Six games in, six games to go. We officially reached the midway point of the 2011 college football season following the completion of Saturday’s slate of games. It’s been an eventful first half, for sure, as Illinois and Michigan are off to surprising 6-0 starts and perennial power Ohio State is 3-3, including 0-2 in Big Ten play. And we can’t forget to mention Wisconsin, the Big Ten’s clear favorite after humiliating its first five foes by a combined score of 242-51. Seeing as how we’re halfway home, I wanted to rank the conference’s top 10 players thus far. See the list in this post.
At 6:30 ET tonight on The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo (@BTNRickPizzo), Derek Rackley (@DRack48) and Tim Doyle (@BTNTimDoyle) discuss all the latest happenings in the Big Ten, including whether Nebraska’s historic comeback against Ohio State saved its season. The crew also will debate which Big Ten team features the strongest defense. Who’s your pick for the best defensive unit? Leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post. Watch now as our crew debates which undefeated team they’d most like to coach in this Web-only segment.
The Big Ten offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week for games on Oct. 8 were announced this morning by the Big Ten Conference. Who do you think won them? Find out inside and watch our latest edition of the Big Ten Blast.
The Big Ten has finalized its Week 8 kickoff times and TV plans for Oct. 22 action. Find out when and where you can find your team’s game in this post.
Join Lisa Byington, Kara Lentz, and Megan Bower on The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report on a new night as the weekly show moves to Tuesdays at 8 a.m. ET with multiple re-airs later on. This week catch highlights and analysis of Illinois volleyball breaking Penn State’s 68-match Big Ten home win streak. Plus, Penn State field hockey’s Kelsey Amy joins us to talk about the roll the Nittany Lions are on.
The football world lost a legend Saturday with the passing of Oakland Raiders’ owner Al Davis. Davis, 82, was a central figure in the merger of the upstart American Football League with the established NFL and helped pave the way for the extravaganza that is the Super Bowl. Penn State coach Joe Paterno knew Davis well and the latter even tried to lure Paterno, then a Penn State assistant, to the Raiders as an offensive coordinator. Watch now as Paterno reflects on Davis and answers why he never took the Raiders job.