"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.
The Big Ten would like to forget about Week 1, which saw the league go 8-6, including 2-4 vs. "Power Five" schools. At least Ohio State closed things on a positive note with a convincing win at Virginia Tech.
It’s that time when I reach into my big burlap mail sack, pull out letters, start reading … and then cry. Let’s answer some of your more pressing queries.
Everything is new again for Wes Lunt. And that’s good. The Illinois junior quarterback needed to hit the reset button. See Tom Dienhart's Q&A with the Oklahoma State transfer inside.
It is a tough time to be a Penn State fan, what with the Nittany Lions coming off a tough loss at Temple that has the 2015 season looking a lot like the 2014 season. Fans, ex-players and even a kid brother of the star quarterback are venting. You know what they say about adversity: It’s when you find out the most about people. And as if things weren’t bad enough for Penn State on offense, it now must live without a top defender in middle linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White, who is out for the season with injury. Into that vast
One big, thick juicy Big Ten Power Rankings is coming right up. Sharpen your knife and fork ... and enjoy. This is just Week 1, so don't overeat--or overreact--to this poll, presented by ArcelorMittal.