question is, what will the Michigan band do in Week 3?
Ever see a quarterback wear No. 98? No, of course, you haven’t. Until now, that is. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner rocked the number typically reserved for defensive lineman vs. Notre Dame on Saturday night, and he will do so for the rest of his career. Gardner, who used to wear No. 12, will wear No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon, Michigan’s first Heisman Trophy winner. [ MORE: Track Notre Dame at Michigan | Check out this gallery of Michigan Stadium ] Michigan honors its legends by having select current players wear their numbers, in addition to a Michigan Football Legend
Northwestern pubs itself as “Chicago’s Big Ten Team.” So, it only makes since that the Wildcats would honor the Chicago Blackhawks for their Stanley Cup championship the first chance they got. During Saturday night’s home opener vs. Syracuse, Northwestern did just that. The Wildcats invited Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Brandon Saad to Ryan Field, and the trio, dressed in Northwestern football jerseys and hats, was recognized during a timeout. Speaking of hockey, don’t forget that the puck drops on the first season of Big Ten hockey on BTN/BTN2Go this winter.
We all know Tom Izzo is a very big football fan. Well, for Saturday’s game vs. South Florida, the legendary Michigan State basketball coach spent time in the student section. And make no mistake, he was there to contribute to the crowd noise and cheer on the home team. See a photo of Izzo jumping up and celebrating with the students in this post. As for the action, while it wasn’t pretty, Michigan State took down South Florida, 21-6, behind two defensive touchdowns from Shilique Calhoun. Watch Calhoun’s pick-6: About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and
With all the talk about the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry this week, #BTNLive had Michigan product and current Jacksonville Jaguars offensive weapon Denard Robinson join the show Wednesday. The guys asked Robinson to rank Michigan’s rivals – Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State – from 1-3. [ MORE: Check out the Big Ten products on 2013 NFL rosters ] To no surprise, Robinson said, “Ohio’s the biggest one.” No. 2: Notre Dame. And No. 3: “Michigan State’s our little brothers.” Interesting. Our crew was surprised by Robinson’s ranking. [ MORE: Who wins Week 2 games? Cast your votes! ] And