The way we all interpret and define the word “underrated” will vary from person to person. Regardless of interpretation, here are BTN analyst Jon Crispin's top 5 most underrated Big Ten players.
The Big Ten office released its Week 8 Big Ten football award winners Monday. The list features a trio of Penn State players, including the duo responsible for the decisive blocked field goal touchdown return, plus Maryland's first freshman of the week.
To no surprise, undefeated Michigan moved up to No. 2 in the latest AP & Coaches polls, released Sunday. The Wolverines (7-0) fresh off another rout, this one vs. Illinois, pace the Big Ten for the first time this season. Ohio State, which had been No. 2, dropped to No. 6 AP/No. 8 Coaches following its road loss at Penn State. Perfect Nebraska (7-0) jumps up to No. 7/T-No.6, while Wisconsin drops one spot, to No. 11, despite winning at rival Iowa, and Penn State debuts in the AP at No. 24. View both polls below. AP Rankings Rankings as
Before we turn our attention to Week 9, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 8 Big Ten game predictions.
There was a gigantic upset in the Big Ten on Saturday night. Penn State took down No. 2 Ohio State, 24-21, to send Urban Meyer to his first road defeat as Ohio State coach.
Reigning Big Ten champ Indiana held its annual Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night at Assembly Hall. As usual, there were plenty of highlights, none better than Tom Crean handing out 2015-16 Big Ten championship rings to the returning players.
Attention, Big Ten quarterbacks: Be careful when tossing the ball down the field vs. Northwestern. The Wildcats hauled in a pair of highlight-reel #BTNStandout interceptions Saturday in its 24-14 victory vs. Indiana, and each was as impressive as the other.
Marty Turco, Brendan Morrison and Mike Legg all played hockey at Michigan and were members of the 1996 national championship team. All three returned to Michigan Friday night to take part in festivities around the Wolverines hockey game. What happened next is just awesome.
What a difference three weeks can make. After an 11-point home loss to Nebraska on Sept. 24 dropped Northwestern to 1-3, a seventh bowl game under head coach Pat Fitzgerald looked unlikely for 2016. Sure, the Wildcats were only a third of the way through their schedule. But a dreadful 9-7 home loss to FCS Illinois State (who is now 3-4) had already stained their resume, and there seemed to be little reason for optimism. Long viewed as a program that “won ugly,” Northwestern was beginning to lose ugly with a weakened defense and an offense that appeared inept through
Seven weeks down, and every Big Ten football team has reached at least the midpoint of its 2016 schedule. Unofficially halfway home, Tom Dienhart decided to share his midseason Big Ten superlative winners.