It's Sunday, and that means it's time for Gerry DiNardo's weekly Sunday Ruminations. Check out the BTN analyst's 140-character Week 9 takes inside.
With top dogs Ohio State and Michigan State off, the weekend lacked big stakes. But Iowa stayed perfect, and Michigan won a game it should have probably lost after losing a game it probably should have won the last time out.
Week 9 of the Big Ten football season had a little bit of everything. We saw Christian Hackenberg have a monster day through the air, and Corey Clement have an outstanding game running the ball. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes?
Big Ten fans were treated to five football games today, highlighted by Michigan’s 29-26 win over Minnesota. Catch up on all of today’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. For in-game and postgame video highlights, check us out on YouTube and on Facebook and on Twitter (use the links below for school Twitter accounts): Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights Purdue football highlights Rutgers football highlights Wisconsin football highlights ***
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, they say, and college football fans witnessed a quick example of it in the Rutgers-Wisconsin game on Saturday. [ MORE: Get all Week 9 Big Ten football scores and stats ] The Badgers recorded a highlight-reel interception that deflected off the back of star linebacker Joe Schobert’s helmet and into safety Tanner McEvoy’s hands. To be fair, the interception wasn’t all luck. Schobert was in the right place and provided great coverage, and McEvoy had to make a tough catch, near the sideline and all. Watch the interception in the video above
The Big Ten is an absolute power in the college wrestling world. One look at the preseason USA TODAY/NWCA Poll is all the proof one needs. The Big Ten features a total of nine ranked teams, including four in the top 5 (No. 2 Penn State; No. 3 Michigan; No. 4 Iowa; No. 5 Ohio State). Nebraska rounds out the top 10, giving the conference five top 10 teams, while Illinois (No. 11), Wisconsin (No. 15), Minnesota (No. 17) and Rutgers (No. 18) also land on the poll. View the full preseason poll below: RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS 1
After clinching its second straight outright Big Ten Championship with a win at Iowa on Saturday, Maryland clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2015 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The tournament will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, beginning Thursday, Nov. 5. The tournament champion will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. [ MORE: See the 2015 Field Hockey Tournament bracket here ] The Terrapins will face No. 8 Michigan State in game two at 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday (watch it here). Maryland defeated the Spartans, 5-1, on Sept. 27. Michigan earned
Penn State clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship and earned the No. 1 seed in the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament with its 3-1 win over Michigan on Wednesday. The Nittany Lions are co-champions with Wisconsin, marking Penn State’s 17th title. The conference tournament champion will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Nittany Lions finished the season with an 8-2-1 conference record and earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament with its 4-0 victory over Wisconsin during the regular season. Penn State will host No. 8 Illinois in the quarterfinals of
What do coaches talk to their players about before a big game? Now you can find out! Thanks to our exclusive Field Pass cameras only available with BTN2Go or via our YouTube page, Big Ten fans will get an early live look at both Wisconsin and Rutgers players and coaches before Saturday’s game at noon ET on BTN. This Field Pass link is also the same link you can use to watch the game live on BTN2Go. The YouTube stream will expire before the game and will only show the pregame activities. Here’s how you can see the action! One hour before noon
It’s the last Saturday in October tomorrow. That means it’s time to take one last deep breath as we point toward the finish line. And, already, before the first Thanksgiving turkey is cooked, the Big Ten has three job openings. I look at coaching tumult and other topics in my Hard Takes. It has been a strange year for coaches in the Big Ten. Three schools have seen coaching changes before Halloween. It began with the stunning firing of Illinois’ Tim Beckman a week before the season started, and then Maryland canned Randy Edsall following the Oct. 10 game at