Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead sprained the MCL in his left knee during the Huskers’ season-opening victory over Southern Miss, and he hasn’t played since. The star running back says he will play Saturday in the team’s final nonconference game. But should the Huskers play Burkhead and risk further injury against Idaho State? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post.
If Penn State is going to have any shot for success in the future, it will need a strong walk-on program. Bill O’Brien recently conducted walk-on tryouts, and the turnout was good. O’Brien estimated that about 65 people tried out at the recent work out. I think the Nittany Lions may find some players who could help the program down the road in a football-mad state that produces a lot of good prospects. That’s the first of my Friday links – read the rest of this post for more.
Dara McIntosh, Kara Lentz, and Michelle McMahon hit the BTN studio for the season debut of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” today at 2:30 p.m. ET. Our first show includes an overview of the volleyball season, including highlights from Wednesday’s big match between Nebraska and Penn State. We also preview Friday night’s match between Minnesota and Illinois (airs on BTN/BTN2Go at 8 p.m. ET).
On Thursday, Dave Revsine and our analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith talked to Penn State’s Bill O’Brien during the latest episode of “#BTNLive” as Penn State prepares for Temple on Saturday. The Nittany Lions’ first-year football coach talked about many things, including the differences between preparing for games in the NFL and in college football. Part of the conversation focused on Penn State’s offense. “At the end of the day, there have been times when we run the ball pretty well,” O’Brien said. “We’ve shown signs of being able to run the football.” Watch the interview in this post.
It’s time for my weekly ranking of the Big Ten’s slate of games and Week 4 holds some intriguing matchups. See where your team’s game ranks on my list and get my complete preview of all ten Big Ten games (Purdue and Indiana are off this week).
Find out more about: Dienhart's Previews, Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Iowa vs. Central Michigan, Michigan State vs. E. Michigan, Michigan vs. Notre Dame, Minnesota vs. Syracuse, Nebraska vs. Idaho State, Northwestern vs. South Dakota, Ohio State vs. UAB, Penn State vs. Temple, Wisconsin vs. UTEP
Are my weekly power rankings accurate or not in your eyes? You tell me every week, so let’s discuss it in my latest mailbag. Also, will Big Ten schools adapt to a team’s strength of schedule impacting the future college football playoff? What do I think about Purdue? And when will Big Ten teams start recruiting talent as the SEC teams do?
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Last week, I opened the column by dwelling on the negative. Not happening this week. We’re starting with the positive – the Big Ten’s three unbeaten teams.
Find out more about: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Iowa vs. Central Michigan, Michigan State vs. E. Michigan, Michigan vs. Notre Dame, Minnesota vs. Syracuse, Nebraska vs. Idaho State, Northwestern vs. South Dakota, Numbers, Ohio State vs. UAB, Penn State vs. Temple, Wisconsin vs. UTEP