The questions about the Minnesota offense seem to grow louder with each passing week. When will the attack show some life? And, is this offense good enough to lead the Golden Gophers to a breakthrough season in Year Five under Jerry Kill? [ MORE: Week 3 scores, stats & recaps | Best of Week 3 | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Week 3 picks revisited | See what Tom Dienhart learned | Week 3 top performers | Dienhart: About that Minnesota offense | Get all of our Week 3 coverage ] Saturday, the Golden
Penn State needs to get Christian Hackenberg on track. Don’t you wonder when Michigan State will start to get more props? Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong deserves more credit. These are just three of the ten thioughts BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on the day before Week 3 football games kick off.
Wisconsin RB Corey Clement could be out until the Badgers open their Big Ten season. Ohio State left a school's name off their trophy. A detailed look at Braxton Miller's transition. And no football ticket price increases any time soon for at least one Big Ten school. We touch on these stories and more in Friday's Big Ten links.
Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs battled for the national title three times, after the 1983, 1994 and 2001 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley. Pitt’s trip to Iowa will be a good measuring stick for Kirk Ferentz’s crew, which
Which first-year Big Ten coach will win the most games in 2015: Nebraska’s Mike Riley, Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst or Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh? Each is off to a 1-1 start this season. And each coach teems with promise and potential. I asked some leading college football media members what they thought. Read what they told me. Bill Bender, Sporting News: Paul Chryst. Look at the schedule. No Ohio State, Michigan State or even Michigan. The Badgers’ schedule is set up for at least nine wins; maybe more if they can win at Nebraska and Minnesota. [ MORE: Week 3 schedule |
Can you guess which school offers a pregame selfie with their head coach for $125? Also, we look at Rutgers' interim football coach, the challenge ahead for Illinois, what you need (and don't need) to have a winning program, and more from around the Big Ten beats on this Thursday.
The tumult continues at Rutgers in what has been a bizarre and surreal start to the 2015 season. Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games and fined $50,000 following a university-led investigation into rules violations, Rutgers president Robert Barchi announced Wednesday afternoon.
Week 3 offers some intriguing matchups—and it also has the first Big Ten game of the year with Rutgers at Penn State opening conference play for the second consecutive season.
It was just a season … but it felt like an eternity for Northwestern wideout Christian Jones. The veteran wide receiver is back now, though, and he and his teammates have lofty goals this fall.
Trash talk? Between Northwestern and Duke? This is sweet. You know what they say: If you live long enough, you’ll see everything. Turns out Wildcats DE Ifeadi Odenigbo said he expects NU to shutout Duke. Blue Devils RB Shaun Wilson fired back on Twitter. So far this season, Northwestern has allowed just six points (two field goals), while Duke has averaged 46 in its first two contests. The Blue Devils have been held scoreless just once under head coach David Cutcliffe. I actually can’t wait for this game! *** I am a sucker for nostalgia. So, that’s why I pass