Northwestern pubs itself as “Chicago’s Big Ten Team.” So, it only makes since that the Wildcats would honor the Chicago Blackhawks for their Stanley Cup championship the first chance they got. During Saturday night’s home opener vs. Syracuse, Northwestern did just that.
The Nebraska defense was embarrassed in last week’s narrow 37-34 victory over Wyoming. Not only did the Huskers have to hold on late for the win, they surrendered 602 yards. Saturday night – at least in the first quarter – the Nebraska defense atoned for last week’s lackluster performance. In a big way. Like, to the tone of two interceptions returned for a touchdown.
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We all know Tom Izzo is a very big football fan. Well, for Saturday’s game vs. South Florida, the legendary Michigan State basketball coach spent time in the student section. And make no mistake, he was there to contribute to the crowd noise and cheer on the home team. See a photo of Izzo jumping up and celebrating with the students in this post.
It took all of 14 seconds for Purdue to match its Week 1 one scoring total Saturday. Darrell Hazell went with trickeration on the opening kickoff, and speedy Akeem Hunt took the reverse 90 yards to the end zone. And just like that, without one offensive possession, the Boilermakers led Indiana State, 7-0. Purdue, of course, lost 42-7 to Cincinnati in last week’s opener.
The upcoming Michigan-Notre Dame game has dominated headlines throughout the college football world this week. Leading up to the big game, #BTNLive had former Michigan standout Ty Law on the show Thursday. The guys asked the five-time Pro Bowler why this rivalry means so much to these two schools.
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With all the talk about the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry this week, #BTNLive had Michigan product and current Jacksonville Jaguars offensive weapon Denard Robinson join the show Wednesday. The guys asked Robinson to rank Michigan’s rivals – Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State – from 1-3.
Walk into the new Ohio State basketball facility, and you’ll think NBA superstar LeBron James has joined the Buckeyes. He hasn’t, and he won’t be involved with the team in any capacity. But the program did give him a locker, complete with a nameplate, in its new $19-million facility.
In case you missed it, Batman was at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. He wasn’t dressed anything like the Batman we all know and love, though. And no, it wasn’t Ben Affleck, who recently was pegged to be the next Batman. It was just a random fan dressed up in a Batman cape and mask. As for the rest of his ensemble, um, you have to see it for yourself.
It’s not rare for the action surrounding a game to entertain and delight the masses. Week 1 of the Big Ten football season provided several must-see moments that had little to do with the action on the field. From a fan riding a jetpack out of Michigan Stadium to a group of parachuting Elvis impersonators landing at Memorial Stadium, watch Week 1’s rare moments.
Ohio State’s “Script Ohio” is one of college football’s great traditions. Well, during halftime of Michigan’s season opener vs. Central Michigan, the Michigan band formed a print “OHNO.” See a picture of it in this post.
Here’s something you don’t see every day: A Michigan football fan, decked out in a full dress suit, straps on a U-M jetpack and takes off into the air and right out of the Big House. What better way to entertain 100,00-plus people during a halftime show, right? No, there’s no word on where this spirited Wolverine fan finally landed.
Many people wondered what the Wisconsin offense would look like under Gary Andersen. In Saturday afternoon’s season opener vs. Massachusetts, the Badgers – as Andersen insisted ever since he took over for Bret Bielema – stayed true to Wisconsin’s roots. And that means running the ball, and doing so very well.
We’ve all seen Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Gary Harris in their Michigan State basketball jerseys plenty. But none of us have seen them in Michigan State football uniforms. Until now. @MSU_Basketball tweeted out a terrific YouTube video that was played at Spartan Stadium on Thursday night. See it in this post.
Here’s something new: Michigan State busted out quick games of rock-paper-scissors following made extra points and field goals in Friday night’s season opener vs. Western Michigan. That’s right, once the ball went through the uprights, kicker Kevin Muma and long snapper Taybor Pepper found each other and drew their best hand. No, there’s no word on who won the battle.
Extreme heat was expected for the opening weekend of the college football season. But frightening skies, torrential downpours and lightning – not so much. You name it, they’ve had it Friday at Spartan Stadium. So much so, play was halted with 11:19 remaining in the second quarter due to lightning, and the teams were sent to the locker rooms. The game is expected to resume at 10 p.m. ET.
Fact: Kurtis Drummond will never forget his start to Friday’s season opener vs. Western Michigan. First, Drummond had an early interception overturned. Moments later, he made it count – twice. First, he scored after Jairus Jones intercepted a pass and lateraled the ball his way. Next, he turned in the play of the night with this ridiculous one-handed pick.
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.