Best game? Best matchup? Best chance for an upset? BTN.com's Tom Dienhart rolls out his weekly "Best Suggestions" and looks at these questions and more. Plus, quick notes from around the conference.
Our weekly "Best of the Weekend Ahead" feature is back as we lay out the best of the best in Big Ten football for this Saturday. Best game? Best QB matchup? Best chance at an upset? We roll through it all. Read what we think, then tell us how you see Saturday shaping up.
Three nationally relevant games offer the Big Ten a golden chance to make a statement this week. But what's the best coaching matchup? How about a player on the spot? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides an in-depth preview of what to watch for in Week 2.
Wisconsin's Week 1 matchup with LSU is a must-see prime-time showdown. But what's the best coaching matchup? How about a player on the spot? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides an in-depth preview of what to watch for in Week 1.
The Big Ten has saved the best for last, as the Week 14 lineup features seven games that all are enticing for one reason or another. In fact, titles in both divisions may be on the line. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 14. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 14 Interesting factoid: While Ohio State has won 11 of the last 13 meetings vs. heated rival Michigan, the Wolverines have trashed perfect Buckeye seasons in 1993, 1995 and 1996. That could be something to keep your eye on. Game of
The penultimate Saturday brings us seven Big Ten games for the first time in 2014. The Big Ten West must be watched, as Minnesota plays at Nebraska and Wisconsin travels to Iowa in two division-defining games. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 13. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 13 Interesting factoid: Since carding back-to-back wins over Ohio State in 1987 and 1988, Indiana is 0-20-1 in the series, with the tie coming in 1990. So, yeah, it’s been a while since the Hoosiers were competitive against one of the Big
There are two non-conference games tucked into this mid-November Saturday, which rarely happens this late in the season in the Big Ten. Northwestern’s trip to Notre Dame could be interesting. But a division title could be center stage: Nebraska at Wisconsin. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 12. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 12 Best storyline: Northwestern travels to Notre Dame. The teams haven’t met since the Wildcats famously went to South Bend in 1995 and stunned the Fighting Irish, 17-15, behind Pat Fitzgerald. That was an opening salvo in
Ohio State’s trip to Michigan State could be the game of the year in the Big Ten, as both schools look like the favorites to win the conference crown. They met in the Big Ten title game last season, with the Spartans dumping the Buckeyes to earn their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season and end OSU’s 24-game winning streak and national championship hopes. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 11. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 11 Interesting factoid: In a bit of scheduling quirk, this
The calendar now says “November.” And, as coaches are known to say: “November is when they play the games to remember.” But this Saturday lacks any apparent marquee games, although that could change depending on how things unfold. Looking at you, Northwestern at Iowa. Here’s a look at the best of Week 10. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 10 Best storyline: Purdue will be making its first trip to Lincoln, Nebraska—and one of Bo Perini’s best teams will be waiting. The Cornhuskers smashed Purdue last season in West Lafayette, taking a 44-7
Two interesting clashes make this Saturday appealing, as Michigan plays at Michigan State and Ohio State goes to Penn State in a light week of action. Despite the presence of just five games, the heft of those aforementioned contests makes this a good week, as the Big Ten East race will start to take form. Here’s my best of Week 9. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 9 Best storyline: The Michigan at Michigan State game will be juicy. No doubt, the Wolverines will be looking for payback after getting throttled by Michigan