It’s finally that time. Big Ten play kicks off Saturday, starting with a trio of noon ET games, including Michigan (4-0) hosting Minnesota (1-3) on BTN. Now that the full weeks of nonconference action are a thing of the past, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina looks back at the first four weeks and offers his nonconference Big Ten honors. Watch now as “The Big Ten Pulse” also discusses nonconference awards and see all of Brent’s winners in this post.
Michigan’s defense has face plenty of criticism over the past few seasons. But tonight at 7 p.m. on Big Ten Breakdown our Mike Hall, Chris Martin and Howard Griffith take a look at how dominating the Wolverines defensive unit was against San Diego State. Follow all three on Twitter: @BTNMikeHall, @BTN_Cmart16, and @HowardGriffith and jump down in this post to send in your nominees to Martin and Howard for your Big Ten players of the week.
Ohio State’s Chris Hegngi found the back of the net 34 seconds into overtime to lift the Buckeyes past archrival Michigan, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The defeat was the third straight overtime loss for the Wolverines. Michigan led 2-1 late in the second half, but Ohio State drew even at the 86:04 mark before striking quickly in the extra session to claim victory in the teams’ Big Ten opener.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 4 saw the Big Ten go 8-2, including wins from Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin, all of which will bring perfect records into the first week of conference play. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
(AP) Denard Robinson ran for three scores in the first half to give No. 22 Michigan a three-touchdown lead and finished with a season-high 200 yards rushing, helping the Wolverines beat San Diego State 28-7. The Wolverines (4-0) sputtered Saturday on offense after halftime because Robinson struggled in the passing game. Michigan was fortunate Ryan Lindley couldn’t hit open Aztecs. After Lindley missed a teammate on fourth down midway through the fourth quarter, Robinson’s 30-yard sprint set up Vincent Smith‘s 7-yard run to give Michigan a 28-7 lead. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke talked with Eric Collins from Ann Arbor about where Michigan stands right now. Watch the BTN interview now and jump inside for our preview of the game, which airs on BTN at noon ET. And Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema doesn’t want to overlook South Dakota one bit.