Thank goodness for Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ impressive win vs. Virginia Tech helped salvage what was a disappointing opening to the 2015 season. The Big Ten finished with an 8-6 mark. But against the Power Five leagues, the Big Ten was just 2-4.
Before we turn our attention to Week 2, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Illinois beat writer Bob Asmussen and Big Ten fans did with their Week 1 Big Ten predictions. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | What Tom Dienhart learned | Power rankings | Bowl projections ] Everyone but Big Ten fans opened the season 11-3. The fans went 10-4, meaning they trail the pack by the slimmest of margins. Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) Week 1 record: 11-3 Week 1 picks: Utah 24, Michigan 17; TCU 28, Minnesota 19; Michigan State 44, Western Michigan 14; Illinois 29,
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart explains why this has not been a great opening week for Big Ten football.
Nebraska entered Saturday afternoon’s game vs. BYU riding a 29-game winning streak in season openers. [ MORE: Get Week 1 scores, stats, recaps and video ] The streak ended there, however, as BYU stunned the Huskers on a Hail Mary to claim a 33-28 victory at Memorial Stadium. With one second remaining, BYU backup quarterback Tanner Magnum heaved a 42-yard pass into the end zone, which landed in the hands of Mitch Mathews. The Hail Mary spoiled the debut of new Nebraska coach Mike Riley. The last time the Huskers lost a season-opener was against Florida State back in 1985.
When it comes to Big Ten celebrity fans, Gabrielle Union is one of the biggest names around. Union is an Omaha native and a huge Huskers football fan. Union is in attendance at today’s Nebraska vs. BYU game, and it looks like she brought her husband, NBA star Dwayne Wade. @HuskerFBNation captured the following images of Union and Wade before today’s game, which can be seen at the top of this post. Union is sporting her Tommie Frazier Huskers jersey at the game, which can be seen in this sideline photo from @NebraskaonScout. You can also spot some Huskers gear
Saturday was filled with plenty of Big Ten football headlines. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Week 1 Big Ten football action inside. There will be one Big Ten game Sunday (Purdue at Marshall) and Monday (No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech) to close out a four-day opening week of action. Looking for live in-game highlights? We’ll have those all season long at the links below. 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
Watch Matt Davison’s full interview with Nebraska coach Mike Riley.
You have questions, I have answers in this week’s mail bag. The best thing of all: It’s game week, as many of your questions point toward an interesting opening of the season that includes several tilts that will play a role in shaping the Big Ten’s perception on a national level. Read them all and send fresh comments and questions at the the bottom of this post. Is this the year Minnesota takes home The Little Brown Jug, Floyd of Rosedale and Paul Bunyan’s Axe? – Ryan I think Minnesota has a good chance to pull off the trifecta. The Gophers
Good news for Big Ten fans: BTN2Go is now available on Roku players and Google Chromecast so you can watch the Big Ten Network TV and online programming through those device. This give Big Ten fans access to more than 1,000 live events and on-demand programming through BTN and BTN Plus. To review: The Roku player is a popular streaming platform for delivering entertainment to the TV. Roku streaming players and the Roku Streaming Stick are made by Roku and sold through major retailers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the
This isn’t just the opening week of the season for the Big Ten. It’s also a defining week for the conference. The Big Ten can set a strong tone by winning some key clashes, including Ohio State at Virginia Tech.