This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013” presented by Best Buy we learn more about the special bond between Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill during this remarkable season for the Gophers. Plus, watch how Iowa’s James Morris and his family prepared for last Saturday’s Senior Day and see how Northwestern running back Venric Mark has helped his team despite his own injuries. Our usual game highlights focus on that chilly Michigan-Iowa battle and the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe between Wisconsin and Minnesota. The show airs at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Don’t
It’s Tuesday, two days until Thanksgiving. Until then, feast on a Heisman race that got turned sideways last Saturday with losses by Texas A&M (Johnny Manziel), Baylor (Bryce Petty) and Oregon (Marcus Mariota). And Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has a potentially murky future due to legal issues. Could Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller get back into the race? Cleveland.com notes Miller won’t win the honor. That’s correct. Missing almost three games has killed that dream. But, he could earn an invite to NYC. If the Buckeyes finish 12-0, I think Miller should be a top 3-5 finisher. I may
Things held steady at the top of my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, though I’m sure debate will continue to rage on if Michigan State should be ranked ahead of Wisconsin. Debate on, America. This week’s fast-riser: Iowa. See my latest list in this post. [ MORE: What did Tom learn in Week 13? | Week 13 honors, grades & stock reports ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (11-0, 7-0). The winning streak has reached a school-record 23 in a row, as OSU clinched the Leaders Division. Even better—the Buckeyes are playing their best football of the season at the
Week 13 brought clarity to the Big Ten season, as Ohio State (Leaders) and Michigan State (Legends) wrapped up division titles and will meet in the Big Ten championship game. We also saw Penn State and Nebraska play an overtime thriller, as well as Illinois end a 20-game Big Ten losing skein. Here is my wrap on Week 13. [ MORE: What did Tom Dienhart learn in Week 13? ] Biggest surprise: I’m not shocked Michigan State beat Northwestern. But I am shocked that the Spartans hammered the Wildcats, 30-6. I thought MSU would suffer a bit of a letdown
Week 13 saw Michigan State (Legends) and Ohio State (Leaders) wrap up their division to set up the 2013 Big Ten title game that I think we all can be excited about. But there were many other things I learned on Saturday. Check it out. [ MORE: Get Tom’s Week 13 honors, grades, stock reports & more ] 1. The Big Ten title game has some actual hype to it for the first time in three seasons. No offense to the Wisconsin-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Nebraska clashes of the last two seasons, but this MSU-OSU matchup has a real big-game feel
Before we turn our attention to Week 14, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 13 Big Ten predictions. Sean Merriman and Stephen Bardo both went 6-0 to remain tied atop the season standings. Big Ten fans also went 6-0 and continue to be one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 13 scoreboard | Week 13 grades, stocks | Power Rankings | Latest polls ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 76-14 Week 13 record: 6-0 Week 13 picks: Illinois 28, Purdue 24; Iowa, 27, Michigan 24; Michigan State 38, Northwestern
We live blogged throughout Week 13 Big Ten action all day today. Here are the results: Michigan State 30, Northwestern 6; Illinois 20, Purdue 16; Iowa 24, Michigan 21; Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7; Ohio State 42, Indiana 14; Nebraska 23, Penn State 20 (OT). Jump on in for all the best highlights, tweets and photos. [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ] We’re updating the page below.
We are heading down the home stretch with just two weeks left in the Big Ten regular season. Here is a rundown of the upcoming games on Saturday and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN’s coverage will kick off at noon ET with a doubleheader as Illinois takes on Purdue and Michigan travels to Iowa City to battle the Hawkeyes. Immediately following that, Nebraska will take on Penn State at 3:30 p.m. in Happy Valley. All three games will also be available on BTN2Go. Let’s break down the Big Ten games here.
Once again, Saturday is almost here and I’ve rolled up my sleeves and cranked out four downs worth of football predictions, thoughts, and truths about Week 13 of the Big Ten football season. Why four downs? Because in this post we never punt. I’ve given you my game previews (watch out for Minnesota, folks), and we posted some semi-fantastic picks along with the rest of the BTN.com team. The best of Week 13 is also up, and you had some great letters in my mailbag this week, too. For instance, can Michigan State beat Ohio State? So here now is
What’s the best game for Week 13? The top quarterback matchup? What team is on upset alert? Who’s in a must-win situation? As usual, I line up all of that and more in the Best of Week 13. Noon games on BTN/BTN2Go: Illinois (3-7) at Purdue (1-9) and Michigan (7-3) at Iowa (6-4). Don’t forget to use BTN GameFinder. Then the 3:30 p.m. game on BTN/BTN2Go: Nebraska (7-3) at Penn State (6-4). Full TV schedule info is on our football scoreboard page. Let’s get to the best of the best. Best game: It’s the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe between