“Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor” is a powerful new documentary exploring the life of one of Michigan’s greatest running backs. The show airs Monday night at 9:30 p.m. ET following a re-air of the Michigan-Notre Dame game on BTN/BTN2Go. The film highlights Taylor’s college glories but also explores the setbacks that destroyed his reputation and set him on a 25-year roller coaster ride to recover it. See a preview of it in this post.
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With six schools off and just four games that featured no upsets, there was little movement in my weekly Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Iowa was the biggest winner, jumping three spots from No. 9 to No. 6. Conversely, Minnesota fell like a rock from No. 6 to No. 10. Here is my latest Power Poll.
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The latest Coaches Poll was released Sunday, and Ohio State remained No. 3 following its 31-24 victory over Wisconsin, which fell out of the poll. Northwestern comes in at No. 15, setting up a top-15 matchup Saturday night vs. the Buckeyes. Two other Big Ten teams are ranked in the poll: Michigan (No. 17); Nebraska (No. 25).
Each week during the season, BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman and a featured guest will debate a topic related to Big Ten football. This week, Nebraska beat writer Brian Rosenthal and I debate the following question: “Heading into Week 5 of the college football season, which team is your favorite to win the Legends Division”? Our answers may surprise you…
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With the Michigan football team enjoying a bye week, Devin Gardner and some teammates decided to pay a visit to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital this week. Gardner hung out with patients during his visit, and he also broke out a solo in a group remediation of “Hakuna Matata.”
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Among the latest Big Ten headlines: This pay-for-play argument in college athletics won’t go away. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany discusses the issue here, and Delany makes many good points. I just don’t know where all of this is going. Part of me wants to see players get compensated—but I think the only players who should are ones in revenue-generating sports: football and men’s basketball.