Yes, it was a tough opening week for the Big Ten, which went 8-6 to open the 2015 campaign. But, the league also had a rough beginning last season—and things turned out quite well for the conference.
Yes, we just celebrated Labor Day. But, it’s never too early to think about bowl season, right? Right. For that, let’s check-in with Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, the best in the galaxy when it comes to stuff like this.
Thank goodness for Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ impressive win vs. Virginia Tech helped salvage what was a disappointing opening to the 2015 season. The Big Ten finished with an 8-6 mark. But against the Power Five leagues, the Big Ten was just 2-4.
Before we turn our attention to Week 2, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Illinois beat writer Bob Asmussen and Big Ten fans did with their Week 1 Big Ten predictions. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | What Tom Dienhart learned | Power rankings | Bowl projections ] Everyone but Big Ten fans opened the season 11-3. The fans went 10-4, meaning they trail the pack by the slimmest of margins. Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) Week 1 record: 11-3 Week 1 picks: Utah 24, Michigan 17; TCU 28, Minnesota 19; Michigan State 44, Western Michigan 14; Illinois 29,
Penn State junior linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a season-ending injury in Saturday afternoon’s loss at Temple. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Week 1 Big Ten action ] Playing in his hometown, the Philadelphia native had two tackles prior to getting hurt in the second quarter. In a team release, James Franklin asked that the public support and respect Wartman-White and his family’s privacy. Wartman-White was coming off a season in which he was Penn State’s second-leading tackler (75), trailing only All-American Mike Hull.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart explains why this has not been a great opening week for Big Ten football.
The No. 1-ranked Penn State volleyball team picked up a huge non-conference win on Saturday night, downing No. 2 Stanford in straight sets (25-21, 25-22, 25-18). The Nittany Lions hit .327 (51 kills – 14 errors) behind a balanced attack, while Stanford hit .267. Haleigh Washington, Aiyana Whitney, Ali Frantti and Megan Courtney all recorded over 10 kills for Penn State in the victory. The Nittany Lions improve to 5-0 on the season with the impressive win. Check out a video recap at the top of this post.
Saturday was filled with plenty of Big Ten football headlines. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Week 1 Big Ten football action inside. There will be one Big Ten game Sunday (Purdue at Marshall) and Monday (No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech) to close out a four-day opening week of action. Looking for live in-game highlights? We’ll have those all season long at the links below. Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn
You have questions, I have answers in this week’s mail bag. The best thing of all: It’s game week, as many of your questions point toward an interesting opening of the season that includes several tilts that will play a role in shaping the Big Ten’s perception on a national level. Read them all and send fresh comments and questions at the the bottom of this post. Is this the year Minnesota takes home The Little Brown Jug, Floyd of Rosedale and Paul Bunyan’s Axe? – Ryan I think Minnesota has a good chance to pull off the trifecta. The Gophers
Good news for Big Ten fans: BTN2Go is now available on Roku players and Google Chromecast so you can watch the Big Ten Network TV and online programming through those device. This give Big Ten fans access to more than 1,000 live events and on-demand programming through BTN and BTN Plus. To review: The Roku player is a popular streaming platform for delivering entertainment to the TV. Roku streaming players and the Roku Streaming Stick are made by Roku and sold through major retailers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the