That was a fun opening week! BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart hands out Week 1 honors, grades, stock reports and so much more.
After Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a season-ending injury, the biggest question around the Big Ten became: Who is the top quarterback? Big Ten fans got some answers on Saturday, as we saw several quarterback compile outstanding performances. Here are my Big Ten quarterback rankings from Week 1. 1. Connor Cook, Michigan State. Cook only played one half, but it sure was a special one. The reigning MVP of the Big Ten title game and Rose Bowl hit 12-of-13 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 45-7 victory over Jacksonville State. More impressive: Cook
The Big Ten won all seven of its early Week 1 games Saturday, including Penn State nipping UCF on a last-second field goal in Dublin. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. Also, view our Big Ten scoreboard. ILLINOIS 28, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 17: BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | AP RECAP | ALL VIDEO (AP) It took a while but new quarterback Wes Lunt delivered a come-from-behind 28-17 win Saturday for Illinois over Youngstown State in a season opener. INDIANA 28, INDIANA STATE 10: BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | AP RECAP | ALL VIDEO (AP) Tevin Coleman
(AP) Penn State won a thrilling season opener with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Central Florida 26-24 in front of a raucous 55,000-strong crowd in Ireland. Behind second-half replacement quarterback Justin Holman, the Knights appeared to have scored their own unlikely come-from-behind victory when Holman scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to put UCF up 24-23 with 1:13 left. But Christian Hackenberg – capping a 32-for-47, 454-yard performance – coolly directed a seven-play drive to set up Sam Ficken‘s fourth successful field goal as the Penn State bench swarmed the field. Hackenberg ran
What should Big Ten football fans be looking for on Saturday? Sean Merriman has a rundown of the upcoming games and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the action.
It’s Friday, the day before game day. (Well, Michigan State plays Jacksonville State tonight and Minnesota and Rutgers played last night. But, you get my point.) And my mind is filled with questions. Here are 20 to ponder until kickoff. Get our latest Week 1 coverage: 1. How will Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett perform in his first start? 2. Is Wisconsin making the correct decision at quarterback? 3. Will Iowa’s revamped linebacking corps be OK? 4. Is Purdue’s offensive line better? 5. Will Penn State be able to protect Christian Hackenberg? 6. Can Illinois’ defensive line get
In the fast-paced world of sports and social media, BTN.com now offers in-game Big Ten highlights on Twitter. When a big play happens or a memorable moment occurs, BTN.com editors will post and share the video in a matter of minutes.
Like bold predictions? Of course, you do! Well, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Week 1 bold predictions and observations in this post.
Want to visit Dublin? We can't send you there, but we do have some postcard-worthy photos of the Penn State football team enjoying its time in Ireland.
BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart explains how there are two prime opportunities for the Big Ten to earn some much-needed credibility by scoring victories vs. elite programs.