Northwestern has been a surprise team this season, jetting to a 6-1 mark to become the first bowl-eligible Big Ten squad. Now, with a big home game vs. Nebraska looming, Northwestern can dare to dream big. How big? Why not contemplate winning the Legends Division and the Big Ten for the first time since 2000? It’s possible, thanks to a large degree to the defense.
You have Big Ten questions, and I have answers. In this week’s Mailbag, I offer my prediction on who will meet in the second annual Big Ten title game and address Ohio State’s struggling defense. And don’t be afraid to send questions for future Mailbags. Or you can send them my way on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart).
Northwestern, as expected, unveiled its new Under Armour basketball uniform Wednesday. Unlike the school’s new football jerseys, it doesn’t feature the Northwestern Stripe across the numbers. That’s a bit of a surprise, considering Under Armour placed it on the team’s practice jersey.
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Indiana is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Coaches Poll, released Wednesday. As impressive as that is, the bigger story might be that the Big Ten features three of the poll’s top 5 teams. That’s right, Ohio State comes in at No. 4 and Michigan No. 5. Michigan State (No. 14) and Wisconsin (No. 21) round out the Big Ten representatives.
It’s no secret college kids like to nap after an early-morning obligation. The Northwestern football team is no different. The Wildcats will take a “Mandatory Cat Nap” at 9:30 a.m. CT Saturday prior to its 2:30 p.m. game against Nebraska. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald tweeted out the news Wednesday, and the nap is sandwiched between position meetings and the pre-game meal.
Our “Tailgate 48″ team spent some time last week in Bloomington getting to see how Indiana fans prepare for a big game on campus. Don’t forget each week that the TV show spotlights a few great Big Ten fan tailgating photos (see the latest on BTN.com/connect now). Get your photo considered by tweeting it to @BigTenNetwork and use the hashtag #tailgate48.