Bret Bielema is a name that Big Ten fans are certainly familiar with. [ MORE: Polls: Pick Week 2 winners | Power rankings | Bowl projections | Player rankings | Q&A: Wes Lunt | Big Ten Mailbag ] Bielema served as Wisconsin’s head coach from 2006-2012, leading the Badgers to the Big Ten crown in each of his final three seasons, before abruptly taking the Arkansas job after beating Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten title game. Well, Bielema is back in the Big Ten headlines Wednesday, and it has nothing to do with Wisconsin. Bielema took a shot at
Cardale Jones' NFL prospects received a huge boost when he took the first snap Monday night at Virginia Tech. Just ask a Cleveland Browns fan.
The Illinois football team has been through a lot recently. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Exactly one week before kickoff, head coach Tim Beckman was dismissed as part of an investigation into player mistreatment. One week later, on Friday night, the team sat through an extended weather delay before its season opener was postponed until Saturday afternoon. The Illini handled the run of distractions just fine, cruising to a 52-3 season-opening victory over Kent State. And, after the commanding victory, they celebrated with interim coach Bill Cubit, the former offensive coordinator, honoring
Football fans know its college football season when Mark May is trolling Ohio State. [ MORE: Watch “Scarlet & Gray Days” Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 ] The ESPN analyst and former Pittsburgh offensive lineman is notorious for knocking the Buckeyes – even during last season’s memorable national championship run. You remember this postgame locker room shot after Ohio State downed mighty Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, right? Well, leading up to Ohio State’s season opener Monday night at Virginia Tech, May, in a recent ESPN segment, emphatically picked the Hokies to take down the Buckeyes for
Nebraska entered Saturday afternoon’s game vs. BYU riding a 29-game winning streak in season openers. [ MORE: Get Week 1 scores, stats, recaps and video ] The streak ended there, however, as BYU stunned the Huskers on a Hail Mary to claim a 33-28 victory at Memorial Stadium. With one second remaining, BYU backup quarterback Tanner Magnum heaved a 42-yard pass into the end zone, which landed in the hands of Mitch Mathews. The Hail Mary spoiled the debut of new Nebraska coach Mike Riley. The last time the Huskers lost a season-opener was against Florida State back in 1985.
When it comes to Big Ten celebrity fans, Gabrielle Union is one of the biggest names around. Union is an Omaha native and a huge Huskers football fan. Union is in attendance at today’s Nebraska vs. BYU game, and it looks like she brought her husband, NBA star Dwayne Wade. @HuskerFBNation captured the following images of Union and Wade before today’s game, which can be seen at the top of this post. Union is sporting her Tommie Frazier Huskers jersey at the game, which can be seen in this sideline photo from @NebraskaonScout. You can also spot some Huskers gear
Just imagine if Leonte Carroo played the first half, too. Carroo, the Big Ten’s top returning wide receiver, caught three passes, all touchdowns, for 129 yards in the second half of Rutgers’ 63-13 season-opening win over Norfolk State. Benched for the first half due to a curfew violation, Carroo wasted no time making his presence known, grabbing his first scoring strike with 10:58 remaining in the third quarter; he added two more in the next 7:47 of game time. The three scores also helped him become Rutgers’ all-time receiving touchdowns leader (22). Watch Carroo’s 20th, 21st and 22nd touchdown receptions
The way Maryland's William Likely was returning punts in Saturday afternoon's opener vs. Richmond, it was only a matter of time before he returned one for a score.
Rutgers’ Janarion Grant returned an opening kick for a touchdown, all right. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Problem is, the return was on the opening kick of the second half. If you missed it, in an Autoland of Springfield, New Jersey, promotion, 100 random Scarlet Knights students were eligible to win $1,000 apiece, a total of $100,000, if the team returned the season’s first kick for a touchdown. Grant provided the fireworks one half too late, as far as Rutgers students are concerned, however the 80-yard return for a score on a
Delicious food, killer whiskey, suspect karaoke. #tipsforjesus #tatertots #goblue #hotelcalifornia A photo posted by tipsforjesus (@tipsforjesus) on Sep 4, 2015 at 5:42pm PDT A season-opening road loss isn’t going to get Michigan football fans down. Not this year, not with former Michigan quarterback and successful coach Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines. This was no more evident than through the extremely generous tip a group of Michigan fans left a server following Thursday night’s 24-17 loss at Utah. The fans left their server, Bre Snow, at the Bourbon House a $3,000 tip on a $505 bill, which amounts to roughly a