That win over Oregon by Michigan State? It put the Spartans on a higher national stage. Really, the only thing left for MSU to do under Mark Dantonio is make the playoffs—and win a national title. And this victory vs. the Ducks will look good on MSU’s resume come early December. And as Mike Griffith of Mlive.com points out, the triumph over the No. 7-ranked Ducks — who entered a game as underdogs for the first time since 2011 — made a much-needed statement for the Spartans (2-0) as well as the Big Ten. Prior to MSU’s victory, the last
Two weeks are in the books, and Illinois and Northwestern continue to surprise. The two teams have combined to outscore opponents, 153-9. Who saw that coming?
Ohio State rolled on, but does it have a quarterback problem? Did Michigan State have a “program-defining” win? Is Northwestern legit? See 10 things Tom Dienhart learned in Week 2 inside.
Week 2 featured some exciting games, highlighted by Minnesota's 23-20 overtime win at Colorado State and Michigan State's 31-28 payback victory vs. Oregon. Oh, and Ohio State won again.
Another Saturday, another win for Ohio State. That’s 15 in a row, if you are counting. Ho-hum, right? Maybe not. [ MORE: Best of Week 2 | Get Week 2 scores, stats & recaps ] The No. 1-ranked Buckeyes moved to 2-0 by dispatching Hawaii, 38-0. But that wasn’t the real story from Columbus. Nope. The Buckeye quarterbacks were all anyone wanted to talk about—again. It has been that way for months. And, it’s not going away until some clarity is brought to the oh-so-important position. Think of it as the nit that will be picked at—over and over and
"Can Northwestern really be a factor in the Big Ten West?" "I won’t be shocked if Minnesota wakes up on Sunday morning 0-2." "Penn State is under big-time pressure to win." These are a just a few of the Friday topics of Tom Dienhart tackles heading into Saturday's games.
Did you know there is a new rule that says players’ shirts must cover their bellies? See what one Big Ten running back said about it, plus look at stories covering Penn State's offensive line shift, what Notre Dame thinks of the rivalry game against Michigan, and one writer's theory on why Cardale Jones started against Virginia Tech.
Things are ratcheted back a few notches in Week 2, as there is a dearth of top-quality matchups. But the headliner is a doozy. [ MORE: Pick Week 2 winners | Power Rankings | Week 2 previews ] The primetime clash between No. 5 Michigan State and No. 7 Oregon is the first game between top 10 teams at Spartan Stadium since 1966, when MSU and Notre Dame met as the No. 2- and No. 1-ranked teams in a classic 10-10 tie. The Spartans are looking for national respect—and payback for last year’s loss in Eugene. Don’t overlook Minnesota’s junket to
Before we flip the script and focus on this coming Saturday, I wanted to take one last peek back at the opening week of the season. So, I asked some of the leading writers who cover the Big Ten: What was the biggest surprise in the first week of action? Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com: Northwestern defeating Stanford. I have always liked Pat Fitzgerald and what he has done with the Wildcats program, but I really did not see QB Clayton Thorson stepping in and playing as well as he did in Week 1 against a Power Five team. I would not
In Thursday's spin around the Big Ten headlines, our writer looks at a story from Bill Landis of Cleveland.com wherein he wonders if the Buckeyes have a two-QB blueprint now. Also, we have an update on Purdue's Danny Anthrop, five things to watch for in Michigan vs. Oregon, and more. Come have a look.