A week or so ago, it would have been crazy to entertain such a topic. But with a 4-3 record and a grueling slate of games remaining, will Michigan State get bowl eligible? It’s a fair question, especially when one takes a look at the team’s final six games: at Michigan, at Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern and at Minnesota.
In today’s batch of Big Ten Links, I open with a good look at Ohio State’s struggling defense, which allowed a combined 87 points the last two weeks. That’s no secret, and as Bill Rabinowitz writes today in the Columbus Dispatch, a big reason for the struggles is the lack of strong linebacker play. Attrition through transfers, injuries, and position switches has chipped away at the unit’s depth.
On Wednesday’s “The Journey: Big Ten Football,” we profiled quarterbacks Tre Roberson (Indiana) and Kain Colter (Northwestern). The former suffered a season-ending broken leg in September, but he still prepares every day as though he’s the starter. Meanwhile, the latter has several interesting ties to Northwestern. Watch a clip from the show that spotlights the dual-threat quarterbacks now and see our bonus content in this post.
Northwestern has been a surprise team this season, jetting to a 6-1 mark to become the first bowl-eligible Big Ten squad. Now, with a big home game vs. Nebraska looming, Northwestern can dare to dream big. How big? Why not contemplate winning the Legends Division and the Big Ten for the first time since 2000? It’s possible, thanks to a large degree to the defense.
You have Big Ten questions, and I have answers. In this week’s Mailbag, I offer my prediction on who will meet in the second annual Big Ten title game and address Ohio State’s struggling defense. And don’t be afraid to send questions for future Mailbags. Or you can send them my way on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart).
It’s no secret college kids like to nap after an early-morning obligation. The Northwestern football team is no different. The Wildcats will take a “Mandatory Cat Nap” at 9:30 a.m. CT Saturday prior to its 2:30 p.m. game against Nebraska. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald tweeted out the news Wednesday, and the nap is sandwiched between position meetings and the pre-game meal.