Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After eight weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 9 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 9 Power Rankings | Week 9 Player Rankings | Week 9 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 52-16; .765 BTN.com fans: 51-17; .750 Brent: 49-19; .721 Indiana (2-5, 0-3) at Illinois (2-5, 0-3)
We met him as Mon-TEE Ball. He corrected us this summer and said it’s Mon-TAY. Now, he’s back to Mon-TEE, the pronunciation we used last year when he tied the single-season FBS record for touchdowns (39) and was a Heisman finalist. To be clear, the whole thing is more superstition than anything. After a slow start, Ball is running like the Mon-TEE of old. So coaches and players joke they don’t want to see Mon-TAY again. Ball is just playing along. Here’s what Ball told Fox Sports Wisconsin on the pronunciation of his name: “The coaches have been calling me
Saturday is fast approaching. Here are my most pressing questions for each school. The answers may come Saturday, but if you want to tackle them now, let me know in the comments box or via my Big Ten mailbag. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here. And don’t be afraid to drop ask me a question on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart). Illinois Will the offense come to life? Yes, the defense has had its issues, too. But the root of the Fighting Illini’s problems has been on offense. Illinois has lost its three Big Ten tilts by a combined score of
Michigan further solidified its status as the Rose Bowl front-runner in the Big Ten with a third win in a row. This time, the Wolverines dumped Michigan State, 12-10, ending the Spartans’ four-game winning skein in the series. A victory at Nebraska this week will put Michigan in the driver’s seat in the Legends Division—and as the Big Ten’s best bowl-eligible team. Wisconsin also padded its resume with a 38-13 domination of Minnesota. The 6-2 Badgers look to be in control in the Leaders and may round into the best team in the Big Ten before it’s all said and
With Week 8 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. [RELATED: Week 9 Power Rankings |
Two new Big Ten helmets were introduced to the college football world in Week 8 action Saturday. There was Michigan State’s HydroChrome lid and Northwestern’s matte black shell. Here’s a running gallery, in chronological order, of the new helmets we’ve seen so far during the 2012 season. BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.
This is the Wisconsin we all expected at the beginning of the season. The last three games, the Badgers have outscored foes 107-41 and outgained them 1,485 yards to 781. Those offensive line troubles are ancient history and the defense has played well all season long. Where do the surging Badgers land on my latest Power Rankings? See my Week 9 Power Rankings in this post. [RELATED: Where are Big Ten teams ranked in latest polls?] 1. Ohio State (8-0, 4-0). The 29-22 overtime win over Purdue wasn’t pretty—but the team showed toughness and resourcefulness in the face of adversity.
The Big Ten has two teams ranked in the latest BCS Standings, released Sunday night. Fresh off big rivalry wins, Michigan and Wisconsin jumped into the poll, at Nos. 22 and 25, respectively. The Big Ten had zero teams listed in last week’s debut installment. [RELATED: Dienhart’s Week 9 Power Rankings] Reigning national champ Alabama, which beat Michigan in Week 1, remains No. 1. Florida, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame round out the top 5. The top two teams at the end of the season meet in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7. [RELATED: Gerry DiNardo
Before we turn our attention to Week 9, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 8 predictions. Everyone involved went 4-2, meaning Dienhart remains on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans. All of us missed the Indiana-Navy game. The other misses: Dienhart and myself were wrong on the Nebraska-Northwestern game, while BTN.com fans had Iowa over Penn State. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 52-16; .765 BTN.com fans: 51-17; .750 Brent: 49-19; .721 Ohio State 29, Purdue 22 (OT) Tom’s pick: Ohio State, 55-13 – Are there two more diametrically opposed programs in
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 8? Find out in this post. WEEK 8 GAME BALLS 1. Montee Ball & James White, RB, Wisconsin: 39 car., 341 yards, 5 TD – Or maybe it should be the Wisconsin offensive line getting the praise here. Regardless, Ball and White took advantage of the line’s strong play vs.