Things are ratcheted back a few notches in Week 2, as there is a dearth of top-quality matchups. But the headliner is a doozy. [ MORE: Pick Week 2 winners | Power Rankings | Week 2 previews ] The primetime clash between No. 5 Michigan State and No. 7 Oregon is the first game between top 10 teams at Spartan Stadium since 1966, when MSU and Notre Dame met as the No. 2- and No. 1-ranked teams in a classic 10-10 tie. The Spartans are looking for national respect—and payback for last year’s loss in Eugene. Don’t overlook Minnesota’s junket to
Former Wisconsin and current Arkansas head football coach Brett Bielema was in the headlines yesterday after he took a shot at Ohio State during the SEC’s weekly teleconference. When asked for his reaction to the SEC having 10 teams ranked in the latest AP Top 25 poll, Bielema responded by saying: “It’s wonderful. I love it. I say that with a smile, as it’s a major statement to the nation. Ohio State has one game on the schedule against a ranked team, we have eight left on the schedule. To get through this conference, it’s unprecedented. Any argument (against the
Before we flip the script and focus on this coming Saturday, I wanted to take one last peek back at the opening week of the season. So, I asked some of the leading writers who cover the Big Ten: What was the biggest surprise in the first week of action? Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com: Northwestern defeating Stanford. I have always liked Pat Fitzgerald and what he has done with the Wildcats program, but I really did not see QB Clayton Thorson stepping in and playing as well as he did in Week 1 against a Power Five team. I would not
Who wins Week 2 Big Ten football games? This week, Indiana beat writer Zach Osterman joins the BTN.com team's weekly game predictions feature. Cast your votes inside, too.
The Big Ten would like to forget about Week 1, which saw the league go 8-6, including 2-4 vs. "Power Five" schools. At least Ohio State closed things on a positive note with a convincing win at Virginia Tech.
Bret Bielema is a name that Big Ten fans are certainly familiar with. [ MORE: Polls: Pick Week 2 winners | Power rankings | Bowl projections | Player rankings | Q&A: Wes Lunt | Big Ten Mailbag ] Bielema served as Wisconsin’s head coach from 2006-2012, leading the Badgers to the Big Ten crown in each of his final three seasons, before abruptly taking the Arkansas job after beating Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten title game. Well, Bielema is back in the Big Ten headlines Wednesday, and it has nothing to do with Wisconsin. Bielema took a shot at
Last week, it was college football’s turn to kick off its season. This week, it’s the NFL’s turn. [ MORE: Polls: Pick Week 2 winners | Q&A: Wes Lunt | Big Ten Mailbag | Power rankings | Bowl projections | Player rankings ] The 2015 season gets started Thursday night, when former Michigan quarterback and defending Super Bowl champ New England host Pittsburgh. Before the season kicks off, I wanted to take a look at former Big Ten players listed on active rosters, according to NFL.com‘s team pages. In all, there are 188 former Big Ten players, not including Maryland,
One big, thick juicy Big Ten Power Rankings is coming right up. Sharpen your knife and fork ... and enjoy. This is just Week 1, so don't overeat--or overreact--to this poll, presented by ArcelorMittal.
The latest Coaches Poll is out, and three Big Ten teams are ranked following the opening week of the college football season. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | Week 1 picks revisited | What Tom Dienhart learned | Power rankings | Bowl projections | Player rankings ] Defending national champion and preseason unanimous No. 1 Ohio State remained atop the poll, once again garnering every first-place vote, after it won 42-24 at Virginia Tech. Big Ten East rival Michigan State also stayed put, at No. 6, fresh off beating instate foe Western Michigan, 37-24, in Kalamazoo. Wisconsin went from
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.