Bo Pelini vs. Urban Meyer. The matchup has juicy possibilities this Saturday night when they square off at Ohio State. And the two have some history. Meyer was a Buckeye graduate assistant coach in 1986-87, which were Pelini’s first two years as an Ohio State defensive back. The two also have met three times as coaches, from 2005-07, when Pelini was LSU defensive coordinator and Meyer was Florida head coach. And Pelini’s teams went 3-1 against Meyer’s teams.
In the opening episode of “The Journey 2012” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, learn what’s at stake for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson during his senior year, and we also go back and find out more about his talents as a sprinter in high school. Also in the debut, meet Ohio State’s John Simon and see how his work ethic and toughness defines the Buckeyes defense and represents the values of his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. We also follow Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti and learn how this leader has kept the Penn State team focused and together.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners.
A couple days ago, Penn State LB Michael Mauti was named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week for his six-tackle, two-interception performance at Illinois. On Tuesday, he debuted on BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s latest Big Board. Mauti entered the list at No. 9, but will concerns over his surgically repaired knees worry NFL scouts?
Northwestern do-it-all star Kain Colter and Michigan head coach Brady Hoke joined ‘#BTNLive” on Tuesday night. Colter’s surprising Wildcats try to stay perfect at surging Penn State on Saturday, while Hoke’s Wolverines open Big Ten play at Purdue on BTN/BTN2Go. How has Northwestern made the two-quarterback system work? Watch our interview with Colter to find out. Plus, see the Hoke interview in this post.
For a second Saturday in a row, the Big Ten’s top Heisman contenders will square off. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez will lead his Cornhuskers into Ohio State to face Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller in arguably the biggest game to date in the Big Ten this season. The winning signal-caller figures to assume the throne of “top Big Ten Heisman contender.”
Another Saturday looms. And, I have questions. Here are my most pressing queries for Big Ten teams entering Week 6, the second week of conference play. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.