How did the BTN.com team, guest picker Brian Christopherson and Big Ten fans do with their Week 8 Big Ten picks? Find out inside!
Earlier this year, Indiana University’s football team got a dramatic win on the road against the ranked Missouri Tigers. For senior safety Mark Murphy, it was the high point of an illustrious collegiate athletics career. “Hands-down, it was the best win,” he said. “Pulling off the last-minute touchdown, cheering on the sidelines with my teammates and celebrating in the locker room after that victory was special.” With 241 tackles before this season started, Murphy was the team’s active leader in the category — and at press time, he’d notched 11 more and an interception in 2014. But he may be
What kind of a man was Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer? Well, put it this way: Berringer was trending worldwide late Saturday night following BTN Original’s documentary “Unbeaten: The Life of Brook Berringer.” That says so much about Berringer’s character, the impact he had on people, and Big Ten/Nebraska fans. The film told the story of Berringer, an unheralded quarterback from the small town of Goodland, Kansas. A career backup, Berringer was the No. 2 quarterback behind Heisman Trophy candidate Tommie Frazier as the 1994 season unfolded. When Frazier was diagnosed with blood clots four games in to the season, Berringer
Another fun weekend of Big Ten football is in the books. There weren’t any upsets, but there were plenty of exceptional individual performances on both sides of the ball Saturday. Here are my top Week 8 Big Ten individual performances. 1. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State. Barrett has officially cemented his name in the Heisman Trophy conversation. The Buckeyes’ redshirt freshman quarterback was phenomenal in Saturday’s 56-17 win over Rutgers, completing 19-of-31 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with 107 yards rushing and a pair of scores on the ground. 2. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. Another
Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong had the Big Ten's (non-scoring) highlight of Week 8. He had to.
It was another exciting week of Big Ten action, as Nebraska took down Northwestern, Michigan State rolled Indiana, Ohio State drilled Rutgers, Maryland dropped Iowa and Minnesota held off Purdue. The results not only keep the Big Ten alive in the playoff picture (Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State), but they should yield another ranked team (Minnesota – 6-1, 3-0) when the latest polls come out Sunday. Catch up on all of the Week 8 action on our Big Ten scoreboard. See our Week 8 gallery, too! Get all of our Week 8 coverage. We have Big Ten standings here,
Week 8 featured plenty of highlight-reel Big Ten catches, but three of them stood out to us. The first of the trio, believe it or not, was by a head coach. Yep, Maryland’s Randy Edsall made a great leaping grab of a Jake Rudock pass out of bounds. This would be a good time to remind you that Edsall played quarterback, not receiver or tight end, in his playing days at Syracuse. The other two were by Michigan State receiver Tony Lippett, who had a Willie Mays-like grab in an easy win vs. Indiana, and Ohio State receiver Evan Spencer,
Maryland needed this win vs. Iowa. Despite falling behind 14-0, the Terrapins got the win, their first Big Ten home victory.
It’s safe to say Minnesota is feeling good about itself. And it should, considering the program is 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1990. Think about that for a second. That’s 24 years, meaning none of the Golden Gophers weren’t even alive the last Minnesota was off to this kind of start. Minnesota celebrated like a team on a mission following Saturday afternoon’s 39-38 comeback victory over suddenly respectable Purdue. Watch the celebration above. The Gophers were so excited because they erased an 11-point deficit in the second half. The go-ahead and winning points came on
We’re collecting the best USA Today photos from Week 8 of the college football season. All of our photo galleries can be found over here. And here’s the live Week 8 scoreboard page.