You have Big Ten questions, and I have answers. In this week’s Mailbag, I offer my answers on when Northwestern and Purdue will start to get respect and how the Big Ten could fare this bowl season. And don’t be afraid to send questions for future Mailbags. Or you can send them my way on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart).
Hardcore sports fans will show their allegiance on just about anything. That includes caskets. How can we forget this memorable – and creepy – Ohio State one? And thanks to first-year Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles, we have a Nebraska-themed casket – sans corpse, luckily.
In many respects, Michigan’s season starts now. The 2-2 non-conference record? The ugly losses to Alabama and Notre Dame? Forget about them.
Nobody gets more excited while calling a game than BTN’s own Gus Johnson. To that point, in the latest Fox Sports commercial, Johnson gets so into the game he’s calling that he explodes. The ad ends with color commentator Charles Davis, covered in Johnson’s, um, guts, saying: “Every Saturday.” More like every game. Football, basketball, soccer, it doesn’t matter.
Bo Pelini vs. Urban Meyer. The matchup has juicy possibilities this Saturday night when they square off at Ohio State. And the two have some history. Meyer was a Buckeye graduate assistant coach in 1986-87, which were Pelini’s first two years as an Ohio State defensive back. The two also have met three times as coaches, from 2005-07, when Pelini was LSU defensive coordinator and Meyer was Florida head coach. And Pelini’s teams went 3-1 against Meyer’s teams.
In the opening episode of “The Journey 2012” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, learn what’s at stake for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson during his senior year, and we also go back and find out more about his talents as a sprinter in high school. Also in the debut, meet Ohio State’s John Simon and see how his work ethic and toughness defines the Buckeyes defense and represents the values of his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. We also follow Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti and learn how this leader has kept the Penn State team focused and together.
As the Big Ten is the deepest volleyball conference in the nation, it always has a number of teams in the weekly AVCA poll. Through two weekends of conference play, the depth is apparent in the number of close sets and five-set matches that have been played. But while parity brings upsets, the higher-ranked teams have been relatively unscathed so far.