On tonight’s Big Ten Football Report at 10:30 p.m. ET our crew interviews Indiana coach Kevin Wilson and brings updates from Northwestern and Minnesota. Also, we’ll examine today’s Nebraska-Iowa game before looking ahead to Saturday’s Wisconsin-Penn State showdown.
With a win on Saturday over in-state rival Indiana, Purdue would become the 10th bowl-eligible team in the Big Ten. Even for a conference that has averaged an impressive seven bids per season in the past decade, 10 would be quite the feat. But back when Mike Lantry was booting field goals for the Michigan Wolverines from 1972-74, the rules differed drastically and six wins didn’t cut it.
This is it, the final weekend of the season. Penn State will play at Wisconsin to decide which school will represent the Leaders Division vs. Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten title game. Michigan is looking to end Ohio State’s run of seven wins in a row in their iconic rivalry. Purdue is looking to win back the Old Oaken Bucket and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007. Iowa and Nebraska kick off the start of what could become a great rivalry. And Illinois is looking to end a five-game losing streak before the postseason. Following below is my look at all six Big Ten games this Saturday.
The last week of the regular season is upon us. While Ohio State vs. Michigan is always going to be the Big Ten’s biggest rivalry, the biggest game this weekend is in Madison where Penn State and Wisconsin play for the right to represent the Leaders Division in the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game.
On a special day and at a special time, we bring you the latest BTN Live at 3:30 p.m. ET today. We’ve reached Week 13, the final week of the regular season, so we’re asking our viewers to vote for their Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to their Week 13 picks. Cast your votes in this post, send your comments to our Twitter account, @BTNLive, or use #BTNLive, and tune in Friday afternoon to watch our show live.
Believe it or not, it’s been five years since iconic Michigan coach Bo Schembechler died one day before No. 2 Michigan played at No. 1 Ohio State in the 2006 season finale, a game many called a BCS National Championship Game preview. Saturday’s Michigan-Ohio State game marks the sixth playing of The Game since Schembechler’s passing. Before the Wolverines and Buckeyes kick things off in Ann Arbor (Read the AP preview), watch former Wolverine and current LSU coach Les Miles reflect on his coach.
The turnaround has been remarkable. Last year, Michigan finished last in the Big Ten in passing defense (261.9 ypg) and scoring defense (35.2 ppg) and 10th in rushing defense (188.9 ypg). This year, the Wolverine defense is No. 5 (316.0) in the Big Ten overall, vs. the run (131.6) and vs. the pass (184.4). And one of the reasons for the turnaround is end Ryan Van Bergen.
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