An interesting Saturday of action, with Nebraska being the headline story by going on the road and earning a huge win. The last time the Cornhuskers played in Ann Arbor, Nebraska lost, 45-17. The feel-good story in Minnesota also continued with a fourth victory in a row. Here’s a wrap on Week 11 in the Big Ten.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Just when you thought Minnesota’s season couldn’t get any better, another win happens.
Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea here. Here’s what’s running through my mind as I dream fancifully about Week 11 of the Big Ten season.
Another week, another quiz. Yes, it’s time to test your knowledge by taking another B1G grid quiz. You know the drill by now.
It’s Football Friday. And, that’s always a good thing–except if you’re Oregon. Let’s start today’s links with opining about what the Ducks’ loss and Baylor’s win last night mean for Ohio State’s BCS title game hopes. Some interesting thoughts here.
Week 11 is highlighted by a key Legends Division clash, with Nebraska playing at Michigan. Let’s call this the “Sense of Urgency Bowl.” Sounds about right. The loser will have a difficult time getting back into the division hunt.
The always popular USA Today salary ranking is out for college football coaches, and Alabama’s Nick Saban is on top with a whopping $5.5 million salary in total compensation. That’ll buy a lot of ribs at Dreamland in Tuscaloosa. That’s what winning three national titles in four years will do for your pocketbook. The Big Ten is well-represented with three coaches among the top 10. The top-paid Big Ten boss? Do you have to ask?
The games in November are the ones we all remember. And, there are a few interesting clashes this Saturday that will go a long way toward determining the pecking order in each division, especially atop the Legends Division. All eyes will be on Ann Arbor, where Nebraska will play Michigan. For all intents and purposes, the loser likely will be out of the division race. Here’s a look at the games of Week 11.
The nation is still buzzing over the Hail Mary pass (Watch it!) that Nebraska completed in the dying moments last Saturday to beat Northwestern, 27-24. But it wouldn’t have happened if Ameer Abdullah had not picked up a huge first down on the fourth-and-15 dump-off pass featured in the video above.
November is here, meaning all the games have more importance. Your cards and letters? They always are important . It seems there’s a healthy debate on who is the second-best team in the Big Ten: Michigan State or Wisconsin? Interesting. So, it’s time for to reach into my mail bag and answer some of your queries. Thanks for all of the interest! Keep the cards and letters coming!
It’s Tuesday. Not sure about the significance of Tuesday. There never really has been significance to Tuesday. So, let’s just jump right into daily links. The lack of quarterbacking heft in the Big Ten has been fairly well documented the last few years. But, in case you have forgotten, here is this little reminder: Davey O’Brien award announced its 16 semifinalists. And only one Big Ten quarterback made the cut: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller.
With the top teams taking care of business, there isn’t much movement in my bowl projections. Ohio State still is headed to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl—not the BCS title game. I still think the deck is stacked against the Buckeyes, who appear stuck at No. 4 in the BCS standings, being able to ascend into the Nos. 1 or 2 spots in the final BCS standings.
Happy Monday, Big Ten Nation! Time to start prepping for the big game this week: Nebraska at Michigan. Neither team can afford another loss in its pursuit of Michigan State in the Legends Division. What’s ironic is that a win by the Wolverines over the Huskers would be a big help to the Spartans. That would give Nebraska two league losses, the same as Michigan. MSU has none. So, will Mark Dantonio be cheering for the Wolverines on Saturday, when the Spartans are off?
A thrilling Saturday of action went a long way in shaking up my weekly Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But, in the end, the trio at the top–Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State–reframed its top-billing status with impressive wins. After that trio, it’s surprising Minnesota checking in at No. 4. See my latest list in this post.
There was so much to learn on Saturday, one of the most exciting days of action all season. A last-second win by Nebraska … a close finish between Minnesota and Indiana … overtime between Penn State and Illinois. Here’s what I learned.
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This was one of the best weeks of action, highlighted by Nebraska’s stunning last-second win over Northwestern on a Hail Mary pass. Ohio State rolls on, while Michigan State continues to look like the team to beat in the Legends. And the feel-good vibes continue for Minnesota, which may have killed Indiana’s bowl hopes. Here is my wrap of Week 10.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State wanted to deliver a message. Mission accomplished … loud and clear.
It’s time to take my weekly Big Ten football quiz in preparation for another big Saturday football.
November is here, and that means the homestretch of the season is in view. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? This Saturday’s menu is dotted with some interesting clashes, headed by Michigan’s visit to Michigan State. Wisconsin’s trip to Iowa also will be fascinating. Here’s a look at all the action in my Four Downs feature.
November has arrived! And, that’s a beautiful thing. Because, well, you know the saying: The games to remember are played in November. Where to start today’s daily links? How about with this on Carlos Hyde? He has been a revelation since returning from a three-game suspension at the start of the season. Turns out, he wants to carve a spot for himself among the great Ohio State running backs.
Welcome to the Best of Week 10. And this is a special week after all the ones that came before it. Why? Because every team is in action for the first time since Sept. 14. All eyes will be on East Lansing for Michigan vs. Michigan State, a battle that not only will determine state bragging right but also go a long way toward determining the Legends Division race.
Brace yourself, fans: There could be a lot of fouls called in games this season as players adjust to two new rules changes that figure to have a profound impact. Officials are supposed to whistle hand-checking a foul. No more: no harm, no foul. You touch a player cutting through the lane, and you’ll hear the shrill of a whistle. The goal: To boost sagging offensive numbers.
Minnesota’s Richard Pitino and Northwestern’s Chris Collins are the new kids on the Big Ten block. And, each has a big hill to climb to keep pace with the likes of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among other programs.