This will be a Saturday that helps define the Big Ten’s national image, with four big-time games vs. the Pac-12. And Purdue will be on a national stage with its clash vs. Notre Dame. Get prepped for all the action in Four Downs. 4 PREDICTIONS 1. The Big Ten will go 2-2 this week vs. the Pac-12. Ohio State will win at Cal and Nebraska will dump UCLA. But Wisconsin will fall at Arizona State (Hello, Badger secondary) and Illinois (Hello, Illini defense) will lose in Solider Field to Washington. 2. Nebraska won’t give up 653 yards to UCLA. Nope.
It’s quiz time! Clear your desks and get out your No. 2 pencil. Game day is almost here! To get you ready, take this pop quiz that will help get you up to speed for all the action on what shapes up as a terrific Saturday of games–a Saturday that will go a long way toward shaping public opinion about the Big Ten. 1. Which 2-0 Big Ten is most dubious? A. Wisconsin B. Illinois C. Minnesota D. Nebraska E. Michigan State Answer: It has to be Wisconsin. Now, before you go firing off an angry e-mail or making some
Excited for Week 3 of the Big Ten college football season? It is no secret that this weekend’s Big Ten football slate is loaded from top to bottom. With six games scheduled to air on BTN on Saturday, we are poised for a big day. Below is the complete TV schedule for Saturday and some important information to help you find the TV games you want to watch. Here’s the list: Bowling Green (2-0) at Indiana (1-1) – noon ET, ESPNU Western Illinois (2-0) at Minnesota (2-0) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Akron (1-1) at Michigan (2-0) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go UCLA
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. Two weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Bardo, Dienhart, Merriman and Big Ten fans all tied at 21-3. [ MORE: Week 3 Power Rankings | Week 3 Bowl Projections | Week 3 Previews ] 21-3 20-4 21-3 21-3 Week 3 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo BGSU at Indiana BGSU, 34-31 Indiana, 38-34 Indiana, 31-21
Last week was a dud. This week is a doozy. This is the best week of non-conference action with the highlights being four games vs. Pac-12 foes. The only unappetizing clashes: three games vs. the MAC, and two vs. FCS foes. Still, there’s lots to like with UCLA at Nebraska; Wisconsin at Arizona State; Ohio State at Cal; and Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago. This Big Ten-Pac-12 challenge series will be the last time before bowl season for the conference to test itself vs. high-caliber competition on a wholesale basis. [ MORE: Week 3 Power Rankings | Week 3 Bowl
This is by far the best slate of games of the short 2013 season. The Saturday menu is highlighted by four games vs. Pac-12 schools—Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago; Wisconsin at Arizona State; UCLA at Nebraska; Ohio State at Cal. Purdue also gets its annual crack at Notre Dame, adding more name-brand appeal to the weekend. And we have in-state rivals Iowa-Iowa State clashing. Here are my previews of this week’s games. [ MORE: Week 3 Power Rankings | Week 3 Bowl Projections | Who wins Week 3 games? Vote here! ] Bowling Green (2-0) at Indiana (1-1) – noon
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Gary Andersen: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to
Every week during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com video editors compile all of the Big Ten touchdowns. As expected, with 12 games in Week 2, including several against far inferior foes, there were a lot of scores. Do you have a favorite touchdown from the past week? If not, watch this clip and see all of the contenders. Even if you do, relieve all the scores again. There were too many great touchdowns for us to single one out, but there’s no doubt this is our favorite photo of a Big Ten touchdown.
We are halfway through the non-conference season. Can you believe it? And, so far, so good for the Big Ten, which has gone 21-3. The losses: Purdue at Cincinnati, 42-7; Iowa to Northern Illinois, 30-27; Indiana to Navy, 41-35. None of those are shameful. And there have been some impressive wins. Some big matchups loom. This Saturday, we have UCLA at Nebraska; Wisconsin at Arizona State; Ohio State at Cal; Washington vs. Illinois in Chicago. On Sept. 21, we have Michigan State at Notre Dame. Here is how I rank the Big Ten non-conference wins through two weeks: 1. Michigan
Michigan’s pulsating 41-30 victory over Notre Dame capped another strong week for the Big Ten, which went 11-1 after opening 10-2 last week. It also showed that Brady Hoke’s Wolverines should be taken seriously. Very seriously. Through two weeks, the Big Ten is 21-3, the losses coming at Cincinnati (Purdue) vs. Northern Illinois (Iowa) and vs. Navy (Indiana). Week 2 saw a lot of great performances—and some that deserve scrutiny. It’s all right here. Enjoy! [ MORE: Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Football Championship Sweepstakes ] Biggest surprise: Illinois. Let’s hear it for the Fighting Illini! I