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. Two weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Bardo, Dienhart, Merriman and Big Ten fans all tied at 21-3.
Last week was a dud. This week is a doozy. This is the best week of non-conference action with the highlights being four games vs. Pac-12 foes. The only unappetizing clashes: three games vs. the MAC, and two vs. FCS foes. Still, there’s lots to like with UCLA at Nebraska; Wisconsin at Arizona State; Ohio State at Cal; and Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago.
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This is by far the best slate of games of the short 2013 season. The Saturday menu is highlighted by four games vs. Pac-12 schools—Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago; Wisconsin at Arizona State; UCLA at Nebraska; Ohio State at Cal. Purdue also gets its annual crack at Notre Dame, adding more name-brand appeal to the weekend. And we have in-state rivals Iowa-Iowa State clashing.
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Big Ten basketball fans should love Mike DeCourcy’s recently released preseason top 25. The Sporting News scribe and BTN contributor placed six Big Ten teams in his poll, including four in the top 15. In other words, DeCourcy has half the Big Ten among his top 25 teams.
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.
Every week during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com video editors compile all of the Big Ten touchdowns. As expected, with 12 games in Week 2, including several against far inferior foes, there were a lot of scores. Do you have a favorite touchdown from the past week? If not, watch this clip and see all of the contenders. Even if you do, relieve all the scores again.
Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun likes to go by “Bane” on the football field. Dark Knight fans will know what that means. For the non-Batman fans out there, he was the villain in the latest film. To help achieve the alter ego, the Michigan State equipment team gave Calhoun a Justin Tuck-like facemask, one with several bars close together, like Bane’s.