It's Sunday, and that means it's time for Gerry DiNardo's weekly Sunday Ruminations. The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on what he saw in the Big Ten the previous day.
Here is what I learned on Saturday, a day when Northwestern and Iowa continued to dream big, Illinois had its balloon burst, Nebraska had its heart broken (again) and Ohio State, Michigan State and Minnesota won ugly.
Before we turn our attention to Week 4, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Iowa beat writer Scott Dochterman and Big Ten fans did with their Week 3 Big Ten predictions.
Week 3 was all about the ACC, as the Big Ten played five games vs. the eastern league. Final score: ACC 3, Big Ten 2. Northwestern (at Duke) and Iowa (Pitt) were the only two Big Ten teams to win. Illinois (at North Carolina), Nebraska (at Miami) and Purdue (Virginia Tech) all lost.
After subpar performances throughout Weeks 1 and 2, the Big Ten had a solid Week 3 showing. [ MORE: Get Week 3 scores, stats & AP recaps ] The conference finished 9-3 in non-conference action on Saturday, with Penn State topping Rutgers, 28-3, in the lone Big Ten game of the day. With 13 total games on the slate, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances as well. Here is a look at my top 10 performers from Saturday’s Big Ten football action. Did I miss one? Tweet it to me, @BTNSean. 1. Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State. This guy
Walk-off wins are just about as exciting as it gets in sports. The rarer the play, the more exciting the finish, of course. Iowa kicker Marshall Koehn proved that Saturday night, drilling a 57-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Hawkeyes to a 27-24 win over Pitt.
Here’s a safe prediction: Brett Greenwood had more than several college football fans reaching for a tissue Saturday night. [ MORE: Here’s the link to watch Pittsburgh at Iowa on BTN2Go ] The former Iowa defensive back and Week 3 honorary captain led the Hawkeyes onto the field and joined the Iowa captains for the coin toss. Greenwood, who led the Big Ten in interceptions (5) as a senior in 2010, collapsed during a workout in 2011 and was in a coma as a result of suffering an anoxic brain injury caused by heart arrhythmia. To no surprise, Iowa fans
Iowa nipped Pittsburgh, 27-24, on Marshall Koehn’s last-second 57-yard field, and Penn State rolled Rutgers, 28-3, in the 2015 Big Ten conference opener. Get caught up on all of Saturday night’s action below. Looking for available live in-game highlights? Check us out on YouTube and on Facebook and on Twitter (use the links below for school Twitter accounts): Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights Purdue football highlights Rutgers football highlights
BTN/BTN2Go will air the coin toss prior to the Pittsburgh-Iowa game at 8 p.m. ET tonight. [ MORE: Here’s the link to watch Pittsburgh at Iowa on BTN2Go ] Former Iowa defensive back Brett Greenwood will serve as an honorary captain, in addition to being in the locker room with the team before and after the game. Greenwood, who led the Big Ten in interceptions (5) as a senior in 2010, collapsed during a workout in 2011 and was in a coma as a result of suffering an anoxic brain injury caused by heart arrhythmia. “Progress continues every day, so
Plan ahead and use the popular TV GameFinder lookup tool in this post to find any available BTN televised games on your TV system. All five of BTN's televised games will be also be available live on BTN2Go. Get the links to these games in this post: UNLV vs. Michigan, Kent State at Minnesota, Troy at Wisconsin, Pittsburgh at Iowa, and Rutgers at Penn State.