I had this ninth grade English teacher named Mr. Trent at West Lafayette High School. And every Friday, he’d give us a “Super Quiz.” Only he spelled Quiz “Kwiz.” Man, I hated that. And I hated his quizzes even more. They ruined the Friday of every 14-year-old. So, it is in the late Mr. Trent’s honor that I present you with this week’s B1G grid quiz. Good luck. You’ll need it—or maybe not. We are 25 percent of the way through the season. Can you believe it? No, that’s not the question. This is: Which player has been most impressive?
It’s that time of the week again, time for Four Downs, an informative and fun look at the Saturday ahead. No, it’s not a big Saturday, as there is a dearth of marquee games among the 10 on the docket. Nonetheless, some zany things could happen. [ MORE: Week 4 Power Rankings | Week 4 Bowl Projections | Who wins Week 4 games? Vote here! ] 4 PREDICTIONS 1. “Cheers” will outnumber “jeers” when Bo Pelini jogs onto the Memorial Stadium field on Saturday for the Huskers’ game vs. South Dakota State. Cornhuskers fans have short memories, right? 2. Michigan
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: In the battle for the Megaphone Trophy, which unit will have the best game? Also on tonight’s show, Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Jim Miller get a special appearance for Notre Dame fan and Fox Sports 1 host Regis Philbin. Wonder which unit Philbin would vote for? Also tonight, NFL Scouting expert Russ Lande talks about some of the Big Ten’s best prospects for
There aren’t many high-calorie contests on this 10-game Big Ten menu for Saturday, just light fare for the most part. Michigan State at Notre Dame is the clear headliner. And Missouri at Indiana is filled with intrigue, as this is the lone regular-season clash between the Big Ten and SEC. And the lid is taken off Big Ten action with Purdue playing at Wisconsin. After that? Meh. A big issue– There are three games vs. FCS foes: Maine at Northwestern; South Dakota State at Nebraska; Florida A&M at Ohio State. There are absolutely no redeeming qualities about any of those
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. Three weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Merriman and Yarina all tied at 30-6. [ MORE: Week 4 previews | Week 4 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections ] 30-6 30-6 29-7 29-7 Week 4 Games @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @BTNTomDienhart @stephenbardo SJSU at Minnesota San Jose St., 28-27 San Jose St.,
There are 10 games on the schedule this Saturday. And, at first glance, it’s not a great lineup of contests. No doubt, Michigan State’s visit to Notre Dame is the headliner. Lots of good storylines around the Spartans, who think they have found their offense. We shall see. Also, Big Ten play opens, with Purdue traveling to Wisconsin. But other than that, there isn’t too much to get excited about, with Northwestern, Nebraska and Ohio State all playing FCS foes. Iowa and Penn State clash with the MAC. You get the picture. Here’s a look at the Week 4 games.
(AP) The words “Go Blue” written in the sky near Spartan Stadium before last weekend’s Michigan State football game have sparked a fundraising campaign that’s raising thousands of dollars to fight cancer. Scott Westerman, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, was among the fans at Saturday’s game against Youngstown State in East Lansing who saw the big message – a reference to one of the colors of Michigan State’s in-state rival Michigan. Westerman, a pilot, estimated it cost a University of Michigan supporter a few thousand dollars to needle Michigan State fans. In response, Westerman started encouraging people to
With Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois losing, my weekly bowl projections have changed. Michigan’s great escape vs. Akron also caused me to shuffle bowl slots. But, Ohio State continues to take care of business, so there is no change at the top of my projections. So, let’s get to it: Here are my Week 4 bowl projections. [ MORE: Week 3 honors, grades & more | What did Tom Dienhart learn? | Week 3 picks revisited ] BOWL GAME MATCHUP TOM’S PROJECTIONS BCS title game, Jan. 6 BCS No 1 vs. No. 2 Ohio State vs. Alabama Rose Bowl, Jan. 1
Three weeks are in the books. And this much I know: I don’t know what to make about a lot of teams. My Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t suffer a massive shakeup following a strange Saturday. Michigan State and Minnesota are most upwardly mobile; Penn State and Illinois took significant hits. Check it out. [ MORE: Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Football Championship Sweepstakes ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State, 3-0. No Braxton Miller, no problem for the Buckeyes, as Kenny Guiton played the role of “super sub” again. That’s a national-best
Week 3 was a mixed bag for the Big Ten, which went a disappointing 7-5, including a 1-3 mark vs. the Pac-12. And, in some ways, it seemed fitting the end to a bizarre Saturday was capped by a finish to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game that still has my head spinning. Here is a look around the Big Ten’s third week of action. Biggest surprise: Honestly, there was no surprise. At least there was no pleasant surprise. OK, I had some doubts if Indiana (Bowling Green) and Iowa (Iowa State) would win, but each prevailed in games some felt each