Week 2 is here, and questions loom for each team following the opening weekend. Can Indiana score more? Will Rex Burkhead play? Those are just a few of the pressing questions I have for each school as we head toward Saturday. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.
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 Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week. Also @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online Tuesday mornings.
The latest Coaches’ Poll came out Tuesday, two days later than it will the rest of the season due to opening-weekend games on Sunday and Monday, and four Big Ten teams remain ranked. Michigan, which lost to reigning national champ Alabama, fell from No. 8 to No. 19. No. 11 Michigan State paces the Big Ten in the poll, while No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 14 Nebraska round out the Big Ten contingent. Ohio State, which is ranked No. 14 in the AP poll, is not eligible for the Coaches’ Poll.
One week is in the books, but not much has changed in my Big Ten bowl projections (posted here every Monday). Remember: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has just 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are banned from the postseason in 2012.
Football is back. Everyone has to be thrilled about that, right? The Big Ten went 10-2 in the opening week of the season, including Michigan State’s comeback win over ranked Boise State. See BTN.com’s top 10 stories from a newsworthy last seven days in this post.
It was an entertaining opening week of Big Ten football. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from the Big Ten’s 10-2 performance.
With Week 1 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.