The Spartan Rose Bowl champion football team was recognized at the No. 3 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan State game last night. And, as you would suspect, the squad was met with a warm reception. Why not? The 13-1 season will go down as one of the greatest in school history, as Michigan State played in and won its first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. The lone loss was a 17-13 setback at Notre Dame that was noteworthy for some iffy pass inference penalties called against the Spartans. Otherwise, Michigan State was a buzz saw, winning all of
It’s not too early to start thinking about the 2014 season, right? Right. Others already are in on the action, with super-early top 25 polls. So, here’s why you should be excited about your team’s prospects for next season. Smiles, everyone! [ MORE: View the final 2013 college football polls ] ILLINOIS Fans are jacked out of their mind to see Oklahoma State transfer quarterback Wes Lunt, who could take this improving offense to another level. Don’t forget about Aaron Bailey, too. RB Josh Ferguson is a special jack-of-all-trades. All of the young talent on defense that took its bumps
Michigan State and Auburn both started the season unranked and went on to go 12-1 and win their respective conferences. So, why did the Tigers get the BCS title game bid over the Spartans? Other than the fact they play in the SEC, of course? Gerry DiNardo said on Tuesday’s #BTNLive that it has to do with how the Big Ten schedules. DiNardo’s recommendation? Play more big-time September night games. Watch the segment here. [ MORE: View the final 2013 college football polls ] As DiNardo said in the video:”The perception of the SEC (is) you get a good glimpse
The grass stains and bruises are still fresh from last night’s BCS title game, a scintillating triumph for Florida State over Auburn that ended the SEC’s seven-season run of dominance. That hasn’t stopped some people from turning the page – and quickly. Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com already has an early, early—and I mean EARLY—2014 Top 25. Florida State is No. 1. No shocker, as Jameis Winston will be back to defend his Heisman and national title. If this poll is accurate—and we know it isn’t—the four-team playoff would look like this: No. 1 FSU vs. No. 4 Stanford, and No.
The final polls are out, and Michigan State is No. 3 in the AP and Coaches polls – see the full lists here. The results are really no shock. I think the Spartans could have made a case to be ranked as high as No. 2. But, Auburn got that spot, even though the Tigers lost the BCS championship game to Florida State. Had Auburn been blown out by the Seminoles, Michigan State likely could have secured the No. 2 slot. Coaches’ Rankings Rankings as of 1/7/2014 Rank School Votes Prev Rank 1 Florida State (14-0) 1475 (59) 1 2
The dust has settled on another disappointing postseason for the Big Ten, which went 2-5 in bowl games. The lone victors: Michigan State in the Rose Bowl and Nebraska in the Gator Bowl. Still, there were many noteworthy things. Here’s my Best of the Big Ten Bowls. [ MORE: View our full 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Best game: The Orange Bowl was off-the-charts spectacular. Clemson’s 40-35 win over Ohio State featured four lead changes, over 1,000 combined yards and enough electricity to light the BTN offices in downtown Chicago. The game lived up to its hype as a quarterback-fueled shootout.
The new season of LiveBIG shows on BTN kicks off this week! Click here for the complete schedule. University of Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce received an American flag from Air Force pilot Adam Hopkins before the Illini hosted Indiana last week. Read the incredible story about why Hopkins made the presentation to Groce here. President Obama recently honored University of Iowa researcher Randall McEntaffer with a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Read more here. We featured Budzien’s inspiring work with the Special Olympics in December. After the NHL’s Winter Classic at the Big House in
“Rise to the Occasion.” That slogan was featured prominently on Michigan’s Adidas warmup shirts during last year’s memorable NCAA basketball tournament run. It looks like Spartan fans are having some fun with the slogan. Check out this t-shirt that reads “Rose to the Occasion,” in honor of MSU’s 24-20 win over Stanford in this year’s Rose Bowl Game. [ MORE: View our full 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Lol pic.twitter.com/yC7Zdl1KfC — ellen (@ellenmamula) January 5, 2014 Of course the Michigan-themed shirt was worn on the basketball court, while the MSU shirt is football-related. And technically, the Wolverines did “Rise to the
Big Ten bowl season is officially in the books as Ohio State closed out the conference postseason with a 40-35 loss to Clemson in Friday night’s Discover Orange Bowl. While it wasn’t a great showing for the Big Ten, going 2-5 in conference bowl games, there were still plenty of outstanding individual performances this year. Without further ado, here are my top-10 Big Ten bowl performances. [ MORE: How did we do? View 2013-14 Big Ten bowl game predictions ] 10. Anthony Hitchens, LB, Iowa Outback Bowl stats: 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss Hitchens was outstanding for the Hawkeyes
All season long, our BTN.com panel predicted every Big Ten football game. We also provided polls for Big Ten fans to make their picks. With the Big Ten bowl season now complete, it’s time to crown the 2103 champion. That would be BTN.com’s Sean Merriman, who went 85-19, including a 4-3 bowl clip. Big Ten fans finished third, at 82-22. See the full season standings and bowl picks in this post. [ MORE: View full 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 85-19 Bowl record: 4-3 Big Ten bowl game predictions: Minnesota 28, Syracuse 14; Kansas State 27,