First-year Illinois head coach Tim Beckman was an Ohio State assistant from 2005-06, so it should come as no surprise he’s a fan of helmet stickers. The Buckeyes, of course, reward players with Buckeye stickers that go on their helmets. This season, the Illini are passing out helmet stickers of their own.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After two weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
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On Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” our resident NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Board. The top three names stayed the same (William Gholston, Kawann Short and Johnathan Hankins), while Le’Veon Bell made the biggest jump and John Simon is the lone newcomer. Watch Lande break down his updated Big Board now.
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The Big Ten was expecting a better result than its 6-6 clip in Week 2. It was a frustrating week, needless to say. The good news: Every Big Ten team plays at home this week, so the opportunity to bounce back is there. See BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories of Week 2 in this post.
The season is still in its infancy, so the bowl picture remains lucid. Very lucid. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012.
With Week 2 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.