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.
One week is in the books. There was good, and there was bad. Good: Northwestern went to Cal and rallied for a big comeback win. Bad: Purdue looked awful in a rout at Cincinnati. Here are my thoughts, ruminations, honors, grades and numbers from an exciting and eventful opening week around the Big Ten. Biggest surprise: Northwestern taking it to Cal with a 44-30 victory in Berkeley. Yes, the Wildcats are supposed to be good. But they took it to the Golden Bears on the road, playing a physical brand of football and making big plays on defense. Northwestern sent
MADISON, Wis. – Coaches usually want to get the first game behind them. Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen was no different. The Jitters, the unknown. Just get here and get over. Now. This not only was the first game of the 2013 season—it also was his first game as Badgers coach. “Please Saturday come here as fast as possible,” Andersen said leading into this game. “It’s just time. I am absolutely excited about the opportunity to take the field with this crew and watch them go to work and I know they’re excited about it. “It’s going to be fun. That’s one
We live blogged throughout today’s four Big Ten noon games – Illinois 42, Southern Illinois 34; Ohio State 40, Buffalo 20; Wisconsin 45, UMass 0; Cincinnati 42, Purdue 7. Get all the games’ stats, best video highlights, tweets and photos right here. Use these links to track all the action: [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ]
Many people wondered what the Wisconsin offense would look like under Gary Andersen. In Saturday afternoon’s season opener vs. Massachusetts, the Badgers – as Andersen insisted ever since he took over for Bret Bielema – stayed true to Wisconsin’s roots. And that means running the ball, and doing so very well. The Badgers ran at will vs. overmatched UMass, which is in its second year at the FBS level; in fact, Melvin Gordon (144 yards), James White (143) and Corey Clement (101) all eclipsed 100 yards, marking just the third time that’s happened at Wisconsin. So, yeah, the Badgers ran
The Big Ten took the lid off the 2013 season last night, with Minnesota and Indiana recording resounding victories by registering point totals that would have tilted a pinball machine. The unveilings continue tonight, with Michigan State playing host to Western Michigan, and then the other nine schools play Saturday. Here are questions I have for each of the 10 schools yet to kickoff. [ MORE: Who wins Week 1 games? Pick your winners! ] ILLINOIS Will the Fighting Illini dominant a FCS foe? Well, maybe “dominate” is too strong of a word. I’ll settle for a “convincing” effort vs.
Today is College Colors Day, the day when people across the nation dress in their college school colors to celebrate the beginning of a new college football season. To be fair, the season kicked off Thursday night, with Indiana and Minnesota rolling to victories, and it continues tonight. But it’s all about celebrating that first Saturday of the season on the last work day of the week. To recognize the day, we went to Twitter and asked Big Ten fans to snap a shot of how they’re honoring the annual celebration. See some of the photos below. @BigTenNetwork all of
Five years ago, there was our memorable recruiting ad. You know, the one with Big Ten coaches on the couch trying to convince you to play for them. This year, we have an equally great set of spots to promote our Saturday football coverage, from pregame to postgame. The ads once again feature the coaches, only this time in more of a coaching role. See all three ads in this post. Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern & Wisconsin Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska & Penn State Michigan State, Minnesota Ohio State & Purdue
Before football kicks off tonight, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina have some last-minute Big Ten predictions. Who will win the Big Ten? What about Defensive Player of the Year? And what about a sleeper team and sleeper player? Our trio offers all of their predictions in this post. [ RELATED Who wins Week 1 games? Make your picks! ] LEGENDS DIVISION CHAMP Dienhart: Nebraska. Yes, the offense will be great; but improved defense will be the key. Merriman: Nebraska. The Huskers get Michigan State and Northwestern at home and skip both Ohio State and Wisconsin this year.
Every season teems with promise. But this one glimmers a bit more brightly for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Ohio State looks primed to make a run at the BCS national championship. And several other schools dot the preseason polls, like Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern. The Big Ten has a full slate of action for the opening week, with all 12 schools in action. There are five games vs. the MAC– Michigan (Central Michigan), Iowa (Northern Illinois), Wisconsin (UMass), Ohio State (Buffalo) and Michigan State (Western Michigan). But beware: The MAC has twice as many wins against the