Before we turn our attention to Week 10, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 9 predictions. It was a rough week for all involved, as BTN.com fans led the way with a 3-3 record. As a result, BTN.com fans tied Dienhart for the top spot in the season standings, at 54-20. I sit three games behind the pace. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 54-20; .730 BTN.com fans: 54-20; .730 Brent: 51-23; .690 Indiana 31, Illinois 17 Tom’s pick: Indiana, 30-29 – Let’s call this the “Desperation Bowl.” The Fighting Illini have lost
Nate Sudfeld came off Indiana’s bench to throw for two touchdowns, and the Hoosiers defense had seven sacks and a pair of key turnovers in a 31-17 win at Illinois on Saturday. The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Hoosiers (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) that included tight losses to Ohio State, Navy and Michigan State. It also ended an 11-game Big Ten drought that dated to 2010. Sudfeld took over after starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was benched following a first-quarter interception. Sudfeld had 107 yards on 10-of-15 passing. His second scoring pass, a 17-yarder to Shane Wynn midway
Illinois’ Donovonn Young led the offense in the third quarter. He ran for 36 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards, but the margin is still seven, as the Fighting Illini trail 24-17. Indiana added to its advantage when Mitch Ewald drilled a 28-yard field goal, the final play on a four-play, nine-yard drive to give the Hoosiers the lead, 24-14. A fumble recovery by Indiana put the Hoosiers at Illinois’ 20-yard line to open the drive. A 62-yard drive that ended when Taylor Zalewski kicked a 20-yard field goal helped the Fighting Illini narrow the deficit to 24-17.
Indiana’s Stephen Houston led the offense in the second quarter. He ran for 14 yards and one touchdown and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass, and the Hoosiers now lead 21-14. The two touchdowns give Houston three scores, tying a career-high. Illinois has given up 14 straight points. The Fighting Illini broke the 7-7 standoff when Nathan Scheelhaase took a quarterback draw all the way for a five-yard touchdown run to put a bow on an eight-play, 55-yard scoring drive. The ground game accounted for every yard on that drive. Indiana tied the score at 14 apiece after Nate Sudfeld and
Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 51 yards and one touchdown and ran for 31 yards in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. Indiana tied things up at seven when an eight-play, 75-yard drive ended after Stephen Houston pounded in a two-yard touchdown run. The Fighting Illini got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a nine-play, 73-yard drive that ended in a score when Scheelhaase threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Viliunas. Scheelhaase’s 28-yard pass to Darius Millines took Illinois from the 27 and across midfield to ignite the drive. The
In my preview of this Saturday’s six games, I believe most teams will play with a real sense of urgency. Nebraska and Michigan are two good examples, but Ohio State and Penn State each have something to prove, too. Michigan State and Wisconsin have a history, Iowa leads Northwestern in the standings, and Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois each seek their first conference win. I’ll be in Lincoln to cover Michigan and Nebraska, and you can follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. I’ll track all of the other games with my usual Saturday Snap Reactions. Drop me your questions at the
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along. Listen to Coach Tim Beckman: Listen to Coach Kevin Wilson: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen
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 eight weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 9 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 9 Power Rankings | Week 9 Player Rankings | Week 9 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 52-16; .765 BTN.com fans: 51-17; .750 Brent: 49-19; .721 Indiana (2-5, 0-3) at Illinois (2-5, 0-3)
Saturday is fast approaching. Here are my most pressing questions for each school. The answers may come Saturday, but if you want to tackle them now, let me know in the comments box or via my Big Ten mailbag. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here. And don’t be afraid to drop ask me a question on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart). Illinois Will the offense come to life? Yes, the defense has had its issues, too. But the root of the Fighting Illini’s problems has been on offense. Illinois has lost its three Big Ten tilts by a combined score of
Two new Big Ten helmets were introduced to the college football world in Week 8 action Saturday. There was Michigan State’s HydroChrome lid and Northwestern’s matte black shell. Here’s a running gallery, in chronological order, of the new helmets we’ve seen so far during the 2012 season. BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.