It’s that time of week again. You’ve been sending me your Big Ten questions all week, and now I offer my answers. On tap this week: What’s wrong with Illinois? How could I have two Big Ten teams headed to BCS bowls in my latest bowl projections? Find my answers inside.
Former Nebraska football coach and current AD Tom Osborne announced he will retire, effective Jan. 1, 2013, on Wednesday morning. To nobody’s surprise, people hit Twitter to thank Osborne and congratulate him on an unbelievably successful career. See some of the tweets in this post.
Saturday, Michigan State hosts Ohio State in one of the week’s top games. Remember what happened the last time these two teams met? Aside from the absolutely putrid offensive effort, that is. Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen provided one of the best highlights of the 2011 season, when he went all “Waterboy” on a sack of Joe Bauserman, pictured above.
While Nebraska has only been a member of the Big Ten Conference for a short time, we’ve built up a nice archive of videos that featured Nebraska’s Tom Osborne. Watch a handful of them in this post, including a clip from our show “Big Ten Icons” that profiled Osborne’s coaching days.
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Are the scheduling gods against Penn State? Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror thinks that may be the case. The Nittany Lions are starting Big Ten play on the road for the third consecutive years and seventh time in nine years. Conversely, Ohio State has started Big Ten play with a home game 14 times in the last 20 years.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio joined “BTNLive” Tuesday night, and the head coach was much more talkative than the last time we saw him in front of the camera. Dantonio, of course, conducted a very short postgame press conference (Watch it) following Saturday’s lackluster victory over Eastern Michigan.
There’s a new No. 1 player on BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s weekly Big Board. Fresh off a 10-tackle performance versus UAB, Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins flipped spots with Michigan State defensive end William Gholston, who held the top spot for the season’s first three installments. Watch Lande explain his reasoning for the switch at No. 1 and break down his latest Big Board now.