It’s that time of the week again, time for Four Downs, an informative and fun look at the Saturday ahead. No, it’s not a big Saturday, as there is a dearth of marquee games among the 10 on the docket. Nonetheless, some zany things could happen. [ MORE: Week 4 Power Rankings | Week 4 Bowl Projections | Who wins Week 4 games? Vote here! ] 4 PREDICTIONS 1. “Cheers” will outnumber “jeers” when Bo Pelini jogs onto the Memorial Stadium field on Saturday for the Huskers’ game vs. South Dakota State. Cornhuskers fans have short memories, right? 2. Michigan
There aren’t many high-calorie contests on this 10-game Big Ten menu for Saturday, just light fare for the most part. Michigan State at Notre Dame is the clear headliner. And Missouri at Indiana is filled with intrigue, as this is the lone regular-season clash between the Big Ten and SEC. And the lid is taken off Big Ten action with Purdue playing at Wisconsin. After that? Meh. A big issue– There are three games vs. FCS foes: Maine at Northwestern; South Dakota State at Nebraska; Florida A&M at Ohio State. There are absolutely no redeeming qualities about any of those
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. Three weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Merriman and Yarina all tied at 30-6. [ MORE: Week 4 previews | Week 4 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections ] 30-6 30-6 29-7 29-7 Week 4 Games @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @BTNTomDienhart @stephenbardo SJSU at Minnesota San Jose St., 28-27 San Jose St.,
There are 10 games on the schedule this Saturday. And, at first glance, it’s not a great lineup of contests. No doubt, Michigan State’s visit to Notre Dame is the headliner. Lots of good storylines around the Spartans, who think they have found their offense. We shall see. Also, Big Ten play opens, with Purdue traveling to Wisconsin. But other than that, there isn’t too much to get excited about, with Northwestern, Nebraska and Ohio State all playing FCS foes. Iowa and Penn State clash with the MAC. You get the picture. Here’s a look at the Week 4 games.
Three weeks are in the books. And this much I know: I don’t know what to make about a lot of teams. My Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t suffer a massive shakeup following a strange Saturday. Michigan State and Minnesota are most upwardly mobile; Penn State and Illinois took significant hits. Check it out. [ MORE: Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Football Championship Sweepstakes ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State, 3-0. No Braxton Miller, no problem for the Buckeyes, as Kenny Guiton played the role of “super sub” again. That’s a national-best
Week 3 was a mixed bag for the Big Ten, which went a disappointing 7-5, including a 1-3 mark vs. the Pac-12. And, in some ways, it seemed fitting the end to a bizarre Saturday was capped by a finish to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game that still has my head spinning. Here is a look around the Big Ten’s third week of action. Biggest surprise: Honestly, there was no surprise. At least there was no pleasant surprise. OK, I had some doubts if Indiana (Bowling Green) and Iowa (Iowa State) would win, but each prevailed in games some felt each
Before we turn our attention to Week 4, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 3 Big Ten predictions. Brent Yarina led the way with a 10-2 clip to move into a first-place tie with Sean Merriman and Big Ten fans, who both went 9-3 to move to 30-6 on the season. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What Tom Learned in Week 3 | Week 3 honors, grades & more ] 29-7 30-6 30-6 29-7 Week 3 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo BGSU at Indiana BGSU, 34-31 Indiana, 38-34 Indiana, 31-21
We live blogged throughout the Big Ten’s Week 3 night games: Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30; Northwestern 38, Western Michigan 17; Ohio State 52, Cal 34; Iowa 27, Iowa State 21; Washington 34, Illinois 24; UCF 34, Penn State 31; Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24. Catch up on all action and get the night’s best video highlights, photos and tweets in this post. Use these links to track all the action: [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ]
We’ve all had moments during football games where we see something great and exclaim, “Did you see that?” And these days our exclamations can be made across a variety of social media platforms. For some time now BTN.com has posted video highlights from BTN games in progress so that fans can share and relive these top moments soon after they happen. Now that experience is getting even better. Presented by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn, our “Did You See This?” features now includes video segments clipped and posted online during live Big Ten football games and made available on Twitter. Here’s an
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.