You send me emails. I answer emails—if they are good ones. Pretty simple. So, let’s enjoy another round of Big Ten Mailbag, the best part of every week. As a bonus: There even is a Vinnie Barbarino reference in this week’s bag ‘o’ mail. How lucky are you?
Sunday was a special day for former Big Ten stars and longtime friends Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes. [ MORE: Watch former Big Ten standouts’ Week 3 @NFL highlights ] Five months after the Kenosha, Wisconsin, natives were selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft (Waynes, No. 11; Gordon, No. 15), Gordon’s San Diego Chargers visited Waynes’ Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 NFL action. Following Minnesota’s 31-14 victory, in an expected move, Gordon and Waynes did the popular jersey swap on the field. See the picture of it in the tweet above. As for how the former
The Big Ten is filled with some surprising storylines. And one of the best is Indiana, which is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1990 as it aims for the program’s first bowl since 2007 and just its second since 1993.
The great Lee Barfknect of Omaha.com nails it in this piece when he says the Big Ten West race is a pick ‘em—but it soon may settle. This week alone should bring some clarity, with Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern. *** No. 1 Ohio State comes to 4-0 Indiana this Saturday for one of the biggest games in Bloomington in years. And I mean … years! It’s an honest-to-goodness big game in Bloomington. Could the Hoosiers maybe … *** Kyle Austin of Mlive.com takes a look at some key numbers for Michigan State. And his work reveals that
J.J. Watt isn’t all that different from other guys his age. [ MORE: Watch ex-Big Ten stars’ Week 3 @NFL highlights ] Turns out, the former Wisconsin star and current all-world NFL defensive end is a “Saved by the Bell” and Kelly Kapowski fan, too. Watt posted a picture to Twitter of him and Mario Lopez, aka “Slater,” following Houston’s 19-9 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon; the text of the tweet read: “Bayside must have had a BYE week. #WhereIsKellyKapowski” Unlike other fans, Watt received a prompt response from Tiffani Amber-Thiessen. Here it is: @justinjames99 I heard you
The Big Ten has 54 non-conference games in the book with just two to go (Rutgers and Penn State both still will play Army). And, it did pretty well vs Power Five leagues, going 10-9. But before Big Ten action commences Saturday, let’s take a look back to digest what we witnessed in non-conference action.
Every Monday on “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” our TV crews pull out a handful of moments and reviews them under the banner #BTNStandout. Why #BTNStandout? Because on social media, we use #BTNStandout to spotlight the great moments from across all Big Ten sports. Have a look at this Monday’s segment in this post, and go see what we’ve collected this school year and last school year, too. Let us know when you see an amazing play in the Big Ten. Contact us via Facebook, Twitter page or even on Instagram, and be sure to use #BTNStandout to alert us. Here are
The Big Ten office named its Week 4 Big Ten Football Players of the Week on Monday, following a 12-2 record Saturday in the final week of full-on non-conference play. See the award winners and watch select highlights inside.
Time to check in on the playoff and bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. There have been some big changes from last week, as 10--up from nine--Big Ten teams are penciled into the postseason. And many matchups have changed.
How about those Iowa Hawkeyes?! It’s OK to say they’re good. North Texas coach Dan McCarney was impressed after getting his butt kicked. “The physicality of the team is fundamentally sound,” McCarney said. Then his voice got softer and yet firmer at the same time for emphasis. “Just the whole complete thing,” he said about Iowa. “Special teams, punter, kicker, returner. The returner (cornerback Desmond King) obviously is going to be playing a lot of years after he leaves Iowa if he stays healthy. He’s going to have a long career in the NFL. “They’re fundamentally sound, they’re well-coached, they