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
The first Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action was filled with highs and lows, culminating with a pulsating 40-30 Ohio State victory over Northwestern that kept alive the Buckeyes’ national title dreams. Michigan State made a statement with a big win at Iowa, Indiana notched a signature win for Kevin Wilson, Nebraska had perhaps its best effort of the season, and Michigan posted a strong win after a couple shaky efforts. Here’s is a look at Week 6. Biggest surprise: Indiana. The game vs. Penn State may have been a must-win as far as getting to a bowl. And, the
Before we turn our attention to Week 7, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 6 Big Ten predictions. Sean Merriman went 4-1 to lead the way, while Big Ten fans and the rest of our panel went 3-2. That means it’s Merriman and Big Ten fans tied atop the standings, at 46-9. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What Tom Learned in Week 6 | Week 6 honors, grades & more ] Big Ten fans Season record: 46-9 Week 6 record: 3-2 Week 6 picks: See polls below Sean Merriman (@BTNSean)
Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s Week 6 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 6? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #Illini head into bye week with 3 wins with at least 3 matchup opponents after week off. Exceeding expectations so far — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) October 6, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers They beat an opp they've never beaten,
Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances. Check out our Week 6 stars in this post. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. The Huskers’ junior running back rushed for a career-high 225 yards and added two touchdowns in the Huskers’ commanding 39-19 win over Illinois. Abdullah carried the ball just 20 times, averaging 11.3 yards per tote. His 690 total rushing yards ranks second in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. Watch Abdullah’s 43-yard TD