So, Brian Kelly thinks that Notre Dame-Michigan is a regional rivalry? Kelly’s words are getting a lot of attention, naturally, because they come days before the two rivals meet under the lights Saturday at Michigan Stadium. For the record, Kelly backpedaled from his comments today and said that Notre Dame-Michigan is a “great and historic rivalry.” Here’s what Kelly originally said: “I really haven’t seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries,” Kelly said on a conference call. “I’ve seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played. “For me, I’ve
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 Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to
One week down—and my bowl projections already have changed following a 10-2 opening week. Don’t tell me that you’re surprised. The first week of the season was more kind to some than others. I’m looking at you, Nebraska and Purdue. And, yes, that’s Iowa you see moving into my bowl picture—even after a loss, which gave me some faith in this Hawkeyes team. Without further adieu, my Week 2 bowl projections. [ MORE: Week 1 honors, grades & more | What did Tom Dienhart learn? | Week 1 picks revisited ] BOWL GAME MATCHUP TOM’S PROJECTIONS BCS title game, Jan.
Before we turn our attention to Week 2, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 1 Big Ten predictions. BTN’s Sean Merriman and Stephen Bardo both went a perfect 12-0 to pace the field, while Big Ten fans only missed the Iowa-Northern Illinois game. Nice work! [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 1 grades, honors | DiNardo’s Sunday Ruminations ] 11-1 10-2 12-0 12-0 Week 1 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo ISU at Indiana Indiana, 35-23 Indiana, 41-24 Indiana, 31-24 Indiana, 42-35 UNLV at Minnesota Minnesota 28-27 Minnesota, 32-17 Minnesota, 27-14
It was a busy first week of action, as we saw coaches make debuts (Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen and Purdue’s Darrell Hazell) and quarterbacks, too (Iowa’s Jake Rudock and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg). Here are 10 things I learned in Week One. 1. Special teams are special. A coach told me years ago that special teams always are an issue the opening week. Why? Schools usually don’t rep special teams live in training camp for fear of injury. Sure enough, we saw several big special teams plays/gaffes involving Big Ten teams. Minnesota blocked a field goal and ran it back for
Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s 10-2 opening first week in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. Sunday Ruminations T. Coleman makes #Hoosiers offense better – really helps pass game if he's always a threat. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 1, 2013 Sunday Ruminations #Hawkeyes loss toughest one of weekend – they are much improved from last year – let season play out – there're better — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 1, 2013 Sunday Ruminations #PennState QB
We have one week in the books. How great is it to have football back in our lives? Really great. The Big Ten went 10-2 in the opening week, with the losses coming vs. Northern Illinois and at Cincinnati. How do I rank the Big Ten teams after one week? See my latest power poll, presented by ArcelorMittal, in this post. POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State. The Buckeyes ran out to a big lead—and then coasted home vs. overmatched Buffalo. No shame in that. Just don’t make a habit of it, Brutus. Last week: No. 1 Up next: vs.
One week is in the books. There was good, and there was bad. Good: Northwestern went to Cal and rallied for a big comeback win. Bad: Purdue looked awful in a rout at Cincinnati. Here are my thoughts, ruminations, honors, grades and numbers from an exciting and eventful opening week around the Big Ten. Biggest surprise: Northwestern taking it to Cal with a 44-30 victory in Berkeley. Yes, the Wildcats are supposed to be good. But they took it to the Golden Bears on the road, playing a physical brand of football and making big plays on defense. Northwestern sent
Here’s something new: Michigan State busted out quick games of rock-paper-scissors following made extra points and field goals in Friday night’s season opener vs. Western Michigan. That’s right, once the ball went through the uprights, kicker Kevin Muma and long snapper Taybor Pepper found each other and drew their best hand. No, there’s no word on who won the battle. [ MORE: Watch Kurtis Drummond’s ridiculous one-handed INT ] Well, it’s no Bill Gramatica, that’s for sure. And that’s a good thing. The way Michigan State’s offense figures to struggle to score points this year, Mark Dantonio and the Spartans
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)