The cards and letters keep coming in. Thanks. And, by the look of things, many of you are excited about what Minnesota is doing. No doubt, to be 8-2 and riding a four-game winning streak is pretty incredible. Michigan has many flummoxed. And Nebraska’s rise has stirred the masses. Let me dig in on answering some of your letters. Let’s get to your notes. And if you have new questions – football or basketball – scroll down to the bottom. I read all of my mail. I’m also on Twitter via @BTNTomDienhart. As far as skill positions (QB, RB, WR,
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 discuss this question: Which football injury has had the biggest impact on this Big Ten football season? #VenricMark, #TaylorMartinez, or #JakeRyan. Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #VenricMark #TaylorMartinez #JakeRyan
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 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. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Gary Andersen: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to
Well, this makes it official: The career of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez apparently is over—according to his father. What a way to start Tuesday links. Martinez’s father, Casey Martinez, wrote in an email to the Associated Press on Monday night that said Taylor has a “debilitating injury” near the ball of his left foot that could take until February or March to heal fully. This is too bad. This was supposed to be Martinez’s senior season of glory, when it all came together as he led the Cornhuskers to the program’s first league title since 1999 and was a Heisman
Ohio State saw its stock rise in the BCS standings—and it didn’t even play. Oregon’s loss to Stanford on Thursday allowed the Buckeyes to move from No. 4 to No. 3 in the BCS standings, one spot closer to being in position to play for the national championship. Will Ohio State get there? No. 1 Alabama has some tough games left, including a game at Auburn. No. 2 Florida State doesn’t really have any scary games left. Bottom line: There is still hope for the Buckeyes, but they will need help even if they win out. For Wisconsin to be
Week 11 in the Big Ten featured plenty of highlight-reel plays. My two favorite: Ameer Abdullah’s dive into the end zone for the game-winning score at Michigan and Shane Wynn’s incredible diving catch near the sideline vs. Illinois. Didn’t see the plays? Watch them in this post. Also, vote for the top play. Here’s Abdullah making a clutch play for the second consecutive week. In Week 10, let us not forget, Abdullah picked up the all-important 4th-down (Watch it!) that set up the last-second Hail Mary. This time around, he makes a fantastic play to put Nebraska ahead for good.
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 discuss this question: What was Saturday’s most memorable moment? Four options: #HuskersTD, #RobinsonRecord, #WynnCatch, #KillDance. Watch each video in this post, then cast your vote via Twitter. Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: Abdullah’s 4th Qtr TD #HuskersTD Robinson PSU Record #RobinsonRecord Shane Wynn’s catch #WynnCatch Jerry Kill’s dance
Week 11 of the season was eye-opening on many levels. Nebraska is still alive and kicking with a chance to win the Legends Division, while Michigan is still searching for answers. And then there’s Minnesota, which keeps on authoring a new amazing chapter in its storybook season. Here is what I learned. 1. The Big Ten is loaded with good running backs. In fact, no conference may have a better collection. Take your pick from the likes of Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and James White, Minnesota’s David Cobb, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman and Stephen Houston,
With two of my top three teams off this Saturday in No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan State, the top of my power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t change much. In fact, the rankings only got tweaked, as no big upsets took place. But with MSU playing at Nebraska next week, big changes could be coming. [ MORE: Check out the latest college football polls ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (9-0, 5-0). The Buckeyes were hoping to have their BCS title game hopes lifted during a bye week. And, they did, with Oregon falling to Stanford.
Before we turn our attention to Week 12, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 11 Big Ten predictions. Everyone went 4-1, with the entire panel misfiring on Michigan over Nebraska, meaning Sean Merriman remains atop the season standings. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 11 scoreboard | Week 11 grades, stocks | What did Tom learn? | Power Rankings ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 66-13 Week 11 record: 4-1 Week 11 picks: Minnesota 28, Penn State 23; Iowa 24, Purdue 7; Indiana 38,