The final Saturday was busy, seeing Michigan State wrap up the East to set up a meeting with Iowa in the Big Ten title game. Get Tom Dienhart's full Week 13 wrap inside.
The Big Ten title game matchup is set: Iowa vs. Michigan State. The stakes: A spot in the second annual College Football Playoff. The surprising and undefeated Hawkeyes are making their first appearance, while the Spartans are preparing for their third title game in the event's five seasons.
Week 13 of the Big Ten football season was filled with some outstanding performances. [ 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 ] Ezekiel Elliott and J.T. Barrett were outstanding in Ohio State’s win over Michigan, while Nate Sudfeld and Connor Cook put up huge passing numbers in
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.