Week 9 of the Big Ten football season had a little bit of everything. We saw Christian Hackenberg have a monster day through the air, and Corey Clement have an outstanding game running the ball. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes?
The 2015 college football season has been filled with plenty of wild and crazy finishes. [ MORE: Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill ] There was another one on Saturday, and this one came in a primetime matchup between Michigan and Minnesota. Trailing 29-26 with under 30 seconds remaining in the game, Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner threw a perfect fade pass to Drew Wolitarsky, which was inititally ruled a touchdown. However, the replay showed his knee was down at the 1-yard
Minnesota honored recently retired football coach Jerry Kill during Saturday night’s rivalry game vs. No. 15 Michigan. [ MORE: Dienhart: Kill was one of the game’s best coaches, people | Remember these Kill moments? ] During a timeout midway through the first quarter, the school aired a video tribute on the big board to the coach who retired Wednesday due to health concerns. The fans loved it, giving Kill, who was not in attendance, a standing ovation and chanting “Jerry! Jerry!” The video included highlights and behind-the-scenes moments from Kill’s Minnesota tenure, which lasted four-plus seasons and included a 29-29
Big Ten fans were treated to five football games today, highlighted by Michigan’s 29-26 win over Minnesota. Catch up on all of today’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. For in-game and postgame video highlights, check us out on YouTube and on Facebook and on Twitter (use the links below for school Twitter accounts): Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights Purdue football highlights Rutgers football highlights Wisconsin football highlights ***
We’ve seen Purdue rock an all-anthracite Nike alternate uniform, and now we’ll see Minnesota, another Nike school, do the same. [ MORE: See a photo gallery of the new alternate uniform ] The Gophers will debut the new uniform combination in Tracy Claeys’ debut as interim coach vs. Michigan at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night. Minnesota’s school colors are maroon and gold, of course, but, as the tweet reads, the players (and recruits) love these kind of designs. The people who subscribe to old-school ideals probably won’t like this design, especially not in a game where the Little Brown Jug
The Big Ten is an absolute power in the college wrestling world. One look at the preseason USA TODAY/NWCA Poll is all the proof one needs. The Big Ten features a total of nine ranked teams, including four in the top 5 (No. 2 Penn State; No. 3 Michigan; No. 4 Iowa; No. 5 Ohio State). Nebraska rounds out the top 10, giving the conference five top 10 teams, while Illinois (No. 11), Wisconsin (No. 15), Minnesota (No. 17) and Rutgers (No. 18) also land on the poll. View the full preseason poll below: RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS 1
After clinching its second straight outright Big Ten Championship with a win at Iowa on Saturday, Maryland clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2015 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The tournament will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, beginning Thursday, Nov. 5. The tournament champion will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. [ MORE: See the 2015 Field Hockey Tournament bracket here ] The Terrapins will face No. 8 Michigan State in game two at 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday (watch it here). Maryland defeated the Spartans, 5-1, on Sept. 27. Michigan earned
It’s the last Saturday in October tomorrow. That means it’s time to take one last deep breath as we point toward the finish line. And, already, before the first Thanksgiving turkey is cooked, the Big Ten has three job openings. I look at coaching tumult and other topics in my Hard Takes. It has been a strange year for coaches in the Big Ten. Three schools have seen coaching changes before Halloween. It began with the stunning firing of Illinois’ Tim Beckman a week before the season started, and then Maryland canned Randy Edsall following the Oct. 10 game at
Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. is out for Saturday, so who steps in? What does Northwestern need to do in the bye week? Tom Izzo has high praise for a new big man - high, high praise. And did you read this story about how Jerry Kill's generosity with children suffering from seizures changed one boy's life? Tom Dienhart gives you one more spin around the Big Ten headlines on this Friday before Week 9 games kick off Saturday.
We have reached the midway point of the 2015 season and very little has gone as planned. Look back at the preseason poll released in August and it is nothing like the current standings through ten matches of conference play. The nation’s toughest volleyball conference has always been unpredictable, but now a scrambled Big Ten title race features none of the preseason top four in the No. 1 spot. That position is held by a team that did not even reach the postseason a year ago — Hugh McCutcheon’s 10-1 Golden Gophers. A season after dropping out of the Top