This time last week, Chris Laviano was suspended for the first half of the season-opener for a team violation. Now, he’s Rutgers’ starting QB after Hayden Rettig got the nod last week. Laviano hit 4-of-4 passes for 138 yards and three TDs. Not bad. Rettig was pretty good, too, completing 9-of-11 for 110 yard with a TD. “I think the coaches made a great decision with that,” Rutgers running back Paul James said Monday. “Chris is a great player and I think he’s a great leader. (We) appreciate his hard work, (we) appreciate the journey that he’s taken to get
Thank goodness for Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ impressive win vs. Virginia Tech helped salvage what was a disappointing opening to the 2015 season. The Big Ten finished with an 8-6 mark. But against the Power Five leagues, the Big Ten was just 2-4.
Before we turn our attention to Week 2, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Illinois beat writer Bob Asmussen and Big Ten fans did with their Week 1 Big Ten predictions. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | What Tom Dienhart learned | Power rankings | Bowl projections ] Everyone but Big Ten fans opened the season 11-3. The fans went 10-4, meaning they trail the pack by the slimmest of margins. Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) Week 1 record: 11-3 Week 1 picks: Utah 24, Michigan 17; TCU 28, Minnesota 19; Michigan State 44, Western Michigan 14; Illinois 29,
Reigning national champion and No. 1 Ohio State sent a loud message to the rest of the nation Monday tonight: Catch us if you can.
It was a successful season opener for defending national champion Ohio State. After trailing 17-14 at halftime, the Buckeyes dominated the second half en route to taking a 42-24 victory at Virginia Tech. See our favorite USA TODAY Sports photos from the game below:
Braxton Miller looks like a natural at this whole wide receiver thing. [ MORE: Watch Braxton Miller’s first touchdown reception ] The Ohio State quarterback-turned-receiver and two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year made a highlight-reel diving grab (watch it!) for his first career reception and added an athletic go-ahead 54-yard touchdown reception (watch it!) to open the third quarter Monday night at Virginia Tech. Miller looked like a receiver on both catches, too, rotating his body to land on his back to protect the ball on the diving grab, and avoiding would-be tacklers on his race to the
The Illinois football team has been through a lot recently. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Exactly one week before kickoff, head coach Tim Beckman was dismissed as part of an investigation into player mistreatment. One week later, on Friday night, the team sat through an extended weather delay before its season opener was postponed until Saturday afternoon. The Illini handled the run of distractions just fine, cruising to a 52-3 season-opening victory over Kent State. And, after the commanding victory, they celebrated with interim coach Bill Cubit, the former offensive coordinator, honoring
Cardale Jones started at quarterback for No. 1 Ohio State against Virginia Tech, and picked up right where he left off during his improbable three-game run to a national championship last season.
Reigning national champ and unanimous No. 1 Ohio State is taking on Virginia Tech in the final game of the opening week of the college football season.
Why mess with a good thing, right? [ MORE: Get Week 1 Big Ten scores & stats ] Defending national champion Ohio State will wear the Nike Mach Speed alternate uniform it wore vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl for its 2015 opener tonight at Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes rallied past the Crimson Tide the only other time they wore the uniform. They wore a home version of the alternate in the inaugural championship game vs. Oregon. Ohio State and Virginia Tech, the only team to beat the Buckeyes last season, close the Week 1 slate at 8 p.m. ET