We live blogged throughout Week 7 Big Ten action: Here are the results of Saturday’s games: Nebraska 44 Purdue 7; Michigan State 42, Indiana 28; Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6; Penn State 43, Michigan 40 (4OT). Also check out our Best of Week 7, Power Rankings, Bowl Projections, Player Rankings and Mailbag. Feeling lucky? Pick your Week 7 Big Ten winners. Here are a few handy links … [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ] Let’s get to the good stuff.
It’s time to get you ready for this weekend’s Big Ten football action. Here is a rundown of all four games on the slate and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN’s coverage will kick off at noon ET with Nebraska at Purdue. That game will also be available on BTN2Go. Let’s dive into the good stuff here. GAMEDAY LINKS: LIVE SCOREBOARD | BTN CONNECT | BTN2GO | STANDINGS | POLLS NEBRASKA (4-1, 1-0) at PURDUE (1-4, 0-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Which player is “on the spot” in Saturday’s Nebraska vs. Purdue
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including Mel Kiper’s updated 2014 NFL Draft Big Board, featuring Michigan OT Taylor Lewan. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: .@MelKiperESPN's #BigBoard 2014 #NFLDraft prospects: 1 Clowney #SC 2 Bridgewater #LOU 3 Barr #UCLA 4 Matthews #TAMU pic.twitter.com/vvF3o5Td9v — ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 11, 2013 Our take: Michigan OT Taylor Lewan No. 6 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board MSU qb
Game day is fast approaching, and that means it’s time for my weekly B1G grid quiz. Get out a pad of paper and your trusty No. 2 pencil. This your final chance to show that you have what it takes to maximize your enjoyment of Big Ten football this weekend. I hope you have studied and prepared well. 1. Which team needed a bye the most this Saturday? A. Ohio State B. Illinois C. Minnesota D. Iowa Answer: D. The Hawkeyes are coming off a tough 26-14 home loss to Michigan State, which killed the mojo and momentum of a
Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So do I. Here are four more predictions, truths, thoughts and more about the coming Saturday to get you fired up. Can Northwestern rebound at Wisconsin? Will Michigan State’s offense play well again? You’ve been telling me plenty with your letters to my mailbag, and hear plenty more on Twitter too (@BTNTomDienhart). Those are just a few interesting things to keep an eye. Keep the opinions coming – football season powers on. 4 PREDICTIONS Ohio State’s BCS title game worthiness will be debated for weeks, as the Buckeyes continue to tick
Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Six weeks in the books, Big Ten fans and Merriman are tied for the top spot, at 46-9. Nice work, fans! [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bowl Projections ] Big Ten fans Season record: 46-9 Week 7 picks: See polls below Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 46-9 Week 7 picks: Michigan State 31,
We are approaching the halfway mark of the season rapidly. There are just four games scheduled Saturday, the second time in the last three weeks there will be just four games. Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are all off. In fact, this is the Fighting Illini’s second bye of the season—and the leaves are still on the trees. Here are my Week 7 previews. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bowl Projections | Pick Week 7 winners ] NEBRASKA (4-1, 1-0) at PURDUE (1-4, 0-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Why you should watch: The maligned Cornhusker defense
Connor Cook looks like the answer to the riddle that has been the Michigan State offense. The Spartan attack went in fits and starts to begin the 2013 season with senior Andrew Maxwell as the starting quarterback. The sluggish start saw the MSU coaches mix and match signal-callers until finally anointing Cook the starter in the third game of the season vs. Youngstown State. In that game, Cook–who caught the attention of many when he came off the bench to rally MSU past TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl last season–hit 15-of-22 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 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. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Gary Andersen: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Interim Coach Tracy Claeys: Listen to Coach Tim Beckman: Listen
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which performance was the biggest surprise last weekend? Four possible answers: #HydeRuns, #CookPasses, the #IUDefense, or the #NebDefense Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #HydeRuns #CookPasses #IUDefense #NebDefense UPDATE: This daily poll is now closed. Thanks for voting.