November will serve as a de facto playoff of sorts for the conclusion to the Big Ten’s first season of 12-team, two-division football. Four teams remain in the hunt in the Legends, while three are in the mix in the Leaders (full Big Ten football standings here). Michigan’s trip to Iowa highlights the opening salvo of this important month. Here’s a look at my pick for that game and the others for this first Saturday of November.
With Saturday at our doorstep, many questions nag: Can Wisconsin get back on track after losing two in a row? Should Michigan State be worried about its offense? Can Iowa stop anyone from running the ball? Is Michigan’s defense for real? Following is a look at those topics and what else to watch for this Saturday.
With no time left on the clock, Michigan State’s quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a Hail Mary to the end zone that bounced off of B.J. Cunningham’s helmet into the hands of wide receiver Keith Nichol, who drives to the end zone to give Michigan State the win over previously undefeated Wisconsin. That play cemented Nichol’s place in Michigan State history and represented the culmination of an amazing journey.
We use a number of Twitter messages from our viewers and fans on BTN Live, our weekly live TV show every Thursday night. We post clips of our shows on BTN.com and archive full episode on BTN2go.com, too. But we know the users who got their tweets mentioned don’t always get to see their work on TV live, so we did the next best thing and captured screen grabs. Did your message make it on TV? Have a look further down in this post. And be sure to follow @BTNLive on Twitter and stay in touch.
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On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” Dave Revsine, Glen Mason, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith covered a host of topics in 60 minutes, including interviews with Penn State’s Derek Moye and Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus. One key part of the show is “ReJoice Mail” where fans can call and give their reaction to any game, their team or a player. Check it out now and join in next time by calling (319) BIGTEN-1 and maybe your message will get on air.
In March of 2008, The Journey captured one of the most dramatic moments in Big Ten Tournament history – when Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber, then a freshman guard, hit a buzzer-beater to defeat Indiana in one of the craziest finishes in years. The cameraman, Cody Shimek, told us after he shot this shot that it was one of the greatest pieces of footage he has ever captured — from following the pass, through the shot and his immediate reaction to get as close to the pile-up as possible. An amazing moment none of us involved with the show will ever forget. Watch the video clip once again inside on this post.
As host of this year’s event, GoPSUSports.com is also hosting the comprehensive Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament central page with scores, live stats and recaps. So far today, Ohio State won 2-1 win over Michigan State to advance to face the winner of Penn State-Northwestern on Friday at Noon ET. Earlier, Iowa advanced to the semifinal round with a 3-2 win over Indiana. Iowa will face Michigan in the first semifinal match on Friday at 10 a.m. ET.