Good news, Badger fans: Montee Ball has been cleared to play at Nebraska after suffering a concussion last week against UTEP. Think Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio have breakfast together on Saturday? Probably not. Have a look at some advice for Iowa fans from a familiar name. And what does the U.S. population have to do with recruiting? I found one theory. Let’s get to all of the links right now in this post. Should Ball play? This is Ball’s second concussion since Aug. 1. Wisconsin has some other good options at running back in James White and Melvin Gordon.
The Gophers can thank one specific unit for their early rise this season. Wisconsin has a new face in the backfield and he looks electric. Penn State does something interesting with their offensive lineman each week, and the Wisconsin-Nebraska game is becoming a new rivalry. And where is Nebraska looking when it comes to finding a new athletic director? Read about all of this and more in today’s Big Ten links. Gophers rising: Has there been a better early-season story in college football than Minnesota and its 4-0 start? I think not. And the key to the Gophers’ rise has
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. Conspiracy? I don’t know. But it’s fun food for thought. I do think I saw someone in the grassy knoll by the Big Ten headquarters, however. Husker update: Big news apparently coming out of Nebraska this morning. BTN is airing
The final full week of non-conference football is complete, and now it’s time for Big Ten play. There are five Big Ten tilts set for Saturday, including Ohio State-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Nebraska. Before the action kicks off, here are BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories of Week 4. 10. Revsine’s Numbers: Three unbeaten teams remain Last week, I opened the column by dwelling on the negative. Not happening this week. We’re starting with the positive – the Big Ten’s three unbeaten teams. Ohio State is the first, and perhaps least surprising, of those unbeatens – and Urban Meyer’s team has gotten
If Penn State is going to have any shot for success in the future, it will need a strong walk-on program. Bill O’Brien recently conducted walk-on tryouts, and the turnout was good. O’Brien estimated that about 65 people tried out at the recent work out. I think the Nittany Lions may find some players who could help the program down the road in a football-mad state that produces a lot of good prospects. That’s the first of my Friday links – read the rest of this post for more. There’s also a good Associated Press story on Penn State’s scholarship
Ohio State is blitzing more. Michigan wants more sacks, too. Michigan State needs receivers and Iowa welcomes a soft spot in the schedule. And what price does a coach pay in recruiting battles? Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema gives his take. Check out these headlines and more in my daily links. On the attack: How does a defense pack more punch? That’s easy. Crank up the blitz pressure. In fact, that’s what Ohio State is doing. It worked last week against Cal as the Buckeyes notched six sacks after Ohio State had issues getting to the quarterback. But, the defense still showed
Amid the negativity of the Big Ten’s uneven effort in non-conference play, Northwestern has emerged as a beacon, a feel-good story. The Wildcats are off to a 3-0 start—with all three victories coming vs. FBS conference foes: Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Boston College. The rest of the Big Ten has one win over FBS teams, and that was Ohio State over Cal. With a game against FCS South Dakota this week, Northwestern is primed for a 4-0 start. And, get this: Northwestern could be 7-0 when it plays host to Nebraska on Oct. 20. Yes, it’s true. And, I hope it happens.
Lots of questions in today’s Big Ten headlines. Will Rex Burkhead play this weekend? How dangerous is this upcoming opponent for Illinois? What does Michigan’s Brady Hoke think about the future of the series against Notre Dame? Find those items and plenty more in my links in this post. And as always, let me know what you’re thinking about your team and the Big Ten so far. I read the comments in this post, I have a weekly mailbag where you can email me directly, and I’m on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart Burkhead’s back? It was a site that had to please
Week 3 games are almost here and I take one last weekday spin around today’s headlines in this post. What do people think about Nebraska’s defense? Why does Minnesota have to watch out? And how can Fitz Toussaint regain his form? Also, if you’re interested, my game previews are over here. Defensive question: Bo Pelini has faced issues as Nebraska coach since arriving in 2008. But when it has come to defensive problems, the fan base has always trusted Pelini to be able to fix the issues. Now? After that 653-yard debacle at UCLA? Fans’ trust in Pelini’s defensive acumen
With news that Notre Dame is joining the ACC for all sports but football and leagues signing fresh blockbuster TV deals seemingly on a weekly basis, Nebraska fans may wonder: Was joining the Big Ten a smart move? Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald is here to tell you that, yes, the Cornhuskers made a prudent decision. Speaking of Notre Dame, Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch says the Fighting Irish’s decision to join the ACC for all sports but football shouldn’t be a shock. The Irish are a national brand that will continue to get good exposure in the