With the season in full gear, the cards and letters are rolling in. The breakout win by Iowa has some of you talking. And the concern continues to boil at Michigan. Let’s get to your letters.
Week 5 brings with it the first flurry of Big Ten games. There’s even a rivalry game, with Minnesota and Michigan battling for the Little Brown Jug.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon. Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald: Listen to what @CoachFitz51 had to say as @NUFBFamily gears up for week 5 of #B1G football action. http://t.co/BP8MZKM4uj — Northwestern on BTN (@BTN_NU) September 23, 2014 Michigan Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to what Brady Hoke had to say as @umichfootball gears up for week 5 of #B1G football action. http://t.co/iMXAgZpfoe —
With four weeks in our rear-view mirror, let’s take a look at how the postseason could shape up. Here is my first stab at bowl projections.
Four weeks down, and all-out nonconference play is in the past. Before the Big Ten games kick off Saturday, take a look at our All-Big Ten nonconference offensive team.
Big Ten fans aren’t shy about showing their school pride. There’s an Iowa fan who has taken this practice to another level. Check out the giant Kirk Ferentz tattoo on one calf and the massive Hayden Fry tattoo on the other! Get our latest Gone Viral posts: Don't ask me how I found this. Just enjoy… pic.twitter.com/pdsQrfpIDI — Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) September 22, 2014 Turns out the guy with the Ferentz calf tat has Fry on his other leg (via @cbkrebsbach) pic.twitter.com/bzxi5WM4IF — Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) September 22, 2014 Impressive, no? Even more impressive: Ferentz and Fry represent Iowa’s only
We’ve had plenty of time to digest what we saw on the gridiron last Saturday. So, in this social media world, let’s slap a hashtag on it, OK? Get Tom Dienhart’s latest Big Ten coverage: Illinois: #cardiackids #toocloseforcomfort #thankyoujoshferguson Indiana: #terrifictevin #hugeupset #newlife Iowa: #sunshinekid #backontrack? #welcomebackoffense Maryland: #tightenthatdefense #testedinnonconference #feartheturtle Michigan: #struggling #lookslike2013 #whoistheQB? Michigan State: #firststeptowardrunningthetable #buzzsaw #bigtensbest Minnesota: #allrunnopass #needbalance #anotherunderrateddefense Nebraska: #fearameer #offensive #stillperfect Northwestern: #awinisawinisawin #workinprogress #bigplaysneeded Ohio State: #passdefensewillbetestedbycincy #improving #timetomakearun Penn State: #bigtenbigsurprise #finallyarungame #stillperfect Purdue: #improving #etlilngcomingon #defensemakingplays Rutgers: #tough #physical #resilient Wisconsin: #gordonisgreat #runningmachine #layingintheweeds About Tom Dienhart BTN.com senior writer
Michigan State remains atop my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, but 4-0 Nebraska has moved to No. 2 and is on the Spartans' heels.
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