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,
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
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart explains why this has not been a great opening week for Big Ten football.
Saturday was filled with plenty of Big Ten football headlines. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Week 1 Big Ten football action inside. There will be one Big Ten game Sunday (Purdue at Marshall) and Monday (No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech) to close out a four-day opening week of action. Looking for live in-game highlights? We’ll have those all season long at the links below. Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn
UPDATE, 2:50 P.M. ET: BTN will simulcast the current live stream of today’s football game against Kent State on BTN TV as soon as the Iowa football game ends. You can still use the link below to continue to watch the Illinois game live on BTN2Go. [TWEET https://twitter.com/BTNElizabeth/status/640233649531691008] Watch first-half highlights here. Friday night’s Kent State at Illinois game was postponed due to inclement weather and will be played at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday. BTN would love to air the game. Unfortunately, we are unable to get the game produced. The production crew hired by BTN to produce Friday’s game is
Illinois fans will have to wait an extra day to see their football team take the field. The Fighting Illini’s Friday night season opener against Kent State was postponed due to weather and will be played today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. CT. The game can be seen live on BTN2Go. Friday night’s game was scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. CT, but after three hours of weather delays, the decision was made to push the game to Saturday. Illinois interim head coach Bill Cubit sent out the following tweet shortly after it was announced that the game would be
Connor Cook threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and the Spartans racked up 196 rushing yards en route to a 37-24 win over Western Michigan on Friday night. The second game of the evening was set to feature Illinois vs. Kent State, but that contest was postponed and will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. CT on BTN2Go. Here is the link to watch the Illinois vs. Kent State game on BTN2Go. Check out Friday’s score on our Big Ten scoreboard. Catch up scores, stats and recaps below. MICHIGAN STATE 37, WESTERN MICHIGAN 24: BOX | PBP | RECAP
Illinois opens the 2015 Illini football season with an interim head coach after Tim Beckman's dismissal a week before the first game. It's an odd circumstance for a college football team, but BTN.com's Tom Dienhart remembers a few other times in history when abrubt coaching switches occurred. Do you remember this coaching changes?
You have questions, I have answers in this week’s mail bag. The best thing of all: It’s game week, as many of your questions point toward an interesting opening of the season that includes several tilts that will play a role in shaping the Big Ten’s perception on a national level. Read them all and send fresh comments and questions at the the bottom of this post. Is this the year Minnesota takes home The Little Brown Jug, Floyd of Rosedale and Paul Bunyan’s Axe? – Ryan I think Minnesota has a good chance to pull off the trifecta. The Gophers