Today is College Colors Day, the day when people across the nation dress in their college school colors to celebrate the beginning of a new college football season. To be fair, the season kicked off Thursday night, with Indiana and Minnesota rolling to victories, and it continues tonight. But it’s all about celebrating that first Saturday of the season on the last work day of the week. To recognize the day, we went to Twitter and asked Big Ten fans to snap a shot of how they’re honoring the annual celebration. See some of the photos below. @BigTenNetwork all of
The season is off and running in the Big Ten, with Minnesota and Indiana taking big, impressive triumphs. Indiana drilled Indiana State, 73-35, and Minnesota put away UNLV, 51-23. Here are some of my thoughts on the Big Ten’s opening two games of the season. A win is a win is a win, right? Right? Right. History will show Minnesota topped UNLV, 51-23. But it wasn’t impressive. The offense went in fits and starts. QB Philip Nelson was spotty as a passer, hitting just 10 for 22 passes for 99 yards with a touchdown and pick. He did run for
What a way to start. Indiana scored its most points since 1901 (76) in its 73-35 season-opening victory over Indiana State on Thursday night. As it is, the Hoosiers’ 73 points set a Memorial Stadium record and marked their highest total in the modern era. VIDEO: Watch all of #Hoosiers touchdowns – all 10 of them – in one nice clip. – http://t.co/XqhqnfjlH9 — Indiana on BTN (@BTN_Indiana) August 30, 2013 And it all happened so fast. The Hoosiers scored six touchdowns in the first 19 minutes, and they didn’t take the foot off the gas until the final minute.
We knew it was only a matter of time before a player was ejected as a result of college football’s new rule on targeting a defenseless player, and it happened on the season’s first night. Indiana State’s Carlos Aviles was booted for his hit on Shane Wynn during a punt return in the third quarter. Aviles wasn’t the first player ejected under the new rule, actually, as Tulane and Missouri State had players tossed earlier in the night. [ RELATED: Shane Wynn goes for hat trick, including this punt return TD ] With Aviles’ penalty happening in the second half,
Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two more TDs in Thursday night’s record-breaking 73-35 victory over Indiana State. The Hoosiers (1-0) scored 45 points in the first half, their highest total since the school started keeping records in 1949, and broke the Memorial Stadium scoring record by topping the 69 points Nebraska scored in 1978. Use these links to track all the action: [ PREVIEW | BOX | PBP | VIDEO | AP RECAP | SCORES | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO ]
Five years ago, there was our memorable recruiting ad. You know, the one with Big Ten coaches on the couch trying to convince you to play for them. This year, we have an equally great set of spots to promote our Saturday football coverage, from pregame to postgame. The ads once again feature the coaches, only this time in more of a coaching role. See all three ads in this post. Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern & Wisconsin Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska & Penn State Michigan State, Minnesota Ohio State & Purdue
Indiana is rolling, to put it mildly. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 45-7 first-half lead, fueled by six touchdown drives that were all 75 seconds or less. None were faster than Shane Wynn’s impressive 58-yard punt return, though. Watch Wynn break a few tackles and blow by Indiana State defenders now, and see Wynn’s two other touchdowns in this post. [ RELATED: Check out our Indiana State-Indiana live blog ] Shane Wynn of the #Hoosiers with the punt return if the Year!!!! (#70MinutesIntoTheSeason) — Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) August 30, 2013 That isn’t Wynn’s only touchdown on the night. He
Before football kicks off tonight, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina have some last-minute Big Ten predictions. Who will win the Big Ten? What about Defensive Player of the Year? And what about a sleeper team and sleeper player? Our trio offers all of their predictions in this post. [ RELATED Who wins Week 1 games? Make your picks! ] LEGENDS DIVISION CHAMP Dienhart: Nebraska. Yes, the offense will be great; but improved defense will be the key. Merriman: Nebraska. The Huskers get Michigan State and Northwestern at home and skip both Ohio State and Wisconsin this year.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On Thursday’s show leading up to the season openers for Indiana and Minnesota, our experts discuss this question: Which team will finish the season with more wins: #BTNGophers or #BTNHoosiers? Select your choice below and tweet out your vote.Anytime you use one of those hashtags, you cast a vote. Spread the word. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags again are: #BTNGophers and #BTNHoosiers. Dave Revsine,
Every season teems with promise. But this one glimmers a bit more brightly for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Ohio State looks primed to make a run at the BCS national championship. And several other schools dot the preseason polls, like Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern. The Big Ten has a full slate of action for the opening week, with all 12 schools in action. There are five games vs. the MAC– Michigan (Central Michigan), Iowa (Northern Illinois), Wisconsin (UMass), Ohio State (Buffalo) and Michigan State (Western Michigan). But beware: The MAC has twice as many wins against the