Is it too early to call Stefon Diggs the steal of the 2015 NFL Draft? [ MORE: Watch Kirk Cousins yell “Do you like that?!” after historic comeback win ] Short answer: Yes. Long answer: No, not if the former Maryland wide receiver and fifth-rounder continues to play like he has the last two weeks. One week after breaking out for 129 yards receiving, Diggs hauled in six passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 28-19 win at Detroit on Sunday. Those are great numbers, but it was his first career touchdown grab, a beautiful 36-yarder, that has
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the pink ribbons (and shirts, and stickers) are out in force. And the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC) is commemorating the month by highlighting innovative and important work the universities of the conference are doing year-round to fight this terrible disease. Read about some of that work below: University of Illinois Until now, the study of cancerous tumor cells is hindered by an important factor: environment. The most common tool for studying the growth and spread of a tumor has been a plastic plate that doesn’t mimic the human body. But recently, the
We don’t want to overuse the phrase “can’t-miss play,” but there was another can’t-miss play on the Big Ten volleyball court Saturday night. [ MORE: Watch all of our favorite #BTNStandout plays ] One week after Nebraska and Illinois combined on a memorable 72-second rally, Nebraska showed its flair for the dramatic again, this time vs. Wisconsin. Early in the first set, with Nebraska leading 5-4, the teams traded incredible defensive plays on a memorable rally. First, it was Wisconsin libero Taylor Morey, who, on an all-out dive, used her left fist to keep the ball alive. Impressive, but then
The great Mike Griffith thinks Michigan State’s win vs. Indiana sent a statement about the Spartans’ title hopes. “We’re 8-0,” coach Mark Dantonio said. “We’ve got an opportunity to be off and not practice for a week, regain ourselves in terms of our health, and move forward.” It hasn’t always been pretty. How ugly has it been? Four of the Spartans’ victories this season come down to the final possession. “The bottom line is we know how to win, (and) we’ve learned how to win close games,” said Dantonio, whose program has won seven straight times in games decided by
Don’t be surprised if Kirk Cousins fans churn out some “You like that?!” t-shirts in time for the next Washington Redskins game. [ MORE: Watch ex-Maryland WR Stefon Diggs’ highlight-reel TD grab ] The former Michigan State quarterback tossed three second-half touchdowns, including the game-winner with 24 seconds left (watch it!), to help Washington rally from a 24-point deficit and record the largest comeback in franchise history Sunday afternoon. Cousins finished 33 for 40 for 317 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with an 8-yard touchdown run, in the 31-30 victory over Tampa Bay. The 33 completions were a
Flip Saunders, the longtime NBA coach and former Minnesota player and assistant coach, died Sunday, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Sunday. He was 60
The latest AP Poll and Amway Coaches Poll were released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams are ranked. [ MORE: Best of Week 8 | Week 8 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Latest polls | Week 8 picks revisited | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Nebraska’s often-painful ride continues | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Defending national champion Ohio State stays at No. 1, for the 10th straight week, including the preseason poll, and is receiving a total of 88 first-place votes following its 49-7 victory at Rutgers. Big Ten East
It’s still Ohio State’s world. And we are just living in it. The Buckeyes, fresh off their dominant 49-7 victory at Rutgers, remain atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.
Compared to last Saturday’s wackiness, this one was tame. But, we did learn a few things. Ohio State has regained its strut, Northwestern has a pulse and Wisconsin has a good backup QB.
It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for Gerry DiNardo’s weekly Sunday Ruminations. [ MORE: Best of Week 8 | Week 8 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Week 8 picks revisited | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Nebraska’s often-painful ride continues | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | View your team’s homepage ] The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on each Big Ten team that was in action the previous day. What did DiNardo glean in Week 8? Check out what the BTN analyst had to say about your