This is a blockbuster Saturday that merits some type of nickname. So, let’s go with “Shakedown Saturday.” Everywhere you turn, there is a big game, paced by Ohio State’s trip to Oklahoma, in what is the last full-blown Saturday of non-conference action.
When the season began, most pundits felt Iowa was the team to beat in the Big Ten West. Two weeks down, is that still the case? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked the beat writers.
Every week during the 2016 football season, the BTN.com team makes its Big Ten game predictions. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners, and to compete with BTN's Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman, the three-time reigning champ, and Brent Yarina all season long.
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.
Time to check out the Big Ten bowl projections from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. For the second week in a row, Palm projects no Big Ten teams in the playoffs. He has No. 1 Alabama playing No. 4 Houston in the Peach Bowl and No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. Palm had 11 Big Ten teams in bowls last week; he has just 10 this week, with Northwestern falling out after an 0-2 start that has included losses to a MAC team and a FCS squad. Last week, Northwestern was projected to be in the
The Big Ten is off to a fantastic start, and the major polls continue to prove it. Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 12 (Coaches Poll) and top 13 (AP Poll) of the latest polls, released Sunday.
Save for one stunning upset—I’m looking at you, Northwestern—it was business as usual in the Big Ten in Week 2. As a result, there isn't much change in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.
Before we turn our attention to Week 3, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 2 Big Ten game predictions. Like Big Ten teams, Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Big Ten fans all went 12-2, missing the same two games: Western Michigan at Northwestern and Wisconsin vs. LSU. See all of our Week 2 predictions below. Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) 2016 record: 24-3 Week 2 record: 12-1 Week 2 picks: Maryland 27, FIU 10; Cincinnati 31, Purdue 20; Rutgers 28, Howard 10; Michigan 31, UCF 7; Minnesota 27, Indiana State 14; Nebraska
Week 2 was all about the blowouts with five teams scored over 50 points as Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rutgers and Wisconsin all hung at least half-a-hundred on opponents in easy wins.
Our Week 2 schedule includes six Big Ten football games, including Iowa State at Iowa and North Carolina at Illinois - both at 7:30 p.m. ET. Find the games on your TV system using the BTN TV GameFinder.