It’s that time of the week again, time for Four Downs, an informative and fun look at the Saturday ahead.
There aren’t many high-calorie contests on this 10-game Big Ten menu for Saturday, just light fare for the most part.
Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Three weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Merriman and Yarina all tied at 30-6.
There are 10 games on the schedule this Saturday. And, at first glance, it’s not a great lineup of contests. No doubt, Michigan State’s visit to Notre Dame is the headliner. Lots of good storylines around the Spartans, who think they have found their offense. We shall see. Also, Big Ten play opens, with Purdue traveling to Wisconsin.
Bo Pelini has to feel better knowing he has the support of Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and A.D. Shawn Eichorst. The duo issued a joint statement Wednesday in support of Pelini. So, too, did Nebraska legend Tom Osborne.
Nebraska could use some good news after the last couple of days, and here’s something everyone can feel good about: South Dakota State’s coaching staff is expected to wear hats Saturday in support of Jack Hoffman, the young Nebraska fan who is battling brain cancer.
Like they do every Tuesday during the football season, Big Ten football coaches joined the conference’s weekly teleconference. This week, Bo Pelini’s time on the call had more than its share of interest. Because of this. And, more importantly, this. Listen to Pelini address his profanity-laced recording that Deadspin.com published Monday in this post.