Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s Week 13 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 13? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations – #Illini – 4 wins with a matchup this week against NU. Much improved team from last year. How much more was expected? — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) November 24, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers Must win game this week
We live blogged throughout Week 13 Big Ten action all day today. Here are the results: Michigan State 30, Northwestern 6; Illinois 20, Purdue 16; Iowa 24, Michigan 21; Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7; Ohio State 42, Indiana 14; Nebraska 23, Penn State 20 (OT). Jump on in for all the best highlights, tweets and photos. [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ] We’re updating the page below.
We are heading down the home stretch with just two weeks left in the Big Ten regular season. Here is a rundown of the upcoming games on Saturday and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN’s coverage will kick off at noon ET with a doubleheader as Illinois takes on Purdue and Michigan travels to Iowa City to battle the Hawkeyes. Immediately following that, Nebraska will take on Penn State at 3:30 p.m. in Happy Valley. All three games will also be available on BTN2Go. Let’s break down the Big Ten games here.
Once again, Saturday is almost here and I’ve rolled up my sleeves and cranked out four downs worth of football predictions, thoughts, and truths about Week 13 of the Big Ten football season. Why four downs? Because in this post we never punt. I’ve given you my game previews (watch out for Minnesota, folks), and we posted some semi-fantastic picks along with the rest of the BTN.com team. The best of Week 13 is also up, and you had some great letters in my mailbag this week, too. For instance, can Michigan State beat Ohio State? So here now is
What’s the best game for Week 13? The top quarterback matchup? What team is on upset alert? Who’s in a must-win situation? As usual, I line up all of that and more in the Best of Week 13. Noon games on BTN/BTN2Go: Illinois (3-7) at Purdue (1-9) and Michigan (7-3) at Iowa (6-4). Don’t forget to use BTN GameFinder. Then the 3:30 p.m. game on BTN/BTN2Go: Nebraska (7-3) at Penn State (6-4). Full TV schedule info is on our football scoreboard page. Let’s get to the best of the best. Best game: It’s the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe between
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. Twelve weeks down, Bardo and Merriman sit atop the season standings, at 70-14. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Week 13 Previews | Week 13 schedule ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 70-14 Week 13 picks: Illinois 28, Purdue 24; Iowa, 27, Michigan 24; Michigan State 38, Northwestern 10;
The penultimate week of the season is upon us, with some interesting storylines. Minnesota will try to win the Axe from Wisconsin for the first time since 2003, while Michigan State and Ohio State will look to win outright the Legends and Leaders Division, respectively. The Buckeyes also are aiming for win No. 23 in a row in its quest for the BCS title game. Here’s a look at all of the Week 13 matchups. ILLINOIS (3-7, 0-6) at PURDUE (1-9, 0-6) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Why you should watch: Someone is going to win a Big Ten game! Both
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
It was a Saturday filled with blowouts. Still, there was a lot to learn, beginning with the continued domination of Ohio State and Michigan State. Oh, and Wisconsin is pretty good, too. Everyone else? See what I learned in Week 12 in this post. 1. Ohio State’s offense is really good. The unit has averaged 59.6 points the last three games, scoring 63 (Penn State), 56 (Purdue) and 60 (Illinois) as it tries to make a BCS statement. (I don’t care what Urban Meyer says.) The fewest points the Buckeyes have scored all season has been 31 in a 31-24
Ohio State remains on top with another impressive victory, but I finally am moving Michigan State past Wisconsin and into the No. 2 spot in my power rankings. Yes, that win at Nebraska was that vital. Sorry, Wisconsin. Without a doubt, there seems to be a big drop between the top three teams and everyone else. [ MORE: What did Tom learn in Week 12? | Week 12 honors, grades & stock reports ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (10-0, 6-0). Yes, the Buckeyes let Illinois get a bit too close in the second half. Still, this was another