The Big Ten is starting to come into focus as we enter the fourth week of action. Ohio State and Michigan State are 1-2 in the AP poll. And Northwestern, Iowa and Indiana have been early surprises, as each is 3-0. But what team has been the most impressive so far?
It's time for BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart to reach into his Big Ten Mailbag. The season is three weeks old. And, Ohio State already is nagged by a big problem. He address that … and much more.
OK, yesterday marked the two-month warning bell for the Michigan State at Ohio State game. I know what you are thinking … that’s WAY too much time between now and then to be talking about that game. SO much can happen over the next 60 or so days. Point taken. But that won’t stop me from cranking up the hype machine right now. Will both teams make it to 10-0 before meeting? *** Good analysis of the offensive struggles at Minnesota from SBNation. At some point, doesn’t Minnesota have to do something different? I mean, c’mon. The definition of insanity
Time to check in on Jerry Palm’s playoff and bowl projections. Not too much changed from last week, as nine Big Ten teams are penciled into the postseason. [ MORE: Week 3 scoreboard | Best of Week 3 | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Big Ten Mailbag | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Week 3 picks revisited | See what Tom Dienhart learned | Week 3 award winners | New Week 3 uniform designs ] Ohio State and Michigan State are 1-2 in the AP poll,
Wow. Ohio State and Michigan State are 1-2 in the AP poll. Can Nov. 21 hurry up and get here? That’s the date when the Spartans play at Ohio State. Ohio State earned 42 of 61 first-place votes after getting 59 first-place votes last week. No. 2 Michigan State got seven votes, Ole Miss tied for third and received 11 first-place votes and No. 8 LSU got the other vote. *** Is this the best secondary that Urban Meyer ever has coached? With back-to-back games allowing less than 100 passing yards, Meyer was asked to assess the play of his
Perfect Iowa and Northwestern finally make a move in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But the question is, can anyone ever catch Ohio State and Michigan State?
Here is what I learned on Saturday, a day when Northwestern and Iowa continued to dream big, Illinois had its balloon burst, Nebraska had its heart broken (again) and Ohio State, Michigan State and Minnesota won ugly.
Week 3 was all about the ACC, as the Big Ten played five games vs. the eastern league. Final score: ACC 3, Big Ten 2. Northwestern (at Duke) and Iowa (Pitt) were the only two Big Ten teams to win. Illinois (at North Carolina), Nebraska (at Miami) and Purdue (Virginia Tech) all lost.
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.