With the season in full gear, the cards and letters are rolling in. The breakout win by Iowa has some of you talking. And the concern continues to boil at Michigan. Let’s get to your letters.
Week 5 brings with it the first flurry of Big Ten games. There’s even a rivalry game, with Minnesota and Michigan battling for the Little Brown Jug.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon. Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald: Listen to what @CoachFitz51 had to say as @NUFBFamily gears up for week 5 of #B1G football action. http://t.co/BP8MZKM4uj — Northwestern on BTN (@BTN_NU) September 23, 2014 Michigan Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to what Brady Hoke had to say as @umichfootball gears up for week 5 of #B1G football action. http://t.co/iMXAgZpfoe —
With four weeks in our rear-view mirror, let’s take a look at how the postseason could shape up. Here is my first stab at bowl projections.
Four weeks down, and all-out nonconference play is in the past. Before the Big Ten games kick off Saturday, take a look at our All-Big Ten nonconference offensive team.
We’ve had plenty of time to digest what we saw on the gridiron last Saturday. So, in this social media world, let’s slap a hashtag on it, OK? Get Tom Dienhart’s latest Big Ten coverage: Illinois: #cardiackids #toocloseforcomfort #thankyoujoshferguson Indiana: #terrifictevin #hugeupset #newlife Iowa: #sunshinekid #backontrack? #welcomebackoffense Maryland: #tightenthatdefense #testedinnonconference #feartheturtle Michigan: #struggling #lookslike2013 #whoistheQB? Michigan State: #firststeptowardrunningthetable #buzzsaw #bigtensbest Minnesota: #allrunnopass #needbalance #anotherunderrateddefense Nebraska: #fearameer #offensive #stillperfect Northwestern: #awinisawinisawin #workinprogress #bigplaysneeded Ohio State: #passdefensewillbetestedbycincy #improving #timetomakearun Penn State: #bigtenbigsurprise #finallyarungame #stillperfect Purdue: #improving #etlilngcomingon #defensemakingplays Rutgers: #tough #physical #resilient Wisconsin: #gordonisgreat #runningmachine #layingintheweeds About Tom Dienhart BTN.com senior writer
The Big Ten announced its Week 4 Players of the Week on Monday, and there are six honorees. See all of the winners and what they did to earn the honors in this post. Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, Sr., RB Recorded 313 all-purpose yards, including 229 rushing yards, in Nebraska’s victory over Miami (Fla.) Carried the ball a career-high 35 times, reaching the end zone twice on the ground and adding a third touchdown on a three-yard reception in the second quarter Became Nebraska’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards, passing 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers
Michigan State reentered the top, at No. 9, while Wisconsin (No. 17), Nebraska (No. 19) and Ohio State (No. 20) also remain ranked.
Michigan State remains atop my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, but 4-0 Nebraska has moved to No. 2 and is on the Spartans' heels.
The Big Ten has a pulse. That's one of the many things our expert learned in Week 4. See everything in gleaned in this post.