The race to win the Big Ten West shapes up as a wild and wooly one, with five teams seemingly in the hunt (sorry, Illinois and Purdue). And the opening Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action will give us an early taste of what’s to come with three key West Division tilts: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a nice breakdown of the contenders. My pick? I went with the Gophers to win the West back in August. And, I’m going to stick with them! Meanwhile, the legendary Loren Tate
The non-conference season saw a lot of players emerge and make headlines. But which one stood out the most? Which one was the unofficial MVP of the non-conference season?
Conference play begins in earnest, with six Big Ten games. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts that will go a long way in shaping what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Week 5 previews | Polls: Pick Week 5 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Big Ten Mailbag | Q&A: Nate Sudfeld | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of non-conference play ] The perfect Hawkeyes are an early-season surprise, while the Badgers look to
In Thursday's spin around the headlines for Big Ten football, we look at a story that points out how Michigan's loss to Utah is looking better and better. Plus, who's running the offense at Ohio State? How serious is Wisconsin running back Corey Clement's injury? Look - great old pictures from the 1973 Penn State-Army game! Read these stories and more in our daily digest of Big Ten news.
The first full week of Big Ten action awaits in Week 5. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West clashes. Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota’s journey to Northwestern will help set a framework for what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West clash. And Nebraska goes to Illinois in a battle between two West teams looking to get a foothold in the division.
The injuries on the Michigan State offensive line are mounting. And, it’s not a good thing, says Mike Griffith of Mlive.com. When the Spartans line up vs. Purdue, they will be missing two starters. That hasn’t happened since a 7-6 season in 2012. Tackles Jack Conklin, a flat-out stud, and Kodi Kieler will be MIA. Sophomore Dennis Finley will man left tackle with Conklin out. Donavon Clark is the right tackle with Benny McGown at right guard, typically Clark’s spot. O-line coach Mark Staten will have these guys ready. Trust me. *** I had a reader remind me this week
You send me emails. I answer emails—if they are good ones. Pretty simple. So, let’s enjoy another round of Big Ten Mailbag, the best part of every week. As a bonus: There even is a Vinnie Barbarino reference in this week’s bag ‘o’ mail. How lucky are you?
The Big Ten is filled with some surprising storylines. And one of the best is Indiana, which is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1990 as it aims for the program’s first bowl since 2007 and just its second since 1993.
The great Lee Barfknect of Omaha.com nails it in this piece when he says the Big Ten West race is a pick ‘em—but it soon may settle. This week alone should bring some clarity, with Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern. *** No. 1 Ohio State comes to 4-0 Indiana this Saturday for one of the biggest games in Bloomington in years. And I mean … years! It’s an honest-to-goodness big game in Bloomington. Could the Hoosiers maybe … *** Kyle Austin of Mlive.com takes a look at some key numbers for Michigan State. And his work reveals that
The Big Ten has 54 non-conference games in the book with just two to go (Rutgers and Penn State both still will play Army). And, it did pretty well vs Power Five leagues, going 10-9. But before Big Ten action commences Saturday, let’s take a look back to digest what we witnessed in non-conference action.