It’s time now to turn to the teams that figure to be in the thick of the conference title hunt. First up is a team that exhibited a split personality last season: Michigan.
A full slate of games is on tap this weekend and the storylines abound. Michigan State (Legends) and Penn State (Leaders) could clinch shares of their respective divisions, but Wisconsin also controls its destiny in the Leaders and looks to keep pace with the Nittany Lions (full standings here). And Purdue and Northwestern could become bowl eligible. Following is a look at this Saturday’s menu of games, so be sure to track them from kickoff to the final whistle.
One of the best things about working on The Journey is getting behind the scenes. What happens when the game telecast is off the air? In this clip, you get a chance to see Michigan celebrating a win over their rival Michigan State. The telecast is off the air, but The Journey cameras are still rolling! We have more clips like this over here.
Last night, Ohio State handled a very good Florida team–a squad that at least one astute observer has picked to win the National Championship–with relative ease. After a slow start, the Buckeyes led by as many as 16 points before finally winning by seven. Thad Matta’s team displayed the same strengths as a season ago–namely a high effective field goal percentage and a low turnover rate–but they also showed a new wrinkle: getting to the foul line. It’s extremely early, but Ohio State now has a free throw rate of 72 FTA per 100 FGA. For some perspective, the Buckeyes only eclipsed that number twice all of last season–and both times were against the hacktastic Hoosiers. Perhaps this increase in trips to the foul line shouldn’t be surprising given the players that are being replaced:
Blue or green? That is the question for fans in the state of Michigan must ask itself whenever Michigan plays Michigan State. The game featured in this clip in this post came down to the last shot, but more impressive than the game itself was the respect the two star players had for each other after the game. It was yet another great behind the scenes moment caught by our @BTNJourney crew. And have you seen our other clips? They’re all right here. We’ll be adding more in the days and weeks ahead.
First off, apologies for the absence of the Numbers last week. The demands brought on by our Penn State coverage proved to be a bit too overwhelming.