That win over Oregon by Michigan State? It put the Spartans on a higher national stage. Really, the only thing left for MSU to do under Mark Dantonio is make the playoffs—and win a national title. And this victory vs. the Ducks will look good on MSU’s resume come early December. And as Mike Griffith of Mlive.com points out, the triumph over the No. 7-ranked Ducks — who entered a game as underdogs for the first time since 2011 — made a much-needed statement for the Spartans (2-0) as well as the Big Ten. Prior to MSU’s victory, the last
Even though it’s in Evanston, Ill., Northwestern University is strongly associated with Chicago. “The City” is located just south of campus, and the two have long been connected by history, culture and the “El” train. Now, the school is putting together a homage of sorts to its southern neighbor with an upcoming literary series from Northwestern University Press. “Second to None: Chicago Stories” aims to provide unique, intimate accounts that are “exciting, interesting, compelling and make you want to turn to the next page,” said Harvey Young, African-American studies professor at Northwestern and the project’s lead editor. The series’ title
Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo was suspended indefinitely by the school Sunday after being involved in an incident outside the team's stadium following Saturday's loss vs. Washington State.
Big Ten fans who spent the past few seasons watching Ameer Abdullah star at Nebraska won’t be surprised to hear that the rookie scored a touchdown on his first NFL carry Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View former Big Ten players on Week 1 active rosters ] Facing off against former Big Ten rival and fellow rookie running back Melvin Gordon, Abdullah ran 24 yards up the middle for a touchdown early in the first quarter of Detroit’s season opener vs. San Diego. In typical Abdullah fashion, he broke ankles, those of veteran safety Eric Weddle, on his way to pay
The latest AP and Coaches polls were released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams are ranked in both polls. [ MORE: Best of Week 2 | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Latest polls | Week 2 picks revisited | New Week 2 uniform designs | What Tom Dienhart learned | Gerry DiNardo’s Week 2 takes | Week 2 scores, stats & recaps ] Defending national champ Ohio State remains No. 1 in both polls, garnering 59 of 61 first-place votes in the AP and 62 of 63 in the Coaches. Michigan State, No. 4 in both polls after its
Two weeks are in the books, and Illinois and Northwestern continue to surprise. The two teams have combined to outscore opponents, 153-9. Who saw that coming?
Ohio State rolled on, but does it have a quarterback problem? Did Michigan State have a “program-defining” win? Is Northwestern legit? See 10 things Tom Dienhart learned in Week 2 inside.
Before we turn our attention to Week 3, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Indiana beat writer Zach Osterman and Big Ten fans did with their Week 2 Big Ten predictions.
It's Sunday, and that means it's time Gerry DiNardo's Sunday Ruminations. The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on what he saw in the Big Ten the previous day.
It came a week later than expected, but Nebraska carded its first win of the Mike Riley era Saturday night. [ MORE: Best of Week 2 | Power Rankings | Week 2 picks revisited | New Week 2 uniform designs | What Tom Dienhart learned | Gerry DiNardo’s Week 2 takes | Dienhart: Is OSU using QBs correctly? | Week 2 scores, stats & recaps ] There was little drama about the outcome, too, a nice change from Week 1, when BYU stunned the Huskers with a last-second Hail Mary to snap their nation’s best 29-game winning streak in season