Tonight at 8 p.m. ET on the next episode of “Big Ten Elite” we look at one of the defining seasons of Wisconsin football. Barry Alvarez took over a program that was at the bottom of the Big Ten in 1990, but by his fourth season the Badgers were on the rise.
Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 5 winners in this post.
We take a look at stories on one offensive line and one defensive line in today’s installment of Big Ten Links. Also, Urban Meyer is keeping an eye on the AP poll while Illinois fans are taking a long, hard look at Tim Beckman. One longtime Big Ten writer breaks out some wild stats from the season so far while another continues to grade the units at Penn State. Let’s get to the roundup of stories in this post.
Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ NFL record for most consecutive games with a TD pass in 48 straight games. Did anyone see any of this coming for the former standout Purdue quarterback? And how good can Brees be when his career eventually ends? Also, Russ Lande updates his Top 10 Big Ten NFL draft prospects, and there is movement among the names. Watch last week’s list in the video in this post to get ready for tonight. Our panel discuss that and more on tonight’s “The Next Level” at 5:30 p.m. ET on BTN & BTN2Go.
This isn’t a great weekend for games, especially with Nebraska and Penn State off. And the league’s two best teams appear to be in mismatches, with Michigan hosting Illinois and Ohio State visiting Indiana.
It’s halftime, if you will, so let’s review. It seems crazy, but we’re halfway through conference play already. So with that being said, I think it’s suitable to sit back and reflect on where each of our seven teams is at this point. See my first-half analysis for every Big Ten team in this post.