Extreme heat was expected for the opening weekend of the college football season. But frightening skies, torrential downpours and lightning – not so much. You name it, they’ve had it Friday at Spartan Stadium. So much so, play was halted with 11:19 remaining in the second quarter due to lightning, and the teams were sent to the locker rooms. The game is expected to resume at 10 p.m. ET. [ MORE: Watch Kurtis Drummond’s individual highlight reel ] VIDEO: It's raining JUST a bit at Spartan Stadium. Check out this crazy weather. – http://t.co/0n2QQ8m1Xc — Michigan St. on BTN (@BTN_Michigan_St)
Fact: Kurtis Drummond will never forget his start to Friday’s season opener vs. Western Michigan. First, Drummond had an early interception overturned. Moments later, he made it count – twice. First, he scored after Jairus Jones intercepted a pass and lateraled the ball his way. Next, he turned in the play of the night with this ridiculous one-handed pick. [ MORE: See the terrible weather at Spartan Stadium, in photos & video ] Here are a few tweets in response to Drummond’s one-handed pick: Kurtis Drummond's Heisman campaign is under way. — Mike Wilson (@MikeWScout) August 31, 2013 Kurtis Drummond
Jeremy Langford’s 2-yard touchdown run late in the first half broke a tie and he finished with a career-high 94 yards rushing, helping Michigan State beat Western Michigan 26-13 Friday night. The Spartans (1-0) struggled on offense, rotating ineffective quarterback Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook, and scored two touchdowns on defense. Jairus Jones had two interceptions, the first of which turned into a score with his lateral to Kurtis Drummond, whose 21-yard return was the game’s first score midway through the first quarter [ PREVIEW | BOX | PBP | AP RECAP | SCORES | CONNECT | WEATHER | WATCH ON
The Big Ten took the lid off the 2013 season last night, with Minnesota and Indiana recording resounding victories by registering point totals that would have tilted a pinball machine. The unveilings continue tonight, with Michigan State playing host to Western Michigan, and then the other nine schools play Saturday. Here are questions I have for each of the 10 schools yet to kickoff. [ MORE: Who wins Week 1 games? Pick your winners! ] ILLINOIS Will the Fighting Illini dominant a FCS foe? Well, maybe “dominate” is too strong of a word. I’ll settle for a “convincing” effort vs.
Today is College Colors Day, the day when people across the nation dress in their college school colors to celebrate the beginning of a new college football season. To be fair, the season kicked off Thursday night, with Indiana and Minnesota rolling to victories, and it continues tonight. But it’s all about celebrating that first Saturday of the season on the last work day of the week. To recognize the day, we went to Twitter and asked Big Ten fans to snap a shot of how they’re honoring the annual celebration. See some of the photos below. @BigTenNetwork all of
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: Will Michigan State play in a New Years’ Day Bowl? Two answers: #NewYearsDayBowl or #NoNewYearsBowl Also tonight, hosts Rick Pizzo, former Michigan State and NFL QB Jim Miller, and former Wisconsin and NFL WR Brandon Williams look back at big wins for Indiana and Minnesota. We’ll get you ready for Michigan State and Western Michigan tonight. We examine what the top defenses are in
Five years ago, there was our memorable recruiting ad. You know, the one with Big Ten coaches on the couch trying to convince you to play for them. This year, we have an equally great set of spots to promote our Saturday football coverage, from pregame to postgame. The ads once again feature the coaches, only this time in more of a coaching role. See all three ads in this post. Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern & Wisconsin Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska & Penn State Michigan State, Minnesota Ohio State & Purdue
Before football kicks off tonight, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina have some last-minute Big Ten predictions. Who will win the Big Ten? What about Defensive Player of the Year? And what about a sleeper team and sleeper player? Our trio offers all of their predictions in this post. [ RELATED Who wins Week 1 games? Make your picks! ] LEGENDS DIVISION CHAMP Dienhart: Nebraska. Yes, the offense will be great; but improved defense will be the key. Merriman: Nebraska. The Huskers get Michigan State and Northwestern at home and skip both Ohio State and Wisconsin this year.
Every season teems with promise. But this one glimmers a bit more brightly for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Ohio State looks primed to make a run at the BCS national championship. And several other schools dot the preseason polls, like Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern. The Big Ten has a full slate of action for the opening week, with all 12 schools in action. There are five games vs. the MAC– Michigan (Central Michigan), Iowa (Northern Illinois), Wisconsin (UMass), Ohio State (Buffalo) and Michigan State (Western Michigan). But beware: The MAC has twice as many wins against the
And just like that, Big Ten football is here. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) open up the 2013 season at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Before then, there’s so much to catch up on. Like, Tom Dienhart’s preseason power poll and Week 1 previews. Or, our Week 1 picks and countdown of the top 25 players. And, finally, all the 2013 helmet and uniform changes. [ RELATED: View our Week 1 Big Ten scoreboard ] Starting with Thursday’s games, and throughout the season, we’ll launch live blogs for every Big Ten game. In those features, BTN.com editors will be