Big Ten fans were treated to several outstanding performances in Week 2, and now, with Week 3 ahead, it’s time for BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman to release their updated Big Ten Player Rankings.
Week 2 was a successful one for the Big Ten. Not only did Michigan State exact revenge on defending national runner-up Oregon, but four Big Ten teams recorded shutouts.
It was a great opening week of the NFL season for former Big Ten players. Tom Brady (Michigan) started it off with four touchdown passes and Carlos Hyde (Ohio State) finished it with 168 yards and two touchdowns.
It’s Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday, and yes, we just came up with that name. This is when we post a roundup of our favorite GIFs from the weekend. So far, most have been football but we promise to dig up some other sports throughout the season. Download them, share them, stare at them all day. It’s your call. Got one that we missed? Submit in the comments below or send it to us on Twitter @BigTenNetwork. And remember that BTN is on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with in-game highlights all season long. Here are links to collections of available highlights on Twitter.
You have questions, and I have answers. You know what that means … it’s time for me to reach into my mailbag and answer your latest Big Ten queries. Let’s begin.
Great read from Lee Barfknecht of Omaha.com, who wonders why more fuss isn’t being made nationally over Michigan State. I am as miffed as he is. Barfknecht wonders what else Michigan State must do to get onto college football’s main marquee. Check the trophy wins the past three seasons. The Spartans handed Urban Meyer his first loss in 25 games at Ohio State in the 2013 Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes were No. 2 at the time. Then MSU toppled No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl. During the 2014 regular season, Michigan State led both national title game
Former Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen notched the game-sealing interception to send the Atlanta Falcons past the Philadelphia Eagles, 26-24, in the teams' season opener Monday night.
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
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
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.