Happy Labor Day! In Monday's Big Ten Links, we look ahead to tonight's Ohio State-Virginia Tech game as well as a look back at the coverage coming off 13 football openers. What will Week 2 bring?
Penn State junior linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a season-ending injury in Saturday afternoon’s loss at Temple. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Week 1 Big Ten action ] Playing in his hometown, the Philadelphia native had two tackles prior to getting hurt in the second quarter. In a team release, James Franklin asked that the public support and respect Wartman-White and his family’s privacy. Wartman-White was coming off a season in which he was Penn State’s second-leading tackler (75), trailing only All-American Mike Hull.
There is no bigger Week 2 game than Oregon's visit to Michigan State. And, the Spartans will "Stripe the Stadium" for the prime-time tussle vs. the reigning national runner-up. Have a look at the stadium seating chart in this post.
Tiquan Lang returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Michael Birdsong threw two scoring passes in his Marshall debut as the Thundering Herd beat Purdue 41-31 on Sunday.
Football fans know its college football season when Mark May is trolling Ohio State. [ MORE: Watch “Scarlet & Gray Days” Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 ] The ESPN analyst and former Pittsburgh offensive lineman is notorious for knocking the Buckeyes – even during last season’s memorable national championship run. You remember this postgame locker room shot after Ohio State downed mighty Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, right? Well, leading up to Ohio State’s season opener Monday night at Virginia Tech, May, in a recent ESPN segment, emphatically picked the Hokies to take down the Buckeyes for
If you asked Indiana University senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld which one of his career numbers he’s most proud of, he probably wouldn’t say it’s the 4,306 passing yards, 34 touchdown passes or the 60.5 percent completion rate he got in his previous three seasons at the school. No, he’d likely say his most important stat is “two,” as that’s the number of times he’s traveled to the East African nation of Uganda — infamous for human-rights abuses and violence through the 1970s and 1980s — on humanitarian missions. Those experiences gave him valuable perspective on the serious issues people around
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart explains why this has not been a great opening week for Big Ten football.
Nebraska entered Saturday afternoon’s game vs. BYU riding a 29-game winning streak in season openers. [ MORE: Get Week 1 scores, stats, recaps and video ] The streak ended there, however, as BYU stunned the Huskers on a Hail Mary to claim a 33-28 victory at Memorial Stadium. With one second remaining, BYU backup quarterback Tanner Magnum heaved a 42-yard pass into the end zone, which landed in the hands of Mitch Mathews. The Hail Mary spoiled the debut of new Nebraska coach Mike Riley. The last time the Huskers lost a season-opener was against Florida State back in 1985.
There Indiana was, just a Southern Illinois two-point conversion away from potentially losing its season opener at Memorial Stadium. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Week 1 Big Ten action ] The Hoosiers would have none of it, though. Indiana denied the Salukis’ attempt to take the lead with 18 seconds left, as Andre Brown Jr. broke up Mark Iannotti’s rollout pass to Connor Iwema to hold on for an exciting 48-47 victory. Watch the highlight that helped Indiana seal its season opener in the video above. Check out our Week 1 YouTube playlist:
When it comes to Big Ten celebrity fans, Gabrielle Union is one of the biggest names around. Union is an Omaha native and a huge Huskers football fan. Union is in attendance at today’s Nebraska vs. BYU game, and it looks like she brought her husband, NBA star Dwayne Wade. @HuskerFBNation captured the following images of Union and Wade before today’s game, which can be seen at the top of this post. Union is sporting her Tommie Frazier Huskers jersey at the game, which can be seen in this sideline photo from @NebraskaonScout. You can also spot some Huskers gear