It was another exciting week of Big Ten action, as Nebraska took down Northwestern, Michigan State rolled Indiana, Ohio State drilled Rutgers, Maryland dropped Iowa and Minnesota held off Purdue. The results not only keep the Big Ten alive in the playoff picture (Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State), but they should yield another ranked team (Minnesota – 6-1, 3-0) when the latest polls come out Sunday. Catch up on all of the Week 8 action on our Big Ten scoreboard. See our Week 8 gallery, too! Get all of our Week 8 coverage. We have Big Ten standings here,
It’s safe to say Minnesota is feeling good about itself. And it should, considering the program is 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1990. Think about that for a second. That’s 24 years, meaning none of the Golden Gophers weren’t even alive the last Minnesota was off to this kind of start. Minnesota celebrated like a team on a mission following Saturday afternoon’s 39-38 comeback victory over suddenly respectable Purdue. Watch the celebration above. The Gophers were so excited because they erased an 11-point deficit in the second half. The go-ahead and winning points came on
We’re collecting the best USA Today photos from Week 8 of the college football season. All of our photo galleries can be found over here. And here’s the live Week 8 scoreboard page.
When they decided to form their own charitable organization, former University of Minnesota football player Eric Decker and his wife, Jessie James-Decker, wanted to make sure it reflected both of their personalities and priorities. One issue: The two have substantially different backgrounds. Eric spent his entire childhood in Cold Spring, Minn., where he was a multi-sport standout. As a Golden Gopher, he played football and baseball (and was even selected in the MLB Draft — twice), and he was a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos for four seasons before coming to the New York Jets earlier this year. Jessie,
Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman recently released their updated Big Ten Player Rankings heading into Week 8. See who else made their countdowns inside.
Like bold predictions? Of course, you do! Well, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Week 8 bold predictions and observations in this post.
Some interesting games dot the Big Ten map, including a key West Division tilt with Nebraska visiting Northwestern (watch on BTN/BTN2Go) and an interesting intra-divisional clash with Iowa at Maryland. And could we see an upset when Purdue visits Minnesota? Here’s a look at the Best of Week 8. BEST GAME: If the last three games are any indication, the Nebraska at Northwestern clash should be memorable. The Wildcats tallied a 28-25 win in Lincoln in 2011 behind backup quarterback Kain Colter. The Cornhuskers returned the favor in 2012 with a stirring 29-28 comeback in Evanston, after trailing 28-16 in
Can a player from the Big Ten win the honor for the first time since Ohio State’s Troy Smith in 2006? Find out inside!
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It's time for Week 8! Get Tom Dienhart's previews and game rankings for all five Big Ten games.