This week’s college football slate is nothing short of phenomenal: Georgia-South Carolina, LSU-Florida, and West Virginia-Texas are among about a half dozen intriguing games. The Big Ten has its share of good ones, including a match-up of ranked teams in Columbus, as Nebraska visits Ohio State. It seems as good a place as any to jump into this week’s “Numbers.”
Week 2 of Big Ten competition saw three hard-fought games that needed more than 90 minutes of play to be decided. It showed that there is not much separating each team in the conference and that many games are going to come down to one shot, one save, or one executed set piece. So, no matter the records, easy games are few and far between in the Big Ten with only two games having been decided by more than one goal so far.
Let’s just say it isn’t a great year for Big Ten quarterbacks. In fact, according to David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the conference’s signal-callers are at the bottom of the barrel. In other headlines in my daily links, we look at stories on Ohio State’s improved linebacker play, Iowa’s defensive uptick, and a fascinating comparison of the Buckeye and Husker programs through the years. Let’s dive in.
The Minnesota Volleyball team improves to 4-1 in the Big Ten conference after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in four sets 25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, after Michigan claimed the third set. The Gophers now also hold a record of 13-3 in the overall regular season. Michigan now stands at 2-3 in the Big Ten, and 14-5 overall. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com. Watch the Minnesota and Michigan volleyball game highlights now.
On Wednesday night’s series premiere of “The Journey: Big Ten Football,” we profiled Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Ohio State’s John Simon and Penn State’s Michael Mauti. On the show, Mauti, Penn State’s standout linebacker, read the poem his mother gave him before he went to college.
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.