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. Two weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Bardo, Dienhart, Merriman and Big Ten fans all tied at 21-3. [ MORE: Week 3 Power Rankings | Week 3 Bowl Projections | Week 3 Previews ] 21-3 20-4 21-3 21-3 Week 3 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo BGSU at Indiana BGSU, 34-31 Indiana, 38-34 Indiana, 31-21
Last week was a dud. This week is a doozy. This is the best week of non-conference action with the highlights being four games vs. Pac-12 foes. The only unappetizing clashes: three games vs. the MAC, and two vs. FCS foes. Still, there’s lots to like with UCLA at Nebraska; Wisconsin at Arizona State; Ohio State at Cal; and Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago. This Big Ten-Pac-12 challenge series will be the last time before bowl season for the conference to test itself vs. high-caliber competition on a wholesale basis. [ MORE: Week 3 Power Rankings | Week 3 Bowl
This is by far the best slate of games of the short 2013 season. The Saturday menu is highlighted by four games vs. Pac-12 schools—Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago; Wisconsin at Arizona State; UCLA at Nebraska; Ohio State at Cal. Purdue also gets its annual crack at Notre Dame, adding more name-brand appeal to the weekend. And we have in-state rivals Iowa-Iowa State clashing. Here are my previews of this week’s games. [ MORE: Week 3 Power Rankings | Week 3 Bowl Projections | Who wins Week 3 games? Vote here! ] Bowling Green (2-0) at Indiana (1-1) – noon
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 Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to
Every week during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com video editors compile all of the Big Ten touchdowns. As expected, with 12 games in Week 2, including several against far inferior foes, there were a lot of scores. Do you have a favorite touchdown from the past week? If not, watch this clip and see all of the contenders. Even if you do, relieve all the scores again. There were too many great touchdowns for us to single one out, but there’s no doubt this is our favorite photo of a Big Ten touchdown.
Ohio State entered the year as the overwhelming Big Ten favorite. Two weeks in, are the Buckeyes still the Big Ten’s best? According to Tom Dienhart’s latest power rankings, presented ArcelorMittal, the answer is yes. Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post. [ MORE: Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Football Championship Sweepstakes ] Brent: Right now, two weeks into the season, and following Saturday night’s victory over Notre Dame, Michigan has to be considered the Big Ten’s best. Tom: Yes, Michigan has looked good. But didn’t Ohio State begin the year considered to be
We are halfway through the non-conference season. Can you believe it? And, so far, so good for the Big Ten, which has gone 21-3. The losses: Purdue at Cincinnati, 42-7; Iowa to Northern Illinois, 30-27; Indiana to Navy, 41-35. None of those are shameful. And there have been some impressive wins. Some big matchups loom. This Saturday, we have UCLA at Nebraska; Wisconsin at Arizona State; Ohio State at Cal; Washington vs. Illinois in Chicago. On Sept. 21, we have Michigan State at Notre Dame. Here is how I rank the Big Ten non-conference wins through two weeks: 1. Michigan
The Michigan band is getting its share of attention through the first two weeks of the 2013 college football season. In Week 1, it was for spelling out this. And, on Saturday night, it was for putting on a show that featured several of Beyonce’s greatest hits. Beyonce even appeared on the screen and delivered a message to Michigan fans. [ MORE: You saw Eminem in the booth Saturday night, right? ] Watch Beyonce’s message and the band’s much-talked-about performance in the Michigan Marching Band YouTube video below. Only question is, what will the Michigan band do in Week 3?
Another week, another round of bowl projections. Just one Big Ten team lost on Saturday, with Indiana falling at home to Navy, 41-35. The other 11 schools won. But my bowl projections have changed—at least the lower-tier bowl projections. The big winner this week: Illinois, which surprised everyone with a relatively easy 45-17 home win over Cincinnati. The Fighting Illini’s rise, coupled with Indiana’s loss and Michigan State’s second consecutive unimpressive victory, was the agent for change. As a result, Illinois is now in my projections, going from out of my bowl picture all the way to the Buffalo Wild
The Big Ten office announced its Week 2 Players of the Week on Monday. The recipients: Jeremy Gallon (Offense), Shilique Calhoun (Defense), Marcus Jones & Akeem Hunt (Special Teams) and Corey Clement (Freshman). Read more about each player and see one of their highlights in this post. Offensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Gallon, Michigan, Sr., WR Finished with career highs in receiving yards (184) and touchdowns (three) as Michigan defeated Notre Dame on Saturday in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109 Collected eight catches to accrue 184 yards, the sixth-most in program history and most since Roy Roundtree