Mark J. Rebilas
The calendar flipped to December, but Michigan’s misery continued. This 31-14 loss to Kansas State on Saturday night in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl was the Wolverines’ third defeat in succession and fifth in six games.
Mark J. Rebilas
Michigan’s up-and-down season came to a close Saturday night with a 31-14 loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Catch up on all the stats, scores, recaps and photos in this post.
How much Outback Steakhouse food can two football teams eat in one sitting? If you guessed 5,000 pounds, you’d be right. That’s the estimated weight in sirloin steak, chicken, ribs and a host of sides and desserts that Iowa and LSU football players took down Thursday at the annual Outback Bowl Welcome Dinner. Yikes, right?
Minnesota’s memorable 2013 season came to an unsatisfying close Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Leading 17-14 with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse got a 70-yard punt return from Brisley Estime, which eventually set up the game-winning score for the Orange with just over a minute remaining.
Mitch Leidner and the Gophers did all they could to capture the program’s first bowl win since 2004, but Minnesota’s Cinderella season came to an end Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Catch up on all the stats, scores, tweets and postgame video highlights in this post.
After spending the first half of Friday night’s Texas Bowl up in the booth, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has made the move down to the field and is expected to coach there for the remainder of the game.
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 Big Ten freshman will have the biggest impact in a bowl game? Our choices today: #BTNBosa (Joey Bosa), #BTNButt (Jake Butt), #BTNShelton (Sojourn Shelton) or #BTNMaxx (Maxx Williams)
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Bowl season is officially here. Can you feel it, Big Ten fans?
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner has been officially ruled out when the Wolverines take on Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday. CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman reported today Gardner broke his foot early on in the third quarter of the Ohio State game.
It was shocking to see the news release from Michigan State. It was so pragmatic, so succinct, so short, so to the point and so disappointing. “Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation team rules.”
BTN will air extensive coverage of the 2013-14 bowl season, including live reports from the historic 100th Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. Seven Big Ten teams are competing in this year’s bowl season, including two in the BCS, marking the 15th straight year that six or more conference squads will take part in the postseason play.
So many bowls, so little time. That’s where I come in. Think of me as your bowl concierge. Time is precious. With that said, before you go ahead and make any bowl-watching plans, check out my Best of the Big Ten Bowls list.
The Big Ten has seven teams in bowls. And there are some high-level opponents, including Stanford, Clemson, South Carolina and LSU. And one of the best parts of the bowl season is watching players you rarely get a chance to see compete vs. Big Ten foes. Here’s a ranking of the top 25 players Big Ten teams will face in the postseason.
Michigan State is making its first trip to Pasadena since the 1987 season in what will be the 100th Rose Bowl. This is a culmination of sorts for Mark Dantonio in his seven seasons in East Lansing, finally getting the Spartans to the Big Ten’s Holy Grail after some close calls. Stanford is making its fourth trip to a BCS in a row and its second journey in succession to the Rose Bowl. This has become the premier Pac-12 program under David Shaw. Who needs Jim Harbaugh?
Yes, Ohio State would rather be playing in Pasadena, Calif., for the national championship vs. another ACC school, Florida State. But this is still a BCS bowl vs. a very good Clemson team. And that means it’s a chance for the Buckeyes to score some credibility points and quell critics who say OSU played a soft schedule.
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This is one of the better matchups of the postseason. Wisconsin—on a three-game bowl losing skid–and South Carolina—aiming for a third postseason triumph in succession–never have played, adding intrigue to this battle. Gary Andersen is looking to put his stamp on the Badger program in his first season; Steve Spurrier looks to add another brick in the wall of a strong program he has built in Columbia for a team that has wins vs. Missouri and Clemson.
All season long, our BTN.com panel has predicted every Big Ten football game. We’ve also provided polls for Big Ten fans to make their picks. Now, it’s time to focus on the seven Big Ten bowl games. See our panel’s picks and cast your winners in this post. Keep in mind, Big Ten fans, you are just one game off the lead.
Iowa has enjoyed a season of redemption. And it has been sweet for a program that was scrutinized and criticized coming off a 4-8 season in 2012. Had Kirk Ferentz lost it? Laughable.
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Two traditional powers square off for a second season in a row in the postseason. And each will do so without the quarterbacks they began the season with. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez has been shelved with a variety of ailments—shoulder, hip, abdomen, ankle–missing eight of the last nine games. Aaron Murray’s season was wrecked by a knee injury suffered vs. Kentucky on November 23.
One college football blue blood in Michigan faces a recent upstart in Kansas State. This is intriguing. Even better: These teams never have met. For Michigan, this is a chance to get a bad taste out of its mouth for a 2013 season that has been, well, a disappointment.
If Minnesota is disappointed to be going to Houston, it isn’t showing it. The Gophers probably deserved a better destination. But the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl opted for 7-5 Michigan over 8-4 Nebraska; and the Gator Bowl tabbed Nebraska over Minnesota.
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The 2013-14 bowl schedule has been released, and that means it’s time for the national pundits to rank the games, from 1 to 35. Regardless of the ranking, the Big Ten’s best bowls are all over the top of the lists. No surprise there. See where several sites ranked the Big Ten bowls in this post.
A Tuesday morning tweet from the Capital One Bowl’s official Twitter account surely got the attention of Wisconsin football fans across the country. The news? The officials for the Badgers’ New Year’s Day Bowl vs. South Carolina will come from the Pac-12. Yes, the same conference’s officials who played a role in the crazy Wisconsin-Arizona State finish.
Street and Smith Sports Business Daily is out with its annual rundown of bowl swag. What is swag? I had a guy affiliated with the military tell me once that it stands for “stuff we all get.” And, well, the thick-necked Big Ten players are gonna get some nice “stuff.”
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 BCS bowl game is the Big Ten most likely to win? There are three answers: #BTNRose, #BTNOrange and #BTNBoth.