Today is College Colors Day, the day when people across the nation dress in their college school colors to celebrate the beginning of a new college football season. To be fair, the season kicked off Thursday night, with Indiana and Minnesota rolling to victories, and it continues tonight. But it’s all about celebrating that first Saturday of the season on the last work day of the week.
Minnesota’s Marcus Jones returned the second half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and the Gophers pulled away for a 51-23 victory over UNLV on Thursday, the 23rd loss in a row on the road for the Rebels. Minnesota, which scored twice on special teams, turned a tight game into a romp without any scoring by the offense for the first 23-plus minutes after the intermission.
After getting off to a slow start, Minnesota is now cruising after back-to-back special teams touchdowns. The Gophers came out on fire after halftime as Marcus Jones took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a score to give make it 23-13. The fireworks continued shortly after that as Ra’Shede Hageman blocked a UNLV field-goal attempt and Martez Shabazz returned it for a 51-yard touchdown. Watch Jones and Shabazz electrify this Minnesota crowd.
Five years ago, there was our memorable recruiting ad. You know, the one with Big Ten coaches on the couch trying to convince you to play for them. This year, we have an equally great set of spots to promote our Saturday football coverage, from pregame to postgame. The ads once again feature the coaches, only this time in more of a coaching role. See all three ads in this post.
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Before football kicks off tonight, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina have some last-minute Big Ten predictions. Who will win the Big Ten? What about Defensive Player of the Year? And what about a sleeper team and sleeper player? Our trio offers all of their predictions in this post.
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 Thursday’s show leading up to the season openers for Indiana and Minnesota, our experts discuss this question: Which team will finish the season with more wins: #BTNGophers or #BTNHoosiers?