With its 3-1 win over Indiana on Saturday, the No. 4 Minnesota volleyball team earned the outright 2015 Big Ten Championship. [ MORE: GopherSports.com: Minnesota beats Indiana to claim outright Big Ten title ] The crown marks Minnesota’s first Big Ten title since 2002 and second overall. The Golden Gophers improve to 18-2 in Big Ten play and 26-4 overall and have earned the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The Golden Gophers won by a score of 25-17 in the first set, following with a 25-18 win in the second set before falling 23-25 in the third stanza.
Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten title game, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Wisconsin beat writer Jason Galloway and Big Ten fans did with their Week 13 Big Ten game predictions. [ MORE: Best of Week 13 | Week 13 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Dienhart: Fun Big Ten title matchup | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 13 picks revisited | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Week 13 top performers | Michigan honors late Chad Carr, 5 | YouTube highlights ] Galloway went
Big Ten fans are used to seeing outstanding plays on a weekly basis. [ MORE: Week 13 scoreboard | Stats | Standings | Latest polls | YouTube highlights ] But the play Michigan State senior Aaron Burbridge made on Saturday could be the best yet. Leading 20-10 early on in the second half, Connor Cook dropped back and hit Burbridge with a pass on the left sideline. He hauled in the pass, spun away from two defenders, then spun away from a third defender before diving into the end zone for the score. Check out the video at the top
The eighth-ranked Buckeyes had beaten No. 12 Michigan 42-13. They just needed a little bit of help from Penn State later in the day to get another chance to advance to the Big Ten championship and keep their playoff chances alive. They didn't get it.
Jerry Kill was back at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the first time since retiring October 28. [ MORE: Week 13 scoreboard | Stats | Standings | Latest polls | YouTube highlights ] He played a big role in the day’s festivities, too. Kill, who compiled a 29-29 record in four and a half seasons at Minnesota, shook the hand of every senior in the tunnel as they were announced on Senior Day, before leading the Gophers onto the field for their game vs. heated rival Wisconsin. During the game, Kill took in the action from the field,
There’s a new dance taking over the internet, and it’s known as “The Dab.” [ MORE: Week 13 scoreboard | Stats | Standings | Latest polls | YouTube highlights ] The latest to break out the dance… Urban Meyer. Following the Buckeyes’ commanding 42-13 win over rival Michigan in Ann Arbor, Meyer and the players broke out into an epic dance party. But as shocking as the final score was, nothing tops Meyer hitting “The Dab” in the locker room following the victory, Check it out at the top of this post. Props to OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith
Jordan Howard isn’t the only Indiana running back capable of doing serious damage on the ground. [ MORE: Week 13 scoreboard | Stats | Standings | Latest polls | YouTube highlights ] Devine Redding has proved to be a terrific backup to the Big Ten’s yards rushing per game leader, amassing 719 total yards and seven touchdowns of his own entering Saturday’s rivalry game at Purdue. Redding is running all over Indiana’s rival, and his biggest scamper is one we figure to see near the top of the top 10 plays of the week lists. Redding’s hurdle was that impressive.
When it comes to wide receivers, there aren’t many better than Leonte Carroo. [ MORE: Week 13 scoreboard | Stats | Standings | Latest polls | YouTube highlights ] Despite injury and suspension limiting the Rutgers star to seven games, he entered Saturday’s season finale vs. Maryland with a Big Ten-leading nine touchdown receptions, to go along with 626 yards. Carroo hauled in his 10th scoring grab of the season in the first quarter to become the first player in program history with multiple double-digit touchdown campaigns, but it was far from his greatest highlight of the day. No, that would
Illinois announced today that it is stripping the “interim” tag from Bill Cubit’s title and making him the head coach. Given the uncertainty at a school with an interim president and an interim athletic director, it isn’t a shock that Cubit was retained. This school needs some continuity in the athletic department as it sorts through a trying period. And Cubit provides it in the most critical sport. But here is the rub: Cubit has been given a two-year deal. Two years? That’s it? Typically, coaches work with four- or five-year contracts to help with recruiting. But, some speculate Cubit’s
The Michigan football team held a moment of silence for Chad Carr before its annual season-ending rivalry game vs. Ohio State on Saturday. [ MORE: mlive.com: Read more about Chad Carr’s service ] Carr, the 5-year-old grandson of Michigan legends Lloyd Carr and Tom Curtis, died Tuesday after a 15-month battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG) brain cancer. The family will hold a visitation (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET) and memorial service (2 ET) Sunday at the Saline High School Performing Arts Center. See the picture of Carr that appeared on the Michigan Stadium big board during the moment