This is one of the most glorious weeks of the year: It’s rivalry week, with eclectic trophies and bragging rights up for grabs. Get Tom Dienhart's best of the week ahead inside.
It’s the final weekend of the regular season. And, a lot is on the line. Michigan State is trying to sew up the East Division, while four teams are fighting to get to win No. 6 and guaranteed bowl eligibility. Oh, and Urban-Jim Bowl I takes place. [ MORE: Week 13 previews | Week 13 scoreboard | Stats | Standings | Latest polls | Polls: Pick Week 13 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Best of Week 13 | Mailbag | Q&A: Greg McMullen | Week 12 award winners | YouTube highlights ] Here are some Week 13
The great Nick Baumgardner has five things to watch in “The Game.” One of them: How much will star Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers play on both sides of the ball? The answer: A lot. Why leave anything in the tank? *** This is interesting: Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been emphasizing recruiting in Ohio. Cleveland.com says Michigan has taken the Notre Dame approach: Grab some guys from the Midwest, then expand nationally by using the school’s brand. There’s a ton of talent in California, Texas and Florida, and Harbaugh certainly has the Urban Meyer-like rock star personality to expand Michigan’s scope. ***
The final weekend of the season, also known as Rivalry Week, is here. And, to no surprise, there is no shortage of storylines.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart caught up with Nebraska’s 6-3, 280-pound junior defensive end Greg McMullen to get his thoughts on this wild-and-crazy season as the Huskers prep to cross the finish line and play Iowa.
How will the fourth College Football Playoff rankings look Tuesday night? Expect a bunch of change with unbeatens Ohio State (No. 3 last week) and Oklahoma State (No. 6) both losing.
It’s Ohio State-Michigan week. And, it doesn’t get much better. Well, I guess it could be, if this was a winner-takes-all battle for the East Division title. Alas, it isn’t, since the Buckeyes lost last week at home to Michigan State. Still, the first Harbaugh vs. Meyer clash should be memorable. *** Would there be any fallout from Ezekiel Elliott’s harsh critique of his coaching staff after the Buckeyes’ loss to the Spartans? Nope. Urban Meyer says all is hunky-dory. “It was a very isolated incident, we have a three-year bank on Zeke,” Meyer said. “I couldn’t disagree with his
You have questions, and I have answers in my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Once again, there's lots of interest about Iowa and its magical season. And how about Michigan's Jake Rudock?
Time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s bowl picture with Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. And with Ohio State getting dumped, things look different. [ MORE: Best of Week 12 | Week 12 scores | Stats | Standings | Polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Week 12 picks revisited | Dienhart: Spartans end Buckeyes’ pursuit of perfection | What did our guy learn? | Week 12 award winners | Twitter: Iowa family reacts to Big Ten West title | YouTube highlights ] First order of business: Indiana is back in the bowl picture, giving the
Iowa has the Big Ten West sewn up, but it still must win-out if it hopes to maybe land a playoff spot. That means winning at Nebraska on Black Friday. And, that could be tough in what looks like a rivalry that finally could have some teeth to it. Pride. Respect. That’s what Tom Shatel of Omaha.com says is on the line on Friday. And what gives this would-be rivalry a chance to be a very hot annual shindig. This is gonna be fun. *** Big Ten Nation is still buzzing about Michigan State’s win at Ohio State that kept