This isn’t a Saturday filled with scintillating matchups, but it’s saved by the marquee Notre Dame at Michigan game. One problem: There are three games vs. FCS foes: Indiana State at Purdue; Tennessee Tech at Wisconsin; Missouri State at Iowa. And Penn State plays host to Eastern Michigan, which is like a FCS school. Also, South Florida (which is at Michigan State) and San Diego State (at Ohio State) are horrible. The Big Ten team that will have the most difficult time winning? Illinois, which plays host to Cincinnati. The Bearcats thumped Purdue last week, 42-7. This is the second
Week Two brings us a blockbuster matchup: Notre Dame at Michigan, one of the sport’s iconic rivalries. This will be a great test for a Wolverines’ program that is on the rise and the pick of many to win the Legends Division. Since the series was renewed in 1978, it is tied 14-14-1. However, this will be the last time for the foreseeable future that the clubs will meet in Ann Arbor. The series will go on a hiatus after a 2014 clash in South Bend. So, enjoy and savor every last drop of this game on Saturday night. Here
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. One week in, Bardo and Merriman sit atop the standings after going a perfect 12-0. Big Ten fans? You all went 11-1. 11-1 10-2 12-0 12-0 Week 2 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo Cincinnati at Illinois Cincinnati, 35-28 Cincinnati, 31-20 Cincinnati, 38-27 Cincinnati, 42-14 Missouri St. at Iowa Iowa, 44-13 Iowa, 32-17 Iowa, 24-7 Iowa, 45-7 USF at Michigan St.
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. ILLINOIS Jeff Allen, Kansas City Chiefs Jon Asamoah, Kansas City Chiefs Alan Ball, Jacksonville Jaguars Arrelious Benn, Philadelphia Eagles (IR) Michael Buchanan, New England Patriots Jeff Cumberland, New York Jets Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts David Diehl, New York Giants Glenn Foster, New Orleans Saints Kelvin Hayden, Chicago Bears
So, Brian Kelly thinks that Notre Dame-Michigan is a regional rivalry? Kelly’s words are getting a lot of attention, naturally, because they come days before the two rivals meet under the lights Saturday at Michigan Stadium. For the record, Kelly backpedaled from his comments today and said that Notre Dame-Michigan is a “great and historic rivalry.” Here’s what Kelly originally said: “I really haven’t seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries,” Kelly said on a conference call. “I’ve seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played. “For me, I’ve
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
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! [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 1 grades, honors | DiNardo’s Sunday Ruminations ] 11-1 10-2 12-0 12-0 Week 1 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo ISU at Indiana Indiana, 35-23 Indiana, 41-24 Indiana, 31-24 Indiana, 42-35 UNLV at Minnesota Minnesota 28-27 Minnesota, 32-17 Minnesota, 27-14
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. 1. Special teams are special. A coach told me years ago that special teams always are an issue the opening week. Why? Schools usually don’t rep special teams live in training camp for fear of injury. Sure enough, we saw several big special teams plays/gaffes involving Big Ten teams. Minnesota blocked a field goal and ran it back for
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 10-2 opening first week in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. Sunday Ruminations T. Coleman makes #Hoosiers offense better – really helps pass game if he's always a threat. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 1, 2013 Sunday Ruminations #Hawkeyes loss toughest one of weekend – they are much improved from last year – let season play out – there're better — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 1, 2013 Sunday Ruminations #PennState QB
We have one week in the books. How great is it to have football back in our lives? Really great. The Big Ten went 10-2 in the opening week, with the losses coming vs. Northern Illinois and at Cincinnati. How do I rank the Big Ten teams after one week? See my latest power poll, presented by ArcelorMittal, in this post. POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State. The Buckeyes ran out to a big lead—and then coasted home vs. overmatched Buffalo. No shame in that. Just don’t make a habit of it, Brutus. Last week: No. 1 Up next: vs.