Consistency has been an issue for Purdue’s defense in recent years. But defensive tackle Jake Replogle has been a force during his entire tenure in West Lafayette, Indiana. The 6-5, 289-pound senior not only is the best defender for Purdue, he’s one of the top tackles in the Big Ten—if not the nation. He’s enjoying a strong start in his final season as he looks to get the program to its first bowl since 2012. So far, so good, as the Boilermakers are off to a 2-1 start as they trek to Maryland to begin Big Ten play this Saturday.
Week 5 brings us the first full-blow Saturday of all Big Ten games, as all 14 teams are in action for the first time vs. each other. And there is no shortage of intriguing matchups.
Like it, hate or feel indifferent about, the National Anthem protests by athletes across America have had their desired effect of bringing awareness to how African-Americans are treated by law enforcement.
Wisconsin is an early-season surprise. Can the Badgers win the Big Ten West? Keep an eye on Nebraska. Northwestern’s fortunes haven’t been as kind. See what Tom Dienhart is buying and selling post-Week 4.
Ohio State remains in the projected four-team playoff field of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. And 10 Big Ten teams are in Palm’s bowl projections through four weeks. Like last week, Palm has the Buckeyes seeded No. 3, playing No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Palm has No. 1 Alabama taking on No. 4 Stanford in the Peach Bowl in the other playoff game. For the third week in a row, Palm has 10 Big Ten teams in bowls. Only Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers are left out. Here is where Palm has Big Ten teams slotted in the postseason:
Wisconsin’s big 30-6 win at Michigan State has shaken up my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. The Badgers are up to No. 2, behind only Ohio State, but what does the list of my list look like?
Week 4 taught us a few things: Wisconsin is really good, Michigan State has work to do, Nebraska is lurking and Michigan is rolling. Get my best of Week 4 inside.
A star was born today. His name? Alex Hornibrook. Remember it.
Who has been the most impressive QB in the Big Ten so far? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked some of the top media members who cover the conference.
The Big Ten is coming off a big week, notching three huge wins with Ohio State ripping Oklahoma, Michigan State eviscerating Notre Dame and Nebraska stuffing Oregon. Now, conference season begins.