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. Six weeks in the books, Big Ten fans and Merriman are tied for the top spot, at 46-9. Nice work, fans! [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bowl Projections ] Big Ten fans Season record: 46-9 Week 7 picks: See polls below Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 46-9 Week 7 picks: Michigan State 31,
We are approaching the halfway mark of the season rapidly. There are just four games scheduled Saturday, the second time in the last three weeks there will be just four games. Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are all off. In fact, this is the Fighting Illini’s second bye of the season—and the leaves are still on the trees. Here are my Week 7 previews. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bowl Projections | Pick Week 7 winners ] NEBRASKA (4-1, 1-0) at PURDUE (1-4, 0-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Why you should watch: The maligned Cornhusker defense
What’s the biggest rivalry in college football? NCAA.com recently addressed the topic with a top 5 list. Its No. 1: Army vs. Navy. It’s the No. 2 game on the list, however, that Big Ten fans will find of interest: Michigan vs. Ohio State. Known as “The Game,” Michigan-Ohio State is the lone Big Ten rivalry to make the cut. See the full NCAA.com top 5 in this post. [ VIDEO: NCAA.com ranks top 5 college football rivalries ] Here’s a look at NCAA.com’s top 5: No. 1: Army vs. Navy No. 2: Michigan vs. Ohio State No. 3: Auburn
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 Interim Coach Tracy Claeys: Listen to Coach Tim Beckman: Listen
This should get your attention on a Tuesday morning in early October. Interesting meetings going on at Big Ten headquarters, where league officials and conference athletic directors are discussing a possible football federation. Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says it’s possible the new football structure and rules could be voted upon at the annual NCAA convention Jan. 15-18, 2014 in San Diego. “Northern Iowa and Iowa, for example, we might vote similarly for basketball, for wrestling,” Iowa A.D. Gary Barta said. “But there might be certain things in the sport of football because of the size and scope
Ohio State showed moxie and toughness in fighting back from a fourth-quarter deficit to win at Northwestern. That big victory comes a week after an impressive triumph vs. Wisconsin. Add it up, and the Buckeyes are 6-0 and still sitting in good position to advance to the BCS title game. Despite the loss, I still have Northwestern in the Rose. But, I wouldn’t be shocked if Nebraska is able to claim that spot by the end of the season. Michigan State is another team that may out-play the Gator Bowl slot I currently have the Spartans in. Indiana is back
Week 6 featured plenty of highlight-reel plays. There was something for everyone, too. There was a successful fake punt, there was a punt blocked for a touchdown, there was a long pick-6, and there was a phenomenal leaping, one-handed grab. Relive our Week 6 top 10 plays in this post. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 grades, honors ] VIDEO: Could any play challenge Kenny Bell's one-hander in our Week 6 top 10 plays? WATCH – http://t.co/p5fUFdJI1E — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 7, 2013 What play did we miss?
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which team’s win Saturday was most impressive? Four choices: #IUoverPSU, #OSUoverNU, #UMoverMinn, #MSUoverIowa or #NEBoverIll Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #IUoverPSU #OSUoverNU #UMoverMinn #NEBoverIll #MSUoverIowa UPDATE: This daily poll is now closed. Thanks for voting.
Six weeks are in the books, and Ohio State still sits atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But pecking order behind the Buckeyes remains in flux as schools continue to jockey to ride shotgun with Ohio State. The big winners this week: Michigan State and Indiana, who happen to also play this Saturday. Here are my power rankings. [ MORE: Dienhart: Nothing was going to stop OSU on this night ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (6-0, 2-0). That’s two terrific wins in a row over arguably the second- and third-best teams in the Big Ten
My grandfather always told me to learn at least one thing every day. Well, he would be proud of me, because I didn’t learn just one thing on Saturday—I learned 10 during the first full Saturday of Big Ten action. Have a look at the knowledge I acquired. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Tom’s Take | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 Leaders of the Week ] 1. Ohio State can exhale. The Buckeyes have made it through the toughest two-game stretch of their season, beating Wisconsin at home last week and prevailing at Northwestern on Saturday. This team may