It isn’t a Sunday without BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo’s latest installment of “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s Week 8 thoughts inside. Also, follow @gerrydinardo! Did you miss any Week 8 action? Don’t worry, our Big Ten scoreboard will get you all caught up. We also have your updated Big Ten standings, Big Ten statistics and major polls. There were plenty of highlight plays in Week 8. Did you see the catch Maryland coach Randy Edsall made? In a word, wow! Michigan State’s Tony Lippett made an impressive grab, too. As did Ohio State’s Evan Spencer. Get our latest Week 8 coverage:
How did the BTN.com team, guest picker Brian Christopherson and Big Ten fans do with their Week 8 Big Ten picks? Find out inside!
It was another exciting week of Big Ten action, as Nebraska took down Northwestern, Michigan State rolled Indiana, Ohio State drilled Rutgers, Maryland dropped Iowa and Minnesota held off Purdue. The results not only keep the Big Ten alive in the playoff picture (Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State), but they should yield another ranked team (Minnesota – 6-1, 3-0) when the latest polls come out Sunday. Catch up on all of the Week 8 action on our Big Ten scoreboard. See our Week 8 gallery, too! Get all of our Week 8 coverage. We have Big Ten standings here,
We’re collecting the best USA Today photos from Week 8 of the college football season. All of our photo galleries can be found over here. And here’s the live Week 8 scoreboard page.
Purdue looks like a new football team. Not just from last year’s forgettable 1-11 campaign, but from September. Two weeks ago, the Boilermakers tallied their first Big Ten win under Darrell Hazell; last week, they scored 31 points in a close defeat to reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ Michigan State; Saturday, they put up 31 points in the first half at Minnesota. The common theme: QB Austin Appleby. No doubt about it, this is a different team, and offense, with Appleby under center. It’s fast, it’s prolific, and it’s becoming one of the developing stories in the Big
Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman recently released their updated Big Ten Player Rankings heading into Week 8. See who else made their countdowns inside.
Like bold predictions? Of course, you do! Well, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Week 8 bold predictions and observations in this post.
Best Big Ten campus? Loudest student section? Best Big Ten pro prospect? See the results of our annual Big Ten player survey inside!
The Big Ten has a number of touted freshmen entering the league this season. There’s Indiana’s James Blackmon, Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Northwestern’s Vic Law, to name a few. But the best of all may be Ohio State’s DeAngelo Russell, the favorite to be Big Ten Freshman of the Year. According to some recruiting services, Russell was the No. 3 shooting guard in the nation. He also is the 11th McDonald’s All-American inked during the Thad Matta era. “I think with D’Angelo, all I can say right now is I’m very pleased with how he’s playing in practice, the strides
Some interesting games dot the Big Ten map, including a key West Division tilt with Nebraska visiting Northwestern (watch on BTN/BTN2Go) and an interesting intra-divisional clash with Iowa at Maryland. And could we see an upset when Purdue visits Minnesota? Here’s a look at the Best of Week 8. BEST GAME: If the last three games are any indication, the Nebraska at Northwestern clash should be memorable. The Wildcats tallied a 28-25 win in Lincoln in 2011 behind backup quarterback Kain Colter. The Cornhuskers returned the favor in 2012 with a stirring 29-28 comeback in Evanston, after trailing 28-16 in