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.
Before we turn our attention to Week 4, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Iowa beat writer Scott Dochterman and Big Ten fans did with their Week 3 Big Ten predictions.
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.
After subpar performances throughout Weeks 1 and 2, the Big Ten had a solid Week 3 showing. [ MORE: Get Week 3 scores, stats & AP recaps ] The conference finished 9-3 in non-conference action on Saturday, with Penn State topping Rutgers, 28-3, in the lone Big Ten game of the day. With 13 total games on the slate, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances as well. Here is a look at my top 10 performers from Saturday’s Big Ten football action. Did I miss one? Tweet it to me, @BTNSean. 1. Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State. This guy
Week 3 was highly entertaining, and it ended on one of the top highlights of the young season: Iowa kicker Marshal Koehn’s game-winning 57-yard field goal as time expired. [ MORE: Week 3 scoreboard | Best of Week 3 | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | 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 ] The Big Ten played five games against the ACC in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge, of
Walk-off wins are just about as exciting as it gets in sports. The rarer the play, the more exciting the finish, of course. Iowa kicker Marshall Koehn proved that Saturday night, drilling a 57-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Hawkeyes to a 27-24 win over Pitt.
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
Cardale Jones has started Ohio State’s last six games, dating back to last season’s postseason. [ MORE: Get Week 3 Big Ten scores, stats & AP recaps ] The victor of the most-talked-about quarterback battle, perhaps, ever isn’t very impressed with his recent performances. Jones starred in the season opener at Virginia Tech, his first true road game, but he has been rather pedestrian the last two weeks vs. Hawaii and Northern Illinois, so much so that backup and 2014 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year J.T. Barrett has spelled him. Saturday’s 20-13 win vs. NIU was rock bottom. Jones
Two Wisconsin football players were ejected for targeting in Wisconsin’s 28-3 win over Troy on Saturday afternoon. The first ejection came late in the first quarter when Badgers linebacker Leon Jacobs made a big hit on Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers on a first down play. Silvers’ helmet flew off after the hit, which you can see in the video at the top of this post. Later on in the third quarter, Wisconsin sophomore Derrick Tindal was also ejected from the game. This came after Tindal’s hit on Troy receiver Ismail Saleem at the end of a catch. Here is a
Here’s a safe prediction: Brett Greenwood had more than several college football fans reaching for a tissue Saturday night. [ MORE: Here’s the link to watch Pittsburgh at Iowa on BTN2Go ] The former Iowa defensive back and Week 3 honorary captain led the Hawkeyes onto the field and joined the Iowa captains for the coin toss. Greenwood, who led the Big Ten in interceptions (5) as a senior in 2010, collapsed during a workout in 2011 and was in a coma as a result of suffering an anoxic brain injury caused by heart arrhythmia. To no surprise, Iowa fans