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Watch cop catch, spike Purdue QB Austin Appleby's overthrow

Austin Appleby completed a lot of deep passes in Saturday afternoon’s 38-14 win vs. Indiana State. [ MORE: Best of Week 2 | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Latest polls | Week 2 picks revisited | New Week 2 uniform designs | What Tom Dienhart learned | Gerry DiNardo’s Week 2 takes | Week 2 scores, stats & recaps ] The Purdue quarterback tossed a trio of touchdown passes of at least 50 yards, but there was another long “completion” that went largely unnoticed. It was the one to the cop, standing by the end zone, on an overthrow

Nebraska football to wear Miami-inspired cleats Saturday

There was a time when Nebraska and the Orange Bowl were synonymous. [ MORE: Big Ten teams debuted several new uniform designs in Week 2 ] The Huskers went to 17 Orange Bowls, the first in 1955 and the last in 1998, and won four of their national championships in Miami (1970, 1971, 1994 & 1997). With Nebraska headed back to Miami to face the Hurricanes at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, adidas, which outfits both programs, is rolling out special cleats to mark the occasion. Miami will sport individualized cleats for every player, while Nebraska players will be wearing the

So, can the Big Ten get two playoff teams this season?

The first leaf hasn’t fallen off a tree yet, but it’s never too early for some playoff speculation. More specifically: Can the Big Ten get two teams—Ohio State and Michigan State--into the four-team playoff? Sure. It could happen. Myriad possibilities still loom for a lot of schools and leagues.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn't interested in Big Ten perception

In the new college football playoff era, conference perception is more important than ever before. As everyone knows, there's just four spots in a sport that fields five power conferences, not including independent Notre Dame or an undefeated non-BCS team.

Kinnick Stadium, Beaver Stadium to have stripeouts Saturday on BTN

Kinnick Stadium and Beaver Stadium will be looking even sharper than usual under the lights Saturday night on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Week 3 schedule | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Latest polls | Check out these Nebraska cleats | Leonte Carroo arrested | What Tom Dienhart learned | Gerry DiNardo’s Week 2 takes ] That’s because both Iowa and Penn State announced Monday that it will stripe the stadium for their prime-time tilts vs. Pittsburgh and Rutgers, respectively. Michigan State did this last week vs. Oregon at Spartan Stadium. The Iowa-Pittsburgh game (watch it on BTN2Go!) features two 2-0

Big Ten links: Statement win for MSU and Big Ten, Penn State talent & more

That win over Oregon by Michigan State? It put the Spartans on a higher national stage. Really, the only thing left for MSU to do under Mark Dantonio is make the playoffs—and win a national title. And this victory vs. the Ducks will look good on MSU’s resume come early December. And as Mike Griffith of Mlive.com points out, the triumph over the No. 7-ranked Ducks — who entered a game as underdogs for the first time since 2011 — made a much-needed statement for the Spartans (2-0) as well as the Big Ten. Prior to MSU’s victory, the last