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The latest Coaches Poll is out, and three Big Ten teams are ranked following the opening week of the college football season. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | Week 1 picks revisited | What Tom Dienhart learned | Power rankings | Bowl projections | Player rankings ] Defending national champion and preseason unanimous No. 1 Ohio State remained atop the poll, once again garnering every first-place vote, after it won 42-24 at Virginia Tech. Big Ten East rival Michigan State also stayed put, at No. 6, fresh off beating instate foe Western Michigan, 37-24, in Kalamazoo. Wisconsin went from
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 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.
Yes, it was a tough opening week for the Big Ten, which went 8-6 to open the 2015 campaign. But, the league also had a rough beginning last season—and things turned out quite well for the conference.
Yes, we just celebrated Labor Day. But, it’s never too early to think about bowl season, right? Right. For that, let’s check-in with Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, the best in the galaxy when it comes to stuff like this.
Thank goodness for Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ impressive win vs. Virginia Tech helped salvage what was a disappointing opening to the 2015 season. The Big Ten finished with an 8-6 mark. But against the Power Five leagues, the Big Ten was just 2-4.
Before we turn our attention to Week 2, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Illinois beat writer Bob Asmussen and Big Ten fans did with their Week 1 Big Ten predictions. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | What Tom Dienhart learned | Power rankings | Bowl projections ] Everyone but Big Ten fans opened the season 11-3. The fans went 10-4, meaning they trail the pack by the slimmest of margins. Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) Week 1 record: 11-3 Week 1 picks: Utah 24, Michigan 17; TCU 28, Minnesota 19; Michigan State 44, Western Michigan 14; Illinois 29,
There is no bigger Week 2 game than Oregon's visit to Michigan State. And, the Spartans will "Stripe the Stadium" for the prime-time tussle vs. the reigning national runner-up. Have a look at the stadium seating chart in this post.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart explains why this has not been a great opening week for Big Ten football.
Reach higher. Those are Mark Dantonio’s words. Not mine. But, I like the sound of it: reach higher. It’s inspiring, which is why it’s the theme of the season for Michigan State. The Spartans did need to reach too high—too high–to beat Western Michigan tonight, taking a 37-24 win. The best way to describe the victory: methodical. Michigan State can play better. And, it must—and will. The Spartans will need to with Oregon coming to East Lansing next week for a prime-time tilt with potential playoff implications. This game vs. Western Michigan—not overly impressive for the Spartans–was about kicking the