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.
With the 2013 NFL season kicking off Thursday night, we thought it was a great time to take a quick look at all the Big Ten products on NFL rosters. See all the names in this post. Are we missing someone? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or @BTNSean, and we’ll add it to the list.
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.
So, there’s this stat: Wisconsin never had three running backs rush for at least 100 yards in a single game before the 2012 Big Ten title game. Its now done it in two of its last three games, as a trio of Badgers reached the 100-yard mark in their 45-0 season-opening win over UMass. And both times, Melvin Gordon has led the assault. Watch our #BTNLive interview with Gordon now and see Bill O’Brien’s in this post.
The Big Ten office released its Week 1 Players of the Week on Monday, and it was Nathan Scheelhaase (Offense), Collin Ellis (Defense), Sam Ficken (Special Teams) and Christian Hackenberg (Freshman) taking home the season’s first accolades. Read more about their Week 1 performances and watch video highlights in this post.
Before we turn our attention to Week 2, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 1 Big Ten predictions. BTN’s Sean Merriman and Stephen Bardo both went a perfect 12-0 to pace the field, while Big Ten fans only missed the Iowa-Northern Illinois game. Nice work!
It was a busy first week of action, as we saw coaches make debuts (Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen and Purdue’s Darrell Hazell) and quarterbacks, too (Iowa’s Jake Rudock and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg). Here are 10 things I learned in Week One.