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!
The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership in its history on Saturday, with four of the top-18 football teams in the country playing on the network. For the day (12p-12a), BTN earned a 2.04 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* and topped its previous record set in November 2014 by 30 percent. BTN’s games were the highest rated across all cable networks in Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit and Washington, D.C. and second in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York and Philadelphia.** “The heightened interest in Big Ten football around the country has generated increased enthusiasm for the
Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been around for Michigan’s recent struggles vs. instate rival Michigan State, but he’s well aware of them. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of Week 6 | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | 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 ] Here’s the damage: Michigan is 1-6 vs. its “Little Brother” in the last seven meetings, with five of
Nebraska is at the halfway point of the season, and there aren't many who believed the Cornhuskers would have just two victories after six games - especially the way they've been losing.
Northwestern celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1995 team that played in the 1996 Rose Bowl Game in July. [ 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 ] On Saturday, the Wildcats will wear a new Under Armour alternate uniform that honors the memorable 1995 team that brought the
The Big Ten office released its Week 6 Big Ten Players of the Week on Monday morning. See all of the honorees and watch select video highlights below.
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.
Finally, it’s here: Michigan State at Michigan. And, no doubt, the Wolverines are playing better than any team in the Big Ten. But the Spartans—who have won 32 of their last 35 games–are just where they want to be: being overlooked despite being 6-0. MSU has won six of the last seven games in the series, a run of MSU dominance that this series hasn’t seen in years. When was the last time a Wolverine-Spartan game meant so much or was as highly anticipated? *** Unbelievably, Michigan is just a win over Michigan State from being a national contender, says
Maryland has seen enough from Randy Edsall, who was fired today. The move had been widely speculated for days, as the Terrapins have struggled mightily in Edsall’s fifth season in College Park, Maryland.
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.