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.
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Yes, it was a tough opening week for the Big Ten, which went 8-6 to open the 2015 campaign. But, the league also had a rough beginning last season—and things turned out quite well for the conference.
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.