What a way to start. Indiana scored its most points since 1901 (76) in its 73-35 season-opening victory over Indiana State on Thursday night. As it is, the Hoosiers’ 73 points set a Memorial Stadium record and marked their highest total in the modern era.
We knew it was only a matter of time before a player was ejected as a result of college football’s new rule on targeting a defenseless player, and it happened on the season’s first night. Indiana State’s Carlos Aviles was booted for his hit on Shane Wynn during a punt return in the third quarter. Aviles wasn’t the first player ejected under the new rule, actually, as Tulane and Missouri State had players tossed earlier in the night.
After getting off to a slow start, Minnesota is now cruising after back-to-back special teams touchdowns. The Gophers came out on fire after halftime as Marcus Jones took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a score to give make it 23-13. The fireworks continued shortly after that as Ra’Shede Hageman blocked a UNLV field-goal attempt and Martez Shabazz returned it for a 51-yard touchdown. Watch Jones and Shabazz electrify this Minnesota crowd.
Five years ago, there was our memorable recruiting ad. You know, the one with Big Ten coaches on the couch trying to convince you to play for them. This year, we have an equally great set of spots to promote our Saturday football coverage, from pregame to postgame. The ads once again feature the coaches, only this time in more of a coaching role. See all three ads in this post.
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Indiana is rolling, to put it mildly. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 45-7 first-half lead, fueled by six touchdown drives that were all 75 seconds or less. None were faster than Shane Wynn’s impressive 58-yard punt return, though. Watch Wynn break a few tackles and blow by Indiana State defenders now, and see Wynn’s two other touchdowns in this post.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini surprised many when he joined in on Nebraska’s “Harlem Shake.” But if that wasn’t enough to show he can have some fun, you’ve got to check out the prank Pelini and senior defensive tackle Thad Randle pulled recently.
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What does Braxton Miller see when he drops back from center? Obviously, he sees the defense eying him and all of the talented playmakers at his disposal. But, are his eyes surveying the right part of the field/defense? Ohio State recently attached a camera to the top of Miller’s helmet at a practice to give coaches an idea of what he’s seeing and where he’s looking.
With the New England Patriots set to play an exhibition game Thursday night at Detroit, the League’s most famous Wolverine decided to pay the Michigan football team a visit. That’s right, former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady hung out with the Wolverines early Thursday, and he even tried on his old No. 10 jersey. Watch Brady address the team in this video.
Ever wonder what it’s like for a walk-on to learn that he has become a scholarship student-athlete? Obviously, it’s a special and emotional moment. But how is the news broken, and how is it received? Well, the Wisconsin Athletics YouTube account posted a video that shows Gary Andersen informing redshirt senior Nick Hill that he’s now on scholarship.
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If you want to see Ohio State and Michigan play on back-to-back weeks, you’ll like Stewart Mandel’s 2013 Big Ten football preview. Mandel, who released his preview Tuesday, picks Ohio State to beat Michigan in the Big Ten title game, one week after losing at Michigan.
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Buffalo at Ohio State figures to be one of the biggest mismatches in the opening weekend of the college football season. But, at least, Ohio Stadium will look pretty cool for the likely one-sided affair.
What’s the best way to make sure your coaches and teammates are awake and engaged at 6:30 in the morning? How about dressing up as an MSU football mannequin from head to toe, and then jumping out and scaring the heck out of them?
Sports Illustrated has six regional covers for its college football preview issue, and one of them is dedicated to Ohio State and Braxton Miller. The cover features Miller on the run and reads: “This season it counts. The class of the Big Ten goes SEC hunting.” The Buckeyes, who SI ranks No. 4 in its preseason poll, went 12-0 last season but were ineligible for the posteason due to NCAA sanctions.
David Boudia the Purdue football players are not. This comes as no surprise, but it’s even more evident after the team hit up the pool following Tuesday’s two-a-day. There, players took turns jumping off the diving boards, some taking it semi-seriously and others going for the best belly flop. Hilarity ensued, and the PurdueSports YouTube page has the video of it.
Gee, you know what the fan who has it all could really use? A school-specific candle, that’s what. Well, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin fans are in luck. Just in time for kickoff, Yankee Candle has released school-specific (scented) candles, and the collection includes the aforementioned four Big Ten schools.
How do you kill time while waiting for a flight to board? Prior to its flight Sunday to London, the Iowa basketball team used one of the moving walkways at O’Hare International Airport to shoot an impromptu music video. Best of all, Iowa posted the masterpiece to YouTube.
Late on this , but Iowa State recently announced it will sport throwback uniforms when it hosts Iowa on Sept. 14. A season ago, if you remember, Iowa wore throwbacks vs. the Cyclones at Kinnick Stadium.
Indiana products Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are no longer teammates, but they still play nice together. Tuesday at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, the former Hoosiers standouts had more than their share of fun together. First, they tossed around a frisbee on a random open field. Then, they went around posterizing fellow rookies, with a trash can as the hoop.
Nebraska gave backup quarterback Ron Kellogg III a video camera to capture the sights and sounds of the football team’s Huskers Fan Day on Friday. There was a lot of action at Memorial Stadium, and the senior captured as much of it as he could. He even had starting quarterback Taylor Martinez autograph his hand.
The 2013 BTN football tour has hit the road. Our team left our Chicago studio today for Bloomington, Ind, the first of its 12 stops across Big Ten country. The trip runs through Aug. 20, ending in Iowa City, Iowa. Which Big Ten stars are featured on the bus this year? Check out the Vine video in this post for the answer. As expected, there’s some solid talent.
The words “Heisman” and “Candidate” are nowhere to be found, but Northern Illinois sure seems to be promoting dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch as such. In fact, the school recently sent out “Jordan Lynch for 6” lunch bags to opposing media that includes everything one wants to know about the QB.
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Ever wonder what Purdue product Ryan Kerrigan is doing when he isn’t terrorizing NFL quarterbacks? We now know the answer–at least for part of his free time. The Washington Redskins linebacker dresses up as the sun, dances around, peers into random homes, and yells “Ahhhhhhhh!” Don’t worry, it’s all for a commercial.
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Illinois turned on its new video displays Friday for the first time at Memorial Stadium, and they all were met with rave reviews. The main scoreboard, located in the south end zone, is more than four times larger than the previous one (3,456 square feet vs. 858 square feet) and ranks in the top 25 among NCAA video displays.
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Well, it looks like former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema just can’t get the Big Ten out of his system, even though he’s transplanted to Arkansas. Check out this recent dig at Ohio State that Bielema dished out via Twitter recently.
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.