"Can Northwestern really be a factor in the Big Ten West?" "I won’t be shocked if Minnesota wakes up on Sunday morning 0-2." "Penn State is under big-time pressure to win." These are a just a few of the Friday topics of Tom Dienhart tackles heading into Saturday's games.
First, the bad news: Right now, there are giant rocks — some of them the size of U.S. states — out in space that could collide with our planet, wiping out most of life on Earth. Now, the good news: First, no major asteroid is expected to hit our world for a while. And second, when one does threaten us, we have a fairly straightforward plan to deal with it, thanks in large part to Bruce Conway. A professor emeritus of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois, Conway spent several years working out a solution for the eventual possibility
Plan ahead and use the popular BTN.com/gamefinder page before Saturday’s Big Ten football games to make sure you know where to find any of the five games on BTN TV. You can also search for your TV information on BTN games in this post. A few more notes for this weekend … All five of BTN’s televised games will be available live on BTN2Go? Here are the links to watch each game live: Bowling Green at Maryland, W. Illinois at Illinois, Hawaii at Ohio State, S. Alabama at Nebraska, and FIU at Indiana. Also, as an added bonus, use these Twitter pages
Things are ratcheted back a few notches in Week 2, as there is a dearth of top-quality matchups. But the headliner is a doozy. [ MORE: Pick Week 2 winners | Power Rankings | Week 2 previews ] The primetime clash between No. 5 Michigan State and No. 7 Oregon is the first game between top 10 teams at Spartan Stadium since 1966, when MSU and Notre Dame met as the No. 2- and No. 1-ranked teams in a classic 10-10 tie. The Spartans are looking for national respect—and payback for last year’s loss in Eugene. Don’t overlook Minnesota’s junket to
Before we flip the script and focus on this coming Saturday, I wanted to take one last peek back at the opening week of the season. So, I asked some of the leading writers who cover the Big Ten: What was the biggest surprise in the first week of action? Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com: Northwestern defeating Stanford. I have always liked Pat Fitzgerald and what he has done with the Wildcats program, but I really did not see QB Clayton Thorson stepping in and playing as well as he did in Week 1 against a Power Five team. I would not
It surely was an intriguing first week of the Big Ten football season. With games spread out over five days for the first time in conference history, one of the highlights of the week was Northwestern’s stunning upset of No. 21 Stanford, which gave the Wildcats their first victory over a ranked team in a season-opener for first time since 1995. On the opposite side of the coin, six teams came up short in the first game of the year, including Nebraska. The Huskers dropped their first season-opener in 30 years. [ MORE: Week 1 picks revisited | Big Ten
Who wins Week 2 Big Ten football games? This week, Indiana beat writer Zach Osterman joins the BTN.com team's weekly game predictions feature. Cast your votes inside, too.
The Big Ten would like to forget about Week 1, which saw the league go 8-6, including 2-4 vs. "Power Five" schools. At least Ohio State closed things on a positive note with a convincing win at Virginia Tech.
Last week, it was college football’s turn to kick off its season. This week, it’s the NFL’s turn. [ MORE: Polls: Pick Week 2 winners | Q&A: Wes Lunt | Big Ten Mailbag | Power rankings | Bowl projections | Player rankings ] The 2015 season gets started Thursday night, when former Michigan quarterback and defending Super Bowl champ New England host Pittsburgh. Before the season kicks off, I wanted to take a look at former Big Ten players listed on active rosters, according to NFL.com‘s team pages. In all, there are 188 former Big Ten players, not including Maryland,
Everything is new again for Wes Lunt. And that’s good. The Illinois junior quarterback needed to hit the reset button. See Tom Dienhart's Q&A with the Oklahoma State transfer inside.