It’s always fun to monitor this: Nebraska broke out the Blackshirts yesterday for the first time this season. As if it needs to be said, this is a really cool tradition. *** Penn State has its issues on offense, with a struggling line being the most pressing concern. But the defense has been outstanding, playing well enough to backstop a league champ. The Nittany Lions are No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring defense (15.2 ppg); No. 1 in total defense (283.3 ypg); No. 1 in rushing defense (60.8 ypg). Not bad. *** The Ohio State offensive line has
Don’t tell the Nebraska baseball team that Halloween is still a week-plus away. Decked out in Halloween costumes, the Cornhuskers closed out their annual Red-White Series on Tuesday. Like it matters, the Red Team won the game, 5-4, on a walk-off bases-loaded single to claim the series victory. To more important and interesting matters, what costumes did the players wear? That’s a great question. Let’s consult head coach Darin Erstad’s lineup card for the answers. Or, should I say Coach Chewbacca? No need to check your eyes, either, because, yes, “Bo Pelini” hit third for the Red Team. “White Power
Two interesting clashes make this Saturday appealing, as Michigan plays at Michigan State and Ohio State goes to Penn State in a light week of action.
SI.com released its NFL Draft Big Board 2.0 on Tuesday, and six Big Ten stars are slated to go in the first round. Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory comes in at No. 2, behind only Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, to pace the half-dozen Big Ten players. See what SI.com’s Chris Burke has to say about his predicted Big Ten first-rounders below. 2. Randy Gregory, DL, Nebraska “A minor knee injury slowed the start to Gregory’s 2014. He still leads the Cornhuskers in sacks (4.5), tackles for loss (6) and hurries (9). Two years removed from junior college, Gregory (6-6, 240)
Nebraska fans will love this: Alex Gordon is on the cover of the World Series Game 1 program.
With each passing week as the wins get stacked on top of each other, the debate rages: Which team is better: Michigan State or Ohio State?
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. And each Tuesday afternoon, we post the audio of every coach’s call right here. ***
The week ahead has a plethora of excellent matchups that could reshape the Big Ten standings. Four of those matches air on BTN, beginning Tuesday night. So, let’s get to it.
Minnesota is 3-0 in the Big Ten and plays at winless Illinois on Saturday. Are the Golden Gophers looking ahead? Read our Q&A with Mitch Leidner inside!
You may not have realized this, but the 2014 Ohio State offense is the highest-scoring in school annals. The Buckeyes are averaging 46.5 points, scoring over 50 in each of the last four games. That moved the 2014 Buckeyes ahead of the 2013 Buckeyes, who averaged 45.5 points a game. OSU will face a stout Penn State defense this week that is No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring (15.2 ppg). And a date at Michigan State will be another nice test for this Buckeye attack, which has taken off under redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett, who isn’t satisfied