With just over a month to play, the bowl picture is starting to come into focus. You can’t talk bowls without talking bowl payouts. And, in 2012, the Big Ten’s postseason bottom line may take a hit.
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Michigan guard Trey Burke has been suspended for the Wolverines’ exhibition opener Thursday against Northern Michigan. The school says Burke will sit out for violating team standards. Coach John Beilein says the sophomore is a good kid but made some “out-of-character” decisions he now regrets.
You have questions, and I have answers in this week’s mailbag. A good variety of queries populated my in-box this week, with fans wondering about Wisconsin quarterback Danny O’Brien and the stagnant Michigan offense, among other topics. Let’s get started!
The difference 48 hours can make is striking. Late Friday night, Nebraska’s Big Ten Title chances seemed distant and the message boards were offering scenario after unlikely scenario for why the No. 4 Huskers had fallen to No. 20 Ohio State in four sets. On Alumni Night in front of more than 60 former Husker players, Nebraska saw their 39-match regular season home winning streak come to an end in part because of a tentative effort by the home team and a season-defining display by the visitors.
It’s Oct. 31 and Big Ten fans are celebrating Halloween all over. As you can tell from the video in this post, we think we know what costumer Tom Izzo will be wearing. So we’ve taken to Twitter to collect some great Halloween-themed shots posted by the fans. See a few in this post and check out all of the photos at BTN.com/connect.
The next episode of “The Journey 2012” presented by Best Buy airs Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET and our crew spends time with Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell (see the bonus video clip in this post). Of course, you already know that if you’re on social media and follow the Instagram account BTNJourney, which is where our TV show crew shares lots of really great photos as they travel around the Big Ten. See some really good ones in this post.
Our “Tailgate 48” team was in Madison this past week, and it got a first-hand look at how rabid Wisconsin fans prepare for a big game on campus. We even attended Freakfest, Madison’s Halloween tradition. Don’t forget each week that the TV show spotlights a few great Big Ten fan tailgating photos (see the latest on BTN.com/connect now). Get your photo considered by tweeting it to @BigTenNetwork and use the hashtag #tailgate48.