Year Two under Tim Beckman brought hope in the form of an improved won-loss record, as Illinois went from two victories to four. The credit goes to a revived offense, as new coordinator Bill Cubit altered the scheme and maxed out the skills of senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Illinois averaged 29.7 points and 426.7 yards in 2013 after averaging 16.7 points and 296.7 yards in 2012.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive, weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which unit will face the toughest challenge in its BCS game? The options: #MSUOffense, #MSUDefense, #OSUOffense, #OSUDefense.
Michigan State honored the football team’s seniors during a first-half timeout of Tuesday night’s game vs. North Florida. The seniors, the leaders of the 2013 Big Ten championship team and the first Spartans team to make the Rose Bowl since 1987, were recognized at midcourt. The Stagg Trophy was there, too. To no surprise, the Breslin Center faithful showered the seniors with applause.
Quick! What was your favorite 2013 BTN video? Whatever it was, chances are, it appears on our 2013 top 10 most-watched videos. This list is as objective as any end-of-the-year countdown out there. From 1 to 10, this list represents our videos that Big Ten fans viewed the most. See the complete countdown in this post.
The Associated Press released its 2013 AP All-America Team on Tuesday, and the Big Ten was well-represented. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, both first-teamers, led a Big Ten contingent of 15 players.