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.
This should get your attention on a Tuesday morning in early October. Interesting meetings going on at Big Ten headquarters, where league officials and conference athletic directors are discussing a possible football federation. Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says it’s possible the new football structure and rules could be voted upon at the annual NCAA convention Jan. 15-18, 2014 in San Diego. “Northern Iowa and Iowa, for example, we might vote similarly for basketball, for wrestling,” Iowa A.D. Gary Barta said. “But there might be certain things in the sport of football because of the size and scope
Ohio State showed moxie and toughness in fighting back from a fourth-quarter deficit to win at Northwestern. That big victory comes a week after an impressive triumph vs. Wisconsin. Add it up, and the Buckeyes are 6-0 and still sitting in good position to advance to the BCS title game. Despite the loss, I still have Northwestern in the Rose. But, I wouldn’t be shocked if Nebraska is able to claim that spot by the end of the season. Michigan State is another team that may out-play the Gator Bowl slot I currently have the Spartans in. Indiana is back
Week 6 featured plenty of highlight-reel plays. There was something for everyone, too. There was a successful fake punt, there was a punt blocked for a touchdown, there was a long pick-6, and there was a phenomenal leaping, one-handed grab. Relive our Week 6 top 10 plays in this post. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 grades, honors ] VIDEO: Could any play challenge Kenny Bell's one-hander in our Week 6 top 10 plays? WATCH – http://t.co/p5fUFdJI1E — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 7, 2013 What play did we miss?
The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 6 Players of the Week on Monday, and three Ohio State players were honored following Saturday night’s comeback win at Northwestern. See all the honorees, plus their video highlights, in this post. Offensive Co-Players of the Week: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, Jr., IB Rushed for a career-high 225 yards on just 20 carries, an 11.3 average, and two touchdowns in Nebraska’s win over Illinois Had three runs of 30 yards or more to finish with the most rushing yards by a Husker since Roy Helu’s program-record 307 yards in 2010 Scored on Nebraska’s opening
Week 6 of the college football season was sure a fun one, wasn’t it? Ohio State escaped Evanston with a gutsy 40-30 win over Northwestern, in a game that lived up to expectations. Michigan State notched a big statement win over Iowa, while Indiana pulled off an impressive upset win over Penn State in Bloomington. Nebraska and Michigan each cruised to easy wins over Illinois and Minnesota, respectively. Through six weeks, Ohio State and Michigan are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the conference. With that said, let’s take a look at the top plays and twitter reactions from this