Sitting at No. 15 in the BCS standings, Wisconsin’s hopes for an at-large BCS bowl bid are looking better and better. The Badgers need to finish No. 14 or higher to be eligible for selection. Gotta think that’s gonna happen over the next few weeks. First, Wisconsin needs to beat visiting Penn State in the finale. Then, sit back, watch and wait. Ohio State remains on the outside of the BCS title game, needing a loss by Alabama or Florida State to ascend from its No. 3 spot in the BCS standings. Better hope for an Auburn win over Alabama
By now, you’ve probably seen one of the many “Dramatic Gopher” YouTube videos. Only a few seconds long, the brilliant set of videos has millions and millions of views. Its popularity should only increase after the Wisconsin-Minnesota game on Saturday. That’s because Minnesota used the little guy, twice, to taunt Wisconsin kicker Jack Russell. It worked once (missed 38-yard FG), and it didn’t work the other time (made 20-yard FG). Nothing can work 100 percent of the time, right? Regardless, this was a fantastic idea and excellent execution. A Minnesota spokesperson said the team had the “Dramatic Gopher” ready to
Things held steady at the top of my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, though I’m sure debate will continue to rage on if Michigan State should be ranked ahead of Wisconsin. Debate on, America. This week’s fast-riser: Iowa. See my latest list in this post. [ MORE: What did Tom learn in Week 13? | Week 13 honors, grades & stock reports ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (11-0, 7-0). The winning streak has reached a school-record 23 in a row, as OSU clinched the Leaders Division. Even better—the Buckeyes are playing their best football of the season at the
Week 13 brought clarity to the Big Ten season, as Ohio State (Leaders) and Michigan State (Legends) wrapped up division titles and will meet in the Big Ten championship game. We also saw Penn State and Nebraska play an overtime thriller, as well as Illinois end a 20-game Big Ten losing skein. Here is my wrap on Week 13. [ MORE: What did Tom Dienhart learn in Week 13? ] Biggest surprise: I’m not shocked Michigan State beat Northwestern. But I am shocked that the Spartans hammered the Wildcats, 30-6. I thought MSU would suffer a bit of a letdown
Week 13 saw Michigan State (Legends) and Ohio State (Leaders) wrap up their division to set up the 2013 Big Ten title game that I think we all can be excited about. But there were many other things I learned on Saturday. Check it out. [ MORE: Get Tom’s Week 13 honors, grades, stock reports & more ] 1. The Big Ten title game has some actual hype to it for the first time in three seasons. No offense to the Wisconsin-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Nebraska clashes of the last two seasons, but this MSU-OSU matchup has a real big-game feel
Before we turn our attention to Week 14, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 13 Big Ten predictions. Sean Merriman and Stephen Bardo both went 6-0 to remain tied atop the season standings. Big Ten fans also went 6-0 and continue to be one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 13 scoreboard | Week 13 grades, stocks | Power Rankings | Latest polls ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 76-14 Week 13 record: 6-0 Week 13 picks: Illinois 28, Purdue 24; Iowa, 27, Michigan 24; Michigan State 38, Northwestern
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 13 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 13? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations – #Illini – 4 wins with a matchup this week against NU. Much improved team from last year. How much more was expected? — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) November 24, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers Must win game this week
We live blogged throughout Week 13 Big Ten action all day today. Here are the results: Michigan State 30, Northwestern 6; Illinois 20, Purdue 16; Iowa 24, Michigan 21; Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7; Ohio State 42, Indiana 14; Nebraska 23, Penn State 20 (OT). Jump on in for all the best highlights, tweets and photos. [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ] We’re updating the page below.
We are heading down the home stretch with just two weeks left in the Big Ten regular season. Here is a rundown of the upcoming games on Saturday and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN’s coverage will kick off at noon ET with a doubleheader as Illinois takes on Purdue and Michigan travels to Iowa City to battle the Hawkeyes. Immediately following that, Nebraska will take on Penn State at 3:30 p.m. in Happy Valley. All three games will also be available on BTN2Go. Let’s break down the Big Ten games here.
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 make their picks: Who will win Paul Bunyan’s Axe on Saturday? Vote by hashtag: #BTNWisconsin or #BTNMinnesota. Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show.