After Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a season-ending injury, the biggest question around the Big Ten became: Who is the top quarterback? Big Ten fans got some answers on Saturday, as we saw several quarterback compile outstanding performances. Here are my Big Ten quarterback rankings from Week 1. 1. Connor Cook, Michigan State. Cook only played one half, but it sure was a special one. The reigning MVP of the Big Ten title game and Rose Bowl hit 12-of-13 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 45-7 victory over Jacksonville State. More impressive: Cook
The Big Ten won all seven of its early Week 1 games Saturday, including Penn State nipping UCF on a last-second field goal in Dublin. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. Also, view our Big Ten scoreboard. ILLINOIS 28, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 17: BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | AP RECAP | ALL VIDEO (AP) It took a while but new quarterback Wes Lunt delivered a come-from-behind 28-17 win Saturday for Illinois over Youngstown State in a season opener. INDIANA 28, INDIANA STATE 10: BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | AP RECAP | ALL VIDEO (AP) Tevin Coleman
If Big Ten fans didn't know Tevaun Smith's name before Saturday, they should now. Moments after running all over the field on a highlight-reel reverse, Smith one-upped himself with a ridiculous one-handed touchdown grab.
Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go, our Web-only live camera on football Saturdays, is at Iowa today and goes live one hour before the noon ET kickoff against Northern Iowa. Get with an exclusive look at the pregame activities on the field. We’ll do this each weekend from a select BTN TV game, and our Internet-only cameras take you right onto the field. This live video will only be available online at BTN2Go so be sure you have access to our free app & website ahead of time (more details on BTN2Go here). In the past, we got some great early
What should Big Ten football fans be looking for on Saturday? Sean Merriman has a rundown of the upcoming games and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the action.
It’s Friday, the day before game day. (Well, Michigan State plays Jacksonville State tonight and Minnesota and Rutgers played last night. But, you get my point.) And my mind is filled with questions. Here are 20 to ponder until kickoff. Get our latest Week 1 coverage: 1. How will Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett perform in his first start? 2. Is Wisconsin making the correct decision at quarterback? 3. Will Iowa’s revamped linebacking corps be OK? 4. Is Purdue’s offensive line better? 5. Will Penn State be able to protect Christian Hackenberg? 6. Can Illinois’ defensive line get
BTN/BTN2Go airs six Week 1 Big Ten games, including a quartet Saturday: Youngstown State at Illinois (Watch on BTN2Go); Northern Iowa at Iowa (Watch on BTN2Go); James Madison at Maryland (Watch on BTN2Go); Florida Atlantic at Nebraska (Watch on BTN2Go). Use our GameFinder tool in this post to find your game. WEEK 1 GAMES DIRECTV DISH VERIZON BTN2GO Minnesota vs. E. Illinois Thursday, 7 p.m. ET 610 SD & HD 410 Hopper: 405-1 85 SD 585 HD REPLAY Michigan St. vs. Jacksonville Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET 610 SD & HD 410 Hopper: 405-1 85 SD 585 HD WATCH Iowa vs.
Former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker, 72, died in January, and the Hawkeyes will honor the longtime defensive coordinator in 2014 with a “Norm” decal on the back right of their helmet. Parker, who joined the Hawkeyes in 1999, retired after the 2011 season. See all of the latest Big Ten fashion trends: Under Parker, the 2011 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year and 2004 and 2005 Frank Broyles finalist, the Iowa defense ranked among the top 10 nationally in rushing defense five times and in the top 10 in scoring defense three times. In 2010, Iowa was fifth nationally
In the fast-paced world of sports and social media, BTN.com now offers in-game Big Ten highlights on Twitter. When a big play happens or a memorable moment occurs, BTN.com editors will post and share the video in a matter of minutes.
Like bold predictions? Of course, you do! Well, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Week 1 bold predictions and observations in this post.