Northwestern ran for 79 yards in the quarter, and the Wildcats lead 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Northwestern got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a one-play, 26-yard drive that ended in a score when Venric Mark turned a handoff into a 26-yard touchdown. The Wildcats started in good field position when Northwestern recovered a fumble.
On our TV show “Step Into My Office” Mike Hall visits with Big Ten football coaches for casual, in-depth conversations about their football lives. In the latest episode, Hall chats with one of the newcomers to the Big Ten head coaching ranks, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. The show debuts at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday ahead of Ohio State’s football game against Indiana, which is also on BTN/BTN2Go. Get ready for that full show and watch the video in this post as Meyer talks about how he relaxes as a coach and how his parents came to just about all of the games when he was an athlete.
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The time is now for Michigan State. There is a sense of urgency around this week’s visit from Iowa. In fact, the game almost has a “must-win” aura about it. The Spartans are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. After this game with the Hawkeyes, Michigan State will embark on its most arduous phase of the season, playing at Michigan and at Wisconsin before coming home to play Nebraska and Northwestern.
Indiana and Ohio State fans, it’s time to plan ahead. Our BTN2Go Field Pass is back for Week 7 and we’re doing it again on Saturday night from Indiana’s Memorial Stadium. For our online audience, BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game, and it let’s you see the home team’s football stadium and all that goes on before the game kicks off. This feed and the game itself is available live on BTN2Go.
Is there a conspiracy theory as to why Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti was snubbed by the Lombardi Award in the quarterfinal round of balloting? Or maybe it wasn’t a snub. Maybe it was just plain, good old incompetence. David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News explores as only David Jones can. That’s one of the many Big Ten Links I present to you on this wonderful Friday.
Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons.