Wildcats football is off to its best start in a few years. Northwestern’s team, which hosts Minnesota today, is undefeated, at the top of the Big Ten West division, and ranked 16th and 17th in the AP and Coaches Polls, respectively. The team’s success is surprising given the lackluster couple of seasons that preceded this year. Many attribute the turnaround to tough defensive play or simpler, more streamlined offensive systems. But another possibility — and one you’ll probably only read about here — is that they’re getting a healthy amount of shuteye. That’s because Northwestern graduates Jeff Kahn, Jacob Kelter
Who will win the Big Ten West? [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Week 5 previews | Polls: Pick Week 5 winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bowl Projections | Big Ten Mailbag | Q&A: Nate Sudfeld | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] That’s the million-dollar question right now, and with Northwestern and Iowa being the only two remaining undefeated teams in the division, it looks to be wide open as we enter Big Ten play. Nebraska and Wisconsin were the two popular picks heading into the season. However, the Huskers already
Big Ten action is finally here on a full-scale. And there are three interesting clashes involving West Division squads that will help set up an early pecking order in what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. The Hawkeyes and Wildcats are looking to remain perfect, while the Fighting Illini are looking for a signature victory and the Huskers for some credibility.
Several games are being played in the same time slot this Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go, so it’s a good move to use our popular TV gamefinder lookup tool before kickoff. That way, you’ll have all the channel information you need. You can also search for your TV information on BTN games in this post. And if you get BTN on your TV, you get access to our free app BTN2Go and the BTN2Go.com website. Click the matchup to watch live on BTN2Go this Saturday: Minnesota at Northwestern, Nebraska at Illinois, and Michigan at Maryland. Also, if you use a second screen during football
The race to win the Big Ten West shapes up as a wild and wooly one, with five teams seemingly in the hunt (sorry, Illinois and Purdue). And the opening Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action will give us an early taste of what’s to come with three key West Division tilts: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a nice breakdown of the contenders. My pick? I went with the Gophers to win the West back in August. And, I’m going to stick with them! Meanwhile, the legendary Loren Tate
With non-conference play in the books for 12 of 14 teams, it’s finally time to test each other and figure out who is the best in the Big Ten this season. These are the real games where every win and loss will determine who will be making that trip to Indianapolis in December, and that first step begins this weekend. There are three important Big Ten matchups coming up this weekend on BTN. Kicking off a noon ET, No. 22 Michigan makes their first trip to Byrd Stadium to face Maryland, while Minnesota travels to Evanston to clash with No. 16
Conference play begins in earnest, with six Big Ten games. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts that will go a long way in shaping what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Week 5 previews | Polls: Pick Week 5 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Big Ten Mailbag | Q&A: Nate Sudfeld | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of non-conference play ] The perfect Hawkeyes are an early-season surprise, while the Badgers look to
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The first full week of Big Ten action awaits in Week 5. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West clashes. Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota’s journey to Northwestern will help set a framework for what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West clash. And Nebraska goes to Illinois in a battle between two West teams looking to get a foothold in the division.