An interesting week is headlined by Michigan State’s visit to Michigan in one of the biggest meetings ever between these intense rivals. Iowa can make another big statement that it’s the best team in the Big Ten West by winning at Northwestern, too.
For the past five years Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have battled each Saturday for the right to wear “The Belt,” the reward for picking the most winning games on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show.” Now you can get involved by sending us a quick video, and you may even get to raise “The Belt” victoriously yourself. Here’s what you do: Watch Monday’s “BTN Live” to find out which games to pick. The show airs at 6 p.m. ET. Rank your confidence in your picks from 6 (most confident) down to 1 (least confident) Include your picks – with confidence
It’s that time of the week when I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag, fish out some provocative letters and answer them. Let’s go!
Time to check up on the bowl projections of the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, who has pushed the Big Ten bowl teams from 10 last week to a would-be conference record 11 this week. The new addition: Illinois.
Kandis Elliot has devoted her career to making science more beautiful — and accessible. As emerita senior artist at the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Botany, she spent decades illustrating plants and animals to educate and delight the public. But her latest project may be her most ambitious. Elliot created a series of life-size posters of all of the 183 fish species found in Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers and streams. And she predicted big things for this project. “It’ll make a splash,” Elliot said. As you might imagine, it isn’t easy to find good visual representations of that many species of
Ohio State remains on top of my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, but it can hear Michigan’s footsteps. Oh, and don’t forget about Michigan State and Iowa, which are lurking.
The Michigan bandwagon is officially a runaway train. Will the party every stop? Is this the best team in the Big Ten East? Is this a … playoff team? The possibilities seemed endless for the Wolverines.
Another Saturday, another heart-breaking loss for Nebraska ... and another dominating effort by Michigan. This time, Northwestern felt the wrath of Jim Harbaugh’s Sharpie and khakis. Next up: A visit from Michigan State, which survived and advanced at Rutgers. Oh, and don’t forget about No. 1 Ohio State, which may have turned a corner offensively.
It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for Gerry DiNardo’s weekly Sunday Ruminations. [ MORE: Week 6 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of Week 6 | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Bowl Projections | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 honorees | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | What our expert learned | Week 6 uniforms | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Find your team’s homepage ] The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on each Big Ten team. What did DiNardo glean from Week 6 Big
Before we turn our attention to Week 7, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Michigan State beat writer Joe Rexrode and Big Ten fans did with their Week 6 Big Ten game predictions.