It’s time to take my weekly Big Ten football quiz in preparation for another big Saturday football. It’s an intriguing slate of five games, with the Big Ten Nation fixated on the Michigan State at Nebraska game. Don’t worry – this isn’t graded on a curve. And? I provide the questions and the answers. So just have fun.
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Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea here. Here’s what’s running through my mind with Week 12 of the Big Ten season on the horizon.
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The Big Ten suffered its first losses over the past couple nights, and we learned just a little bit more about the shape of this conference. Let’s dive in. In a formula that might become common this season, Illinois struggled to score over Valparaiso’s length but did enough on defense to secure the victory. After facing two decidedly smaller teams to open the season, Illinois had trouble converting over Valpo’s big and experienced frontline. In fact, the Illini’s 35.6 effective field goal percentage is the lowest mark of the John Groce era, and last season’s team wasn’t exactly a collection of sharpshooters.
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Iowa had seven different players score in double-digits, led by Aaron White’s game-high 22 points, and the Hawkeyes cruised to a 109-63 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Thursday night.
Sure, it’s only mid-November, but whenever ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. releases his initial NFL Draft Board, both college and NFL football fans across the nation take notice. Kiper Jr. recently released his updated big board, which features three Big Ten stars on it. Michigan senior OT Taylor Lewan headlines the list at No. 16 overall.
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On Tuesday night’s #BTNLive, hosted by Mike Hall, Stanley Jackson and Jon Jansen, former Ohio State quarterback Cornelius Green (once “Greene”) talked about his perspective on the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan game, which will be featured in the upcoming BTN Originals documentary “Tiebreaker.” Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri also joined the show. Aranda told Hall who the unsung heroes of the Wisconsin defense are and talked about the challenge the unit faces this weekend against Indiana. Canzeri discussed his breakout performance against Purdue. Listen to all three interviews in this post.
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