Week 8 in the Big Ten is chock full of intriguing games. Michigan-Michigan State has arguably been the most talked-about rivalry in the conference over the last five years – from Mike Hart’s “little brother” quip in 2007 all the way through the early-season derogatory comments about Denard Robinson on Twitter by some Michigan State players this season. I can’t wait to get it going Saturday at 3:30 ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
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Make your plans now, Michigan State and Michigan fans. Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go goes live from the Big House on Saturday one hour before Michigan takes on Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you haven’t been following this season, Field Pass is when BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game. This live video will only be available online at BTN2Go at 2:30 p.m. ET, so be sure you have access ahead of time (more details on BTN2Go here).
A week or so ago, it would have been crazy to entertain such a topic. But with a 4-3 record and a grueling slate of games remaining, will Michigan State get bowl eligible? It’s a fair question, especially when one takes a look at the team’s final six games: at Michigan, at Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern and at Minnesota.
In today’s batch of Big Ten Links, I open with a good look at Ohio State’s struggling defense, which allowed a combined 87 points the last two weeks. That’s no secret, and as Bill Rabinowitz writes today in the Columbus Dispatch, a big reason for the struggles is the lack of strong linebacker play. Attrition through transfers, injuries, and position switches has chipped away at the unit’s depth.
What would it be like to grow up in sunny Florida and then move across the country to play college football in the Midwest? Former Northwestern standout Chris Martin knows a thing or two about that. I sat down with Martin at the Big Ten Network studio here in Chicago and asked him to tell me a few of his best untold stories during his collegiate playing days at Northwestern.
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BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Michigan State’s Branden Dawson.